The National Institute of Epidemiology (NIE) was established on July
2, 1999 by merging the Central JALMA Institute for Leprosy (CJIL Field
Unit), Avadi with the Institute for Research in Medical Statistics
(IRMS), Chennai. The broad objectives of the Institute cover Development
of human resources in epidemiology and bio-statistics, Networking of
the various ICMR and non-ICMR Institutes at the national level for
epidemiological purposes, and Consultancy.