Introduction

Chettinad Academy of Research & Education (CARE), a deemed to be University under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, offers inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary high quality innovative programmes in the broad fields of Life Sciences and related technologies and promotes clinical research in areas of national and local health problems. 

The need for Institutional Human Ethics Committee in medical and research establishments resulted from the realization that affirms human rights as a prerogative of all members of society. The CARE faculty, research scholars and post graduate students conduct several biomedical research and number of research projects which involves patients and healthy human volunteers. This involves a number of ethical issues which needs to be addressed. The Institutional Human Ethics Committee(IHEC) plays the vital role of guiding researchers in the ethical issues associated with their research.

Functions
The major responsibility of IHEC is to protect the rights, safety and wellbeing of the research participants. The IHEC conducts regular meetings for reviewing the research proposals and gives suggestions to the investigators to make the research ethical before approving them. All research projects in humans should get the approval of the ethics committee before starting their study. IHEC functions as per ICMR guidelines 2006.

Composition
The Institutional Human Ethics Committee members:

Chairperson:
Prof. Bharat C Chhaparwal
Former Vice Chancellor, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya
 
Member secretary:
Dr. D. Rajasekaran
Professor & HOD, Dept. of General Medicine, CHRI

Members:
Basic Medical Scientists:
Dr. R. Murugesan,
Director – Research, CARE

Dr. A. Ruckmani
Professor & HOD, Dept. of Pharmacology, CHRI

Dr.D. C. Mathangi
Professor, Dept. of Physiology, CHRI

Dr.Veena M Joseph
Vice Principal, CCN

Clinicians:
Dr. Meenakshi
Professor & HOD, Dept. of Respiratory Medicine, CHRI

Dr.Anantharamakrishnan
Professor, Dept. of General Surgery, CHRI

Dr.M. Abarna Muthulakshmi
Asst.Professor, Dept. of Dermatology, CHRI

Social Scientist:
Mr.K.Sethuram
Retd. Principal Director,
Ordanance Factories Institute of Learning, Nagpur

Philosopher:
Dr.James Kurian,
Asst. Professor Philosophy,
Madras Christian College, Chennai

Legal Expert:
Mr.J.Venkatraman
Legal Officer, CARE

Lay Person:
Mr.R.Venkatraman
B-402, Purva Swan Lake Apts,
OMR, Kelambakkam,
Kancheepuram Dist - 603103

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