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Building Non-Communicable Eye Disease Research Capacity in India

The following grant was awarded by, is supported by, is administered by or is in partnership with the Fogarty International Center at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Funding Fogarty Program

Chronic, Noncommunicable Diseases and Disorders Research Training

Project Information in NIH RePORTER

Building Non-Communicable Eye Disease Research Capacity in India

Principal Institution

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Musch, David C.

Project Contact Information

Email: dmusch@med.umich.edu

Year(s) Awarded

2021-2026

Country

India

Collaborators

Aravind Eye Care System (AECS)
UM Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
Clinical and Translational Science Award

Project Description

There is a critical need for clinical and epidemiological research to address the growing epidemic of noncommunicable eye disease among older adults in India, where blindness and vision impairment are the number one cause of years lived with disability in later life. Building on a longstanding partnership between the University of Michigan and Aravind Eye Care System (AECS) in South India, this multifaceted research capacity building program will provide graduate training in epidemiology to faculty at AECS, develop a supportive research ecosystem, and result in a long-term sustainable training program that will make vital contributions to vision research and to addressing the large burden of blindness and vision-related disability among older adults in India and beyond.

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