India, UK partner to fund multimillion research centers

In a landmark collaboration, the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Government of India Department for Biotechnology (DBT), have joined forces to fund three major global research centers


The Newton Fund is a new initiative which will enable the UK to use its strength in research and innovation to promote the economic development and social welfare of 15 partner countries

Using high quality research teams based in the UK and India, two of the centers will focus on research into antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and the other on cancer biology. Nearly £3.5million will be invested by UK, through the MRC and the Newton Fund, with matched funding provided by DBT.

The centers will take a global perspective in tackling some of the largest global health problems of today and foster the next generation of researchers with specialist skills.

The Cambridge-Chennai Center Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistant Tuberculosis: A team of international researchers, from across a number of disciplines, will look to develop new diagnostic tools and new treatments to address the sharp rise in cases of multidrug resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The partnership between the University of Cambridge and the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT) in Chennai, India, will generate a rich and lasting clinical and genomic dataset.

UK-India Center for Advanced Technology for Minimising the indiscriminate use of Antibiotics (UKICAT-MA): This center will focus on finding solutions to the excessive and inappropriate use of antibiotics. In partnership with the University of Sheffield, University of Bradford and L V Prasad Eye Institute in India, the new center will establish smart materials for the detection and targeted delivery of antibiotics for eye infections, and promote the use of these new technologies in other infective diseases.


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