The Health eResearch Centre and The University of Manchester begins health informatics collaboration with IIT Kharagpur

Posted on April 10, 2018

As part of an ongoing partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, health experts including Dr Georgina Moulton of the Health eResearch Centre were in Bengal to advise on the development of health data and informatics research and training. The delegation was not just focussed on healthcare however, as a large number of meetings were also held with organisations and research institutes working in the areas of engineering, advanced materials and biomedical sciences.

Lecturer in Bio-Health Informatics

These included the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Indian Statistical Institute, Jadavpur University and Calcutta University at an event hosted by British Deputy High Commissioner Bruce Bucknell in Kolkata.

Separate events featured discussions with Tata Medical Centre, Tata Steel and Graphite India, with plans for research projects and funding applications now in the pipeline.

Professor Stephen Flint, Associate Vice-President for Internationalisation, who led the delegation said: “As a global university it is important that Manchester continues to expand its links to other institutions around the world. This visit to India is part of that process and we have discovered many areas where researchers at Manchester can work together with Indian counterparts on world class projects.”

Alongside Stephen, the others on the team were:

  • Vaskar Saha, Professor of Paediatric Oncology
  • Keith Brennan, Associate Dean for Internationalisation in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
  • Jonny Blaker, Lecturer in Biomaterials
  • Georgina Moulton, Senior Lecturer in Bio-health Informatics
  • David Polya, Professor of Environmental Geochemistry, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Georgina Moulton commented, “The projects we have been discussing as well as the connections already made are far-reaching and will lead to profound collaborations. Seizing opportunities to conduct multi-disciplined work, we have already put in place plans to unite and combine in research and training to develop skill sets of healthcare professionals in health data science.  This partnership is at the beginning of an extremely exciting journey and it will be a pleasure to continue working hard to realise its fullest potential.”