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Madras Diabetes Research Foundation

Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) is an outstanding diabetes research centre in Chennai, India. Founded in 1996 by Dr. V. Mohan, an internationally acclaimed diabetologist, and Dr. M. Rema, an internationally known specialist in diabetic related eye disorders, MDRF does full-fledged research on the epidemiology of diabetes and related complications.
MDRF’s excellent research work is obvious from its track record of over 250 scientific papers published in well-reputed national and international journals, and over 300 presentations in various national and international conferences.
Another indication of intensive research are the additional recognitions that have been received from national and international organizations. MDRF and the related Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre (DMDSC) have worked with various international and national organizations. The World Health Organization (WHO) selected MDRF as a Sentinel Health Monitoring Centre for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) for its collaborative project with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on NCD risk factor surveillance. ICMR, which is the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination, and promotion of biomedical research, also approved MDRF as an Advanced Centre for Genomics of Diabetes. Other significant designations have been bestowed upon MDRF by the Indian Government’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT), and the Indian Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

The epidemiology team of MDRF has been involved in obtaining accurate prevalence data on diabetes and its various complications. Two of its pioneering epidemiological studies are the Chennai Urban Population Study (CUPS) and the Chennai Urban Rural Epidemiological Study (CURES), which have yielded over 30 publications in well-reputed journals. The team has gained considerable expertise in conducting studies in a rural setting through the WHO-ICMR Step-Wise Approach To Non-Communicable Diseases Study and the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology Study (PURE) (a multicentric study in collaboration with McMaster University). MDRF is designing and will conduct a nationally representative survey of diabetes, among a sample of 100,000 people, called the India National DIAbetes Study (INDIA). Emory University investigators, through GDRC, are collaborating in this groundbreaking research.

MDRF is attached to Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre (DMDSC), a tertiary diabetes care unit which offers health care to over 140,000 diabetic patients. DMDSC has a complete set up for routine laboratory tests and diabetes-related special tests. MDRF is in the process of moving to a newly built and expanding facility in Siruseri, a satellite “knowledge” hub outside of Chennai. This new centre, dedicated to Dr. Anji Reddy, the founder and chairman of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, will eventually be comprised of four separate buildings on 6.5 acres that will house twelve research departments, classrooms, a library, hostel accommodations, an auditorium and conference hall.



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