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ICMR Workshop


Day 1:

Grantsmanship Day

  Timings Speaker
Registration 8 am-8: 20 am
Introduction of the Programme and LOI Competition 8:20 am – 8: 30 am Jeyaraj Pandian, CMC, Ludhiana
Need for Clinical Trial Research Training Workshop 8: 30 am – 8: 40 am Meenakshi Sharma, ICMR
How to conduct a review of Literature 8: 40 am – 9: 00 am Rohit Bhatia AIIMS, New Delhi
Good Protocol Writing Practices 9:00 am- 9:20 am Prem Pais, St John NAMS, Bangalore
How to frame a good Hypothesis Statement 9:20 am- 9:40 am Sylaja P N, SCTIMST, Thiruvananthapuram
Get up and Exercise

Regroup and Synthesize the LOI                9:40 am – 10:10 am

Writing a Good Lay Person Summary and Abstract 10:10 am -10:30 am JMK Murthy, CARE, Hyderabad
How to write a Letter of Intent 10:30 am- 10:50 am J S Thakur, PGIMER, Chandigarh
How to choose a Study Design 10:50 am- 11:10 am Pallab Maulick, George Institute of Global Health, Hyderabad
Get up and Exercise

Regroup and Synthesize the LOI              11:10 am-11: 40 am

Randomization, Stratification, and Minimisation: What is what 11:40 am- 12:00 Dennis Xavier, St John NAMS, Bangalore
How to write about Study Procedures/

Intervention in clinical trial protocol

12:00pm-12: 20pm Dheeraj Khurana, PGIMER, Chandigarh
How to decide outcome variable 12:20 pm -12:40 pm Rohit Bhatia AIIMS, New Delhi
Eat some treats

Is the LOI ready to compete?                        12:40 pm- 1:40 pm

Effect size and Sample Size Calculation 1:40 pm- 2:00pm L Jayaseelan CMC Vellore
Statistical Analysis Plan for Clinical trial 2:00 pm- 2:20 pm Sankara Sarma SCTIMST, Thiruvananthapuram
Interim analysis and Futility Analysis 2:20 pm- 2:40 pm Mahesh Kate, CMC, Ludhiana
Get up and Exercise

Regroup and Synthesize the LOI                2:40 pm- 3:10 pm

Write effective Budget 3:10 pm- 3:30 pm Meenakshi Sharma ICMR, New Delhi
How to build in Health Economics studies in clinical trial 3:30 pm- 3:50 pm Habib Hasan, PHFI, New Delhi
Dissemination Policy 3:50 pm- 4:10 pm Jeyaraj Pandian CMC, Ludhiana
Get up and Exercise

Regroup and Synthesize the LOI                 4:10 pm-4: 30 pm

Break out in pre-defined groups of 4-5 (may vary depending on the number of participants) to develop LOI 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Discuss Preliminary drafts with the Experts assigned 6:30 pm-7: 30 pm
Revise draft over the evening and over the night



Day 2

Human Research Environment in India


Clinical Research in India
Research in Resource-Poor Setting 8:00 am-8: 20 am Yogesh Kalkonde, SEARCH, Gadchiroli
Low-Cost Solutions 8:20 am- 8:40 am Jeyaraj Pandian CMC, Ludhiana
Clinical trial workflow in India 8:40 am- 9:00 am Jeyaraj Pandian CMC, Ludhiana
Developing Collaborations Lesson from Indo-US registry 9:00 am- 9:20 am Sylaja P N, SCTIMST, Thiruvananthapuram
 Get up and Exercise

