RGUHS plans tie-up with IISc, NCBS for research

RGUHS plans tie-up with IISc, NCBS for research

The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) will soon collaborate with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) in conducting cutting-edge research in fields such as bio-medical equipment and stem cells.

The RGUHS has already signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with both the institutions. 

Dr K S Ravindranath, vice-chancellor, RGUHS, said that, on its part, it had roped in a number of hospitals that will be part of the research collaboration. These include the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health and Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, to research in various fields of super-speciality care.

“The collaboration will be in very advanced and cutting-edge research in various fields. With IISc, for example, we will be working in areas like bio-medical equipment,” he said.

With NCBS, the area of collaboration will be ‘stem cell dermatology and cardiology’. “With NCBS, the research will be initiated very soon in these two areas. A meeting is scheduled to discuss the matter,” Ravindranath said. 

A number of researches on bio-medical technology and engineering are going on at the Centre for Bioscience Systems and Engineering at IISc, while NCBS is a leading institution in stem cell research.  
Students doing their PhD in RGUHS may soon get a chance to do their doctoral studies at a foreign university. RGUHS is presently in talks with Maastricht University, Netherlands for the purpose. “We have started discussions, with faculty from the university in touch with ours. They have expertise in various areas as well as infrastructure. Our students can complete their PhD there,” he said.

The pact will be two-way with students from Maastricht University getting a chance of doing their PhD at RGUHS. Faculty collaboration is also planned.  

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