Chennai 2017

Professor Andrea Cooper received an Institutional Partnership grant from the WTISSF to visit the National Institute for Research in TB – NIRT, the M.V.Hospital for Diabetes (MVHD), and the 'Prof M Viswanathan Diabetes Research Centre' in Chennai in July-August 2017.

Her visit coincided with a visit by Professor Hardy Kornfeld from UMASS Medical School.

Several round table discussions on the impact of diabetes mellitus (DM) on tuberculosis (TB0 occurred and included Cooper, Kornfeld, Dr Vijay Viswanathan, (MD, PhD, FRCP. M.V. Hospital for Diabetes), Dr Subash Babu, MBBS, PhD (NIRT) and Dr Satyavani Kumpatla (Laboratory Director MVHD) M.V. Hospital for Diabetes, Chennai. It is clear that DM severely compromises immunity to TB and results in more severe outcomes for individuals with active TB in Chennai.

As a result of the visit Cooper, Babu, Vishwanathan and Hardy developed a collaborative plan to push forward understanding of the factors driving progression to active TB in DM patients. This plan was formalized by submission of a GCRF network grant in September, which includes the above members as well as Prof Kamlesh Khunti and Dr Manish Pareek from the University of Leicester.

The network is designed to develop an implementable intervention which will be designed to identify those DM patients most at risk of developing active TB in order to monitor and focus TB treatment on these individuals.

 

Professor Hardy Kornfeld (UMASS, US) and Dr Vijay Vishwanathan (Head and Chief Diabetologist, M.V.Hospital for Diabetes, and 'Prof M Viswanathan Diabetes Research Centre') discuss TB and diabetes interactions in the Board room at the 'Prof M Viswanathan Diabetes Research Centre' which is a WHOCollaborating Centre for Research Education and Training in Diabetes. Professor Hardy Kornfeld (UMASS, US) and Dr Vijay Vishwanathan (Head and Chief Diabetologist, M.V.Hospital for Diabetes, and 'Prof M Viswanathan Diabetes Research Centre') discuss TB and diabetes interactions in the Board room at the 'Prof M Viswanathan Diabetes Research Centre' which is a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research Education and Training in Diabetes.
Dr Satyavani Kumpatla, (third from left) Laboratory Director - M.V. Hospital for Diabetes & Diabetes Research Centre. She is accompanied by her colleagues who work to reduce the development of foot ulcers in diabetes patients. Kumpatla.png
Cooper.png Professor Cooper and Professor Hardy Kornfeld at the National Institutes for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai, India.
Professor Hardy Kornfeld and Dr Subash Babu, Scientific Director - NIH-NIRT-ICER at the National Institutes for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai, India. Babu.png
Flowers.png Beautiful flower sculptures in the foyer at the M.V. Hospital for Diabetes & Diabetes Research Centre.

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