Submit the LOI Revised               9:20 am – 9:50 am

Funding Mechanism in India
Indian Council of Medical Research 9:50 am – 10:10 am Meenakshi Sharma ICMR, New Delhi
Department of Biotechnology, India 10:10 am -10:30 am Garima Gupta DBT, India
India Alliance “the game changer” 10:30 am- 10:50 am Suveera Dhup, India Alliance, New Delhi
International Funding 10:50 am- 11:10 am Vivekananda Jha, George Institute of Global Health, Hyderabad
Exercise with your allies                        11:10 am- 11:30 am
Out of the Box
Translational Research in India 11:30 am- 11:50 am Chandrashekhar ICMR, New Delhi
Devices in Stroke 11: 50 am – 12:10 pm S.Balasubramanian
Polypill concept for India 12:10 pm – 12:20 pm Jayanta Roy AMRI, Kolkata
Results of LOI competition 12:20 pm – 12:40 pm Judges Panel
Bites with knights                     12:40 pm- 1:30 pm


Expert Pool To Help in Writing Letter of Intent

  Experts Key-Words
1 Jeyaraj Pandian Stroke Unit, Thrombolysis, Blood Pressure, Rehabilitation, Clinical Trials, Collaboration, Dissemination, Policy, Advocacy
2 Sylaja P N Transient Ischemic Attack, Thrombolysis, Rehabilitation, Diffusion-weighted imaging, Collaboration, Alternative therapies
3 Dheeraj Khurana Thrombolysis in Resource-poor settings, Neuro-sonology, Neuro-inflammation, Guidelines development
4 Rohit Bhatia Endovascular Case selection, Neuro-inflammation, Cardioembolic stroke, Neurocritical care, Intracerebral hemorrhage
5 Yogesh Kalkonde Epidemiological studies
6 L Jayaseelan Biostatistics, sample size calculation, effect size,
7 Sankara Sharma Biostatistics, statistical analysis plan



Letter of Intent (LOI) Writing Competition
We have invited 40 neurologists with interest in stroke from all over India, we have tried to be inclusive and gender neutral. The workshop will end in ten deliverable projects ideas, which can be submitted to different funding agencies.

The LOI will be the beginning.

In preparation of the competition, we have invited the delegates to give us a list of ten hypothesis statements (research ideas) by the first week of July.

The stroke research ideas have to be pertinent, contextual, current, and applicable to regional needs or speaking to national requirements.

They have to be in form of clinical trial and not observational studies as is the mandate of the INSTRUCT network.

The research ideas received from participants can be further formalized with help workshop expert group during the meeting.

The speakers and experts also will be asked to contribute to at least 5 stroke research ideas as a hypothesis statement.

We have made ten predefined groups with four participants each. This will foster collaboration and teamwork.

The organizers will allot ten research ideas to be developed as a letter of intent to these ten groups(one idea per group). The research idea will be given on 10th July to all the delegates. They will have fifteen days to prepare a preliminary LOI. This preliminary LOI will be further refined during the meeting.

The groups will submit (email) the LOI next day 9 am 26th July. The Judges will then review the LOI choose three top proposals.



Select Posters
2 SPRINT INDIA study: Qualitative research
3 Ayurvedic treatment in the Rehabilitation of Ischemic stroke patients in India: a Randomized Controlled Trial (RESTORE )
4 POLYPILL for the primary prevention of stroke: a proposed randomized multinational trial.
5 A point of care device for early detection of stroke and its subtypes, using biomarkers
6 Effects of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy on cognitive functioning in post-stroke cognitive impairment: A pilot randomized controlled trial.



SPRINT INDIA Study Process Evaluation Meeting
Date: 25th July 2018

Time: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm


Process Evaluators

1.      Dr. Sankara  Sharma

2.      Ms. Himani Khatter



1.      Rahul Huilgol,

2.      Vishnu Renjith,

3.      Deepti Arora,

4.      Shweta J Verma


Meeting with the Director General of ICMR, Dr. Balram Bhargava
Date: 26th July 2018

Time: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Review of the ICMR workshop, SPRINT INDIA Study and other projects

1.      Jeyaraj Durai Pandian,

2.      Mahesh P Kate,

3.      P N Sylaja,

4.      Meenakshi Sharma,

5.      Rohit Bhatia