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Multi-Disciplinary Research Unit

Government of India, sanctioned and approved (No.V.25011/570(i)/2010-HR, dated July 10, 2013) the scheme for ‘Establishment of Multi-Disciplinary Research Units (MRUs) in the Government Medical Colleges/Research Institutions’ during the 12th Plan period as a path-breaking initiative to develop/strength the health research infrastructure in the country to fulfill the newly allocated function of the Department related to the “Promotion, Coordination and Development of Basic, Applied and Clinical Research with special focus on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)”.
R.G. Kar Medical College under the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of West Bengal received the scheme for the establishment of the First Multi-Disciplinary Research Unit in the state of West Bengal in 2013. The Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) regarding the setting of MRU in RGKMC, Kolkata was signed between DHR, Govt. of India and Dept. of Health & Family Welfare, West Bengal on August 19, 2014 (No.V.25011/118/2014-HR).
Dr. Anjan Adhikari, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology of the Institute was the First NodalOfficer in Charge (January 2014 to April, 2019) of MRU, RGKMC, Kolkata.
Initiative has been taken to construct and equipped the laboratory following the guidelines of Department of Health & Research (ICMR) in the 4th floor of Academic Building, RGKMC, Kolkata (Area: 400 sq. metres). The lab is well equipped for all the molecular & cell culture based research work.
Dr. Anadi Roy Chowdhury, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology pursued as Nodal Officer in Charge of MRU for a short duration (from April to July 2019) after Dr. Anjan Adhikari.
Prof.(Dr.)kheya Mukherjee , Dept of Microbiology,Nodal Officer & In-Charge of MRU,(From 22.02.2023 to till date)

The present Local Research Advisory Committee (LRAC) of MRU, RGKMC is given below:
Prof. (Dr) Aniruddha Neogi DME, Dept. of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of West Bengal Chair Person
Prof. (Dr) Indranil Biswas Principal, Calcutta Medical College Co-Chair Person
Prof. (Dr.) Nina Das HOD, Dept. of Pharmacology, KPC Medical College & Hospital Member
Prof. (Dr.) Ramtanu Bandyopadhyay HOD, Dept. of General Medicine, R G Kar Medical College Member
Dr. Tapabrata Guha Roy Associate Professor, Dept. of Community Medicine, R G Kar Medical College Member
Prof. (Dr) Anjali Bandyopadhyay Professor, Dept. of Pathology, R G Kar Medical College Member
Dr. Shanta Dutta Scientist-G, NICED, Kolkata Member
Prof. (Dr.) Kheya Mukherjee Nodal Officer & In-charge, MRU, R G Kar Medical College, Kolkata Member

The recruitment procedures were initiated on from October, 2019 and all vacant posts of staff members (contractual) have been fulfilled. The laboratory has started functioning from January 2020. The staff members who are engaged to serve MRU, RGKMCH, Kolkata are:

