More Than 112 Years of Dedicated Service to Mankind
ACHIEVEMENTS
Key Achievements at Haffkine Institute over the Last Five Years Scientific Achievements
  • Govt. of India recognized the Dept. of Virology, Haffkine Institute as a center for Molecular Diagnosis of Pandemic H1N1 (Swine Flu) since Aug. 2009 and we tested ~ 6000 clinical samples.
  • The Nodal Laboratories for Re-emerging diseases has tested over 1000 samples for Leptospirosis by Real-Time PCR and ELISA methods.
  • Currently on-going research projects (externally funded)
Sr. No. Title of Project Funding Agency Amount (Rs.) Date of sanction and Duration
1 Studies on Neuronal Proteomics, Virus-Host Interaction and Immune-Pathological Alterations in Rabies Encephalitis in Murine Model DBT 76,49,000/- 2013–2015
2 Mechanism based screening and validation of important ayurvedic herbal drugs using radiotracer techniques DST 3,61,20,800/- 2011–2014
3 Evaluation of anti-plasmodial potential of plant derived alkaloids ICMR 18,65,000/- 2011- 2014
4 NCDC, IDSP-Influenza like illness  Surveillance Project MoHFW, GoI, World Bank 11,50,000/-
Per year
2010–2012
(extended 2013-2018)
  • Research Projects completed in the last five years (externally funded)
Sr. No. Title of Project Funding Agency
1 NCDC,IDSP-Avian Influenza Surveillance Project MoHFW, GoI, World Bank
2 Multisite monitoring of Human Influenza viruses, Phase II-ICMR-DHHS,USA ICMR-DHHS- CDC, USA
3 In vitro and in vivo action of disinfectant sample against Anti HIV activity and Rabies virus. M/s. Bios Agricorp
4 Post-marketing Clinical Trial for New Rabies Vaccine M/s. Cadila Healthcare
5 Multisite monitoring of Human Influenza viruses, ICMR- Phase I ICMR-DHHS- CDC
6 Isolation of tylophorin - the most potent anti-allergic principle for respiratory allergic diseases from Tylophoraindica DST
  • Presentations and Publications
The research activities going on in the Institute have been actively showcased through publication in various National and International research and scientific journals and through oral or poster presentations in National and International conferences/symposia/meetings. Over the last five years, a total of 54 papers were published in academic journals and more than 52 oral and poster presentations were made in various conferences/symposia.
  • Radio-safety and Bio-safety committees instituted with specific radio-safety officers being trained.

