Pune 09 Feb 17 PCP NEWS) : 175 Research Proposal and Strategies Aimed for Emerging Healthcare Challenges in Armed Forces is finalize at the 65 th Annual Armed Forces Medical Conference at the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune from 07 to 10 Feb 2017.

The 55th Armed Forces Medical Research Committee (AFMRC) headed by Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS), concluded its examination of over 175 new research proposals, which includes 18 proposals from Preventive Medicine, 42 from Medicine and allied specialties, 25 from Pathology and allied specialties, 9 from Aviation Medicine and allied specialties, 55 from Surgery and allied specialties and 26 from Dental Surgery in this 65 th Annual Conference.

The first AFMRC was organized in 1953, Over the years the conference has gradually expanded in scope to become a forum for planning, evaluation and implementation not only of research but also innovations in health care. While the principal focus of research is related to the requirements of the Armed Forces, the results achieved are made available to all health care professionals.

The Committee also includes Directors General Medical Services of the Army, Navy and Air Force, Director General Hospital Services (DGHS), Director General Dental Services (DGDS), Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Medical), Director and Commandant, AFMC and a number of eminent persons drawn from different disciplines of medical science. The deliberations also included discussion on policy matters, academic priorities, and general thrust of scientific research.

In this Conference around 170 new projects were approved for research in 2017 with a budgetary outlay of Rupees Nine Crores for new and ongoing projects. Medical research in the Armed Forces will receive a major boost through increased collaboration with DRDO at all levels. The two organizations work closely in life sciences research. The sustained financial support for research has been possible because of the encouragement being received from the three Service Chiefs, Ministry of Defence and DRDO.

Today a award winning published research papers were presented. These included publications on ‘ Emergence of Multi-Drug Resistant Enterococci at a Tertiary Care Centre’, ‘The ABC of Diabetes’, ‘Efficacy of Bevacizumab compared to Mitomycin modulated Traceculectomy in Primary Open Angle Glaucoma’ and ‘Life cycle costing as a decision making tool in radio diagnosis’.

During this Conference, Specialists Conferences will be held tomorrow separately, by Departments of AFMC for practicing specialist officers of their respective disciplines. They will also review completed AFMRC Projects of their own disciplines, special session on perspective challenges, where medical administrative issues as well as development of human resources within the Armed Forces Medical Services will be discussed. Presentations will be made on ‘ Does the Armed Forces need to spread its wings towards augmenter UG training within AFMS’, ‘ Bio-Terrorism: Should we be prepared?’, ‘ Cyber Attack: Is AFMS ready to face the challenge?’, and ‘ The AFMS Hospital in 2030: Corporate Efficiency at sustainable cost’. The deliberations will conclude on 10 Feb with a closing address by Lieutenant General M K Unni, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, PHS, DGAFMS. PCP/DJ 17 30 DSC_7513

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Lt Gen T K Bandyopadhyay, DGDS ( Left), Air Mshl C K Ranjan, Commandant, AFMC (Second from left)), Lt Gen M K Unni, DGAFMS, ( Third from Left), Lt Gen Velu Nair, DGMS Army (third from right), Surg VADM Bipin Puri DGMS, Navy ( Second from Right) and Air Mshl Pawan Kapoor ( Right) at Armed Forces Medical Research Committee Meeting in Sanjeevani Hall, AFMC

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