Research & Innovation

Dr. Moopen’s Medical College has a dedicated Research & Innovation unit which undertakes fundamental and translational biomedical as well as biological research.
The unit is supported and managed by Aster Research Foundation which is a Scientific & Industrial Research Organization recognized by the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Govt. of India.


Aster Research Foundation (ARF) established in 2014 is a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation recognized by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. The foundation has a well-established laboratory infrastructure and a good involved in fundamental and translational biomedical as well as biological research. The research activities aim to develop healthcare technologies for addressing “unmet clinical needs”...

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Laboratory Facilities

There is a well-established wet lab facility for Aster Research Foundation with a floor area of 5000sq. ft. located in the academic block of Dr. Moopen’s Medical College.

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Research Areas

The research expertise and focus of the R&I unit covers 3D Bio Printing of Tissues & Organs, Regenerative Medicine..

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The Aster Research Foundation lab provides the following services to students & researchers.

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Academic Programs

Biomedical research is a multidisciplinary area, requiring committed human resource with science background and academic aspirations to opt for a research career..

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Ongoing Programs

Tissue Engineering & 3D Bio-printing

Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering has shown huge potential in translational medicine and many conventional clinical problems have been successfully answered. 3D Bio printing of tissues and organs is the most advanced technology in tissue engineering and it is expected to create revolutions in modern medicine....

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Natural and synthetic biomaterials are widely used in tissue engineering, medical devices, prosthesis, implants, wound healing and many other applications in medicine and surgery. Polymer based biomaterials and composites are promising candidates which can play a vital role in healthcare and medicine, revolutionizing various aspects of patient care and treatment....

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Type II Diabetes Mellitus & Insulin Resistance

Worldwide, 463 million people are living with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) as per the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) 2019 and by 2045, it is expected to rise to 700 million. This chronic, metabolic disease is characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose due to the development of insulin resistance and over time, leads to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves....

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Oral Cancer

Globally oral cancer (OC) is a health concern and in India ~77,000 new cases and ~52,000 deaths are reported annually. In Kerala the prevalence of OC is, ~1.08%. Public health studies have revealed vulnerability to OC in those who are excessively exposed to causative agents such as -alcohol, tobacco products, betel nut, unhygienic oral condition, poor diet and sustained viral infections that include the human papillomavirus....

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Healthcare / Biomedical Technology Development involves contributions from multi-disciplinary expertise and good collaborations with such expertise can only solve the big problems faced by the clinicians in patient care. By collaboration, the R & I unit proposes to mutually share technical expertise, facility, resources, network and contacts & data and literature thereby creating a Research Ecosystem amalgamating medical sciences and technology for advanced translational research and biomedical technology development. The current collaborations are with:.

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The research facility is a recognised centre for PhD of the Lincoln University, Malaysia and offers PhD course in Biomaterial Science and Health Care engineering.

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