No industry or institution can progress without R&D facilities. Hospitals are identified as human industries, where the sick are looked after and not well persons. Hence the responsibility is greater on the research protocols in every hospital. Research is not merely an activity, where what has not been identified so far, is identified. This has three main components.
Subjects (patients) on whom various research activities are carried out. The availability of infrastructure facilities like well-equipped sophisticated laboratories where the basic studies can be carried out.
The most important are the availability of highly academic, dedicated, ethical workers who are willing to carry out any type of research with absolute honesty. These physicians should have a clear concept of the research that he is going to undertake, willingness to accept a negative finding and a challenge to succeed in his work and produce the outcome. Only such competent workers are capable of doing research.
- Tamilnadu Dr. M. G. R. Medical University, Chennai.
- Tuberculosis Research Centre, (ICMR)-Chennai
- Biomaterial division of the Central Leather Research Institution, TICEL Park, Chennai.
- Institute of Child Health-Chennai.
- Department of Pediatric Rheumatology – University Bristol UK
A. Research activities of the Foundation
It is mandatory that CTMRF should encourage and implement good quality research work. The hospital doctors, as well attending consultants can do research. Though clinical research is what is possible, sometimes with the help of collaborative institutions, applied research also are being done. These research activities can be done only after they go through the protocol of the foundation, and pass through the Ethics Committee. Every year the data is collected by the foundation, regarding all the educational activities, research, publications and achievements and they are handed over to the administrative office for onward transmission to D.S.T and income tax department.
B. Research Meetings
In the beginning of the financial year, in April, research committee meetings are conducted. Old projects are evaluated. This is usually an interactive session, where chairman scrutinizes the status report of the research project. The principal investigator is questioned about the expenditure incurred; the progress of the study, and any conclusions reached either in a positive or negative fashion. If the research has not produced good results, or if the researcher expresses inability to continue the work, then they are discontinued. If good progress is shown, then some more fund allocation is given to continue the study. If the work has been accepted for publication, that candidate is complemented. He or she is also asked to give a talk in the C.M.E. programme. Any difficulties expressed due to the management, and then they are sorted out amicably.
All research personnel are requested to adhere to the protocol, ethics committee requirement and submit status report every six months. Any publication arising out of the research done is the property of Childs Trust Research Foundation.