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High level meeting between TN Government, University of Alabama and Sankara Nethralaya explores collaboration in research and innovation

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A high profile team consisting of senior health ministry officials Dr. J.Radhakrishnan, Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department, Dr. S.Geethalakshmi, Director of Medical Education, Government of Tamil Nadu, Dr. Richard Marchase, Vice-President Research and Dr. Jason Nichols, Associate Vice-President, Research and Mr. David Springer who facilitated the meeting with the members of the University of Alabama, visited the Sankara Nethralaya main campus on the 12th of February 2015. The distinguished members were taken on a tour of the research and clinical facilities after which an elaborate presentation of the institution’s clinical services including community ophthalmology was made by Dr. Tarun Sharma, Director, Bhagwan Mahaveer Department of vitreoretinal services and Director-Fund Raising. This was followed by a meeting between the health ministry officials, visiting dignitaries and the Sankara Nethralaya team consisting of heads of the various clinical and research departments led by Dr. SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus .The topics discussed included collaboration in the field of advanced research diagnostics including rapid diagnostics tests for retinoblastoma, stem cell research and other key areas in addition to developing a portable operation theatre.

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