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India, US to begin joint research on basic biology, genetics of ophthalmic diseases

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Aiming to translate research outcomes to develop potential interventions to reduce eye disease burden in India and the USA, both the countries will soon begin joint research collaborations between the US and India that will focus on the basic biology and/or genetics of ophthalmic diseases.ophthalmic-diseases

The key focus areas of this joint research programme, being conducted under the Indo-US collaborative programme on vision research, will be on diabetic retinopathy, genetics of ophthalmic diseases and ocular inflammation.

Earlier, the department of biotechnology (DBT) had signed a statement of intent on Indo-US collaboration on expansion of vision research with the department of health & human services, government of the United States of America, with the objective of translating research outcomes to develop potential interventions to reduce eye disease burden in India and the USA.

The DBT has now invited joint research proposals from interested researchers under the Indo-US collaborative programme on Vision Research especially under the research areas identified as high priority for funding such as diabetic retinopathy, genetics of ophthalmic diseases and ocular inflammation.

This call is intended to support research collaborations between the US and India that focus on the basic biology and/or genetics of ophthalmic diseases. Applications may be derived from existing collaborations with an established history of interaction, or from new partnerships developed in response to this call. The collaboration must be based on interactive relationships that maximise the expertise of the individual US and Indian research teams and interactions between their parent institutions and granting agencies.

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