Public health experts from India’s top medical research institutes like AIIMS, Christian Medical College and Hospital will participate in the joint initiative with Australian University
Public health experts from India and Australia have joined hands to research on lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancers. The program will reportedly see participation from India’s top public health and medical research institutes like the the Public Health Foundation of India, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology. The programme will be co-led by senior researchers from the Australian university.
“ENCORE — Excellence in non-communicable disease research — will train a new generation of researchers in non-communicable disease prevention and control in India and other low-and middle-income countries in South Asia,” the University of Melbourne said in a statement.
ENCORE will focus on diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancers with the help of funding from the University of Melbourne.
“Chronic, non-communicable conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancers have become the leading causes of deaths in the developing world. Today, 80 percent of these deaths are people from low-and middle-income countries like India,” ENCORE project leader Brian Oldenburg said.
Almost 40 doctoral and postdoctoral students are anticipated from the Australian and Indian collaborating partner institutions, K.R. Thankappan from Kerala-based Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology said.
Trainees will undertake research exchange, participate in online web conferences, take advanced subjects at one another’s institutions, participate in annual workshops, attend international conferences and undertake exchanges with top research institutes in the US and Britain, Thankappan noted.