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HyderabadGenome Foundation, LVPEI collaborate for ocular genetic research

Genome Foundation, LVPEI collaborate for ocular genetic research

Published: 11th Oct 2021 6:29 pm

Hyderabad: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Dr C Rangarajan, chairman, Board of Directors, Genome Foundation (GF) and Dr Gullapalli N Rao, chair –Board of Trustees, L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) to foster collaborative research, training and knowledge sharing. 

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Both the institutions will share expertise and resources to expand their capabilities in ophthalmic clinical genetics, molecular genetics, cytogenetics, forensic testing services, research, diagnostics, counselling, training, education and other similar services.

The aim is to develop facilities for research, diagnostics and counselling, ophthalmic clinical and other services that will benefit patients suffering from vision impairment and blindness. The focus will be on coming up with better, advanced and economical treatment plans to treat basic and complex ocular disorders.

GF will share the facility that it is developing at Medipally Village, Malkajgiri District, Hyderabad, for the specified purpose and both the institutions will work closely to raise funds and resources to develop these facilities.

“This collaboration is between two intellectual institutes and this will be a springboard for much greater interactions as we move forward. The focus will be on identifying the genetic eye disorders and genetic intervention to treat those disorders, and creating awareness about them in the public and eye care community at large,” said Dr C Rangarajan.

“It fits very well into our strategy for the future. Our focus is on developing Institutes of Excellence in the next 20 years, and one such area is genetics in eye care and ophthalmology. We have been working in this area for quite some time and this partnership will further strengthen the ongoing efforts,” said Dr Rao.

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