Ashoka University on Tuesday entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Max Healthcare Institute to initiate long-term, high-quality research collaborations. The collaboration aims to build a joint research program on genome analysis and data analytics that will include AI, ML and deep learning of various genetic and lifestyle diseases. This is the first project of its kind undertaken by the two institutions.
As part of this commitment, Max Healthcare will provide its expertise in clinical research on human subjects and will serve as a clinical center for the collection of data and/or samples from people who would accept and give their written consent to volunteer for share their data for the purpose of research studies.
Meanwhile, Ashoka University will lend its expertise in data analytics, biomedical research, and public health in data collection, data analysis, and sharing in research. It will further ensure access to the network of scientists, academics, data analysts, public health experts, students, clinical data, equipment technology platforms, basis, etc. and engagement with industries, start-ups, innovation centers and other relevant Indian institutions to accelerate joint research initiatives.
At the signing of the MoU, Malabika Sarkar, Vice Chancellor of Ashoka University, said, “This is a critical milestone for Ashoka. As a university committed to health research as one of its main areas of focus, this collaborative agreement that will enable research with clinicians and the opportunity to train large numbers of people to help the nation support systematically health care is an exciting step forward. With excellent academic programs at various levels at Ashoka, I am confident that our collaboration with Max Healthcare will further strengthen research, education and training in health science research at Ashoka. »
On the other hand, Sandeep Budhiraja, Group Medical Director, Max Healthcare, said, “There is a lot to discover in the field of genetic and lifestyle diseases. With the advent of data science and genomics, it has the potential to provide efficient and cost-effective solutions and transform the way we view modern medicine today. This will open up immense research opportunities in this collaboration with Ashoka University that aims to solve important scientific problems.”