Professor Colin Palmer and Dr V Mohan, Directors of the NIHR INSIRED Global Health Project held an Investigative meeting in Chennai on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th February.
Principal Investigators from both Scotland and India were in attendance. Each of the five Work Packages Leveraging large scale health record data, Genetic epidemiology and pharmacogenetics, The Retinome as a clinical phenotype screening tool, Integrative predictive algorithms, and Next generation telemedicine, from the INSPIRED project were discussed.
We were also joined by collaborators from Afghanistan and Ethiopia.
Dr Aziz Amir is heading a next generation precision medicine pilot study in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Dr Adem Dawed the UK PI leading a Diabetes Epidemiologist Network in Sub Saharan Africa (DENSSA) pilot was joined by Mr Assefa Baye from Ethiopia. The project will develop the network and evaluate the barriers and solutions to implementing next generation precision medicine for diabetes in Butajera, Ethiopia and Enugu State, Nigeria.
The two-day event culminated with an “Into the Future” discussion as to how we progress with the research and the successful collaborations. It was agreed we co-host an MDRF/INSPIRED meeting in early 2021 to mark MDRF’s 25th anniversary and the closing of the first phase of the INSPIRED project.