Government News

NIH launches study to test combination antibody treatment for HIV infection

  • Posted on: 25 September 2018
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

A clinical trial testing infusions of combination antibodies in people living with HIV has begun at the National Institutes of Health. The early phase clinical trial will evaluate whether periodic infusions of two highly potent, HIV-specific, broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs)—3BNC117 and 10-1074—are safe in people living with HIV. The study also will gather preliminary data on how effectively the bNAb infusions, delivered together every two to four weeks, suppress HIV following discontinuation of antiretroviral therapy (ART).

WHO is developing Benchmark Documents for practice in traditional medicine

  • Posted on: 19 September 2018
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

World Health Organisation is developing Benchmark Documents for practice in Ayurveda, Panckarma and Unani system as part of its global strategy to provide safe, effective and accessible Traditional Medicine to global community. Development of these benchmarks documents is included in the Project Collaboration Agreement (PCA) between WHO and Ministry of AYUSH. WHO Working Group Meetings for three WHO benchmark documents scheduled 17 -19 September, 2018, was inaugurated at Jaipur. The three days programme containing four sessions on each day has been organized by Ministry of AYUSH and coordinated by National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur.

Health ministry initiate Empanelment of Independent National Monitors

  • Posted on: 18 September 2018
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

The Central government initiated empanelling independent individual and institutional monitors across the country.

The main objective is  to undertake regular monitoring of major national programmes and special monitoring of specific interventions under the NHM, to identify areas for improvement following the review and to provide suggestions for addressing the gaps identified

NIH announce the launch of initiative to accelerate genetic therapies to cure sickle cell disease

  • Posted on: 18 September 2018
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

The National Institutes of Health announced the launch of a new initiative to help speed the development of cures for sickle cell disease, a group of inherited blood disorders affecting at least 100,000 people in the United States and 20 million worldwide. The Cure Sickle Cell Initiative will take advantage of the latest genetic discoveries and technological advances to move the most promising genetic-based curative therapies safely into clinical trials within five to 10 years.

NITI Aayog, Intel and TIFR collaborate to set up a Model International Center for Transformative AI (ICTAI)

  • Posted on: 12 September 2018
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

NITI Aayog, Intel, and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) announced on 7th September that they are collaborating to set up a Model International Center for Transformative Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI) towards developing and deploying AI-led application-based research projects. This initiative is part of NITI Aayog’s ‘National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence’ Discussion Paper that focuses on establishing ICTAI in the country through private sector collaboration.

Health ministry decide for renaming drug regulator CDSCO

  • Posted on: 10 September 2018
  • By: Shalini.Sharma

The Union Health Ministry decide  for renaming the country's drug regulator CDSCO in line with its expanded roles. In a public notice issued on 6.9.2018, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation(CDSCO) said its name was given keeping its role when it was created, but the present nomenclature was not reflecting its roles and responsibilities.