Applications are invited for Senior Research Fellow at VPCI | M.Pharm

The Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute (VPCI) is a unique postgraduate medical institution devoted to the study of chest diseases. It is a University of Delhi maintained institution and is funded entirely by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The institute is ideally located in the heart of the main campus of the University of Delhi, providing the requisite academic environment. The Institute fulfills the national need for providing relief to large number of patients in the community suffering from chest diseases. It has eminently discharged its role and has earned a unique place in the field of Chest Medicine.

Post : Senior Research Fellow

Applications are invited for Senior Research Fellow (SRF) for DBT project , “Smart regulation of antibiotic use in India: understanding, innovating and improving compliance” under India-UK initiative on ‘Antimicrobial Resistance’. The positions are with the Principal Investigator of the project, Dr. Anita Kotwani, Professor & Head, Department of Pharmacology, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, Delhi University, Delhi 110007. Appointments shall be initially for a period of one year renewable for another two years.

Project Brief:
Project title: Smart regulation of Antibiotic use in India: Understanding,
Innovating and Improving Compliance.
This is an innovative collaborative project between Department of Biotechnology,
Government of India and Research Councils UK.
Indian team - PI, Prof. Anita Kotwani, V.P. Chest Institute, Co-Investigators from
Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP), Amity University and
National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, Hyderabad.
PI from UK Team is from School of Law, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Project Summary: The containment of AMR is a multi-faceted task that needs a one-health approach as suggested in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2015 Global Action Plan (GAP) on AMR. Countries including India have aligned their National Action Plans (NAPs) on AMR with this international guidance. One of the important links for various activities for AMR containment is the appropriate use of antibiotics to reduce selection pressure on microbes. According to the GAP, effective regulation will be a key tool for ensuring that national standards aimed at optimising the use of antimicrobial medicines in human and animal health are followed in practice. The core idea of this project is to understand and gather the ideas and methods of 'smart regulation' to better understand the underlying problems and apply them to co-produce innovative regulations with Indian national and state regulators and regulatory subjects that will likely lead to mutually acceptable regulations and improved compliance.

Key sectors and Locations for the study:
Taking a one health approach, we have chosen four key sectors particularly affected by AMR that will be studied in detail in three geographical contexts i.e. within two Indian states and at the national level. The four sectors are:
1. OTC antibiotic sales at pharmacies without valid prescription
2. Poultry farmers using antibiotics (including as a growth factor)
3. Hospital AMR containment
4. Pharma industry effluents and AMR

Responsibilities:
• Conduct structured literature search on antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic use in health care, food animals esp. poultry farms and environmental pollution from pharmaceutical industry.
• Mapping of stakeholders.
• Conduct in-depth interviews with the key academics, government officials, industry, researchers, civil society members, community at national, state and district level for four case studies.
• Assist in collating and analysis of data collected and prepare timely reports for research publications and projects.
• Ensure systematic data collection, cleaning, storage and analysis within the project timelines.
• Assist in organizing workshops with key stakeholders, project reports and updates to the donor and other partners and coordination among other research partners within and outside the institution.
• Support in any other research and work needed with day to day functioning of the organization as specified by the study investigator.
• May have an opportunity to enroll in a PhD course with the project.

Essential Qualifications:
1. Post graduate degree in Pharmacology / Public Health / Veterinary Sciences / Dental Sciences / Pharmaceuticals industry regulation. Study of Pharmacology or closely related subject at UG/PG level.
2. Experience of 1-3 years.
3. Skills: excellent scientific writing, good communication skills, proficient in using Microsoft Office and data analysis software.

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