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Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF), Chennai, Tamil Nadu

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Location
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Area of Operation:
Chennai :
Chennai city, TN
Siruseri :
Siruseri, TN
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Contact Information:
Dr. V Mohan
President, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation
No 4, Conran Smith Rd,
Gopalapuram, Chennai, 600086

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imgWebsite : http://www.mdrf.in

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Activity
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  • » INDIAB – India Diabetes Study
  • » Brown Rice Study
  • » Young diabetes study
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    CARRS – Center for cardiometabolic risk reduction in South Asia (CARRS)
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    ORANGE – Obesity Reduction and Awareness of Non-Communicable Diseases through Group Education
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Public Health Areas
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  • » Disease Surveillance
  • » Neonatal Health
  • » Non-Communicable Diseases
  • » Maternal and Child Health
  • » Nutrition
  • » Health Systems Research
  • » BCC/IEC
  • » Service delivery
  • » Outbreak investigations
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Organizational Overview
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Legal Status

Non-profit organization

Year Launched

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1996

Stage

Large cohort of patient data maintained. Well established labs for future research.

Income level of target population

All levels

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Summary
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The Madras Diabetes research Foundation (MDRF), established in 1996, strives to carry out the kind of basic and clinical research required to improve treatment and diagnosis of diabetes, while also providing a world class environment for translating research findings into community action. Within a few months of its inception, MDRF was recognised by the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai for conducting Phd courses in the field of Diabetology. In 2006, the ICMR designated MDRF as the ICMR Advanced Centre for Genomics of Diabetes.

The Department of Epidemiology within MDRF was also set up in 1996 to undertake evidence generation activities that help define the determinants and methods of control of diabetes, thereby laying the foundation for population based management of the disease. MDRF’s first epidemiologic study was the Chennai Urban Population Study (CUPS),a cross-sectionalsurvey on 1262 individuals from two distinct socio-economic groups (middle, and low income). The study calculated the prevalence of diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), other features of metabolic syndrome, and the difference in risk factor profiles within these two communities. This population was followed-up longitudinally for 10 years.

The Department of Epidemiology’s activities have expanded greatly since. The ICMR – INDIAB study, MDRF’s largest epidemiologic survey to date, aims to measure diabetes prevalence at the national level through a 3 phase state-wise survey with a study population of approximately 172 000. One of the great strengths of MDRF is its network of several diabetes centres, through which it has access to over 270 000 diabetic patient records...

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Target Geography
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  • » Urban and Rural
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Demographic Profile
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  • » Entire population
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Primary Funding Agencies
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Indian Government, Indian Private Sector, Indian NGO/Civil Society, Indian Academic Institute, Foreign Government, Foreign Academic Institute.
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Scale
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Number of Publications (2000-2011)
  • » National Journals: 131
  • » International Journals: 260
Non-Technical Staff

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>20

Technical Staff

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>20

Study Population

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2,70,000

Future Plans
Move towards more of translational research
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