The ORNATE India project: Building research capacity and capability to tackle the burden of diabetic retinopathy-related blindness in India

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Conroy, D., Ramakrishnan, R., Raman, R., Rajalakshmi, R., Rani, P. K., Ramasamy, K., Mohan, V., Das, T., Sadanandan, R., Netuveli, G. and Sivaprasad, S. 2021. The ORNATE India project: Building research capacity and capability to tackle the burden of diabetic retinopathy-related blindness in India. Indian Journal of Ophthalmology. 69 (11), pp. 3058-3063. https://doi.org/10.4103/ijo.IJO_1505_21
AuthorsConroy, D., Ramakrishnan, R., Raman, R., Rajalakshmi, R., Rani, P. K., Ramasamy, K., Mohan, V., Das, T., Sadanandan, R., Netuveli, G. and Sivaprasad, S.
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The ORNATE India project is an interdisciplinary, multifaceted United Kingdom (UK)–India collaborative study aimed to build research capacity and capability in India and the UK to tackle the burden of diabetes-related visual impairment. For 51 months (October 2017–December 2021), this project built collaboration between six institutions in the UK and seven in India, including the Government of Kerala. Diabetic retinopathy (DR) screening models were evaluated in the public system in Kerala. An epidemiological study of diabetes and its complications was conducted through 20 centers across India covering 10 states and one union territory. The statistical analysis is not yet complete. In the UK, risk models for diabetes and its complications and artificial intelligence-aided tools are being developed. These were complemented by joint studies on various aspects of diabetes between collaborators in the UK and India. This interdisciplinary team enabled increased capability in several workstreams, resulting in an increased number of publications, development of cost-effective risk models, algorithms for risk-based screening, and policy for state-wide implementation of sustainable DR screening and treatment programs in primary care in Kerala. The increase in research capacity included multiple disciplines from field workers, administrators, project managers, project leads, screeners, graders, optometrists, nurses, general practitioners, and research associates in various disciplines. Cross-fertilization of these disciplines enabled the development of several collaborations external to this project. This collaborative project has made a significant impact on research capacity development in both India and the UK.

Journal Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
Journal citation69 (11), pp. 3058-3063
ISSN1998-3689
Year2021
PublisherWolters Kluwer - Medknow
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