India’s All Institute of India Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi has launched an “ecotoxicology” research site, a first of its kind, to investigate an increasing number of diseases resulting from exposure due to environmental toxins as well as contaminated, water, food, and air. The site will serve as a nexus for cutting-edge research in clinical ecotoxicology.
There has been an alarming increase in the rate of death and disability due to environmental problems in India. As reported in Medical Dialogues, 16% of global deaths today are caused by “ecotoxicological” sources as recently published in Lancet.
The AIIMS Delhi Center
In India, the social determinants of health take on new meaning as over 90% of these environmental-related deaths occur in low income communities. Moreover, children are disproportionately affected.
AIIMS Director Comment
Director Randeep Guleria reports “The facility would be the nodal point for leading research in clinical ecotoxicology in the country.”
About AIIMS Delhi
AIIMS are a group of autonomous government public medical colleges of higher education. These institutes have been declared by an Act of Parliament as Institutes of National Importance. AIIMS New Delhi, the founding center, was established in 1956.