King Edward Memorial Hospital Research Centre (KEMHRC)

KEM Hospital is a 105 years old multi-specialty 550 bed tertiary care hospital which has experience of working in partnership with the state and central government public health systems for over five decades. It has been directly working with the government for effective implementation of many of contemporary public health programs in city as also in rural areas across Maharashtra state. KEM Hospital has a state of the art Diabetes Unit www.kemdiabetes.orgwhich is one of its own kind in the country. The Pediatrics unit of KEM Hospital is one of the firsts in the city to have a dedicated rehabilitation center with expertise in developmental pediatrics. With legacy of working in mother and child health, the Pediatrics Unit of KEM Hospital has established itself as leading unit that has equal expertise in pediatric health care and pediatrics research.

Besides medical proficiency, its sister concern, the KEMHRC has expertise in conducting community health research, clinical trials, interventions and training of public health professionals. KEMHRC has established Vadu Health and Demographic Surveillance System (Vadu HDSS) for over a decade now, covering about 140000 population residing in 22 villages. The experience of running HDSS has also given KEMHRC strength to conduct large cohort studies or cross sectional studies and community based large scale clinical research including vaccine trials, disease burden studies, epidemiology and social science research.

Epidemiological studies conducted at KEMHRC have laid the foundation for a more evidence-based approach to resource allocation and to develop health promotion programs. It has exemplified the feasibility of conducting non-communicable diseases risk factor surveillance in the low and middle-income settings by integrating it into HDSS data collection. Our institution's foray into large community based GCP compliant phase II/ III vaccine trials for meningitis, measles, typhoid and rotavirus is an important contribution to national efforts in getting safe, highly efficacious yet affordable vaccines to licensure and use in India as also globally. A strategic award from the Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt of India (DBT) helped us initiate a Vaccine Research Unit which is now part of "Centres of Excellence (CoE)" in clinical research in the country. These CoE are designated to enhance country’s clinical research capacities and create younger generation of clinical research investigators.

KEMHRC has partnership with the state government health services for health care delivery in public health and we are a Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (Government of India) recognized centre. We have been in partnership with national level institutions including the Indian Council of Medical Research, the Dept of Biotechnology, Government of India and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India. We have international collaborations with the WHO, INDEPTH Network, Wellcome Trust, LSHTM, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and many other renowned global institutions.

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