Pushpagiri Research Center About Us
History, Vision, Administration & Board Members, Faculty, Committees
Pushpagiri group of institutes, located in the heart of Thiruvalla, a scenic town in central Travancore in Kerala. This land is blessed with the visit of Saint Thomas, the disciple of Jesus. It harbors Sri Vallabha Temple, Saint John’s Cathedral, Parumala Church to enrich the rich spiritual heritage of Thiruvalla. This place is richly ornamented with the lush green paddy fields and coconut grooves.
The branches of Pushpagiri Medical College comprises of Institute of Medical Sciences, Research Centre, College of Dental Science, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, School of Nursing, & College of Allied Health Sciences.
Pushpagiri research centre better known by the acronym PRC. PRC is the brain child and a brave endeavor of Rev. Dr. Mathew Mazhavancheril. It is a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) recognized by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India. It was initiated in the year 2009 and functions in Pushpagiri Medical College Campus as a central research facility. PRC features open-plan, multifunctional research Laboratory and it conducts, promotes research in interdisciplinary areas of Science such as Tissue Engineering, Phytoceutical research, Molecular Biology, Cell Culture, Microbial Technology, Metabolic disorders, Biochemistry and Nanotechnology.
PRC offers a unique, pluralistic and open research culture that is supported by high-end infrastructure and instrument facilities (instrument list is attached). Various research schemes funded by State & Central Government agencies like DST, DBT, ICMR, BRNS and International agencies like Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
PRC is an upcoming research centre and mainly focuses on translating the ideas from laboratory to commercial market. The research centre is currently carrying out various researches in wound healing, tissue regeneration, synthesis of green nanoparticle, drug delivery, drug discovery and inborn errors of metabolism which is in collaboration with various institutions. PRC is having MOU with various government institutes like HLL- Trivandrum, CIFT-Kochi, MG University-Kottayam and private institutes like MACFAST-Tiruvalla, VIT-TamilNadu, Mar Ephraim College -Marthandum, SRM University-TamilNadu, Polyskin-Alleppey, Yenepoya-Mangalore etc.
We aim is to create breakthroughs in Medical field, by taking research outcome from bench to bedside, with high ethical standards, and to Develop transformative technologies, to meet growing challenges in the area of human health and illness, with an innovative approach. It provides a platform, to develop strategies of therapeutic intervention to improve the quality of life, and to alleviate human sufferings. Our state-of-the-art infrastructure, and domain of expertise, catalyzes the translation of laboratory research of the academia and industry to hospital bed.
From The Director's Desk
India’s emergence as one of the world’s major economies is being reflected by its increasing contribution to the world’s high-quality scientific research and research publications. The contributors of this development have been played by many research institutes around the country. One such research- intensive centre is Pushpagiri Research Centre.
The research team at PRC is keen in investigating, evaluating and unfolding the mystery lying around the field of biology by isolating bioactive compounds from nature to development of new diagnostic kit by breaking the conventional thinking to make translational research i.e. from lab to bedside, a reality.
The youthful and energetic atmosphere of the centre is our success which develops an ideal and fertile research ecosystem for faculty, staff, students and trainees. We conduct various training programmes (cell culture, animal handling etc.), workshops (molecular biology, cell culture, animal handling etc.) and conferences (Bioradiance) which provides platform to various budding scientists and innovators to showcase their research, technical, analytical and presentation skills. These events encompass various disciplines like disease biology, tissue engineering, immunology and others, which also provides open possibilities for the interactive sessions, collaborative ventures with the field experts and the centre itself.
Our mission is to understand, evaluate, screen and development of drugs, kits for the betterment of human race using in vitro (cell culture) and in vivo (animal models) methods to develop a unique training of individuals in basic & translational sciences and promote collaborations between medical, veterinary & agricultural professionals with basic biology scientists.
Over the past few years, the ability of PRC in making a major contribution in the field of biology has been greatly supported by various funding agencies like DST, DBT, ICMR, BRNS and International agencies like Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Visit our website and also our centre to enrich the PRC’s intellectual resources, rich experiences and also the wealth of opportunities.
Rev. Fr. Jose Kallumalickal
Chief Executive Officer, Pushpagiri Group of Institutions
Shri. Jacob Punnoose IPS
Executive Director, Pushpagiri Medical Society
Rev. Dr. Mathew Mazhavancheril
Director- Academics & Research, Pushpagiri Group of Institutions
Dr. Yogesh Bharat Dalvi
Coordinator and Scientist, Pushpagiri Research Center
International Advisory Committee Members
Dr. Anil Kishen
Professor, Faculty of dentistry,
University of Toronto, Canada
Dr. Aji P. Mathew
Materials and environmental chemistry,
Stockholm University IPS
Dr. Masoud Mozafari
Assistant Professor, Director of Bioengineering Lab, Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Department, Materials and Energy Research Center (MERC),
Also Adjunct Assistant Professor, Cellular and Molecular Research Center, Department of Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine, Faculty of Advanced Technologies in Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS).
