1. To identify the appropriate preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative measures for the priority National Health problems including both communicable and non-communicable diseases 2. To conduct research on traditional medicine for safe and effective utilization within the context of healthcare delivery system in Myanmar 3. To promote Health Policy and Systems Research 4. To perform research on reproductive health and related issues in accordance with National Health Policy 5. To identify the nutritional problems in Upper Myanmar and search for appropriate methods of prevention and management 6. To establish a model herbal garden and maintain the rare species of indigenous medicinal plants 7. To conduct research on environmental and occupational health hazards 8. To strengthen manpower, technology and facilities for health research 9. To nurture the research culture and to enhance the utilization of results coming out from research endeavours    



Vision & Missions

Layout Plan


National and International Collaboration

Reproductive Health Research Activities

Herbal Garden


The Department of Medical Research (Pyin Oo Lwin Branch), formerly called Department of Medical Research (Upper Myanmar) was estabilished on 6th November 1999 with the aim of improving health status of the people of Upper part in Myanmar. At first, the office was temporarily stationed at the University of Medicine, Mandalay in Mandalay Region during which construction of research buildings was started at the area near Anisakhan Airport, 35 miles east of Mandalay and seven miles away from Pyin Oo Lwin. It is located at an altitude of 3200 feet above sea level. On completion of construction of some buildings, the whole team moved from Mandalay to present location of ward No. (16), Pyin Oo Lwin township in March 2001. On 1st April 2015, it was merged with Department of Medical Research (Lower Myanmar) to be one Department of Medical Research in Myanmar. Department of Medical Research (Upper Myanmar) was renamed as Department of Medical Research (Pyin Oo Lwin Branch) .

Geographical Location

Vehicles Duration
Ygn to NPT NPT to Mdy Mdy to POL
5-6 hr
3 - 4 hr
1.5 - 2 hr
45 min
45 min
8 - 9 hr
6:30 - 7 hr
4 - 5 hr

Ygn: Yangon; NPT: Nay Pyi Taw
Mdy: Mandalay; POL: Pyin Oo Lwin


The Department of Medical Research (Upper Myanmar) is one of the seven departments under the Ministry of Health. On 1st April 2015, Department of Medical Research (Upper Myanmar) and Department of Medical Research (Lower Myanmar) merget into one Department called Department of Medical Research. There after this department is continued as Department of Medical Research (Pyin Oo lwin Branch). Then the department is leaded by Deputy Director General assisted by three Directors. There are seven main Centres namely Administration, Procurement & Distribution, Planning, Inspection, Clinical Research, Biomedical Research and ˙Socio-medical Research, each of which is headed by a Director and Administrative center by a Deputy Director. General administration, budget and accounts, traditional plant cultivation and Herbal Garden are under Administration Centre. Procurement, Store and Distribution Division is ˙under the Procurement and Distribution Centre. Central Biomedical Library and Computer division are under the Planning. Inspection Centre involves Instrumentation Division and Inspection Division. Clinical Research Center consists of Biochemistry Research Division, Pathology Research Division and Pharmacology Research Division. Entomology Research Division, Bacteriology Research Division, Virology Research Division (Biosafety Level III), ˙Parasitology Research Division and Laboratory Animal Services are under the Biomedical Research Centre. Socio-medical Research Centre consists of Epidemiology, Health Systems Research and Medical Statistics Research Divisions. Currently ten research divisions and seven supportive divisions are functioning in the department. Because of limited man power, Medical Physiology, Nutrition and Nuclear Medicine Research Divisions are not functioning yet.


Man Power

By January 2023, out of 422 sanctioned staff only 23.22% (98) is appointed. 










Other ranks


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Staff Qualification

SN Qualification No. Subject
1. Ph.D 4 Pathology, Microbiology, Chemistry
2. Master of Medical Science 3 Public Health, Pharmacology, Paediatric
3. M.B.,B.S -  
4. Master of Pharmacy -  
5. B.Med.Tech -  
6. M.V.Sc -  
7. B.E 1  Electronic, IT
8. Master of Science 10 Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry
9. Bachelor of Pharmacy -  
10. Bachelor of Science 28 Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biochemistry ,Microbiology
11. Bachelor of Arts 23 Myanmar, History, Geography, International Relationship, Oriental Studies, Psychology, Law, Economics, English, Business Management
12. NHL (Grade 1) 11  
13. AGTI 4  


  1. To improve health research by training of researchers, collection of machines and equipments and establishment of research methodologies
  2. To explore national health problems and to find out the preventive, diagnostic and treatment strategies
  3. To explore the facts and figures which will promote the national health status and encourage the people to follow the facts
  4. To encourage Health Systems Research
  5. To explore the major health problems of communicable and non-communicable diseases in Upper Myanmar in order to find out the preventive, diagnostic and treatment strategies
  6. To explore the major nutritional problems in Upper Myanmar in order to find out the preventive and treatment strategies
  7. To conduct reproductive health research in accordance with national population policy
  8. To promote the utilization of research findings
  9. To cultivate and collect traditional medicine and herbal plants from the whole country
  10. To conduct Traditional Medicine Research

Activities of Department of Medical Research (Pyin Oo Lwin Branch)

Biomedical, public health and clinical research emphasizing health problems of national concerned are being conducted in various research fields including communicable disease, non-communicable disease, health systems research, reproductive health, environmental health and traditional medicine. Most common areas of research conducted are cancer research including oral and cervical, TB, HIV, malaria, pre-eclampsia, anaemia with pregnancy, haemoglobinopathy, sexually transmitted diseases, research on maternal and child health, dengue and other viral diseases and elderly care researches. Traditional and herbal medicine researches focus on hyperglycaemia, wound healing, diarrhea, dysentery and hepatotonic drugs.

Research Activities
Completed 27 33 2 1 33 22 62 10 26 1 26 19 132 394
On going 3 6 - 1 7 4 3 5 6 - 13 - 4 52