LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) and Genome Foundation have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote collaborative research, training and knowledge sharing.
As per the MoU, both the institutes will share expertise and resources to expand their capabilities in ophthalmic clinical genetics, molecular genetics, cytogenetics, forensic testing services, research, diagnostics, counselling, training, education and other similar services.
The overarching objective is to develop facilities for research, diagnosis and consultation, ophthalmic diagnostics and other services which will greatly benefit the patients suffering from visual impairment and blindness.
GF will share the state-of-the-art facility that it is developing at Medipally village in Malkajagiri district and the two institutions will work together to mobilize funds and resources to develop these facilities.
“The focus will be on identifying genetic eye disorders and genetic interventions to treat those disorders and create awareness about them in the public and the eye care community at large,” said C Rangarajan, president of the Genome Foundation.
institute of excellence
“This fits very well into our strategy for the future. Our focus is on developing institutions of excellence over the next 20 years, and one such area is genetics in eye care and ophthalmology. We are in this area. We have been working for quite some time and this partnership will further strengthen the ongoing efforts,” said GN Rao, Chairman, Board of Trustees, LVPEI in a release.