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11th Annual Research Day 2021 
22 October 2021

The 11th Annual Research Day was organised by the Office of Research, Christian Medical College, Vellore on 21st and 22nd of October 2021 in the Scudder Auditorium and New Examination Hall. The programme showcased research activities undertaken by the faculty and students of medical specialities  , Nursing and Allied Health Sciences along with Field and Epidemiology, Bioengineering and the various PhD programmes at CMCVellore.  This year also highlighted ‘COVID-19 related basic, translational and clinical research’ as a separate category. On 21st October 2021, there was a wide array of poster and oral presentations.  There were a total of 224 poster presentations and 245 podium presentations over two days.

The special programme on the second day began with welcome addresses from Dr. Nihal Thomas, (Head of Endocrinology Unit -1) and    Dr. Biju George, (Head of Haematology). Following this were felicitations by Dr. J.V Peter, (Director), Dr. Anna B. Pulimood , (Principal) and  Dr. Prasad Mathews , the (Medical Superintendent); in which they exhorted the students and faculty to inculcate a culture of basic, translational and clinical research.

There were various citations presented throughout the programme by noted faculty from various departments within the institution. The highlights of the evening ceremony were the Special Orations by distinguished retired faculty of the institution; Dr. Chandran Gnanamuthu , (Professor of Neurology) and Dr. S. Gunasekaran Vaz, (Professor of Physiology). Dr. Chandran spoke reminiscing on the research journey of CMC over the past decades in the National and International context and Dr. Gunsekaran dwelt on extensive lab and pre-clinical work on pancreatic islet transplantation. 

The prizes for the presentations were awarded during the valedictory ceremony. About 110 prizes were distributed for both categories by Dr.Joy Sarojini Michael, Vice Principal (AHS), Dr. Thripti Meriel Jacob, Vice Principal (PG) , Dr. Suganthy R, Registrar and Dr. Sushil Mathew John ,Vice Principal (HR). 
The programme concluded with vote of thanks rendered by Dr. Suceena Alexander, Additional Vice Principal (Research), followed by national anthem and dinner.

CMC Vellore performs Asia’s first percutaneous valve implantation
24th Sept 2021 

The valvular heart disease interventional team at CMC recently performed Asia’s first percutaneous (through the skin) or transcatheter valve implantation of a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVI) in two patients with failed open heart surgical valves. Conscious local anaesthesia was administered to the patients and after the procedure, they were discharged to the ward on the same day.

Both the patients had previously undergone coronary artery bypass surgery with open heart replacement of the aortic valve. The surgically replaced valves had failed and both the patients were found to be poor candidates for a repeat surgical valve replacement.

According to a pioneer of the percutaneous valve replacement program at CMC, the design of the new transcatheter valve delivery system enables cardiologists to advance the folded up valve through blood vessels as small as 5 millimeters in diameter. The valve’s design also affords easy access to the heart’s coronary arteries, located near the aortic valve, thereby allowing future coronary interventions to be performed relatively easily.

The percutaneous valve replacement procedure was performed by a team including Dr. John Jose and Dr. Paul George (Professors, Department of Cardiology CMC Hospital) and Dr. Gintautas Bieliauskas (interventional cardiologist, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark).

Earlier this year, the Cardiac team had performed a non-surgical replacement of a tricuspid valve by implanting a new heart valve through the femoral vein, a blood vessel in the groin. Read about it here.

CMC becomes affiliate centre of Cochrane 
1st September, 2021 

Cochrane India – CMC Vellore Affiliate was officially launched on 1/9/2021 at the Christian Medical College Vellore which officially becomes the Affiliate Centre of Cochrane, international NGO and the leading authority on Systematic Reviews. Dr Thambu David, Professor of Medicine at CMC, is the Director of the affiliate centre. 

Eight other institutions - All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; India Council of Medical Research, New Delhi; Indian Institute of Public Health - Hyderabad; Institute of Dental Sciences, Odisha; King George’s Medical University, Hyderabad; Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal; Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh; and Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai - are part of the Affiliate. 

Cochrane India – CMC Vellore Affiliate is based within the Prof BV Moses Centre for Evidence Informed Healthcare and Health Policy (BVMC).  BVMC aims to help people make well-informed decisions about health care by preparing, maintaining and promoting the accessibility of systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare interventions and the accuracy of diagnostic tests. By doing so, it aims to improve the quality of health care and health policy in the region through increased capacity among health professionals to understand and to conduct systematic reviews; the increased use of evidence in health care derived from systematic reviews of evaluations of the effects of interventions and the accuracy of diagnostic tests. 

The increased dissemination of the results of systematic reviews of interventions in health care and evaluation of their usefulness to clinicians, policy makers and people with health care needs; Identification of gaps in the evidence and prioritization of interventions requiring systematic reviews or trials, and Improving the quality of design, conduct and reporting of clinical trials conducted in the region.

The Affiliate centre was launched by Mr. Jerrald Selvam, Additional Director, National Rural Health Mission, Tamilnadu State, Health Society, Chennai at Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project, Chennai, Virtually at the Christian Medical College Vellore who was presided by Dr JV Peter, Director of CMC, Vellore; Dr Anna Pulimood, Principal of CMC Vellore, Dr Prasad Mathews, the Medical Superintendent, Ms Vathsala Sadan, Nursing Superintendent.

Dr Jerrald Selvam who presented his message virtually applauded the collaborative efforts and strengths of the Cochrane and its evidence.  Dr Jerrald also spoke how dissemination of evidence makes a major impact especially in these pandemic times of Covid especially.  Dr Jerrald emphasized the importance of evidence, understand systematic reviews by Health Professionals which could enrich and value the evidence available and can be used in the policy making especially in the area of cost effectiveness and its policy decision and especially to the Govt of Tamilnadu in the upcoming days.  Dr Jerrald lauded the work of the CMC community and expressed his wishes to Dr Prathap Tharyan and Dr Thambu David is currently taken up the charge of the centre. 

Dr J V Peter, Director of the Christian Medical College, Vellore remembered the initiation of the Cochrane activity, his learning experience of the Meta-analysis under the guidance of Prof Prathap Tharyan at the Cochrane Centre, Christian Medical College, Vellore.  He stressed that the evidence should be crisp, clear and precise.  He suggested that we work on the evidence that is relevant to this region in the upcoming future.  Dr Anna Pulimood, Principal, CMC, Vellore lauded the groups effort in retaining the Cochrane Centre and its activities.  Dr Prasad Mathew, Medical Superintendent said that we are in need of understandable and usable evidence in the days to come.  Dr Vathsala Sadan, Nursing Superintended, expressed the need of collaborating together in the future with the Cochrane Centre especially with the development of Nursing Evidence based guidelines.

Dr Thambu David, Director of Cochrane India – CMC Vellore Affiliate summarised the future plans for the centre along with its vision that has been road mapped for the upcoming Year.  Dr Satish, Member of the CEU, CMC, Vellore gave away the vote of thanks.

The launch was conducted in the presence of the Staff of the Prof BV Moses Centre for Evidence Informed Healthcare and Health Policy which hosts the Cochrane Affiliate, along with the members of the Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Department of Biostatistics, CMC, Vellore.  Dr Thambu David who is the Director of the Cochrane Affiliate – CMC Vellore Associate gave away the vote of thanks and remarked that the Centre is looking forward in contributing towards the evidence synthesis and evidence update of our region. 

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