On the eve of world Cancer Day (4th February), The Centre of Integrative Oncology (CIO) was inaugurated at the National Institute of Cancer and Prevention and Research (NICPR) Noida. Building collaborations in the areas of cancer prevention, research and care in an integrated approach involving both modern and traditional medicine are the main objective of the Centre. This would pave the way to carry forward the ongoing bilateral dialogue and facilitate collaboration with stake holders, both national and international, like National Cancer Institute, USA.
The Centre was inaugurated by Dr. Saumya Swaminathan, Secretary, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare & Director General, Indian Council for Medical Research and Ajit M. Sharan, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH in the presence of Prof. Ravi Mehrotra, Director, NICPR-ICMR.
Addressing the inaugural session, Sharan, "first idea about collaboration between AYUSH and NICPR was given by a team of scientists from USA. This collaboration will definitely lead to development of novel drugs for cancer prevention and management. 5 Senior Research Fellowships and 5 Post-doctoral fellowships will be released every year (in both modern medicine and Ayurveda) to facilitate quality research in the country in the area of cancer research"
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, "Bridge courses will be introduced for the practitioners who will be working in Centers of integrative medicine. Evaluation of risk factors for cancer should be thoroughly done, especially focusing on dietary risk factors"