A year after applying for funds from the state government,the Haffkines Institute for Training,Research and Testing in Parel has bagged Rs 4 crore to study the efficacy of ayurvedic herbs for medicinal purposes. Under this project,researchers will study the scientific validation of herbs such as tulsi,neem and brahmi to treat various diseases ,including Alzhiemers disease.
Traditionally,certain herbs have been known to have medicinal properties. Under this project,we will tag the herbs with radioactive isotopes which will help us understand the mechanism of these herbs. This will help us in further replication of medicines with similar properties and functions, said the institutes director,Dr Abhay Chaudhary. Renowned physician Dr R.D Lele will be heading the research project. Preliminary tests on herbal products has already begun. Using technology,ayurvedic herbs can prove to be a huge boon for the field of medicines if enough research is done, Lele said.
One of the oldest research facilities in the country,the 113-year-old institute recently obtained the ISO 9009 (International Organisation for Standardisation) certificate. The institute had seeked for the international validation a year back. It has now applied for National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL),which is under the union ministry of Science and Technology.
The ISO certificate is a validation that our institute is following international standards for our research project. We have already applied for NABL accreditation for which we have upgraded many facilities. The certificate,which we expect to get within a year,will also help us gain many other commercial research projects to do better work, Chaudhary said.