A team of researchers from L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), IIM Ahmedabad and the Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH), Hyderabad were selected for the Clinical/Public Health Research Center (CRC) grant, announced LVPEI in a statement.
The CRC grant which is offered by Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance allows INR 10 crore for establishing a research center focusing on health outcomes research and economics, spurring the data-driven health care in India.
The initiative aims to improve the evidence-based policymaking in Indian healthcare by over the next 5 years by making use of big data in Indian healthcare along with machine learning and economic tool kits.
The center offers to recruit postdoctoral fellows and research assistants. Doctors will also be trained focusing on economic evidence-based clinical decision making, such as cost-effectiveness studies using data from India, through the Clinical Research Training Programme (CRTP) Fellowships included within the CRC grant, revealed LVPEI.
The selected team includes researchers from LVPEI-Dr Raja Narayana and Dr Anthony Vipin Das, IIM- Dr Chirantan Chatterjee, and Dr Murthy from IIPH, Hyderabad.
The team will be guided by an international advisory board of scientists including health economists and medical outcomes researchers from Harvard and Stanford University.
“The India Alliance grant opens up a lot of possibilities for clinical research training, big data science, health economics and health policy in India.” avers Dr. Gullapalli N Rao, Founder-Chair, LVPEI in the release.