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DBT invites research proposals for India-US collaborative vision research programme

Neethikrishna, Mumbai
Thursday, September 16, 2021, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has invited research proposals for India-US collaborative vision research programme.

The continuing collaborative research focused on eye diseases and visual disorders would be of mutual benefit to India and the US, India-US Collaborative Vision Research Program Funding Opportunity Announcement-2021 DBT, the US National Eye Institute (NEI), and a Joint Working Group (JWG) developed a strategic plan for collaborations and to facilitate the expedited review and clearance of proposed bilateral projects. Both the DBT and the NEI have pledged funds to support joint activities pursued under this bilateral programme.

The research objective is intended to support collaborations between India and the US that focus on the basic biology, epigenetic, or genetics of ophthalmic diseases and visual disorders.

The purpose of this will advance science and technology important to understanding, preventing, and treating blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, and their complications.

The focused area of the research is to conduct on the basic biology and genetics of ophthalmic diseases through collaborations with Indian investigators on diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, including rare and genetic diseases such as congenital cataracts, as well as other eye conditions such as ocular inflammation/uveitis, refractive error, low vision, and corneal injury. Basic, translational, or epidemiological research maybe proposed.

It may also include many eye conditions and complications such as inflammation that affect some intracommunity populations to a much greater extent, providing a valuable resource for learning more about visual restoration as well as the pathogenesis and physiology of a disorder.

During the past decade progress has been made identifying these factors. In AMD, for example, environmental factors include smoking and sunlight has been shown to increase risk, and a diet rich in fatty acids has been shown to decrease risk.

The government of India supported or recognised (public or private) academia; research organisations, NGOs/voluntary organizations, research foundations, having research as one of the imperative mandates are eligible.

The last date for submitting the application is November 08, 2021.


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