1. Dr. Shritama Aich Research Scientist I Since December 14,2022
2. Ms. Megha Chakraborty Medical Technologist Since December 22,2022
3. Ms. Kakan Mondal Medical Technologist Since April 12,2023
4. Mr. Sourin Sen DEO & Lab Assistant Since December 14,2022
1. Dr. Tapas Kumar Sur Research Scientist II February 5, 2020 to February 4, 2023
2. Dr. Sumit Kumar Dey Research Scientist II April 12, 2023 to October 11, 2023
3. Dr. Senjuti Sen Research Scientist I August 7, 2021 to August 6, 2021
4. Dr. Kamalini Ghosh Research Scientist I March 5, 2020 to July 4, 2021
5. Mrs. Arpita Nath Medical Technologist February 6, 2020 to February 5, 2023
6. Mr. Indrajit Ghosh Medical Technologist August 1, 2021 to January 1,2022
7. Mr. Indrajit Sikdar Medical Technologist February 5, 2020 to July 31, 2020
8. Mr. Somnath Majumdar Data Entry Operator December 1, 2019 to June 30,2022
MRU is equipped with upgraded instruments for different research activities in the fields of:
  • Cell Culture
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Immunology
  • Immuno-histochemistry
  • Histopathology
  • Proteogenomics
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Drug Monitoring
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Biochemistry
Summary of Activities
  1. From July, 2020 to till date MRU, RGKMCH, Kolkata conducting Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and RT-PCR test for the detection of COVID-19 infection in hospital and community patients.
  2. After receiving a request from Deputy Secretary, ICMR-DHR on July 2020 MRU make necessary arrangements for updated molecular research and applied for RT-PCR of Covid-19 in Nodal Centre, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar on December 2020. MRU, RGKMC, Kolkata got approval and been enlisted as testing facility in ICMR Portal.
  3. An extended team member of medical laboratory technologists (MT) of other departments of the hospital has joined with MRU staffs and working dedicatedly.
  4. From May, 2021, a new clinic at Emergency OPD for 24X7 has been started by MRU team by the order of the authority for testing RAT and RT-PCR in all hospitalized patients to expedite admission procedure or treatment facilities in hospital.
  5. So far, more than 50,000 RAT and nearly 8000 RT-PCR tests for COVID-19 has performed by MRU, RGKMC, Kolkata.
  6. Several short term Institutional Projects has started after receiving Institutional Ethical Approval.
  7. All initiative has taken to increase in collaborative research activities with other Governmental Medical Colleges and Research Institutes.
  8. An initiative was undertaken by MRU staff members to prepared Annual Report-2021 of R.G. Kar Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata. The publication is under process.
  9. Attended “10th International Science Congress” (ISC-2022).
  10. MRU staffs attended a workshop on “Basic serology and molecular diagnostic methods for diagnosis of viral infections” on 10th May,2023, organised by VRDL, R.G.Kar Medical College & Hospital.
  11. Participated in “Swachhata Hi Seva” campaign from 15th September to 2nd October, an initiative by Central Govt. India.
  12. MRU has submitted 4 projects in the last ethical committee meeting on 5th January 2024 & all of them has got approval.
  13. Attended ICMR-DHR -4 conclave meeting on 16th January,2024.
  14. A workshop organised by MRU about Genomic DNA Isolation and Real Time Gene Expression Technique on 29th January 2024.
  15. 3 multicentric project proposals have been submitted to ICMR-DHR for funding.
Sr No Name of the Paper Year of Publication Name of the Journal Indexing
1 Comparative analysis of amoebic liver abscess versus pyogenic liver abscess on clinical and investigative consequences Journal of Indian Medical Association 2022 Scopus Index Copernicus International
2 Free fatty acids regulating action of Capparis decidua fruit on dyslipidemia in rats. Pharmaciana 2022 DOAJ
3 Evaluation of diagnostic utility and performance of rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen detection assay compared to real-time RT-PCR in Kolkata. India. Journal of Medical Science & Research 2022 DOAJ Scientific Indexing Services (SIS)
4 The practice of COVID-19 vaccination among the pregnant and lactating women: the present global scenario and decisions taken in India and Nepal. International Journal Dental and Medical Sciences Research 2022 ISSN
5 Nerve conduction and its correlations with blood sorbitol dehydrogenase in diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Journal of Applied Biochemistry & Laboratory Medicine 2022 ISSN
6 Correlation of multiple complications of malaria including relapse/recrudescence and previous history of malaria with current malaria parasitemia in all patients with MPDA kit positive results in a tertiary care hospital. National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology 2022 EMBASE Index CopernicusGoogle Scholar ScopeMed Open J-Gate
7 Characteristics constituents with antidiabetic significance from Indian mangrove apples. Future Natural Product 2022 DOAJ
8 Vitamin D status in COVID-19 patients admitted to the critical care unit of an Eastern India hospital Exploratory Animal and Medical Research 2022 Scopus Emerging Sources Citation Index
9 A retrospective study of effective guidelines and management for thalassaemic patients during pregnancy in Eastern India Journal of Indian Medical Association 2023 Scopus Index Copernicus International
10 Metabolic Syndrome in Postmenopausal Women and Its Early Detection Disease and Diagnosis 2023 DOAJ
11 An overview of the inborn errors of metabolism, its diagnosis and management. Disease and Diagnosis 2023 DOAJ