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The Centre for Stem Cell Research (CSCR) has a head appointed by the Director, Christian Medical College that is responsible for the overall management of the Centre. The Head, CSCR is advised by a Core Committee, which is appointed by the Principal, CMC, Vellore. The Core Committee consists of at least four senior faculty members of CMC, Vellore who work on a regular basis in an advisory capacity with the Head, CSCR, particularly for scientific and personnel related issues. The Head, CSCR is the Convener of this committee. The decisions taken by the Core Committee have to be ratified by the Steering Committee.

A Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) appointed by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) monitors and guides the scientific program at CSCR which is then reported to the Governing Council chaired by the Secretary, DBT, Government of India.

Head, CSCR

Alok Srivastava, MD, FRACP, FRCPA, FRCP is trained as a physician and haematologist. He is Professor of Medicine at the Department of Hematology, Christian Medical College, Vellore which provides the largest stem cell transplantation service in India. He has been involved in developing this program over the past two decades. He is also involved with developing animal models for stem cell therapies and performing clinical trials for innovative uses of bone marrow derived stem cells. He was the former Chairman of the National Apex Committee for Stem Cell Research and Therapy appointed by the Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research, USA.

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