Dr.Mohan’s Diabetes Specialitites Centre (DMDSC) along with the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF), designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a “WHO Collaborating Centre for Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control” has taken the initiative to train epidemiologists and community health specialists in ‘Prevention and Control of NCDs’ both within and outside India.
In collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), USA, Florida International University, Florida, USA, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF), Chennai till date has conducted ten seminars on ‘Prevention and control of NCDs’ since the year 2003. Over 2700 young researchers, epidemiologists and community health specialists from all over India and neighbouring countries have been trained through our Seminars.
An intensive interactive training programme on ‘Clinical Research Methods’ was conducted at MDRF on 8th and 9th February, 2012. The two-day Intensive training programme on clinical research methods included in-depth training on designing studies and risk factor analysis. Over 50 students from all over the country participated in this programme.
The tenth International Seminar on ‘Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)’ conducted at MDRF from 10th – 12th February, 2012. Over 100 delegates from 20 institutes and Medical colleges all over the country were trained in preventive and control aspects of NCD’s at the seminar this year.
A workshop on “Prevention of NCDs through Nutrition” was organized on 10th February 2012 to assess the existing NCD related nutrition promotion initiatives to identify the potential gaps, barriers and opportunities for promoting multi-sectoral participation in NCD prevention through nutrition. 25 faculty members and stakeholders in the field of nutrition participated in this session.
The Tenth MDRF-FIU-UAB seminar was very well appreciated by both national and international participants. Some of the comments and appreciations from the participants are provided below:
- ‘Very good. Wish to attend future programmes also.’
- ‘Excellent, Good way of learning’
- ‘Excellent sessions and it kindled all our scientific temper’
- ‘Well organized and maintained timings for all sessions.’
- ‘Were good – got to know how to design study – got exposed to things necessary in a study’
- ‘This workshop has impacted me a lot, and I must say the truth. I wish to participate the next time’
- ‘Very informative’
- ‘It was great opportunity to work on every time issue which will certainly help in analysis and interpreting the information.’