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Mendu Vishnu Vardhana Rao named Director, National Institute of Medical Statistics

M Somasekhar Hyderabad | Updated on January 09, 2018

Mendu Vishnu Vardhana Rao, Sr. Grade Deputy Director & Biostatistician from the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, has been appointed as Director, National Institute of Medical Statistics (NIMS), New Delhi, under the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

The 55-year-old scientist is well-known in the field of biostatistics, computational biology and nutrition. He was a student of Osmania University, Hyderabad, where he completed his M.Sc and Ph.D. (Statistics) and also obtained an M.Tech (IT) degree.

Rao ’s appointment is one of the seven appointments of directors of national institutes that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) announced on Wednesday.

As Director of NIMS he will be responsible for spearheading research in the field of medical statistics, which could be used in formulating national policies towards achieving government targets in the area of health and nutrition.

One of the important areas of work of the NIMS is the Clinical Trial Registry of India, which stores data on thousands of clinical trials of drugs. Similarly, the institute is a storehouse of information and medical statistics.

“My immediate focus would be on applying big data analytics and also strengthening the clinical trial resource base so that the institute can play a bigger and significant role in national healthcare policies,” Vishnu Vardhan told BusinessLine.

With 26 years of experience at NIN, the oldest institute under the ICMR, Vishnu Vardhan, who expects to take charge on December 20, is confident of expanding the role and sharpening the focus of NIMS, which has been without a full-fledged Director for close to a year now.

The other Directors appointed are: R Hemalatha, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad; Manisha Madkaikar, National Institute of Immunohaemotology, Mumbai; Manoj V Murhekar, National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai; Shripad A Patel, National JALMA Institute for Leprosy & othe Mycobacterial Diseases, Agra; Kamlesh Sarkar, National Institute of Occupational Health, Ahmedabad and Samiran Panda, National AIDS Research Institute, Pune.

Published on December 16, 2017

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