Dr. Lakshmi S. Nair
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery,
University of Connecticut Health Center,
263 Farmington Avenue, Unit MC 3711, Farmington, CT 06030
National Advisory Committee Members
Dr Sabu Thomas
Pro - Vice Chancellor, Mahathma Gandhi University,
Professor of Polymer Science & Engineering, School of Chemical Sciences and Nanotechnology, M G University,
Priyadarsini Hills P.O., Kottayam 686560, Kerala, India
Dr. Reba Kanungo
MD, PhD, Dean Research, Prof.& Head, Department of Microbiology,
Pondicherry lnstitute of Medical Sciences,
Kalapet, Puducherry- 605 014, India
Dr. G. S. Sailaja
Department of polymer science and Rubber Technology,
Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Kochi 682022, Kerala, India
Dr Anand Ambarasu
M.Sc, M.Tech, PhD, Professor,
Division of Bioinfotmatics, VIT, Vellore,
Tamil Nadu, India.
Dr. Nandakumar Kalarikkal
Associate Professor, Advanced Materials Laboratory, School of Pure and Applied Physics,
International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,
Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam - 686 560, Kerala, India.
Dr Sachin J Shenoy
Scientist ( Veterinary), Division Of Invivo Models and Testing,
Department of Medical Devices Engineering, Biomedical Technology Wing, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences And Technology,
Poojapura, Thiruvananthapuram- 695012., Kerala , INDIA.
Scientist ‘E’, Department Coordinator,
Department of Applied Biology, Sree Chithra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology,
Poojapura, Thiruvananthapuram-695012, Kerala, India
Consultant to Pushpagiri Research Center
Dr. Gopalan Sridharan
Fmr. Prof. & Head, Dept. of Clinical Virology, CMC, Vellore,
Dean Research, Naruvi Hospitals - Henry Ford Health Systems, Vellore,
Visiting Professor of Clinical Virology, SRU, Porur, Chennai,
Emeritus Scientist, Sri Narayani Hospital and Research Centre, Sripuram, Vellore, India
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) was constituted in the year 2016, as an inter-institutional body under Pushpagiri Medical Society. The mandate of the IRB was to review and sanction research proposals which are submitted for external funding and multi-centric collaborative projects. The IRB has a mix of internal and external members, to ensure that the reviews are objective and without any form of bias. The body has representation from all institutions under Pushpagiri Medical Society, apart from legal expert, theologian and lay member. The IRB is headed Dr Harikumar B Nair, a prominent Ayurvedic physician and researcher, since its inception in 2016. The IRB of Pushpagiri has been recognised by the Central Drug Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) through its letter no ECR/878/Inst/KL/2016, dated 15/12/2016.
The current members of the IRB are:
- Dr Harikumar B Nair (Chairperson)
- Dr Nebu Thomas (Member Secretary)
- Dr TP Thankappan (Member)
- Dr Vikram Gowda (Member)
- Dr Jiyo Chacko (Pharmacologist)
- Dr Krishnan Namboodiri (Member)
- Dr Philip Mathew (Member)
- Dr Renu G (Member)
- Dr Lincy Joseph (Member
- Prof. Dr Mathew Koshy Punnakkad (Lay member)
- Rev Dr Mathew Mazhavancheril (Theologian/ Social Scientist)
- Adv Minu Mathews (Legal expert)
The meetings of the IRB are held on second Thursdays of every alternate month. The proposals are to be submitted to the Clinical Research Office, situated on the 1st Floor of Medical College building before the end of the previous month, so that members will get adequate time to review it. The proposals have to be submitted on a prescribed format, with all accompanying documents and checklists. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ext No 276.
The Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC) of Pushpagiri Medical College Sciences & Research Centre was constituted in the year 2008, as an inter-institutional body under CPCSEA, Govt. of India. The IAEC is duly constituted as per the norms of the Govt. of India which mainly focuses on following:
- Welfare cost to the animals
- Ethical considerations
- The proposed benefits which will be achieved
- The social / community acceptability of the procedures
- Ensuring compliance with the law
- Monitoring the use of animals in the institution and ensuring that appropriate standards and procedures are adhered to
- Scientific validity of projects
Institutional Animals Ethics committee include nine members who are from within and outside the institution as per the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) norms to ensure that the reviews are objective and without any form of bias. The registration of our establishment with CPCSEA for the purpose of “Research for educational purpose on small animals” bears a registration number 602/PO/Re/S/2002/CPCESA renewed for 13.05.2014 to 12.05.2019.
The current members of the IAEC are as follows:
Name of Faculty
Dr. Arun George
Socially Aware Nominee
Veterinary & Officer Incharge,
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology
|Scientist from outside Institute||Dr. P.K. Gopalakrishnan|
Chairman & Scientist from different biological discipline
|Dr. Santhosh Pillai
Head & Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology,
Member Secretary& Scientist in-charge
|Dr. Yogesh Dalvi</>
Co-ordinator & Scientist
Pushpagiri Research Centre,
Scientist from different biological discipline
|Dr. Vikram Gowda N. R.
Professor, Dept. of Physiology
Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry
|Dr. C.J. Joseph
Pushpagiri Medical College Hospital, Tiruvalla.
The meetings of the IAEC are held twice in a year. The proposals are to be submitted to the Chairman / scientist in charge & member secretary, one or two months before the commencement of the meeting so that the proposals can be circulated to link/ Scientist from outside Institute / Main nominee or all of them, so that they will get adequate time to review it. The proposals have to be submitted on a prescribed format, with all accompanying documents and checklists. For more information, please contact Chairman (Extn no: 548)/ scientist in charge & member secretary (Extn no: 7605).
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