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Research Day
Holy Family Hospital Research Day 2015

The Holy Family Hospital & Medical Research Centre, Bandra, Mumbai organized its Research Day at the Morello Grande on 24th May, 2014. The Holy Family Hospital & Medical Research Centre considers research as essential for efficient care of patients. In keeping with this ethos, The Bandra Holy Family Medical Research Society established a Medical Research Centre (MRC). The Research Society was set up in 1983 and is recognized by the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India since 1984. It was established by Dr (Sr) G Alberoni, who is Emeritus Executive Director. Dr Charles Pinto is the present Director and Dr Niti Sapru is the Coordinator. Dr Daniel Joseph is the Chairperson, Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC) and Dr Sunil Rodrigues is Secretary, IEC.

The theme of the day was “THE YOUNG RESEARCHER: The Start to the Achievement”.

Sr Aquinas, Executive Director in her welcome speech to the Chief Guest and delegates emphasized the need for Research in Young Researchers, who require guidance, encouragement and support within ethical and scientific guidelines, which the Chief Guest would be covering in his address. Dr Charles Pinto, Director briefly presented research done at the Center which included postgraduate thesis, clinical drug trials and community research and particularly funded research of the Research Society as well as collaborative research, which was started this year, with Sneha an NGO.

Dr Vihang N Vahia, the Chief Guest, who is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Cooper Medical College and Consultant Psychiatrist, Breach Candy and Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, in his address on “Research! Why!!! ” spoke about the need to quantify research, observation being a basic perquisite for good research and laying the groundwork for postulating a relevant hypothesis. This hypothesis will either be established or refuted through documentation and analysis thereafter.

The Scientific programme for the day was a Herbert D’Silva Best Thesis Awards session by Post Graduates of the Hospital. Dr Amit Peswani and Dr Siddesh Kamat won the 1st and 2nd prizes respectively.

The Invited Papers session was by Consultants who had contributed by their research either internationally or nationally by presentations or publications. These were by Dr Ajay Dudani, Dr Robin Pinto, Dr Charles Pinto, and Dr Brian Pinto. Researchers, Members of Institutional Ethics Committee, Scientific Committee, Management and Advisory Committee were felicitated and honored by Sr Aquinas, Executive Director. The entire programme was ably compered by Dr Niti Sapru and attended in large numbers by Doctors, PG students, nurses and Staff of the hospital.