The National Institute for Research in Reproductive Heatlh

Objectives of the Institute

Departmental Structure of the Institute

Achievements

Thrust Areas of Research

Staff Structure

The National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH), Mumbai, came into existence in 1970, by the amalgamation of two ICMR units viz. the Reproductive Physiology Unit and the Contraceptive Testing Unit. IRR is known for its contributions in the field of Reproductive Biology and for its pioneering work in Assisted Reproductive Techniques in India.

The Institute's research programme includes basic and clinical studies on immunocontraception, implantation, contraceptive and contragestive potentials of antiprogestins, reproductive tract infections, infertility and semenology, clinical genetics, acceptability of various contraceptives, menopause & HRT, drug transport, development of diagnostic kits for reproductive hormones and sexually transmitted diseases. Its laboratories and clinics are well equipped to meet the requirements of the on-going research. It is affiliated to the University of Mumbai for M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes in Biochemistry, Applied Biology and Life Sciences. Workshops, seminars, symposia and training programmes are regular features of the Institute. The Institute has an excellent animal house facility including non-human primates. The library has a good collection of books, journals, reports and theses in the area of reproductive health and allied subjects.

 

 

 

Objectives of the Institute

To conduct basic, clinical and operational research on different aspects of reproductive health, such as

  1. Clinical testing of various contraceptives and studies to improve their acceptance
     

  2. Infertility
     

  3. Menopause and Hormone replacement therapy
     

  4. Reprodutive tract infections (RTIS) and Sexually transmitted diseases (STDS)
     

  5. Matemal and Child Health
     

  6. To increase involvement/participation of men in reproductive health.
     

  7. Development and application of diagnostics for reproductive hormones, detection of RTI and STDS.
     

To promote human resource development by conducting workshops and training programmes.

To promote and advocate an advisory role for the Institute.

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Achievements
Kits for Reproductive Hormones

The division of Immunodiagnostics at NIRRH, Parel Mumbai has developed kits for the estimation of estrone glucuronide ( a principal metabolite of oestradiol in urine), pregnanediol glucuronide ( a principal metabolite of progesterone in urine), urinary lutienising hormone and follicle stimulating hormone. These kits use urine as sample for assaying and thus are patient-friendly. They are self-contained, the methodology is simple and require 3 hours to complete. Applications of these assays in the diagnosis and management of infertility is documented. The technology developed for these kits have been recently transferred through Biotechnology Consortium India Limited to Zydus Cadila, Ahmedabad for commercial exploitation. Details about the kits can be obtained from the Institute.

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Departmental Structure of the Institute

                                                   Director

Scientific

Support Services

Administrative

Biochemistry
Cell Biology
Primate Biology
Immunology
Hybridoma  
Peptide Chemistry
ELISA
RIA
Genetics
Neuroendocrinology
Lactation and Drug Transport
Electron Microscopy
Endocrinology
Biostatistics

Animal House
 
Library
 
Family Welfare Clinics (Gynaecological, Cytology Laboratory)
 
Infertility Clinics (USG Colposcopy)
 
Photography
 
Computer facility
 
Instrumentation

Establishment Stores
Accounts
General Maintenance
Pay Bill Section

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Thrust Areas of Research

 

  1. Development and assessment of newer method of fertility regulation for men.
     

  2. To understand ovarian physiology and pathophysiology
     

  3. To understand the physiology of embryo-endometrial interaction with the objective of developing endometrial contraceptive.
     

  4. To develop and evaluate methods for the quantitation of urinary hormones, sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive tract infections
     

  5. To enhance involvement of men in reproductive health in urban and rural settings/populations.

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Staff Structure

Scientific Administrative Auxiliary Technical Support Staff
Deputy Director (Sr.G.)
Deputy Director         
Assistant Director
Sr. Research Officer
Research Officer
Administrative Officer
Accounts Officer
Section Officer 
Documentation Officer                                
Photographer                            
Animal House Keeper
Technical Officer
Research Assistant
Technical Assistant
Statistical Assistant
Technician
Health Educator
Social Worker
Nurse
Field Worker

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