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Madras Diabetes Research Foundation gets £7m grant from NIHR Global Health

Our Bureau, Bengaluru
Monday, July 17, 2017, 14:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Madras Diabetes Research Foundation has been awarded a grant of £7million from the National Institute of Health Research Global Health programme to establish a major Scotland-India clinical partnership to combat diabetes.
The  partnership will be established with University of Dundee, Scotland. The study aims to compare and contrast Diabetes in India and Scotland and determine the common and specific problems in both countries, in order to improve health and reduce health inequalities in India and Scotland.
The project commands access to two of the most advanced diabetes management systems in the world: Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centres (DMDSC), India’s largest clinical network of diabetes care in India, and Scottish Clinical Care Information – Diabetes Care (SCI-DC). With over 33 centres across India with 400,000 registered diabetes patients, DMDSC also hosts a WHO coordinating centre for non-communicable diseases prevention and control. The SCI-DC provides a sophisticated, shared electronic patient record for every individual with type 2 diabetes in Scotland. This partnership brings an enormous clinical datasets collected in both Scotland and India of over 650,000 patients with diabetes with continuous data spanning over 20 years.
The project will also look at new ways of providing diabetes screening, using smartphone technology and retinal scans, which will provide valuable insights into how doctors  can deliver more cost-effective and affordable diagnosis and treatment of diabetes. During the course of the project, Dr Mohan’s team will also examine the potential for delivering next-generation telemedicine for diabetes screening in rural communities and deprived urban areas of Chennai.
“Given the rising number of diabetics, there is an urgent need for a large, in-depth study of the specific causes and consequences of diabetes in India. Such a study will help in identifying different sub-types of diabetes that exist in India and will enable a better understanding on how best to manage each sub-type.  With over 20 years of follow up records of patients along with the genomic data from two countries, this project should help us contribute new knowledge in the field of Precision Medicine”, said Dr. V. Mohan, Principal Investigator, Indian site and Director of the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation.


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