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India, UK ink pact for affordable approaches to cancer

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Salka Pai | Updated on: 14 Nov 2018, 11:46:07 PM
India, UK ink pact for affordable approaches to cancer (Photo- Twitter/PIB)

New Delhi:

India and the UK inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday for collaboration in cancer research at the Inaugural Researchers’ Summit in New Delhi, the Ministry of Science and Technology said in a statement.

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The India-UK Cancer Research Initiative was signed between the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) for a period of five years that will focus on affordable approaches to cancer.

Both the parties have agreed upon to invest five million pounds each in this five-year pilot project, and seek further investment from other potential funding partners, the statement said.

This new initiative will help to address the rising cases of cancer in India and elsewhere.

“Cancer is a global epidemic that requires radically new approaches through inter-disciplinary and multi-national efforts. The India-UK Cancer Research Initiative will provide a catalysing platform for scientists and researchers in the UK and India to co-create solutions for affordable cancer care that improve cancer outcomes around the globe,” said DBT secretary Dr Renu Swarup said while addressing at the launch initiative.

“At DBT our priority is to apply science to solving complex challenges that benefit all humanity and we are glad to be partnering with CRUK to support research across all stages of cancer from prevention to cure to address the formidable challenge of cancer,” Dr Swarup said.

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According to an official, the India-UK Cancer Research Initiative will identify a core set of research challenges that address issues of affordability, prevention and care of cancer patients by bringing together leading Indian and UK experts in clinical research, demographic research, new technologies and physical sciences.

“The initiative will provide funding to develop new research alliances and undertake impactful research to enable significant progress against cancer outcomes,” the official said.

This is a follow-up to the joint statement issued by the premiers of India and UK during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the UK in April.

Modi had then stated, “As thriving democracies, we share a desire to work closely together and with all who share our objective to support a rules-based international order that upholds agreed international norms, global peace and stability.

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First Published : 14 Nov 2018, 11:44:53 PM