All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Jodhpur, and Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR) Lucknow, have joined hands to work in the field of toxicology research.
Both the institutes have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which they agreed to diagnose people’s health problems in Rajasthan with toxicology research.
Under the agreement, the Jodhpur institute will be providing research problems related to public health to IITR. The Lucknow-based institute will then start working towards finding the solutions to the problems.
Reportedly, IITR, in exchange, will provide the access of its bioinformatics lab, high-end equipment, and expert scientists to faculty and students of AIIMS for conducting research and training.
Apart from this, the institute will also provide their assistance in solving prevailing health-related problems in Rajasthan like, fluorosis, silicosis, micronutrient deficiency diseases and study of heavy metals toxicity.
According to an official, IITR labs are capable of detecting any element which is mentioned in the current periodic table, up to a level of Part Per Trillion (PPT).
The MoU between the two institutes was signed by Dr Sanjeev Misra, director, AIIMS, Jodhpur, and Dr Alok Dhawan, director, IITR, Lucknow, in the presence of IITR’s dean (research) Dr Praveen Sharma and Dr Kuldeep Singh, dean (academics) of AIIMS, Jodhpur.
Another team from AIIMS (Jodhpur) also undertook a visit to oversee lab and other facilities available with IITR.