Pre­ci­sion di­a­betes depart­ment launched

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Dr. Mo­han’s Di­a­betes Spe­cial­ties Cen­tre on Thurs­day launched a pre­ci­sion (per­son­alised) di­a­betes depart­ment for cus­tomised health­care, with med­i­cal prac­tices, test­ing, de­ci­sion and treat­ments tai­lored for in­di­vid­ual pa­tients.

“Per­son­alised medicine is the right treat­ment for the right pa­tient at the right time,” said V. Mo­han, chair­man and chief di­a­betol­o­gist at the Cen­tre. Dr. Mo­han spoke of genome se­quenc­ing help­ing with treat­ment and about mono­genic di­a­betes — in which a sin­gle gene de­fect causes the con­di­tion, and about how some peo­ple were wrongly di­ag­nosed with type 1 di­a­betes — but with ge­netic screen­ing, had been re-di­ag­nosed.

The launch of the depart­ment co­in­cided with the launch of an Indo-U.K. col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Madras Di­a­betes Re­search Foun­da­tion and the Univer­sity of Dundee, Scot­land, un­der the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Health Re­search Global Health Re­search Pro­gramme.

Clin­i­cal part­ner­ship

Speak­ing about this, Colin Palmer, chair of phar­ma­coge­nomics at the univer­sity, said that the project aimed at, among other things, to de­velop a large-scale Scot­land-In­dia clin­i­cal part­ner­ship to com­bat di­a­betes and to un­der­stand the het­ero­gene­ity of di­a­betes in In­dia. A to­tal of 650,000 pa­tients — from Scot­land and In­dia — will be stud­ied.

Bharat Joshi, Deputy High Com­mis­sioner, Bri­tish Deputy High Com­mis­sion, Chen­nai, launched the depart­ment.

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