Manipal and McGill sign MoU to start ID CenterBy Raj Udupi
Udupi Today Media Network
Manipal, 24 August 2016: Manipal University and McGill University, Montreal, Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Saturday to start a Manipal McGill Center for Infectious Disease here at the University. The aim of the MoU is to foster research and training collaborations in the field of infectious and tropical diseases as both universities have major strengths in the area of infectious and tropical diseases. The MOU has also formalized the already ongoing research and training collaborations between the partners.
Dr H Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor of Manipal University was the Chief Guest and Dr Poornima Baliga, Dean of Kasturba Medical College, Manipal was the Guest of honour. In his inaugural address Dr Bhat declared that the research output of the Center should be aimed at three levels, namely to inform the peers in the scientific community, guide the policy makers and provide health literacy to enlighten the public for the betterment of health.
The launch event was marked by an inaugural Symposium which addressed infectious diseases topics such as antimicrobial resistance, diagnosis of acute fevers, and molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases. It brought together over 180 interested faculty, students and research scholars in a platform conducive for active interaction with experts in epidemiology and infectious diseases. Dr Kavitha Saravu, Professor of Medicine, KMC Manipal and the Joint Coordinator of the new Centre, welcomed the gathering and noted that the Centre would focus on collaborative research in infectious diseases and enhance academic exchanges between the universities.
Dr Madhukar Pai, Director, McGill Global Health Programs and Associate Director, McGill International TB Centre and the Joint Coordinator of MAC ID, McGill University spoke about how the Center would leverage the diverse and complementary strengths of both universities.
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