Indus Hospital Research Center
Indus Hospital Research Center (IHRC) functions as an essential hub for research related activities at The Indus Hospital with the intention to promote, support and guide the hospital’s diverse research interests. While promoting research, we strive to foster a scientifically robust and ethically sound research environment within the Indus Health Network. All our activities are primed to help and assist clinician-driven research and be an incubator for service delivery programs that are not ready for scale-up into other network hospitals or the community.
IHRC was originally established in 1998 at the Korangi Campus and was run in partnership with Interactive Research and Development (IRD) to successfully establish and run public health community-based initiatives. In 2017, the running of IHRC was completely handed over to Indus’ Medical Directorate and its larger established community-based public health initiatives such as TB, Malaria, and Diabetes were moved to the newly established Global Health Directorate (GHD).
Since the transition, IHRC’s primary focus has been clinician-driven research and the incubator for public health programs that are not yet ready to scale-up. IHRC also plays a role in supporting research of our postgraduate medical trainees.
IHRC is run by a team of dedicated epidemiologists, statisticians, program managers, research associates, data management unit persons and administrative staff. To ensure the smooth functioning of research activities, we work closely with operational departments such as Finance, HR, Pharmacy, Health Informatics. The core epidemiology and statistics team 4 epidemiologists (2 PhDs Epidemiology; 2 MSc Epidemiology & Biostatistics); 3 statisticians (1 PhD Statistics candidate; 2 MSc Statistics)
Sponsored Research Projects / Programs
Cochlear Implant & Rehabilitation Program
Indus has been offering free cochlear implant services since 2014 but in 2017, IHRC took over and transformed the services into a comprehensive Cochlear Implant & Rehabilitation Program. The program is managed by a program team which includes speech and language therapists, audiologists, psychologist to take forward a child’s developmental needs once the ENT team has placed the implant. [sponsor: private donors]
Rabies Free Karachi (RFK)
In response to the growing concerns about dog-bite cases in the country and culling of dogs, the ‘Rabies Free Karachi’ pilot project was formed. This project started in Ibrahim Hyderi, Bin Qasim Town, in collaboration with leading veterinarians, animal-right activists, community engagement experts, doctors, animal behaviorists and researchers. From Jan – Jul 2018, 2800 stray dogs have been vaccinated and 573 dogs neutered/spayed. [sponsor: Karachi Municipality Corporation & Private Donors]
Aims to test the efficacy of an anti-rabies vaccine (Verocell) on healthy participants in terms of anti-body titer buildup and to report side-effects (if any). The study hopes to potentially shorten the number of doses to accelerate treatment regimen. [sponsor: Pakistan Health Research Council & private donors]
My Child Matters
Teaching and training program that is addressing holistic improvement in the care provided at five existing pediatric oncology units in Pakistan, through teaching and training. The programs include oncologist training, nurse training, chemotherapist training as well as data documentation and management. [sponsor: Sanofi Pharma]