Armed Forces medical research meet from Feb 6
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The three-day meet will see the high-powered panel deliberate on a number of academic and research issues
Air Marshal D P Joshi, Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS), will inaugurate the 51st Armed Forces Medical Research Conference at Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune on February 6.
The conference will bring together all the senior medical officers of the Armed Forces, Dr W Selvamurty, Chief Controller of Research & Development, DRDO, Dr Arun Jamkar, vice-chancellor of the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Dr Ajay Chandanwale, dean, BJ Medical College, Dr D S Rana, chairman, Ganga Ram Hospital and other medical scientists from across the country. The three-day conference will see the high-powered panel deliberate on a number of academic and research issues.
The executive staff including the director general of medical services of all the three services will participate to make this event one of the largest research and policy conference in Asia. The research conducted in the Armed Forces undergoes meticulous screening and robust peer review resulting in worldwide acceptance of accuracy and authenticity.
The focus of the meet is to select research proposals with a high potential impact on the health of the Armed Forces and the community it serves. The meet also provides an opportunity to increase the civil-military partnership and collaboration in research and academics.
According to official sources, as many as 248 research proposals were received for consideration and have been scrutinised by different expert groups. Of them 108 proposals have been grouped as Priority I, 19 as Priority II and 16 as Priority III. The expert groups comprised senior specialist officers from different fields of medicine who examined the research proposals for ethical validity, originality, research component, financial outlay, utility value to the Armed Forces, time frames and the possibility of the studies being multicentric in nature. In 2012 as many as 120 research proposals were sanctioned at a estimated budget of Rs 5 crore and it is anticipated that a similar budget will be made available for research this year too.