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    CCRS Received Funds for 22 Research Projects

    The Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) has received funding from the Ministry of AYUSH to take up 22 research projects. This includes funds for clinical trials of drugs for osteoarthritis, fibroid uterus, urolithiasis and infertility.

    R.S.Ramaswamy , director general of CCRS, Ministry of AYUSH, during his recent visit to Vellore, said 22 research projects were
    approved last year and CCRS had received the funding to begin work a few months ago.

    “The duration of the projects is one to three years. This includes clinical trials for drugs to treat osteoarthritis, fibroid uterus, urolithiasis, sinusitis and infertility. We had completed the animal study for some of the projects,” .

    Units in CCRS
    CCRS has five units – Siddha Central Research Institute, Chennai, Siddha Regional Research Institutes at Puducherry and Thiruvananthapuram, Siddha Clinical Research Unit at Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli and Siddha Medicinal Plants Garden at Mettur Dam.
    He said there will be single centre studies and multi-centric studies involving the units of CCRS. Digitisation and compilation of herbarium and folklore claims of survey of medicinal plants unit will be taken up.

    “We will also be studying folklore medicine. We will be looking at the age-old practices of tribals such as ‘paati vaithiyam’, collect details and see if it can be validated,” he added. The drugs developed will be subjected to animal testing only at the Chennai unit, while drug analysis will be carried out at Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram units, he said.

    “We will be studying the efficacy and toxicity of drugs on animals,” he added.
    He noted that the funds have been distributed and granted to the research officers/principal investigators, and required equipment for testing of drugs is being arranged.

    With CCRS entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with VIT University recently, he said there will be mutual share of infrastructure and facilities.

    Source: The Hindu

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