National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) Bengaluru has entered into an agreement with the University of Liverpool for the next phase of collaboration between the two institutes for research. Neuroscience and mental health. Taking the agreement forward with optimum support, NIMHANS has also partnered with Pratiksha Trust. The Trust will provide £1.5 million of financial support for the research alliance. A special event was also organized at NIMHANS Bengaluru on Tuesday to mark the signing of the agreement.
Notably, NIMHANS and the University of Liverpool already share an academic and research partnership, which began in 20002, and is now more than two decades old. The partnership between the two institutions has had a profound impact on global healthcare, saving nearly 200,000 lives worldwide. Collaborative efforts between the two institutions have also led to significant external funding totaling £10 million. Major courses on external funding include; Wellcome Trust, UK Medical Research Council and Indian Council for Medical Research and Gates Foundation, news agency PTI reported citing an official statement.
Under the collaborative research initiative by both the institutes, the various areas that will be explored include three major research areas which are brain infections, child and maternal mental health, neuro-imaging and epilepsy research. The alliance has also launched a new dual PhD programme, joint workshops held annually to prioritize and explore new avenues of research.
“The partnership will extend across four key components: the Dual PhD Programme, the Early Career Researcher Exchange Programme, the Senior Researcher Exchange Programme, and the Annual Symposium,” it was quoted as saying in an official statement.