MDRF and Deakin University Celebrate Ten Successful Years of Partnership in

Diabetes Research

Under this partnership, India’s first Diabetes Nurse Educators course was launched along with a slew

of grants and scholarships for research 

Chennai, 2nd March 2023: Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF), the R&D wing of the leading
Diabetes Specialities Hospital Chain – Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre today celebrated the tenth
anniversary of its landmark partnership with Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Joining hands in the year
2013, the collaboration was announced with an objective to further strengthen research led treatment for
Diabetes Management and Care. In its ten years journey, Deakin University and MDRF have jointly launched
several path-breaking initiatives like PhD programs in various aspects of diabetes and the country’s first Diabetes
Nurse Educators Certificate course to enhance the  knowledge of nurses on the basic sciences pertaining to
diabetes and understanding the underpinning principles in evidence-based management of diabetes. Through
this course, 75 students have been successfully trained. 
In an effort to further nurture the research ecosystem in Diabetes care, Deakin University had also launched a
100% scholarship for PhD students through its In-Country PhD Program (ICPP). 7 PhD students had benefitted
from this PhD program till date and 15 research papers have been published so far, with several others in the
Commenting on the occasion, Chairman and Chief Diabetologist, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre and
MDRF,  Dr. V. Mohan said “It has been a great pleasure and privilege to commemorate the decade long
collaboration between Deakin University, Australia and MDRF. This has led to not only several research projects
having been taken up but also has provided a platform for students in India to pursue and obtain their PhD from
the prestigious International University by doing the research and skill development courses in India itself.”
Dr Anjana, President, MDRF said “Another offshoot of the collaboration is the Diabetes Nurse Educators Course
which was started for the first time in India. As we celebrate the decade of milestones between MDRF and
Deakin University, we look forward to more path-breaking research in the coming years.”   
Prof. David Austin, Associate Dean (International), Faculty of Health, Deakin University added “We at Deakin
are delighted to celebrate this great milestone with MDRF and look forward to increasing our research and
academic collaborations in the coming years”.

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