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Completed Projects

Extramural Projects
S.No Title Duration Funding Agency Principle Investigator
1 Regional brain volumetric and spectroscopic associations with essential fatty acids in outcome of schizophrenia July 2004 - June 2011 University of Georgia, USA (9.12) Dr. Sadhana Joshi
2 Investigations on long term effects of maternal folic acid supplementation for reducing risks associated with non-communicable diseases in adult offspring using rat model January 2006 – December 2008 Department Biotechnology (19.54) Dr. Sadhana Joshi
3 Role of maternal micronutrients on brain neurotrophic factors and cognitive development in Wistar rat offspring March 2010 – February 2013 Department Biotechnology (34.26) Dr. Sadhana Joshi
4 Comparison of plasma & placental proteomic patterns in pregnancy complications May 2010 – April 2013 Department Biotechnology (45.21) Dr. Sadhana Joshi
5 Role of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, neurotrophins and vascular endothelial growth factor in mothers with pre-eclampsia and their association with infant growth December 2010 – November 2012 Indian Council of Medical Research, India (19.72) Dr. Sadhana Joshi
6 Fatty Acid Metabolism in non-pregnant women August 2010 – July 2013 Wellcome trust UK (114.37) Dr. Sadhana Joshi
7 Gene Specific Methylation Patterns of Angiogenic Factors in Preeclampsia July 2011 – December 2012 Indian Council of Medical Research, India (23.37) Dr. Sadhana Joshi
8 Multigenerational effects of vitamin B 12 deficiency /supplementation on brain development and metabolic syndrome variables in a rat model. June 2012 – May 2015 Department of Science and Technology (40.05) Dr. Sadhana Joshi
9 Understanding the Risk of Metabolic and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Infants Born to Mothers with Pregnancy Complications August 2012 – October 2013 Wellcome trust UK (30.55) Dr. Sadhana Joshi
10 Maternal micronutrient status, inflammatory markers and Risk for non- communicable diseases in the offspring in a preeclamptic rat model February 2013 - January 2016 Department Biotechnology (37.62) Dr. Sadhana Joshi
11 Epigenetic regulation of matrix metalloproteinases in preterm placenta February 2012 – January 2015 Department of Science and Technology (52.74) Dr. Preethi Chavan
12 Regulation of fatty acid desaturases and transport protein in pregnancy April 2013 – March 2014 Indian Council of Medical Research (16.90) Dr. Asmita Joshi
13 Regulation of tumor growth through nutritional intervention involving omega-3 fatty acids December 2009 – Jan 2012 Department of Biotechnology (37.24) Dr. Ruchika Kaul - Ghanekar
14 Development of a standardized herbal anti- inflammatory product for management of osteoarthritis June 2010 – May 2012 Department of Biotechnology (43.96) Dr. Ruchika Kaul - Ghanekar
15 A Value Chain on Linseed: Processing and Value Addition for Profitability - Production to Consumption System (PCS) June 2009 – March 2014 ICAR-NAIP II (87.16) Prof. M. V. Hegde
16 Sustainable Rural Livelihood Security in Backward Districts of Maharashtra July 2007 – March 2014 ICAR-NAIP III (235.04) Prof. M. V. Hegde
