Written by Mandira Banerjee, U-M News Service
NEW DELHI, India: The University of Michigan Medical School is expanding its collaboration with All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), one of India’s top academic medical programs, officials said.
The new agreement includes the research of cancer, immunology, genetics and trauma and disaster medicine. It was signed by Prof. Mahesh C. Misra, director of AIIMS, and Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan.
“Universities are at the forefront of globalization and co-operation," said Coleman, who is visiting India this week. "Collaborations among our universities draw on the strengths of diverse perspectives to encourage the sort of cross-fertilization that is the basis of creativity and innovation."
The expanded alliance with AIIMS will help fulfill U-M’s mission to facilitate health research, education and collaboration with global partners for the benefit of communities worldwide.
Misra added that the new agreement, or memorandum of understanding, would have great impact for his institute. “AIIMS will benefit immensely from our collaboration in gastroenterology, liver, pediatric surgery, acute care surgery, organ transplantation," he said. "Our efforts are to jointly attract national and international funding."
The first MoU between the two institutions was signed in March 2012 for trauma care and marked the beginning of the partnership. India has grown rapidly in recent decades, but its medical infrastructure hasn’t kept pace with its increasingly packed highways and byways. Motor vehicle crashes kill more than 150,000 people each year.
According to the Indian trauma center’s website, someone dies in a traffic accident every two minutes – with two out of five patients perishing because treatment could not be provided in time.
Medical School senior associate dean Joseph Kolars, far right, with U-M president Mary Sue Coleman, center, and others from U-M and AIIMS, gather to mark the expansion of collaboration between the two institutions.
“We’re aiming to develop a robust platform for collaboration that will facilitate research on diseases common to both our countries and the education that will strengthen our abilities to improve health,” said Joesph Kolars, M.D., the Medical School’s senior associate dean for education and global initiatives.
The Medical School is part of the U-M Health System, and its faculty care for patients at U-M’s hospitals and health centers while also performing a broad range of medical research and training future doctors and scientists. The U-M Health System offers some of the nation’s most advanced care for many conditions.
The U-M Health System is verified as a Level 1 Pediatric and Adult Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons, which means it provides the highest level of surgical care. It is also a verified Burn Center by the ACS and American Burn Association.
“We bring a lot of experience and proven protocols to the table, along with a very robust program of basic and clinical science research,” said Krishnan Raghavendran, M.D., an associate professor of surgery in the Division of Acute Care Surgery at the U-M Medical School.
For more about the U-M Medical School’s involvement with AIIMS and other institutions in India, visit http://globalreach.med.umich.edu/india-platform
For more about the U-M delegation's trip to India, visit http://umindia.tumblr.com/ or search for hashtag #mgoindia on Twitter.
The combined U-M and AIIMS delegation that met in New Delhi, to work out specific projects under the newly expanded collaboration between the institutions.