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Emory University’s Global Health Institute announces funding for new Global Diabetes and Research Center in Chennai

06 July 2007

As part of its commitment to address pressing health challenges throughout the world, Emory's Global Health Institute has awarded nearly $2 million in support to four new research and public health programs. The programs build on existing Emory research strengths and collaborations with scientists in other nations.

One of the programs to be funded is a Global Diabetes Research Center (GDRC) in Chennai, India. GDRC is a collaboration between Emory's Rollins School of Public Health and the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) led by Emory’s K. M. Venkat Narayan, Hubert Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology, and MDRF’s Founder and President, V. Mohan.

The Center will allow researchers from both Emory and MDRF to work together to find ways to stop the growing worldwide diabetes epidemic. GDRC will serve as a hub for population-based research and large intervention trials throughout South Asia and the world as well as provide increased educational and research opportunities to Emory faculty, staff and students.

"The Global Diabetes Research Center will advance a long-term partnership and promote cultural compatibility in science and innovation. Along with our partners, we will develop low-resource solutions to decreasing diabetes in India and worldwide while encouraging complementary strengths in collaborative, interdisciplinary and global diabetes research," said Narayan.

About the Global Health Institute

Established earlier this year as a University-wide strategic initiative, the Global Health Institute is directed by Jeffrey Koplan, Emory vice president for academic health affairs and former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information about the Global Health Institute, please visit

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