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Review & Advisory Board
Our Trustees
1. Dr. SP Thyagarajan ( Ex - Vice Chancellor, University of Madras )
2. Dr. M.K. Mani ( Nephrologist - Apollo Hospital, Chennai )
3. Mr. Sunil Solomon
YRGCARE has organized two committees to review and oversee both our social and medical research projects. These committees will review each research proposal, approve the research before any work can begin and continue to monitor human safety issues. Based in Chennai and coming from varied backgrounds, members in each committee serve on a voluntary basis.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

YR Gaitonde Medical, Educational and Research Foundation, Centre for AIDS Research and Education, has registered its Institutional Review Board (IRB) in the year January 1999 and a Federal wide Assurance (FWA) in the year March 2001 with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in keeping with the International Guidelines for research protocols. The FWA is approved for a three-year period and should be renewed prior to its expiration. The members are from varied backgrounds - Microbiologists, Legal Advisor, Development Consultant, Social Scientists, Ophthalmologists, HIV /AIDS activists for women, Psychiatrists, Social activist, Economists and General Medicine. Most of them have experience in the field of research. The primary purpose of the IRB is to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of the human subjects and all research conducted by YRGCARE is in compliance with the highest ethical standards.

The IRB has selected a Chairperson by vote of majority. All the IRB members have completed the Human Subjects Training. The members of the IRB serve on a voluntary basis. The IRB meets monthly on the first Saturday of the calendar month unless otherwise voted by the members. The task of the IRB is to ensure that all research conducted by YRG CARE is in compliance with the highest ethical standards. The primary purpose of the IRB is to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects in research at YRG CARE. The members thoroughly review all materials, protocols, informed consents and reports.

The IRB is governed by the principles described in The Belmont Report, Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the protection of Human Subjects. All the projects are submitted to the ICMR for review and approval.

At YRGCARE, the IRB Coordinator, in conjunction with the PI and members of the Research staff coordinates timely submission and distribution of study materials, creates the agenda, records and distributes the minutes of the meeting one week prior to the meeting and maintains all files and correspondence.

List of IRB members

& Office Address
& Office Address
Professor Dr. S. A. Jayakar Paul, MD (General Medicine)
Chairperson, YRG CARE IRB

Emeritus Professor of Medicine
The Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University
WHO Fellow - AIDS
(Retd. Director, Dept. of Internal Medicine, Madras Medical College)
28 State Bank Officers Colony
D J Arcade
Arumbakkam, Chennai- 600 106
Gender: Male
Dr. A. Nalini
Director of Education,
Saveetha University,
Saveetha Nagar,
Pin code: 602 105

247/5, Pioneer Colony
Anna Nagar West Extension,
Chennai 600101
Gender: Female
Dr V Kumaraswami, MBBS, MD, MNAMS, PhD
Co-Chairperson, YRG CARE IRB

(Retd. Scientist 'F' - Officer-in-Charge
Deputy Director (Senior Grade)
Dept of Immunology
Tuberculosis Research Center, Chennai)
24, 1st Cross Street East, Shenoy Nagar, Chennai 600 030
Gender: Male
Dr. T. Rajkumar, MD, DM, PhD
Director of Research
Cancer Institute, Adyar
Chennai 600 020
Tel: 22350131 (O) ;
Gender: Male
Mr. Arvind Subramaniam, BL
Caithness Hall
#157 Lingichetty Street
Chennai 600 001
Gender: Male
Dr. R. Ramakrishnan
Deputy Director (Scientist E)
National Institute of Epidemiology
Indian Council of Medical Research
R 177, Ayapakkam TNHB
Chennai 600 077
Gender: Male
Mr. K. Arumugam, BA
Arex Industries Ltd.
86, Hardevi Chambers
Pantheon Road, Egmore
Chennai 600 008
Gender: Male
Dr. Saradha Suresh, MD, Ph.D, FRCP (Glas),
(Retd. Director and Superintendent,
Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children, Chennai)
4 A, Baycity Adithi Apartments
No. 99, 4th Street, Ahiramapuram
Chennai 600 018
Gender: Female
Mr. Benjamin Franklin, MSW
Development Consultant
25, Thangavelu St.
Vetri Nagar
Chennai 600 082
Gender: Male
Ms Sarah Chanda, MA
Social Worker
3A, Vishala Court,
New Door No.15,
North Street, VP Colony,
Chennai 600 023
Gender: Female
Dr. Jayapaul Azariah, PhD
(Retd. Prof. Of Zoology-
University of Madras)
# 4 (3) , 8th Lane
5th Cross St., Indranagar
Chennai - 600 020
Gender: Male
Dr. S. Shantha, MBBS, MD, PhD
(Retd. Director, Institute of Microbiology, Madras Medical College)
No. 16, 35th Cross Street
Besant Nagar
Chennai 600 090
Gender: Female
Dr. Jyotirmay Biswas, MD
Ophthalmic Pathologist
Medical Research Foundation
Sankara Nethralaya
Gender: Male
Ms Sheila Jayaprakash, BL
12, Akshaya Colony Extension
Chennai 600 050
Gender: Female
Dr. Malathy Doraisamy, PhD
Prof. of Economics,
Indian Institute of Technology
2/1, (New # 3)
3rd Main Road, Nehru Nagar, Adyar
Chennai - 600 020
Gender: Female

Dr Suresh Kumar MD MPH
12 Vaidyarama Road
T. Nagar, Chennai 600 017
Gender: Male

Dr. P. Kuganantham, MBBS, DPH,
WHO Fellow, MPH (Johns Hopkins, USA), DTM&H (LSTM&H.UK), FISCD City Health Officer, Health Department,
Ripon Building Campus,
Corporation of Chennai EVR Salai,
Chennai 600003
Gender: Male

Community Advisory Board (CAB)

YRGCARE constituted the Community Advisory Board (CAB) to provide guidance in designing actually acceptable research projects, that enhance benefits for and participation by the community. Membership in CAB is a Voluntary, honorary position.

The CAB meets quarterly at Chennai and discusses the following:
  • Research Priorities
  • Research design issues such as Cohort selection criteria
  • Questionnaire/other instrument design
  • Follow-up plans
  • Informed consent procedures
  • Risk reduction intervention models
  • Community education and outreach
  • Recruitment and retention planning
  • Measures to foster community trust
  • Respect for social, cultural and political realities of the communities where the recruitment will take place
  • How to maximize opportunities for dialogue about implementing research trials
    As a matter of primary focus, the CAB
  • Protects research subjects from physical, social or ethical norms
  • Evaluates appropriateness of educational materials prior to mass distribution
List of CAB members:
Fr. Xavier Alphonse SJ
CAB C0-Chair

(Retd.) College Professor & Catholic Priest, NGO Director
Mr. Sunil Menon
(NGO Director)

Sahodaran (NGO)
No. 27, Railway Colony,
3rd Street Extension
Chennai 600 029
Mobile : 9381016129
Mrs. Malini Balakrishnan
(CAB Co-Chair)
Hospital Administrator
Ms. Anitha Sumanth
Dr. Shakuntala Suresh Kumar
Mr. R.N. Prasad

Ms. Alamelu
Ms. Amulu
Ms. Dhanalakshmi
Ms. Jeeva
Ms. Mala
Ms. Pushpa
Mr. Ramesh
Ms. Sasikala
Mr. Sasi Kumar
Ms. Usha
Mr. Shokenraj
Mr. Sunil Menon
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