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Award for Independent Research – What it means to me

Dr Rajesh ShahI wish to share some thoughts on how I look at having received an award from the Ministry of AYUSH, from the hands of honourable Vice President of India. (I don’t look at it as any personal achievement.)

 
 

1. This recognised the efforts of an independent researcher not working full time at any institution, university or college, but a clinician conceptualising and coordinating the research with several institutions. I’m not a scientist but a researcher, a full time clinician.

 

This appreciation should encourage many more scientific-minded clinicians to explore research in collaboration with other institutions.

 

2. This award is for New Drug Research in developing Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Nosode. This is a big thing for many reasons. This marks the scientific-revisiting of Nosodes using the modern technology.

 

3. This is first ever new Nosode ever developed systematically in the world in last 50 years.

 

4. This is the first major new homeopathic drug ever developed in India.

 

5. Indian government and the profession have finally recognised the importance of New Drug Research, that too in the Nosode category.

 

6. The Nosode was developed at highly reputed Government body, Haffkin Institute, which also makes BCG vaccine. That means, the Conventional medical research body has helped making the Homeopathic Nosode. This is historical.

 

7. Many more Nosodes can be expected bringing a revolution.

8. This new Nosode is one of the series of several, namely HIV Nosode, Hepatitis C Nosode, Malaria Nosode, Cancer Nosode, and more.

 

9. The recognition has opened doors to the era of new Nosodes, from India.

 

10. This research is for revamping the existing Tuberculinum Nosode, also recognising the need for remaking all other existing Nosodes.

 

11. This step will also facilitate further setting up the regulation for New Drug Development in India, for which I’m striving for over a decade.

 

12. This will hopefully encourage more research by researchers, scientists, institutions, pharmaceuticals, and clinicians in many parts of the world.

 

Honestly, this award, is not a sign of any personal achievement to me. More importantly, I’m looking at it as a mark of beginning of recognising the need for New Drug Research in Homeopathy. My dream is to have a wide range of new Nosodes scientifically processed, researched, introduced and brought formally to the medical profession benefitting millions of patients now and in future.

 

(My sincere thanks to various scientists, institutions, coinvestigators, ethical board, technicians, and colleagues who contributed in the work.)

 

Related links:

  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1475491616000175
  2. http://www.ijrh.org/article.asp?issn=09747168;year=2014;volume=8;issue=3;spage=166;epage=174;aulast=Shah
  3. https://m.timesofindia.com/city/mumbai/Haffkine-comes-up-with-homeo-drug-for-TB/amp_articleshow/46648115.cms
  4. http://www.ijrh.org/article.asp?issn=0974-7168;year=2017;volume=11;issue=3;spage=203;epage=205;aulast=Shah
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23870381/

 
 

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