University of Leicester awarded £10m for research into non-communicable diseases in India and Nepal
Experts from the University of Leicester and the Public Health Foundation of India have been awarded nearly £10 million by the National Institute for Health and Care Research to help improve the care outcomes of people living with multiple long-term health conditions or multimorbidity in India and Nepal.
The University of Leicester and the Public Health Foundation of India, Delhi are set to collaborate with the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), Jodhpur, Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth (HRIDAY), Delhi, and Kathmandu Medical College (KMC), Kathmandu, thanks to funding from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) to establish the NIHR Global Health Research Centre for Multiple Long-Term Conditions.
During the first stage of the research implementation, the researchers will review existing evidence, generate new data as required and talk to people living with these conditions to identify the best care approach for people with multimorbidity in both countries.
In addition, using the concepts of ‘co-design and community engagement/involvement’ they will conduct studies to assess what type of integrated, technology-enabled, patient-centred, high impact, equitable health system intervention designs could most benefit individuals with two or more long-term conditions.
In the long-term, the university will work with the UK, Indian and Nepal governments to improve the health outcomes of those with multimorbidity, as well as create a self-sustaining international Centre for improving management of multiple long-term conditions and disseminate outputs globally.
The NIHR’s Global Health Research Centres provide funding to support research-driven partnerships between institutions in ow and middle income countries (LMICs) and those in the UK. The funding is for the direct and primary benefit of people in LMICs but also will have lessons for the UK and other high income countries.
As part of the project, 17 places on masters degrees, 19 on PhDs and 14 post-doctoral placements will be available in Leicester, Birmingham or Brunel, covering applied health research, medical statistics, quality and safety in healthcare, health data science and diabetes.
In addition, University of Leicester staff supported by National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East Midlands including members of the Real World Evidence Unit and the Centre for Ethnic Health Research with colleagues from India will deliver short courses to approximately 400 participants. These will be across a range of topics, including epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioural sciences, implementation science, health economics, qualitative methods, health systems research, community and patient engagement, leadership and management as well as other areas depending on identified needs.
The five-year project launches in October with a kick-off meeting planned to take place in India in December.
Professor Nishan Canagarajah, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, said: “Making a global impact from world-class research at Leicester is key to our mission. Our cutting-edge work across clinical medicine research, which is ranked second in the UK, is making a real difference in tackling health problems not only locally, but across the world. This funding provides a fantastic opportunity to work alongside colleagues in India and Nepal, provide places for candidates on Master’s, PhD and post-doctoral programmes and deliver short courses in areas that make a real difference to people’s lives and their wellbeing.”
Professor Faith Osier, President of the International Union of Immunological Societies and Chair of the NIHR Global Health Research Centres Funding Committee, said: “These new Centres are truly ground-breaking – it’s the first time we’ve seen anything like this level of investment in non-communicable disease research in low and middle income countries. The potential for this truly equitable partnership working between researchers in LMICs and in the UK is immense and we’re so excited to see the advances that the next five years will bring.”