Monday, December 27, 2010

Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Education Academy (DMDEA) launches Cliniminds’ Clinical Research Training Courses – Classroom & E-learning – in Chennai

Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Education Academy (DMDEA), is a unit of Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialities Centre, set up to offer specialized education and training in diabetes and its complications to doctors, nurses and other paramedical personnel.

Dr. V. Mohan, President, DMDEA, said that DMDEA was glad to launch on 18-Dec-2010 the Educational and Training Courses in Clinical Research (both classroom & e-learning) offered by Cliniminds. Cliniminds is India’s largest and one of the most respected Clinical Research education and training institutes in the world, headquartered at New Delhi. Cliniminds offers over 25 programs in the field of clinical research. Cliniminds offers a wide range of job oriented training and educational programs with strong placement support. Students from Medical, Dental, Veterinary, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Siddha, BSc and MSc graduates with Life Science background are ideal candidates for these unique courses. Cliniminds Chennai centre will cater to students from Chennai and surrounding areas

Mr. Kamal Shahani, Managing Director, Cliniminds mentioned that Cliniminds, with its 15 centres throughout India and in Europe, had trained and placed more than 1500 clinical research professionals within the brief 6-year period since its start in the year 2004. Some special features of Cliniminds’ courses were paid industry internships, videoconferencing lectures, top faculty from industry & academia, world class e-learning software, scholarship programs offered for the deserving students and tie-up with HDFC Bank for educational loans. Cliniminds has technical collaboration with Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli. All Cliniminds programs are certified / accredited by the Pharmaceutical Society of India. Cliniminds also provides training to the National Institutes of Health, United States of America for its Indian clinical research sites. Apart from Clinical Research, courses in Pharmacovigilance, Regulatory Affairs, Biostatistics, SAS, Clinical Data Management, Clinical Trials Management, Medical Writing, etc would also be provided both in the Classroom as well as E-learning mode. The duration of these courses vary from 6 months to one year.

Dr. J. Vijay Venkatraman, Head – Cliniminds, Tamil Nadu & Puducherry and Diabetologist & Director, KTVR Group Hospital, Coimbatore remarked that Indian doctors and healthcare professionals have been contributing a lot to the development of science and technology worldwide, particularly in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries. However, guidance and enlightenment about newer avenues for such professionals has been lacking in India. By the year 2014, over 50,000 clinical research professionals would be required to meet the demand of the clinical research industry. With India becoming a favoured destination for Clinical Research, formal education in this discipline is of high demand. To tap this under-explored treasure of career opportunities for all graduates having a science background in this part of the country, Cliniminds has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with DMDEA. He was also glad to recall that Cliniminds launched its Tamil Nadu operations by starting its Coimbatore centre as a joint venture with KTVR Vijaydeepa Group on 14-Aug-2010, which is very successful in its educational and placement services in that part of the state. He said that, with these measures, Cliniminds aspired to march towards its long-term goal of supporting original research and development in India.

According to Dr. J. Vijay Venkatraman, who also has a good deal of experience of working for leading players in the Pharmaceutical industry like Accenture and ICON Clinical Research as a Pharmacovigilance Physician & Trainer, the major advantages of Cliniminds programs are:
Practical industry training / internship provided to the students
Excellent placement support
Top faculty from industry and academia
World class E-learning Clinical research education and training software
Cliniminds seamlessly delivers live classroom lectures across all its centres through Cisco WebEx videoconferencing technology. This allows students to receive the best training from the wide range of senior industry trainers irrespective of their location. Scholarship programs are offered for the deserving students.
Approved by HDFC Bank for educational loans.

Dr. Ranjith Unnikrishnan, Director, Medical Studies, DMDEA, announced that the Classes at Cliniminds Chennai centre would start on January 31st, 2011. Cliniminds Chennai centre is located in the heart of the city at Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Education Academy, 6B, Conran Smith Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai – 600 086. He expressed hope that, with this development, the society will benefit a lot due to the increased availability of expert care in the field of Clinical research.

Dr. R. M. Anjana, Director, Medical Studies DMDEA, stated that a healthcare team was necessary to provide comprehensive medical care to patients and their families. Establishing such an academy for education will not only increase the number of professionals in the field, but also increase research activities and create facilities for specialized care in Clinical Research, according to her. She also mentioned that the following services are available at the Chennai centre:
  • Well-experienced & qualified faculty
  • Spacious classrooms
  • Videoconferencing facilities
  • Library & E-Library
  • Course counseling
  • Industry internship
The Cliniminds Chennai Centre was inaugurated by Mr. S. Sivakumar, Vice President, Central Services, ICON Clinical Research, Chennai. Dr. Vikram Kukkadi, Clinical Safety Monitor, Abbott Healthcare, Bangalore felicitated the function. Mr. Kamal Shahani, Managing Director, Cliniminds made a presentation on the Career Opportunities in Clinical Research for the participating students. Dr. J. Vijay Venkatraman, Pharmacovigilance Physician and Head - Cliniminds Tamil Nadu & Puducherry, also interacted with the students.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010


