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Broad Mission Statements

1. Plans, directs, develops, supports, coordinates and evaluates a national programme of cancer surveillance (electronic or otherwise) involving the collection and analysis of reliable data on magnitude and patterns of cancer so as to answer key questions about cancer incidence and mortality in different demographic and population settings

2. Plans, facilitates and supports programmes of surveillance (electronic or otherwise) of other diseases (diabetes, CVD, stroke) involving the collection and analysis of reliable data on magnitude and patterns so as to answer key questions about disease incidence and mortality in different demographic and population settings

3. Designs, undertakes and implements multi-registry/centric collaborative aetiologic research studies in-keeping with recent advances in epidemiological research.

4. Evolves, coordinates and evaluates a national standardised programme on patterns of patient care and survival in different anatomical sites of cancer,

5. Plans and facilitates programmes on patterns of patient care and survival in diabetes, CVD and stroke;

6. Develops human resources in use of disease data base and informatics for research with focus on multi-disciplinary approach – field, clinic, laboratory using the tool of electronic information technology; and, in the process help stimulate cross training and inter and multi-disciplinary research.

7. Will actively seek public-private partnership to fulfill any of the objectives and/or mission statements stated above and/or specific function statements outlined below.

Specific Function Statements

1. The centre will closely work with the Ministry of Health, Government of India and other Central/State Government or other agencies to provide or plan to provide baseline information and technically help in designing, monitoring and evaluating control programmes and activities.

2. The centre would encourage and extend technical support to all Central/Regional/State medical institutions and medical colleges, non-governmental or private centres for constituting and establishing data collection (on cancer, CVD, Diabetes and Stroke) in their institutions along internationally acceptable and nationally adaptable formats and standards. Use of the internet and electronic information networking will be a regular feature.

3. Studies in aetiology will receive special focus through disease specific registers like lymphoma-leukaemia registry, childhood cancer registry and bone tumour registry etc. incorporating recent classifications based on immuno-phenotyping etc. so as to enable conduct of multi-centric epidemiological studies.

4. Conduct studies in populations with exceptional or changing incidence rates or unusual environmental exposures.

5. The centre will plan, innovate and integrate recent advances in communications and electronic information technology to develop the emerging field of health/disease informatics and develop software modules for data capture, checking and analysis.

6. The centre will have active interaction on scientific topics and where feasible collaborative projects with related ICMR permanent centres/institutes like Regional Medical Research Centre, Dibrugarh, Institute of Pathology, New Delhi, Institute of Cytology and Preventive Oncology, Noida, National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai etc. In the same way it will also interact with local institutions in Bangalore like the Indian Institute of Science, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, etc.

7. The centre will create a Directory of on-going research in India on cancer, diabetes, CVD and stroke.

Research Focus

A. Primary focus: A nationwide data-base has already been established for cancer through the National Cancer Registry Programme and the Cancer Atlas Project. Therefore, the primary focus of research of the centre would be to undertake:

   a) epidemiological cancer research with laboratory component where relevant and important;

   b) patterns of care and survival studies on selected sites of cancer;

   c) cancer control research.

B. Secondary Focus: Facilitate and coordinate research activities by collaborating centres towards epidemiological and clinical studies in diabetes, CVD and stroke.

Basis for Selection of Location

The Coordinating Unit of the NCRP has been functioning at Bangalore since 1991. The basic infrastructure of staff, internet connectivity and computers and most importantly software programmes and modules have been developed. This has been developed in-house with support of hardware and software consultants. Further software development activity is underway so as to have user friendly state of the art modules that would meet the requirements listed above. Apart from the ease of consulting and/or hiring IT professionals/programmers there are several further reasons for having this centre in Bangalore. The Council has constructed a building for the units of ICMR located in Bangalore including the Coordinating Unit of NCRP. Lastly, like several major cities (including the metros) in India, it would promote the cause of medical research to have a permanent ICMR centre in Bangalore for several reasons. It has a number of medical institutions and several other scientific institutions. It would be important to have the presence of ICMR with a permanent centre with scope of future collaboration with many of these institutions. With the above information, Bangalore has been chosen as the location of this centre.


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II Floor of Nirmal Bhawan, ICMR Complex
Poojanhalli Road, Off NH-7
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Kannamangala Post Bangalore
562 110, India.