Dr Anna Arstein-Kerslake, DRI Academic Convenor, is participating in the ENCORE Trainee program - a collaboration between The University of Melbourne and Indian Public Health Academics.
The India-Australia ENCORE Program (Excellence in NonCOmmunicable disease Research between Australia and India) aims to cultivate and advance research, collaborations and exchanges between the University of Melbourne and top Indian public health and medical research institutions in order to reduce the future burden of non-communicable diseases in India and other low– and middle-income countries.
The program is being co-led in the first instance by senior researchers from the University of Melbourne and four of India’s top public health and medical research institutes, namely, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the affiliated Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions (CCCC) in Delhi, the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) also in Delhi, the Christian Medical College in Vellore and the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST) in Trivandrum.
The program will train more than 30 early and mid-career researchers from Australia and India during 2016-18. Trainees will include doctoral students and research fellows from four institutions in India and the University of Melbourne. Also included in the program will be two ENCORE-funded PhD students’ (one international and one domestic student), who will both complete a PhD at the University of Melbourne.
The program will build on existing collaborations between the University of Melbourne, the Indian partner institutions and their international partners in order to increase the current number of graduating doctoral students, postdoctoral research fellows and research outputs. The ENCORE Program will also lead to a significant increase in the number of joint grants and co-authored publications from the ENCORE Faculty and their trainees.
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