Dr .V. Mohan and their colleagues at Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre (DMDSC) and Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) honoured outstanding physicians and scientists for their contributions in the field of diabetes on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 at Chennai.
17th Dr Mohan’s DSC Gold Medal Oration Award & Distinguished Scientist Award conferred on Prof Allan Vaag
Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre (DMDSC) Scientific Committee selected Prof.Allan Vaag, Professor and Chief Physician, Steno Diabetes Centre, Denmark for the 17th Dr Mohan’s DSC Gold Medal Oration Award & Distinguished Scientist Award, for his outstanding contribution in the field of diabetes particularly on the pathophysiology of Type 2 diabetes. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Metabolism and Clinical Diabetes Research at the Lund University in Sweden. On Prof. Vaag was among the first to describe early defects of both insulin action, as well as defective insulin secretion in pre-diabetic subjects, contributing substantially to our present knowledge of Type 2 diabetes.
Prof Allan Vaag delivered the Oration on the topic ‘Origin of type 2 diabetes in a global and inter generational perspective’ describing the genesis of type 2 diabetes that helps the medical professionals to deal with diabetes effectively. Mr. Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark in India, New Delhi presented the gold medal to Prof. Allan Vaag.
Lifetime Contribution Awards
Three senior diabetologists of India, Dr. Binode Kumar Sahay, Dr.C.Munichoodappa and Dr. V. Seshiah, received the ‘Lifetime Contribution Awards’ from Dr. Mayil Vahanan Natarajan, Vice Chancellor, The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai. The Lifetime Contribution Award has been established by Madras Diabetes Research Foundation [MDRF] to honour outstanding personalities for their life time contributions whether in research, leadership, or mentorship that had a lasting impact on the advancement of diabetology in India.
Dr. Binode Kumar Sahay, is Senior Consultant Physician & Diabetologist in Hyderabad and a Post-graduate Teacher in Medicine at St. Theresa’s Hospital Hyderabad. In addition he is also serving as an Executive Patron of Research Society for Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI). Dr Sahay, a former Professor & Head, Dept. of Medicine, Osmania Medical College, is honored for his extraordinary achievements in teaching of diabetes. For decades, he has been involved in the teaching and clinical practice of diabetes.
Dr. C. Munichoodappa, Managing Director & Medical Superintendent, Bangalore Hospital, Bangalore and Inspector for DNB Accreditation, is an outstanding researcher and one of the finest diabetologist in India. He holds distinguished posts in many professional bodies.
Dr. V. Seshiah, Chairman of Dr. V. Seshiah Diabetes Research Centre & Dr Balaji Diabetes Care centre was the first head of the Department of Diabetology in the country at Madras Medical College & Govt. General Hospital and was instrumental in developing the speciality of diabetology in the best form in the Government sector and in private sectors.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

‘Nalamaana Tamizhagam' project

Diabetes centres to collaborate with State for ‘Nalamaana Tamizhagam' project
Honour: Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin felicitating V. Mohan, director, MDRF, in Chennai recently.
Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialities Centre and the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation will collaborate with the government of Tamil Nadu to implement the ‘Nalamaana Tamizhagam' project.
The project envisages screening 2 crore people in Tamil Nadu for hypertension and diabetes.
In this context, the Indian Diabetes Risk Score (IDRS) developed by the MDRF will be used by the State to identify individuals at high risk of diabetes and hypertension throughout the State.
V. Mohan, director, MDRF, was recently honoured by Deputy Chief Minster M.K. Stalin at a function for spearheading the State's involvement in the programme.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Diabetes Awareness Signature Campaign at Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialities Centre

Dr. V. Mohan explains about the Signature Campaign

Dr. V. Mohan Inagurates the Signature Campaign

Dr. V. Mohan explains about the WDD logo

Dr. V. Mohan makes a pledge 'Together Lets Conquer Diabetes'

Monday, November 15, 2010



ACTIVITY PLAN (8th – 13th NOV 2010)


1. Screening camps at selected parks and beaches
2. Awareness talks followed by exercise demonstrations
3. Screening camps at corporate offices, residential colonies & schools(for parents & Teachers)
4. School camps with exercise demo for school children
5. Diabetes Eye checkup
6. Dental check up

7. Quiz with “Diabetes Awareness Wheel” and “Guess the calorie count” for food items
8. Puppet show (Theme- Control of Diabetes)
9. Diet Recipe demo with whole grains &
10. Conversation Map for several patients groups
11. Yoga demonstration

12. Group therapy – Food puzzle
13. Form a circle with children holding blue umbrella

14. Blue lighting for centres and all the branches.
15. Lighting blue candle.
16. Blue rangoli in the main reception. Blue rangoli in all the branches.
17. Blue ring badge will be worn by our staff during the entire month.

18. WDD signature campaign along with slogans
(White coloured long flexi material on which patient’s would write the slogans of their choice on control of diabetes and sign)

Diabetes Community Lifestyle Improvement Program (D-CLIP) is an IDF – BRiDgEs funded randomized clinical trail for the prevention of diabetes through lifestyle modification. As part of the world Diabetes Day activities we also have our 7th DCLIP batch getting graduated after completing 6 months of aggressive lifestyle intervention classes.

20. Coverage in the major TV channels (Tamil and Malayalam) & interviews
21. Radio FM
22. Write-up in lay Journals
23. Articles in Newspapers and magazines


1. Walk, Cyclathon, Skating, Jogging,
2. Demonstration of Judo, Kung fu and Karathe will also be done

Blue balloon campaign
• A hydrogenated balloon (Blue ring) will be released during the flag off of the diabetes walk
• Blue balloons to be carried during the walk.