  • The Institute has initiated several new tests in various departments in the last five years. These include:
    1. Pandemic H1N1 Influenza by Real Time PCR
    2. Leptospirosis testing by Real Time PCR
    3. Rabies virus detection by PCR and FAT
    4. Japanese Encephalitis virus by PCR
    5. Herpes Simplex Virus and Cytomegalovirus by Culture Methods
    6. Dengue testing by ELISA and PCR
    7. Efficacy of Antimicrobial Coated Tiles
    8. Clinical Biochemistry tests using semi-automated analyzer
    9. Acute Oral and Dermal Toxicity testing using laboratory animals
    10. Anti-Rodent testing of pipes/wires/cables
  Infrastructural Achievements
  • The First Bio Safety Level 3 facility in Mumbai is setup at the Institute with support from NCDC-WHO Avian Influenza Surveillance project.
  • Four Departments:Clinical Pathology, Biochemistry, Bacteriology and Chemical Testing, renovated as per the Good Laboratories Practices (GLP) norms.
  • A separate ‘Proteomics Laboratory’ established for carrying out research in proteomics and protein chemistry.
  • Renovation of the Main Office and Administrative sections and construction of fully equipped individual training ‘classrooms’ and beautification of Haffkine Institute campus and gardens.
  • The Haffkine Institute Library has been modernized and digitized as per international standards.
  • Procurement of several state-of-the-art equipment and instruments in all departments to provide scientific and testing services matching international standards.
  Administrative, Educational and Other Achievements
  • The Institute has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2011-12 for excellent quality services in training, research and testing
  • Recruitment of staff: Assistant Directors, Senior Scientific Officers, Scientific Officers, Technical Staff and Non-Technical Staff, both on permanent and contractual positions to enhance scientific and administrative capabilities of the Institute.
  • The Maharashtra Medical Council has accredited Haffkine Institute to award CME credits to Registered Medical Post Graduates for attending Conferences / Workshops / Symposiums organized by Haffkine Institute.
  • Re-launch of ‘Haffkine Bulletin’ – scientific journal for research publication was re-launched after a gap of 17 years.
  • Orations at Haffkine Institute: Haffkine Institute has had a long standing tradition of several ‘Oration Awards’ being bestowed upon eminent members of the scientific community. Over the last five years, some of the oration awards were revived:
Dr. Waldemar Mordecai Haffkine Memorial Oration Award
Year Recipient
2009 Padmabhushan Dr. R. D. Lele
2010 Dr. A. C. Mishra
2012 Dr. Sanjiva Kholkute
2012 Dr. Camilla Rodrigues
2013 Dr. Ashok D B Vaidya
2013 Dr. (Mrs.) Mrudula A Phadke
Major General Sir Sahib Singh Sokhey Memorial Oration Award
Year Recipient
2009 Dr. V. M. Katoch
2011 Dr. Arunaloke Chakrabarti
2012 Dr. Ramesh Paranjape
2012 Dr. Kanjaksha Ghosh
2012 Dr. Vidya Arankalle
Prof. P. V. Gharpure Memorial Oration Award
Year Recipient
2009 Dr. V. Ravi
2010 Dr. Deepak A. Gadkari
2011 Dr. Arvind Rai

Haffkine Institute ‘Oration Award’ Recipients

  • The Institute has enrolled 25 Senior Research Fellows, 4 Junior Research Fellows & 1 Post-Doctoral Fellow in various departments who are actively engaged in research in the field of infectious diseases.
  • In the last five years, 3 students have enrolled for MSc and 15 students have registered for their doctoral studies under University of Mumbai and Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. In the last five years, a total of 6 students have completed their PhDs and 12 students have completed their MScs from Haffkine Institute.
  • The training section also initiated a short term research internship programme (STRIP) for external project students. A total of 66 short term projects were completed in the last five years.
  • Several new short term training courses have been started. These include among others:
    1. Laboratory Management & Internal Audit
    2. Training for Instrumentation
    3. Principles and Practices of Laboratory Animal Care
    4. Mission to Control Mosquito Menace
  • Visiting Scientists and Adjunct Professors: The Institute has a rich scientific resource in the form of visiting scientists and adjunct professors who also comprise of the Institute’s Research Advisory Council, Academic Advisory Council, Institutional Ethics and Animal Ethics Committees and are an integral part of the research and training activities carried out by the various departments of the Institute.
  • Haffkine Institute participated in the Maharashtra Day Exhibition as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Maharashtra State and also participated in the Fifth and Sixth Science Expo organized by Nehru Science Centre in January 2011 and March 2013, exhibition focusing on science and technology institutes in India.
  • The Department of Clinical Pathology and Department of Virology celebrated ‘World TB Day’, ‘World AIDS Day’ and ‘World Rabies Day’ by organizing one-day symposia.
  • The Department of Virology organized the ‘XIth Annual Conference of Indian Association of Vaccinology and Immunobiology (IAVIB) and National Vaccinology Symposium (VacSym 2011)’ in March 2011
  • The Institute also organized two International Symposia: ‘National Ensemble for Rabies and other Viral Encephalitis (NERVE)’ in September 2011 which was associated with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta and an ‘International Workshop Antimicrobial Resistance’ in November 2011 which was organized in collaboration between Haffkine Institute, American Society for Microbiology (ASM), European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESMID) and Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists (IAMM).
  • As per the decision in the 7th meeting of Maharashtra Biotechnology Commission under the chairmanship of Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, it was decided to celebrate the ‘Maharashtra Biotechnology Day’ on Monday, the 14th November, 2011followed by another celebration on 15 and 16 December 2012 at Haffkine Institute.
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