RMTS Department
History : The Department of Regenerative Medicine and Translational Science, the first of its kind in India, commenced at Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine, a premier institute for medical research, on the 9th of April 2012, with the joining of Dr. Niranjan Bhattacharya, DSc, MD, MS, FACS, FICS, FICOG, FSOG, one of the pioneers of stem cell research and a globally renowned scientist, vide Memo No. HF/O/MA (MES)/695/1A-05/2012 d/d 04.04.2012 with the mandate to commission an advanced research-oriented department with a clinical setup.

Objective : The objective of this endeavour is to provide the benefit of such research work to those consenting patients who helplessly suffer from diseases where the standard mode of treatment proves unsuccessful.
                                    
Government Support : To start with, the Dept. of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of West Bengal issued two successive orders sanctioning a sum of Rs. 12.5 lakhs and Rs. 25 lakhs in order to develop the basic infrastructure and procure necessary instruments for the department, vide Memo No. 75 (Sanction)/HF/P/P&B/MERT/ MA(MES)/1A-05/2012 dated 04.07.2012 and Memo No. 198 (Sanction)/HF/P/P&B/ MERT/ MA(MES)/1A-05/2012 dated 04.07.2012 respectively.

In its initial phase, the following nine senior doctors of different specialities, of West Bengal Health Service were allowed by the Dept. of Health & F.W., Govt. of West Bengal to work at Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine in this new department in addition to their scheduled duties at their respective places of posting, vide Memo No. DHS/Singly/S-014/2012 dated 28.08.2012, Memo No. DHS/Singly/S-015/2012 dated 28.08.2012 and Memo No. DHS/Singly/S-020/2012 dated 17.09.2012 :
1. Dr. Diptendu Bikash Sengupta,  MS (Surgery)
2. Dr. Soumen Kumar Bhattacharya,  MD (Medicine)
3. Dr. Tapan Rakshit, MS (Ophthalmology)
4. Dr. Manabendranath Bandyopadhyay, DTCD (Chest Diseases)
5. Dr. Chandan Bhowmik Roychowdhury, DLO (E.N.T.)
6. Dr Uttam Majumder, DCH (Pediatrics)
7. Dr. Md. Haroon, D Orth (Orthopedics)
8. Dr. Samirendranarayan Choudhuri, MD (Gynae. & Obs.)
9. Dr. Bipasha Mandal, DGO (Maternal & Child Health)
Government of West Bengal Department of Health & Family Welfare sactioned and allowed development of Cryopreservative Unit, Tissue Culture Laboratory and first Public Cord Blood Bank for this department of Regenerative Medicine.
Also, two research workers, one Dr. Kaustav Basu, PhD, Staff Scientist, working at University of McGill, Canada and another, Dr. Uttam Kumar Samanta, PhD, Structural Biologist, working at University of Purdue, Indiana, USA, showed their interest to join the department as research associates immediately.

In order to facilitate the clinical research activities of this department, Govt. of West Bengal initially sanctioned 10 free research beds for indoor patients.

A subsequent order tagged the department with Eden Hospital, the oldest hospital of British era in India, attached to Medical College Hospital, Kolkata with instruction to supply all pregnancy specific biological substances (PSBS) to this new department and to develop a Cord Blood Bank there to facilitate the research work, vide Memo No. HF/O/MERT/848/MA(MES)/1A-05/2012 dated 04.07.2012. It was followed by the tagging of Calcutta National Medical College  Hospital and also SSKM Hospital, Kolkata for the same purpose, vide Memo No. HF/O/MERT/1130/MA(MES)/1A-05/2012 dated 24.09.2012.

The Govt. of West Bengal further wanted to augment its activity by tagging it with the Dept. of Forensic & State Medicine, Medical College Hospital, Kolkata so as to supply from there fresh cadaveric human tissues following death due to accidents for research purpose,  vide Memo No. HF/O/MERT/1060/MA(MES)/1A-05/2012 dated 04.09.2012.

Further initiatives are under process to tag the Dept. of Radiotherapy, Medical College Hospital, Kolkata for radiational support to biological tissues and also to collaborate with The Institute of Haematology and Transfusion Medicine, Maniktala for the purpose of component separation of cord blood.
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