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National Institute of Epidemiology (NIE), Chennai, Tamil Nadu

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Activity
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  • » Cardiovascular risk factor survey
  • » Leprosy endemicity study
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Public Health Areas
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  • » Disease Surveillance
  • » Communicable Diseases
  • » Non-Communicable Diseases
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Organizational Overview
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Legal Status

Central Government Organization

Year Launched

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1999

Stage

Well-established, but keen on setting up a new rural site, as current site is urbanizing rapidly

Income level of target population

All levels

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Summary
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The National Institute of Epidemiology (NIE) was born out of a merger between the Central JALMA Institute for Leprosy (CJIL Field Unit, Avadi) and the Institute for Research in Medical Statistics (IRMS), Chennai on July 2nd 1999. NIE’s areas of research cover interventional studies, disease modelling, health systems research, evaluation of health schemes and disease control programmes, issues of statistical methodology, epidemiological investigations and clinical trials of traditional remedies.

NIE is the WHO Collaborating Centre for Epidemiology of Leprosy, and has been identified by the National Aids Control Organization (NACO) as a Technical Resource Group for Epidemiology of HIV. In the academic field, NIE’s Masters in Applied Epidemiology is recognized by the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (Deemed University), Thiruvananthapuram, and its PhD programs in epidemiology and biostatistics are recognized by the University of Madras.

The field practice area of NIE in Tiruvallur district, Tamil Nadu is where NIE conducted a controlled, double blind, randomized, prophylactic leprosy vaccine trial from 1991 to 1993. A population of about 300,000 residing in 148 panchayats comprising 264 contiguous villages from Chengelpet district (presently known as Tiruvallur) was screened by house to house examination for leprosy. 171,400 volunteers who were free from leprosy were vaccinated with one of four vaccines (BCG, BCG + killed M. leprae, Mycobacterium w and ICRC) ...

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Target Geography
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  • » Rural, semi-urban
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Demographic Profile
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  • » Entire population
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Primary Funding Agencies
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Indian Government
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Scale
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Number of Publications (2000-2011)
  • » National Journals: 35
  • » International Journals: 76
Non-Technical Staff

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>20

Technical Staff

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>20

Study Population

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2,00,000

Future Plans
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Expand field research presence into new urban and rural areas.
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Establish a Clinical Trials Unit, and a Centre for Excellence in Epidemiology, Bio-ethics, Bio-statistics, and Bio-Informatics.
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