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Review & Advisory Board
Our Trustees
1. Dr. Suniti Solomon ( Director- YRGCARE )
2. Dr. SP Thyagarajan ( Ex - Vice Chancellor, University of Madras )
3. Dr. M.K. Mani ( Nephrologist - Apollo Hospital, Chennai )
4. Mr. V.Y. Gaitonde
5. 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

Name / Designation Name / Designation
Professor Dr. S. A. Jayakar Paul, MD (General Medicine)
Chairperson,YRGCARE IRB

Emeritus Professor of Medicine
The Tamil Dr MGR Medical University
WHO Fellow - AIDS
(Retd. Director, Dept. of Internal Medicine, Madras Medical College)
(Tel.: 26423211 (O); 23633320 )
(Email: jayakarsaj@hotmail.com)
Dr. A. Nalini
Director of Education,
Saveetha University,
Dr V Kumaraswami, MBBS, MD, MNAMS, PhD
Co-Chairperson, YRGCARE IRB

Scientist F - Officer-in-Charge
Deputy Director (Senior Grade)
Dept of Immunology
Tuberculosis Research Center
(Tel.: 28369630 (O); 9444449940)
(Email: kumaraswami@gmail.com)
Dr. T. Rajkumar, MD, DM, PhD
Director of Research
Cancer Institute
Mr. Arvind Subramaniam, BL
Dr. R. Ramakrishnan
Deputy Director (Scientist E)
National Institute of Epidemiology
Indian Council of Medical Research
Mr. K. Arumugam, BA
Arex Industries Ltd.
Dr. Saradha Suresh, MD, Ph.D, FRCP (Glas),
Director and Superintendent
Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children
Tel:24987490/24981419;Mobile: 9444021231
Email: drsaradhasuresh@gmail.com
Mr. Benjamin Franklin, MSW
Development Consultant
Ms Sarah Chanda, MA
Social Worker
Dr. Jayapaul Azariah, PhD
(Retd. Prof. Of Zoology-
University of Madras)
Dr. S. Shantha, MBBS, MD, PhD
(Retd. Director, Institute of Microbiology, Madras Medical College)
Dr. Jyotirmay Biswas, MD
Ophthalmic Pathologist
Medical Research Foundation
Sankara Nethralaya
Ms Sheila Jayaprakash, BL
Dr. Malathy Doraisamy, PhD
Prof. of Economics,
Indian Institute of Technology

Dr Suresh Kumar MD MPH

Dr. P. Kuganantham, MBBS, DPH,
WHO Fellow, MPH (Johns Hopkins, USA), DTM&H (LSTM&H.UK), FISCD City Health Officer, Health Department,

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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