George Institute signs MoU with ICMR, Sydney University

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Hyderabad, Nov 28 (UNI) The George Institute of International Health, a non-profit research institute, today signed an MoU with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and University of Sydney to develop specific research programmes in population health strategies and provide training in India.

The tripartite MoU was signed by George Institute (India) Senior Director Professor Lalit Dandona, ICMR Additional Director General S K Bhattacharya and Sydney University Dean Professor Bruce Robinson.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Bhattacharya said 28 research educational institutions, which come under the purview of the ICMR, would provide assistance and facilitate conduct of the research jointly with the George Institute and Sydney University.

This collaboration would find solution to diabetes epidemic as the India was emerging number one in the prevalence of the disease and facilitate exchange of scientists in fututre, he said.

Professor Lalit said the collaboration would identify key research issues and develop specific research programmes. The priority would be given to conduct research on chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiac problems, AIDS, road accidents and public health issues.

Stating that the George Institute had already started functioning in the country and set up its office in Hyderabad, Mr Lalit said 'clinical trials' were also part of its programmes being taken up in the country.

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