In the true spirit of its founding principle of acquiring and disseminating knowledge for the common good, Sankara Nethralaya is actively involved collaborative research and study with leading national and international leading research establishments, healthcare centres and academic institutions as part of its efforts towards two way sharing of knowledge, know-how and real time experiences. The idea is to mutually benefit from each other’s strong areas and leverage the collective understanding knowledge to find solutions to prevailing and emerging eye care challenges.
We take pleasure in sharing a few critical research initiatives which would have far reaching impact in diagnosis and reduction/elimination of blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy one of the largest contributors to vision impairment in third world countries.
- Actively engaged in growing the much needed research capability in ‘diabetic retinopathy’ a vision threatening condition experienced by diabetics, by being a part of the ‘Diabetic Retinopathy project’ funded by the GCRF (Global Challenges Research Fund) a joint initiative between the Royal College UK and Research Councils UK
- Engaged in developing a revolutionary hand held camera and a specialized blood test that would dramatically enhance the capacity to test diabetic retinopathy, while reducing the cost of doing so. This research initiative is a collaboration between Sankara Nethralaya, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Arvind Eye Care and MV Diabetes centre with the lead being given by Dr Shoba Sivaprasad of the Moorfield Eye Hospital-NHG Foundation Trust, USA
- Involved in implementing and execution of 5 specially developed work packages that help in development and validation of methods in terms of cost comparison and global impact between existing methods.
- Engaged in implementing google automated diabetic retinopathy algorithm in Thailand
- Participation in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum on retina diseases and collaborative diabetic retinopathy management workshop
- Sankara Nethralaya is a part of the ‘Indian Retina Research Association’ (IRRA) along with the Arvind Eye Care, Narayana Nethralaya and LVPEI conducting studies in various types of diabetic retinopathy
- Working with the ‘National Institute of health’ towards unravelling the genetic architecture of diabetic retinopathy among South Indians with the help of an Indo-US Ro1 grant.
- Involved in studies using web based systems for measuring retinal vascular parameters with Pure health foundation of India, Dr Mohan’s Diabetes educational trust, Arvind Eye care and Centre for chronic disease control
- Collaboration with the Singapore Eye Research institute in conducting deep eye study and deep learning for eye diseases in the global population
- Collaboration with Wellcome Trust in assessing retinal and strabismal changes in diabetic patients with and without diabetic retinopathy
- Launched the certificate course in evidence based management of diabetic retinopathy with Pure health foundation of India, Dr Mohan’s Diabetes educational trust, Arvind Eye care and Centre for chronic disease control
- Developed contrast charts as a self monitoring tool in diabetic retinopathy along with Anglia Ruskin University and Veru, also collaborated with the said institutions in assessing the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in various ethnic populations and developing a virtual reality tool in treating macular edema
Collaborative Research Programmes at the Kamalnayan Bajaj Institute for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
As an institution committed to the total elimination of blindness, Sankara Nethralaya is in constant pursuit of knowledge, learning and information from around the world to meet its objective. The Kamalnayan Bajaj Institute for Research in vision and ophthalmology, the research arm of Sankara Nethralaya is engaged in collaborative research with leading research institutions like the University of Missouri, the Deakin University, University of Alabama, IIT Madras and SASTRA University, besides this the Elite School of Optometry its optometry education wing also conducts collaborative research programmes with leading ophthalmic and optometry institutions in the world.
A high level collaborative research programme in Nano-biotechnology has been initiated with the University of Missouri, under an MoU between the institutions, the Kamalnayan Bajaj Institute for Research in and ophthalmology and the University of Missouri will commit themselves to common goals of seeking knowledge and applying it to the improvement of human conditions, promote advanced research and formal training in Nano-medicine focused on ophthalmic care, cancer therapy/aging related debilitating human conditions, encourage exchange of scientists for joint teaching, training programs, host national and international conferences in the areas of nanotechnology, Nano medicine and other mutually beneficial disciplines to be defined in the future. The Professor S.Venkateshwaran Endowment Fund named in honour of one of the greatest academicians of our times, who could be credited for making the BITS, Pilani where he served as Dean - Education, Development and Vision, as a world class institution was set up to facilitate the exchange of research scholars and scientists between the two institutions.