Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, and CSIR( Council of Scientific & Industrial Research) -CDRI (Central Drug Research Institute), Lucknow as a private-public partnership signed a Memorandum of Understanding for collaborative research work on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), to co-develop molecular characterization, point-of-care diagnostics for the multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) pathogens research areas.
On this prestigious occasion, a team from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, led by Dr. Vandana KE, Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology, and Dr. Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay, Associate Dean and Professor of Microbiology represented the CSIR-CDRI Lucknow. The program was led for a week on a concluding day, Dr. N. Kalaiselvi, Director General, CSIR and Secretary DSIR, Govt. of India made her gracious presence as the chief guest.
Dr. N Kalaiselvi, Director General, CSIR and Secretary DSIR, Govt. of India addressed the scientists and researchers, said," The nation has many expectations from CSIR Labs and from these collaborations, so we have to put our maximum efforts to make the country proud of us with our contributions to the nation. This partnership between two reputed institutions that have made their mark on AMR research is expected to bring forth unique opportunities and outcomes while finding the solutions to the burning problems related to antimicrobial resistance.”
In the upcoming day Dr Radha Rangarajan, Director CSIR-CDRI, will be leading the team from CSIR-CDRI and mentioned the immense importance of this partnership for AMR research.
Lt. Gen. (Dr.) M. D. Venkatesh, VC of Manipal Academy of Higher Education(MAHE), mentioned, “this is a landmark research partnership at the national level in antimicrobial resistance between CSIR-CDRI and MAHE, which is an Institution of Eminence. Department of Microbiology has already been recognized as the Centre of Eminence in antimicrobial research. The department contributed immensely as a partner in national antimicrobial resistance and stewardship programs. This new partnership is expected to bring forth unique opportunities and outcomes while finding the solutions to the burning problems related to antimicrobial resistance”.
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