Ministries & Departments

National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH), Mumbai

The National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH) is dedicated towards addressing the various issues of reproductive health in accordance with the national needs and priorities. NIRRH have taken up several new initiatives to address issues of reproductive health. Attempts are being made to identify genetic and physiological determinants predisposing individuals to testicular, ovarian and endometrial pathologies associated with infertility. NIRRH is focusing on the discovery of efficacious targets of anti-HIV therapy, development of new indigenous, efficacious and safe microbicides against HIV/STIs/RTIs. The National Centre for Preclinical Reproductive and Genetic Toxicology is paying way for discovery of safe and potent drugs. Institute is also striving to derive and characterize embryonic stem cell lines with a great resource for therapeutic applications from human and non-human primates. Institute has excellent state-of-art facilities for research involving microarrays, proteomics, bioinformatics, nucleic acid sequencing, flow cytometry, electron microscopy, and confocal microscopy. Clinical research team at NIRRH actively participates in clinical trials for assessment of safety, efficacy and acceptability of various contraceptive methods and microbicides. NIRRH is also involved in development of clinical, operational guidelines and information, education and communication material on priority areas for use in the national programs for reproductive health.

Research Areas: Medical Sciences

Ministries: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Govt of India

Contact Name: Dr. Smita.D. Mahale, Director

Contact Address: National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH),Jehangir Merwanji Street, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400012

Contact Phone: 91 022 24192000, 24192002


Fax: 91-22-24139412

State: Maharashtra

Output & Achievements

  • 1. Publications: More than 1700 publications [2016-2020 (190); 2011-2015 (280); 2006-2010 (162); 2001-2005 (112); Before 2001 (920)], Annual reports : 05, Awards and Achievements: some of the important achievements include multiple national and international Best Paper/Poster Presentation awards, Wellcome Trust (U.K.)- DBT India Alliance Clinical and Public Health Intermediate Fellowship, Dr. Gajbhiye is the 1st Wellcome Trust (U.K.)- DBT India Alliance Fellow from ICMR-NIRRH, Mumbai, Dr. Suresh K. Mahajan Memorial Scholarship, Prof. G. P. Talwar Gold Medal for Middle Career Scientists 2017, Prof. N. R. Moudgal Memorial Oration 2017, Prof. N. J Chinoy Award 2017, Dr T.V.K. Satyanarayana Memorial Best Poster Award, CYTO Asia 2017-Travel Fellowship Award, International Travel Awardd, Drs. Kunti & Om Prakash Oration Award 2012, Dr M.K. Seshadri Prize 2012, ICMR Swaran Kanta Dingley Award 2005, Labhsetwar Award 2009 etc [], 2. National Center for Preclinical Reproductive and Genetic Toxicology: Safety/toxicity evaluation of chemicals or chemical products, and animal models, 36 publications and 07 ongoing research projects. 3. Genetic Research Centre: Genetic testing of human DNA, RNA, genes and/or chromosomes, or the analysis of human proteins or certain metabolites. Centres has published 81 publications till July, 2019, and received 05 projects from ICMR. 4. Biomedical Informatics Centre: Identification of genetic loci associated with diseases of National interest such as Diabetes, Cancer, Stress, and Mental illness etc. in Indian population, solutions for controlling pathogens causing diseases such as Tuberculosis, Malaria, and AIDS etc., develops a National Repository of clinical information/data, high-throughput data, genotype and phenotype and promotes applications of cutting-edge technologies in medical research. Centre has published 67 publications and has 04 ongoing projects and completed 05 projects till July, 2019. Institute has got modern equipments such as Transmission Electron Microscopy, Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope, Microarray, Flow Cytometry, DNA Sequencer Proteomics Workstation, Peptide Synthesis Facility, Amino Acid Analysis Facility, Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy Facility, Real Time PCR. 5. Experimental Animal Facility: The facility undertakes animal breeding, management, care and husbandry practices and houses mice, rats, rabbits and nonhuman primates like marmosets and bonnet monkeys. It is engaged in the production of quality animals by undertaking various quality control programs and preventive measures. 6. Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology Clinic: The clinic offers diagnostic and therapeutic services for infertility and associated reproductive disorders and serves as a secondary referral centre catering to couples with primary or secondary infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss and unexplained infertility etc. 7. Genetics Counselling Clinic: Clinic offer services in clinical genetics by providing counselling, genetic screening and prenatal diagnosis for common genetic disorders and caters to the couples with bad obstetric history among other services. 8. Bone Health Clinic: it address osteoporosis while attending to knee/ spine problems through clinical consultations and improvement in physical activity / Quality of life by Yoga and stretching exercises. 9. PCOS Clinic: Institute has a multidisciplinary team conducting research in clinical, epidemiological and genetic aspects of PCOS. 10. Women’s Clinic: Clinic caters primarily towards women’s health clinic. 11. Adolescent Family Centers: Centre caters to the sexual and reproductive health and other concerns of married as well as unmarried adolescents and youth aged 10-24 years. Family Welfare Clinic: The clinic provides reproductive health and family planning services and serve as a model for integration of family planning services with other aspects of reproductive health care.

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