17 Characterization of bioactive secondary metabolites for anti-inflammatory activity from selected medicinal plants February 2008- January 2009 Department of Biotechnology (0.8) Dr. Suresh Jagtap
18 Medhya activity of Jatamansi, Nardostachys jatamansi (D.Don) DC. with respect to its adultrants and substitutes as evaluated by ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) model funded by NMPB January 2010 - December 2013 National Medicinal Plant Board (20.00) Dr. Suresh Jagtap
19 Bioprospecting of Amarkand, traditionally used tubers as a functional food August 2012 – July 2015 Department of Science and Technology (23.27) Dr. Suresh Jagtap
20 Bioresourcing of flax for enhanced omega-3 nutrition April 2004 – March 2008 Department of Biotechnology (39.22) Prof. Abhay Harsulkar
21 Microbial production of omega -3 fatty acids August 2008 – March 2010 Department of Biotechnology (63.00) Prof. Abhay Harsulkar
22 Identification of genes involved during disease development by gall forming rust fungi in Acacia burnean and Jasminum malbaricum April 2009 – March 2012 Department of Biotechnology (46.00) Prof. Abhay Harsulkar
23 Towards improvement of flax for oil and agronomic traits April 2010 – March 2013 Indo-Canada, Department of Biotechnology (59.03) Prof. Abhay Harsulkar
24 Cultivation trials of medicinal plants in agro climatic zones of Maharashtra 2003-2005 Department of Science and Technology (DST) Dr. Suresh Jagtap
25 Sustainable rural livelihoods and conservation of protected Areas 2008-2009 WWF- Delhi Dr. Suresh Jagtap
26 Characterization of bioactive secondary metabolites for anti-inflammatory activity from selected medicinal plants 2008-2009 Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Dr. Suresh Jagtap
27 Bioprospecting of Amarkand, traditionally used tubers as a functional food 2012-2015 Department of Science and Technology (DST) Dr. Suresh Jagtap
28 Regional differences in neurotrophin regulation of vascularization in preeclamptic placentae March 2015 – February 2017 Indian Council of Medical Research (29.94) Dr. Sadhana Joshi
29 Exploring the efficacy of omega 3 fatty acid supplementation to a maternal high fat diet deficient in vitamin B12 in ameliorating the risk for impaired brain development and metabolic syndrome in the offspring. December 2013 – November 2016 Indian Council of Medical Research (20.78) Dr. Anvita Kale
30 Honey as a base for antioxidants in Health foods   Directorate of Science & Technology KVIC, Mumbai (4.95 Lakhs) Dr. M. V. Hegde
31 Egg for health  in collaboration Venkateshwara Hatchery   Department  of Biotechnology (17 Lakhs) Dr. M. V. Hegde
32 New approach to quick biogass production   DST.KVIC (4.9 Lakhs) Dr. M. V. Hegde
33 Direct beta thalassemia carrier detection kit   DBT-BIRAC (44.64 Lakh) Mr. Yogesh Badhe and Dr. M. V. Hegde
Industry Sponsored Projects
1 Effect of Leucronil® tablets in the patients with Leucorrhea: An open clinical trial Baidyanath Bhavan Pvt. Ltd. (2.46) Dr. Supriya Bhalerao August 2014 – March 2015
2 Pharmacological evaluation of IBIS on streptozotocin induced diabetic complications in laboratory animals Indus Biotech Pvt. Ltd. (3.50) Dr. Abhay Harsulkar January 2012 – December 2013
3 Nutragenomics study of nutraceutical formulations Tata Chemicals Ltd, Pune (10.00) Dr. Abhay Harsulkar November 2016 – October 2018

