Workshop on “Diabetes Research – A fertile field with numerous opportunities by MDRF

Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) and Deakin University,  Australia organized a day long workshop on diabetes to explore opportunities of research and highlight the critical areas where urgent progress is required. Aptly titled “Diabetes Research – A Fertile Field with  Numerous Opportunities” the workshop was also a celebration of 25 years of Deakin University’s engagement in India. Ms. Susan Grace, Australian Consul – General, Chennai; Professor Jane den Hollader AO, Vice – Chancellor & President, Deakin University; Professor David Austin, Associate Dean -International, Deakin University, Professor V. Mohan, President, MDRF  and Professor S.P. Thyagarajan, Professor of Eminence  & Dean (Research), SRM University, Chennai inaugurated the session. 

Commemorating 25 years of engagement with Deakin University, Australia  and India (1994 to 2019), DeakinUniversity, Australia is hosting a range of  events in collaboration with The Australian Trade and Investment  Commission and its India partners to explore future engagements in areas  of strategic importance to India and Australia. As part of this initiative,  Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre’s research wing Madras Diabetes  Research Foundation (MDRF) and Deakin University, Australia  organized a day long workshop to further research initiatives in diabetic treatment  and care. Participating at the event were eminent faculty from Deakin  University, Australia including Professor Jane den Hollander AO, Vice -Chancellor & President, Deakin University, Professor Julie Owens, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), Professor Anna Peeters, Director,  Institute for Health Transformation, Professor.Jon Watson, Dean, School of  Medicine, ProfessorJo Williams, Associate Head of School (Research), Dr. Kathryn Aston -Mourney, Senior Lecturer in Human Biology,  School of Medicine, Dr. Virginia Hagger, Lecturer in Nursing, School of Nursing and Professor  Ken Walder, Chair in Metabolic Diseases.

Commenting on the workshop, Professor V.Mohan, President, MDRF and  Honorary Professor, Deakin University said, “We are happy to say  that MDRF is collaborating with the Deakin University for over 5 years.  Ph.D programmes and Diabetes Nurse Educator’s course are being conducted at  MDRF in collaboration with Deakin University. So far, three students have  completed their PhD and three are currently pursuing their doctoral degree  and 30 nurses have completed the 4-month diabetes nurse  educator’s course at MDRF. Both these programmes are successful  collaborative initiatives in India. MDRF is partnering with Deakin in  organizing this workshop to brainstorm on the research opportunities,  challenges and solutions with renowned medical professionals, scientists,  physicians, young researchers, and students working in the field of diabetes  to tackle the burden of diabetes in India.”

Professor S.P. Thyagarajan congratulates MDRF for taking up several novel  research projects on Diabetes. 

The workshop witnessed participation from renowned experts and eminent  people including Ms. Susan Grace, Australian Consul – General; Dr. Ashok Kumar Das, Professor, Department of Medicine, Pondicherry  Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry; Dr. Uma Ram, Director & Consultant,  Obstetrics & Gynecology, Seethapathy Clinic & Hospitals, Chennai; Dr. R. Madhavan, Consultant  Diabetologist, The Guest Hospital  and Former Director and Professor, Institute of Diabetology, Madras  Medical College and Rajiv Gandhi Govt. General Hospital, Chennai;  Dr. P. Dharmarajan, Professor & Head, Department of Diabetology,  Institute of Diabetology, Madras Medical College and Govt. General Hospital,  Chennai and Dr. R.M. Anjana, Vice President, MDRF.

Author: nammamadrasnews

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