Saturday, May 26, 2018 | ePaper

BSMMU, BMJ, icddr,b sign MoU for strengthening clinical research in Bangladesh

  • Print

Prof Kamrul Khan, Vice Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Prof John D Clemens, Executive Director of icddr,b and Prashant Mishra, Managing Director-India of the British Medical Journal exchanging documents of a MoU signed among the

Campus Report :
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and icddr,b signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday in order to form an institutional platform and collaborate research initiative of clinical science across various health disciplines, including non communicable diseases. The event took place at the Vice Chancellor's Conference Room of BSMMU and were attended by participants form the partner organisations.
Collaboration between BSMMU (the first and only medical university in Bangladesh), the BMJ (one of the oldest high impact medical journal) and icddr,b (one of the leading public health research institute and the winner of the Conrad N Hilton Humanitarian Prize 2017) will stress on reducing knowledge gap and strengthening capacities for conducting scientific research by the clinicians of the national institutions of the country.
This collaboration will also help in creating next generation researchers to tackle unforeseen public health challenges of the next century.
Specific scopes of the agreement include provide facilities and share of knowledge and experience, help conduct clinical research training, organise workshops and scientific seminars and help prepare research protocols and conduct scientific research. It also covers help to write research grant and raise research funding, and finally help to publish and circulate papers, periodicals, books, publications and other literary works.
On the occasion, Prof Kamrul Khan, Vice Chancellor, BSMMU said, "I strongly feel the requirement of a critical mass of local scientists and health research professionals to collaborate in clinical research to address the rising burden of NCDs and other emerging health issues. I believe the proposed clinical research platform will create a golden opportunity for producing a pool of local scientists, clinicians and educationists to conduct independent research appropriate to health priorities in Bangladesh."
Prof John D Clemens, Executive Director of icddr,b commented on the partnership efforts,  "icddr,b has many pioneering collaborative research initiatives; discovery of ORS is a good example of the outcome of successful collaboration. In any resource poor setting like Bangladesh, scientific collaboration will further strengthen generations of research evidence, translating research into policy and practice, and will eventually save more lives."
While addressing the event participants, Syed Monjurul Islam, Deputy Executive Director of icddr,b said, "Today icddr,b's research scope is not limited to diarrhoeal diseases, but has expanded to addressing some of the most critical health concerns facing the world; ranging from diarrhoeal disease surveillance to clinical trials in hypertension and diabetes.  
I believe the proposed clinical research platform will enhance the interactions between researchers and clinicians, and develop innovative ideas for combating future health challenges in Bangladesh."
The BMJ's Managing Director-India and South Asia Prashant Mishra highlighted his optimism "We believe we'll be able to create value in terms of medical research output from Bangladesh. Our vision is to create a healthier world and this tri party initiative that includes BSMMU, ICDDR and BMJ, shall help us accomplish it. BMJ's The Research to Publication programme is part of The BMJ's commitment to building medical research capabilities around the world. Created in collaboration with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), the programme launched in early 2016".
Dr Aliya Naheed, Head Initiative for Non Communicable Diseases, icddr,b said, "Scientific discoveries and evaluations are essential for identifying better treatment regimens for battling against the increasingly challenging health issues, and translation of that research into action is imperative for saving more human lives.
Besides generating local evidence, Bangladesh urgently needs to develop and further strengthen its human resource capacity in controlling and effectively addressing the impending threat of chronic diseases focusing on both therapeutic and prevention strategies. The BMJ have played a big role in establishing evidence of better therapeutic or preventive care for a boarder dissemination of research benefit. Through this partnership icddr,b will be able to help strengthen local capacity for conducting clinical trials."

More News For this Category

University gardeners awarded at RU

Campus Desk :The authorities of Rajshahi University (RU) for the first time in its history have awarded the university gardeners for keeping the campus beautiful by gardening, reports UNB.



Campus Report :University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) and Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC) signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday at ULAB Chancellery at Dhanmondi in the capital.



Campus Report :A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Begum Rokeya University (BRU), Rangpur  and Bangladesh Army University of Science and Technology (BAUST), Syedpur at the Vice- chancellor's

Japanese delegation meets CUET VC

Campus Report  :A two-member Japanese delegation called on Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) Prof Dr Mohammad Rafiqul Alamin at latter's office on Thursday.During the

Five DU students get Prof Habiba Khatun Scholarship

Campus Desk :Five meritorious students of the Department of Islamic History and Culture of Dhaka University (DU) were awarded "Prof Dr Habiba Khatun Scholarship" for their outstanding academic results

Govt promises more IoT graduates to face challenges of 4IR

Campus Desk :The government is developing IoT (Internet of Things) graduates through the internationally reputed company to face the challenges arising due mainly to the emergence of fourth industrial

DhIU holds workshop on curriculum mapping

DhIU holds workshop on curriculum mapping

Campus Report :A two-day long workshop titled 'Outcome Based Education & Curriculum Mapping Implementation' organized by Dhaka International University (DhIU) was concluded on Tuesday at the Dr MI Patwari

Lieutenant Colonel (Rt) Abu Osman Choudhury, Executive Director of Bangladesh Chhatra Kallyan Trust and Sector Commander of Sector 8 in Liberation War  of Bangladesh addressing the 2nd DIU International Education Convention held at Nobab Nowab Ali Choudhury Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University recently.

Lieutenant Colonel (Rt) Abu Osman Choudhury, Executive Director of Bangladesh Chhatra Kallyan Trust and Sector Commander of Sector 8 in Liberation War of Bangladesh addressing the 2nd DIU International Education Convention held at Nobab Nowab Ali Choudhury Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University recently.


EWU seminar urges careful revenue expenditure

EWU seminar urges careful revenue expenditure

Campus Report :The size of national budget in Bangladesh is increasing every year, but economists have called on the government to be more responsible in revenue expenditure. According to

2nd Int'l Education Convention at DIU

Campus Report :Daffodil International University (DIU) 2nd International Education Convention was held with the slogan of 'Education for world peace' recently at Nobab Nowab Ali Choudhury Senate Bhaban of