The Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) was established in 1951 as a premier institute of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Major R & D programmes of the institute are directed towards (i) development of contraceptives; new drugs for tropical diseases (malaria, filariasis, leishmaniasis), cardiovascular and CNS disorders, hepatoprotection and allergy; (ii) development of immunodiagnostics for early diagnosis of malaria, filariasis leishmaniasis; (iii) development of vaccines for leprosy, malaria and cholera; (iv) exploration of terrestrial plants, including Indian traditional remedies, and marine flora and fauna for novel molecules for drug development; 
(v) development of immunomodulators; (vi) development of cost-effective innovative chemical/fermentation products; (vii) basic research on biology of reproduction, host parasite bio-chemical mechanisms, regulation of CVS and CNS functions and enzyme receptor studies to obtain "new leads" for drug development.

The Distributed Information Sub-Centre (DISC) was established in 1989 as one of the DISCs under the programme Biotechnology Information System (BTIS) by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. The main objectives of the centre is to provide up-to-date and accurate information in the area of Biotechnology with stress on drugs and pharmaceuticals, in order to promote the growth of efforts and use of information technology for scientific research in Life Sciences and Biotechnology. The sub-centre is well equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities in terms of hardware, software and networks etc.

In a span of eight years, the centre has developed a number of databases which are updated frequently. Important among these databases include NATTS, an integrated database on Indian medicinal plants, the marine flora and fauna database, drug information system, drug and pharmaceutical (R&D) database. These and other related databases are available to the users on demand, many of them available on Cds as well.

The centre has conducted many workshops and training programmes for its users. The centre has also participated in more than 25 exhibitions and conferences since its inception. The services provided by the centre include preparation of bibliographies, patent searches, reprographics and translation services. The centre has several publications to its credit.


Dr. O.N. Tripathi
Bioinformatics Centre
Central Drugs Research Institute
PO Box 173
Lucknow - 226 001 (INDIA)
Phone : (0522) 212411-18, 213812
EPABX : 4276, 4311, 4417
Fax : 0522-223405, 223938
Gram : Cendrug, Lucknow
E-mail : root@cscdri.ren.nic.in