Exploring Funding Opportunities for R&D in Ayurveda Field

Outline of My Talk How do you prepare the Faculty & Research Scholars for “Industry-acceptance” using nonconventional means Do the […]

Outline of My Talk

  • How do you prepare the Faculty & Research
  • Scholars for “Industry-acceptance” using nonconventional means
  • Do the institutions need to take up R&D
  • initiatives?
  • Is there any connection between Research and Employability?
  • Are there any examples that you can emulate?
  • Need: Short-term plans and long-term vision to
  • attract R & D funds.

Some Existing Conceptions about R&D

✔ Research can be used to improve teamwork
and industry acceptance.

✔ Research can be used to improve the learning method

✔ Research can bring funds/ infrastructure to the colleges

✔ Research can be fun/exciting and get students & faculty involvement.

 Myths

❌Research is meant for National
Institutes/Research Organizations only.

❌Expected work of a college is teaching & evaluating.

❌There is no direct connection between Campus “Research” and “Employability”.

❌When we want to do research on campus management has to spend a lot of money.


Which are different funding agencies? 

Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy,
Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).

Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic
Sciences (CCRAS)

National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB)

Department of Biotechnology(DBT)

Department of Science and Technology (DST)

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

AYUSH Schemes/Fundings 


EXTRAMURAL RESEARCH (EMR) in Ayurveda 

Aims and Objects: 

1. Development of R&D-based Ayurveda Drugs for prioritized
diseases 

2. To generate data on safety, standardization, and quality control
for Ayurveda products and practices; 

3. To develop evidence-based support on the efficacy of Ayurveda
drugs and therapies; 

4. To encourage research on classical texts and investigate
fundamental principles of the Ayurveda System; 

5. To generate data on heavy metals, pesticide residues, microbial load, safety/toxicity, etc. in the raw drugs and finished Ayurveda rugs; 

6. To develop Ayurveda products having Intellectual! Property
Rights (IPR) potential for increasing Ayurveda exports 

7. To develop the potential Human Resource in Ayurveda systems,
especially to inculcate scientific aptitude and expertise relating
to the Ayurveda system.


THE SCOPE OF THE APPLICATION

First-line therapy – To meet unmet medical needs of

current relevance.

Adjuvant therapy – To improve the response of Primary

therapy.

Rational polytherapy – For individualized management.

Protective therapy – To prevent/treat adverse effects and

reactions to Primary therapy.

Economic therapy – To reduce the dose/cost of therapy.


PRIORITY AREAS OF RESEARCH

A. Broad Areas 

1. Development of Methods and modalities for
Ayurvedic Clinical research 

2. Development of protocols for Clinical Trials 

3. Epidemiological Research 

4. Preventive Health 

5. R&D on Ayurvedic Diagnostics (including Nadi
Pariksha) 

6. R&D on Panchakarma


B. Diseases /Areas based on strength of Ayurveda,
National Priorities 

  • Reproductive Child Health (RCH) 
  • Preventive cardiology Hypertension, 
  • atherosclerosis, 
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Liver Disorders (Hepatitis B)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gastrointestinal disorders 
  • Hepatic disorders 
  • Diarrhea 
  • GI tract disorders – Gastritis, Peptic Ulcer, Non-Ulcer Dyspepsia, 
  • Ulcerative Colitis, Sprue Syndrome
  • Musculoskeletal disorders 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Eye diseases 
  • Diabetic retinopathy 
  • Computer vision syndrome 
  • Metabolic syndromes 
  • Diabetes mellitus and its complications 
  • Renal Stone 
  • Early Stages of Nephritis 
  • Erectile disorder 
  • Skin diseases, Urticaria
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Generalized anxiety disorder 
  • Depression 
  • Insomnia 
  • Anemia 
  • Malaria 
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia, Urolithiasis,
  • Ano-rectal conditions — Piles, Fistula-in-ano and Fissure, para-surgical procedures
  • Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy 
  • Wound healing 
  • Neurodegenerative conditions — Parkinsonism, Senile Dementia, Neurological disorders 
  • Migraine 
  • Hemicrania 
  • Rasayana therapy and geriatrics 
  • Reproductive and child health 
  • Quality of life (QOL) in cancer patients. 
  • Male infertility – oligospermia 
  • Dyslipidemia 
  • Leucorrhea

Drug Research and Development 

1. Standardization and quality assurance 
2. Pharmaceutical Research and Development 
3. Pharmacognosy (in-vitro and in-vivo methods) 
4. Biomarker-based mechanism of action 
5. Ethno-medicinal Research: survey and
documentation of medicinal plants/practice
etc. 
6. Veterinary Ayurveda products.

FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH 

Tridosa Prakriti, Agni, Srotas, Ojas, Ama,
Dhatu, Samprapti and Shad kriyakala etc.
Rasa, Guna, Virya, Vipaka and Prabhava 
Literature research; Survey, collection, transcription/translation, and preparation of
classical literature and textbooks, microhistorical investigations of Ayurveda.


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