Division of Clinical Research and Training

Introduction

The Division of Clinical Research and Training designs and conducts several large national and international clinical trials and observational studies in cardiovascular disease (CVD). Our collaboration includes over 170 institutions - the largest network of academic clinical researchers in the country.  We have recruited more than 50,000 subjects in different studies in just over a decade.  Plans are now finalised to recruit an additional 60,000 subjects in different studies.

Most of these are investigator-initiated studies funded by peer-reviewed grants and some are supported by Industry.  Our studies have been published in leading journals including the Lancet, JAMA, NEJM, Nature Cardiovascular, American Heart Journal, Circulation, European Heart Journal, Indian Heart Journal, JAPI, etc.

Our recent focus is on two important areas - knowledge translational research and training in health research methods.  We have recently formed the Indian Cardiovascular Research and Advocacy Group (ICRAG) in collaboration with McMaster University, Canada and three other Institutions in India (Rajah Muthaiah Medical College, Annamalainagar, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram and Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur).  We are recognised as a Center of Excellence by the NHLBI (NIH, USA) and United Health to counter chronic diseases in developing countries.