Organization Profile

The Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN), established in 2007, prides itself as a research driven nongovernmental organization dedicated to promoting research in the country. With its team of energetic and highly motivated experts, CMDN is now recognized as the leading public health and wildlife research organization in the country. CMDN strives to introduce appropriate, effective and innovative solutions to address many challenges in the areas of epidemiological studies, disease surveillance, health research, environmental and biodiversity research and policy analysis.

LEGAL ENTITY:

Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN) is registered as a non-profit making and a Non-Government Organization (NGO) under Kathmandu District Administrative Office (CDO, 2007) and Social Welfare Council (SWC, 2008) in the name of "Center for Molecular Dynamics –Nepal (CMDN)".

Registration:

Regd. No. 969

PAN No. 302834428

SWC No. 24292

MISSION

To build individual and institutional capacity for effective human and environment development policies and programs in Nepal, by carrying out research activities which will answer a number of human health and environment related issues and questions in collaboration with national and international partners.

VISION

We envision a stronger, healthier and prosperous Nepal- where good governance is driven by well informed communities, where environment is preserved and burden of disease is minimized and where collaborative efforts are encouraged and fostered.

OUR AREAS OF ENGAGEMENT

Wildlife Conservation

We have conducted numerous studies on some of the world’s most endangered animals. Utilizing our current capacity and know how, we have introduced conservation genetics in research studies of such animals as snow leopard, musk deer, wolf and Asian elephants. Through our Nepal Tiger Genome Project, we are building a comprehensive DNA database of all the Bengal tigers found throughout Terai arc region of Nepal. We have also been working on developing molecular diagnostic tools for the detection of Tuberculosis and Herpes in Asian Elephants. Additionally, we are working on population census studies of the Asiatic one-horned rhino in Chitwan and common leopards in the Annapurna area and conducting ex-situ conservation of threatened species such as Vultures and Amphibians.

Public Health Research:

  • Field/Surveillance

    CMDN and INPL have been assisting various governmental and non-governmental agencies in research and disease surveillance activities in Nepal. We have not only participated in several rounds of Integrated Bio-behavioral Studies of HIV/ AIDS in Nepal by providing our technical expertise, and mobile screening of pathogens, b u t also assisted Government health sector and partner non-government organizations on research projects such as Hepatitis B/C prevalence, cholera outbreak investigation and others. Additionally, we have undertaken various research projects in the field of public health and nutrition.

  • Biomedical

    CMDN and INPL have been involved in conducting various biomedical research on prevalent diseases of Nepal since our inception. INPL was the first private entity to introduce HIV viral load in Nepal, providing one of the major disease progression monitoring services in the country. Hepatitis, leprosy, tuberculosis and malaria have been some of the other diseases that we have, or continue to carry out, research on. CMDN assisted Nepal Health Research Council (MoHP/GoN) carried out the landmark Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), in cervical carcinoma cases in Nepal.

Plant Biotechnology

Nepal has rich floral biodiversity. Unfortunately, much of our understanding of this diversity is unknown. CMDN/INPL undertook Nepal’s first ever plant bar-coding project as per the initiative of Department of Plant Resources (DPR)/ MoFSC to assist in identifying important floral species of Nepal. We have already DNA barcoded several species of medicinally important plants in Nepal, and plans are afloat to include others.

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