Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre launches ‘Precision Diabetes’

October 12, 2017: India’s leading diabetes experts, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre (DMDSC) announced the launch of ‘Precision (Personalized) Diabetes Department’- paving the way for a revolutionary approach to managing diabetes. Always ahead of the curve, DMDSC would be the first center to introduce ‘Precision Diabetes’ in India. The department was inaugurated by Mr. Bharat Joshi, Deputy High Commissioner at British Deputy High Commission, Chennai in the presence of Prof. Colin Palmer, Chair of Pharmacogenomics at University of Dundee, Scotland.

The‘Precision (personalized) Diabetes’ department has been launched tocoincide with the launch of a major Indo-UK research collaboration on diabetesbetween the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation(MDRF), Chennai and the University of Dundee, Scotland.The INDO-UK collaborative project is under the National Institute of HealthResearch (NIHR) Global Health Research programme with Prof. ColinPalmer from University of Dundee as the lead from UK and Dr.V. Mohanand colleagues from MDRF as the lead from India.

At its core,precision is a model that proposes customized of health care with medicalpractices, testing, decisions and treatments tailored to the individual patientlevel. Diagnostic tests and therapies are selected not only on the basis ofgeneric symptoms but also by the specific risk factor profile and healthhistory obtained from genetic or clinical profiling. 

Diabetes isa complex health condition where symptoms differ from person to person and sodoes the diagnosis. Present day refinements in technology and advancements ingenomics and other fields has proved that there are at least 20 types ofdiabetes that exists. Applying these principles of ‘Precision Diabetes’ willmake it possible to accurately classify a patient and determine the type ofdiabetes any individual is suffering from depending on which the treatment forthe patient will be prescribed. 

Speakingabout the launch Dr. V Mohan, Chairman & Chief Diabetologist, Dr.Mohan's Diabetes Specialities Centre said, “Precision Diabetes inthe Indian context will be revolutionary. Indians are predisposed to diabetesand with a change in the profile of patients diagnosed each, we cannot adopt aone size fits all approach. At Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, weconstantly try to innovate and provide the best diabetes care to our patients,launch of ‘Precision Diabetes’ is another step towards it. The PrecisionDiabetes (Personalized) Department has been established with the aimto promote the translation of basic science into patient treatments. We havefound the genetic mutation /genetic cause for Neonatal Diabetes and MaturityOnset of Diabetes in Youth (MODY) in India as we are recognized by ICMR asNodal Centre for genetic screening of monogenic diabetes. Many patients withthese conditions who were wrongly diagnosed to have type 1 diabetes needlifelong insulin injections have been shifted to oral Sulphonylurea drug andare doing very well.  That is a dramatic achievement. This is one exampleof Precision Diabetes. We hope to achieve many such breakthroughs in diabetesthrough this department. We believe this approach will not only provideaccurate and relevant treatment, but also have a huge impact on the cost ofmanaging diabetes” 

Adding tothis, Prof. ColinPalmer, Chair of Pharmacogenomics at University of Dundee said, “Withincreasing industrialization and westernization the number of individuals withdiabetes are rapidly increasing. Thus, there is an urgent need for a largein-depth study of the specific causes and consequences of diabetes in India inorder to identify different subtypes of diabetes that exist in India andunderstand how best to manage each subtype. This project will address that. Itwill also look at new ways of providing diabetes screening, using smartphonetechnology and retinal scans, which will provide valuable insights into how wecan deliver more cost-effective and affordable diagnosis and treatment ofdiabetes. The project commands access to two of the most sophisticated sharedelectronic patient record for every individual with type 2 diabetes in theworld: the Scottish Clinical Care Information- Diabetes Care (SCI-DC) and theDr Mohan’s Specialities Diabetes Centre, together, amounting in total to over650,000 patients with diabetes with continuous data spanning over 20 years. Workingwith Dr Mohan’s team, the project will also examine the potential fordelivering next-generation telemedicine for diabetes screening in the ruralcommunities of Tamil Nadu”. 

‘PrecisionDiabetes’ will be available at Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, No.6B,Conran Smith Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai 600086 and soon at all its branches.

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