Nandini K. Kumar, M.B.B.S., D.C.P., M.H.SC.

Nandini Kumar is a Graduate and Post-graduate in Clinical Pathology from Trivandrum Medical College. She was involved in medical research in the Gastroenterology Department at Trivandrum and at Madras Medical College, Chennai. She also was in charge of the Liver Clinic at General Hospital, Chennai. Having joined the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) headquarters in New Delhi as a senior researcher, Dr. Kumar became a Program Officer for Traditional Medicine Research and Bioethics. In this capacity she had been a member of several ICMR national and international working groups and organized several national and international agency-sponsored workshops on ethical issues involving biomedical research and traditional medicine research. She was closely involved with activities related to the Government’s Golden Triangle Partnership Scheme related to drug development in traditional systems of medicine and other similar programs in the country concerning herbal or herbo-mineral formulations. She also had been closely involved in finalization of the ICMR Ethical Guidelines of 2000 and of 2006, especially the section on traditional medicine research, and of the Draft Guidelines on Bio-banking and Stem Cell Research and Therapy, Mental Health Research, Data Set Protection and Disaster Related Research. As a member of the executive committee of the Forum for Ethics Review Committees in India, a National Chapter of the Forum for Ethics Review Committees in Asia Pacific, she is involved in ethics committee related activities of India.  Dr. Kumar is also a Fogarty Fellow graduate in bioethics (International Stream), from the University of Toronto.

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