NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TRADITIONAL MEDICINE

BELAGAVI - 590010


(Established in 2006)

  NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF          TRADITIONAL MEDICINE

Publications

Phone: -2475477
Fax: -2475479
Email : oicrmrcblm@yahoo.com,
Website :  http://www.icmrnitm.res.in
Scope of Activities:

Situated at Belgaum in Karnataka, the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC, Belgaum) conducts research on traditional and herbal medicines and on diseases of local health importance.

Thrust Areas:

The Centre is envisaged as a major resource centre for development of herbal technologies and
products for prevention and treatment of major diseases like metabolic and hepatic disorders,
and health research for ulcer, enteric diseases, etc. The current thrust areas of research include:

  • Documentation of local traditional medical practices/ medicinal plants
  • Scientific validation of herbal medicine (efficacy, safety and mode of action)
  • Extraction, purification, characterization and pharmacological screening of medicinal
    plants/ phytoconstituents
  • Chemoprofiling & genotyping of medicinal plants
  • Development of chemical and molecular markers for identification of medicinal plants
  • Preservation and propagation of germplasm of important species
  • Improvement of infra-structural facilities and strengthening human resources in the area of
    herbal and traditional medicine
  • Close collaboration with traditional and herbal medicine practitioners in the region to
    • Create general awareness
    • Promote scientific temperament and
    • Collect, collate and disseminate relevant scientific information in the area of herbal
      medicine.
  • Research on diseases having regional level/local importance and to understand their
    etiology and epidemiology
Human Resource Development :

  • The Centre is conducting PhD & post doctoral research programmes on its thrust areas.
  • The Centre provides hands-on training to graduate and Undergraduate students from life
    sciences and medical sciences.
  • Training is also provided on demand to technicians/field workers on various aspects of
    identification, biological screening, phytochemistry and molecular biology of medicinal and
    aromatic plants.
  • The Centre provides infrastructure to the neighbouring institutes for R & D activities.
  • RMRC also provides statistical consultations for MD/Ph.D students of neighbouring institutions
    and is also involved in propagating Bioethics to biomedical researchers in North Karnataka
    region.
Recognition for Doctorate/Masters by a University:

All the scientists of the Centre are recognized guides/co-guides for Ph.D and MD (Ayurveda) students of the KLE University as well as other national universities.

Major Achievements:

Significant achievements of RMRC are the following

  • Preparation of 
    • A database on ethno medicinal plants of Western Ghats in the form of a priced edition
      CD.
    • A directory of the local traditional practitioners (non-codified) from Belgaum district.
  • Established a museum for ethno medicinal plants of Western Ghats and developed an herbal
    garden for medicinal plants of the Western Ghats region with more than 200 medicinal
    plants in its campus.
  • Centre has played a major role in the capacity building of the region.
  • Investigation of outbreak of enteric diseases in Belgaum and providing expertise and
    facilities to local health authorities.
  • Provided services to neighboring research institutes and NGOs in respect of
    • Plant identification and authentication of medicinal plants/drugs
    • Information on collection, cultivation and utility of medicinal plants
    • Preliminary screening of phytoconstituents and screening of biological activities.
    • Consultation for experimental design and statistical analysis.

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