Ongoing Projects

Ongoing Projects

Extramural Projects
S.No Title Duration Funding Agency Principle Investigator
1 Disturbed maternal one carbon cycle in preeclampsia increases risk for cardio-metabolic variables in children May 2015 – June 2018 Department Biotechnology (49.82) Dr. Sadhana Joshi
2 Evaluation of Triphala & Trimad for their effects on adipocytes biology and Lipid metabolism 2016 - 2019 Ministry of AYUSH (28.32) Dr. Supriya Bhalerao
3 Evaluating the anti- neoplastic potential of Panchavalkala, an Ayurvedic formulation, in cervical cancer-an in vivo study November 2014 – October 2016 Bharat Seva Sansthan (3.00) Dr. Ruchika Kaul - Ghanekar
4 Developing high oleic safflower genotypes through functional genomics July 2015 – June 2018 ICAR-NASF (46.44) Prof. M. V. Hegde
5 ICAR-AICRP- Linseed Value Addition Centre April 2015 onwards ICAR (15.74 Lakh received as on today). Prof. M. V. Hegde
6 Chemical Diversity and Nutraceutical Potential of Indian Propolis December 2016 – January 2018 Department of Science and Technology (39.12) Dr. Suresh Jagtap
7 Chemical Diversity and Nutraceutical Potential of Indian Propolis 2016-2018 Department of Science and Technology (39.12) Dr. Suresh Jagtap
8 Centre for Advanced Research - Investigating Mechanisms Leading to Preeclampsia March 2017 – February 2022 Indian Council of Medical Research (6.8crores) Dr. Sadhana Joshi
9 Pro-neurotrophins /p75NTR Signalling Contributes to Increased Apoptosis in Preterm Placentae June 2017 – June 2020 Funded by Department of Science and Technology (40.48) Dr. Preeti Chavan Gautam
10 Influence of Maternal One-carbon (1C) Metabolism in Placental Function, Fetal Growth and Programming November 2017-November 2020 Funded by Department of  Biotechnology (70 lakhs) Dr. Sadhana Joshi (Co-PI)
11 Evaluation of efficacy of novel stabilized omega-3-fatty acid and antioxidants formulation for the prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome June 2017 – 2020 DST-SERB (40.36) Dr. Anand A. Zanwar
Industry Sponsored Projects
1 Evaluation of the efficacy and safety of Capsule Longvida® Optimized Curcumin in knee osteoarthritis: A randomized double-blind controlled clinical study May 2015 – December 2016 Pharmanza Herbal Pvt. Ltd. (8.97) Dr. Supriya Bhalerao
2 Clinical study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Herbal Formulation for Obesity (HFO-O2) in overweight individuals February 2016 – December 2016 Baidyanath Bhavan Pvt. Ltd. (2.89) Dr. Supriya Bhalerao
Synthesis and characterization of cinnamaldehyde-FITC- Folate conjugatedFe3O4 nanoparticles for targeted delivery in breast cancer (12.76 Lakhs; DSTNanomission)
Evaluation of anticancer potential of extracts derived from marine organisms incancerous and non-cancerous cell lines.(10 lakhs, IISER)
Evaluating the anticancer activity of different higher homeopathic potencies (200C, 1M,10M, 50M, CM) of Terminalia chebula (TC) in breast cancer cell lines and analyzing thebest potency for activity against in vivo breast cancer model (42.98 Lakhs; CCRH, AYUSH)
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Notice Inviting Tenders for Floor Model UltraCentrifuge (Due date extended till 9th July 2018)

Conducted free health check up camp for screening of metabolic syndrome:

On the occasion of birthday of Hon. Dr. Patangrao Kadam (Chancellor), and Hon. Dr. Vishwajeet Kadam (Secretary), Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Obesity-Diabetes lab in collaboration with Dept. of Community Medicine, Medical college, Bharati Vidyapeeth. It was held on 8th – 13th Jan 2018 from 10 am to 1pm at Anganwadi hall, Dandekar Bridge.

Blood donation drive:

BVU-IRSHA in association with Rajiv Gandhi ITBT and Bharati Hospital Blood Bank also jointly conducted a blood donation drive on 15th Jan 2018 at BVU-IRSHA. Dr. Sahebrao Mahadik, Georgia Regent University, USA inaugurated the camp by cutting the ribbon. Dr. D B Vani, In-charge of Bharati Blood Bank addressed the gathering and encouraged the staff & students to join for the noble cause. A total of 37 persons have donated blood in this camp.

Celebration of World Obesity Day & National Ayurveda Day

Dr Geeta Dharmatti (PhD Nutrition, Consultant) delivered a talk on Diet in Obesity (Modern Perspective) and Dr Rupali Pendse (M.D. Ayurved) on Diet in Obesity (Ayurvedic Perspective) Ethanopharmacology meeting was held

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