Institute for Developing Science and Health Initiatives (ideSHi), Dhaka (Bangladesh)
The initiative for establishing the Institute for Developing Science and Health Initiatives (ideSHi) was made possible thanks to the Grand Prize of the Fondation Christophe et Rodolphe Mérieux awarded to Dr. Firdausi Qadri in June 2012. A seven-member executive board composed of experts and entrepreneurs was formed to plan and formally register ideSHi as a non-profit foundation. It was inaugurated on March 1st, 2014. The research institute is presently located on the premises of the Centre for Medical Biotechnology of the Directorate General of Health Services of the Institute of Public Health in Dhaka. The laboratory is equipped with BSL-2 facilities to carry out molecular, immunological, and genetic studies. The ideSHi facility began functioning in February 2014, and, at present, bustling with activity, it has become a hub for scientists, research fellows and undergraduate, graduate and PhD students. Collaborating scientists from the USA, Canada, and France work at ideSHi. The institute also runs training courses for medical personnel, clinicians, and biomedical researchers with a focus on biomedical sciences and biotechnology, areas where there are crucial needs in Bangladesh and in the developing world. Although ideSHi principally aims at introducing studies on inborn errors of metabolism (IEM) and its diagnosis, focus is also given on other genetic disorders, including Down’s syndrome, hereditary neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s disease, as well as on infectious diseases. In addition, the foundation is designed with a view to carry out humanitarian and research programs for devising pragmatic solutions to public health problems, for strengthening local scientific capacities and encouraging innovations; facilitating and organizing scientific training programs, and for planning seminars, symposia, and conferences for generating academic discourses on local, regional and global health issues. The ideSHi is also determined to provide world-class educational opportunities to graduate and postgraduate level students, thereby improving technical capabilities of scientists in Bangladesh.
Main missions and objectives
To create awareness, strengthen capacity, and power innovations to make Bangladesh a leader in the field of biomedical sciences and translational research on a regional and global scale.
To provide solutions to public health problems through the translation of innovative ideas into technologies.
To work on areas of infectious diseases with an emphasis on enteric and respiratory diseases as well as on the diagnosis of genetic disorders in Bangladesh.
PCR, RT-PCR, and qRT-PCR for DNA- and RNA-based studies
Agarose gel electrophoresis
Mutation analysis of the human G6PD gene and its effects on anemia
Kinetic ELISA for rapid diagnosis of typhoid fever
High-throughput metabolomic profiling of patients’ specimens, such as plasma and serum, using LC-MS/MS and GC-MS for screening of inborn errors of metabolism
Detection of bacterial pathogens using culture-based, biochemical, serological, and PCR-based methods
Antibiogram profiling of pneumonia-causing bacterial pathogens
Detection of pneumonia-causing viral pathogens using qPCR/qRT-PCR approaches
Diagnosis of Huntington’s disease using patients’ specimens (DNA) on real-time PCR-based high resolution melting curve analysis and DNA sequencing with PCR products
Firdausi Qadri, PhD
Director, Centre for Vaccine Sciences (CVS)
Senior Scientist & Head, Enteric Vaccines
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease and Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b)
Institute for Developing Science and Health Initiatives (ideSHi)
Institute of Public Health Building (2nd floor), Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212
Mailing Address: 68, Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Sarani, Mohakhali,
Tel: +880 2 9860636
Md. Kaiissar Mannoor, PhD
Head, Institute for Developing Science and Health Initiatives (ideSHi)
Mailing Address: Institute of Public Health Building (2nd Floor)
Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212, Banagladesh
Tel: +880 1797440713