Delhi-AIIMS has signed a Letter of Intent with the University College London (UCL) on collaboration in research and academics for effective patient care. This association enables opportunities for students, researchers and physicians of both institutions that will ultimately benefit patient care.
Under the Letter of Intent, Delhi-AIIMS and UCL will explore a number of potential collaborative areas including but not limited to academic staff collaboration in research and education in mutually agreed areas of common interest, potential development of staff exchange programs, visiting scholars programs and research fellowship program.
This also includes potential development of student mobility opportunities, and development of joint academically-led workshops, symposia and conferences.
Prof Randeep Guleria, Director, Delhi-AIIMS, said that this collaboration is an immense opportunity for bilateral work-flow on more than one aspect. It is also an opportunity for dialogue including exchanges of ideas, training and empowerment for high end bio-technological research.
“Our focus under “Letter of Intent’ would be on training opportunities for students, faculty and researchers at both institutes and establishment of clinical trials unit to further enhance these capabilities,” Prof Guleria.
Prof Michael Arthur, President and Provost, UCL, said, “Through this collaboration, we will gain deeper insight into our ground-breaking research and fulfill our joint ambition to address some of the biggest challenges facing society. Furthering academic and student exchange programs will also enrich both UCL’s and AIIMS communities.”
Under the partnership, AIIMS has joined the new International Centre for Genomic Medicine Neuromuscular Diseases (ICGMN), which is led by UCL.
The ICGMN brings together skills and resources from five countries and aims to advance the genetic diagnosis and therapy for patients with muscle wasting neuromuscular diseases, including motor neurons diseases and muscular dystrophy.
The Department of Endocrinology, AIIMS, is working with collaborators at UCL to initiate joint analysis of UK National Pediatric Diabetes Audit and the Youth Onset Diabetes Registry (an ICMR funded registry).
Gastroenterologists of both institutions have recently been awarded a research grant under the scheme for promotion of academic and research collaboration program for joint research on new prognostic markers for patients with acute on chronic liver failure.