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India and Germany will collaborate for research in key health and biomedical sciences

Posted:  Friday, November 27, 2015

Collaboration in the best interests of the countries indeed! Soon India and Germany will join hands to carry out research in key areas of health and biomedical sciences. The joint programme will focus on maternal and child health and paediatric diseases, with a special emphasis on adolescent health, effects of climate change on health, and research for a healthier life (strategies for prevention, health promotion and nutrition).

The key agencies involved in the implementation of this programme are the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) under the department of health research (DHR) of the ministry of health & family, Government of India and the Project Management Agency at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR-PT, European and International Cooperation), Bonn. The subjects that will be covered under each special focus area are as follows:

Maternal & child health and paediatric diseases with special focus on adolescent health (relevant to the Indian context):

•     Burden of disease/event

•     Biomarkers/diagnostics/process for early detection

•     Improved treatment/management

•     Addressing newer emerging areas of concern

Effects of climate change on health:

•     Mathematical modelling including climate change and its impact on heart diseases

•     Genetics studies on genetic aspects of psychiatric conditions

•     Environmental aspects affecting epigenetic changing leading to psychiatric disorders

•     Environmental factors in disability

•     Osteoporosis, and cartilage metabolism in osteoarthritis

•     Head and neck cancers

•     Hearing impairment and role of modifier gene

•     Chronic kidney disease (CKD) in adults and paediatric urological conditions as cause of CKD in children

•     Exon skipping and therapeutics in neuromuscular disorder

Research for a Healthier life (strategies for prevention, health promotion and nutrition):

•     Improving dietary habits of adolescents

The programme aims to encourage new collaborations such as the development of joint projects under national funding schemes. It also seeks to promote bilateral cooperation between the scientific communities of the two countries by means of joint research projects, exchange visits of researchers, bilateral workshops/seminars, scientific delegations, and composite (scientific and industrial) delegations.

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