IIT Guwahati sets up advance research center for cancer

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Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Karkinos Healthcare Private Limited (KHPL) its 29th Foundation Day for research collaboration on Cancer Diagnostics.

Under the agreement, a Centre of Advanced Research on Diagnostics in Cancer (C-CARD), a first of its kind in the nation with an IIT, will be set up at IIT Guwahati. The centre will be equipped and operated by KHPL at the IIT Guwahati premises for its establishment.

The primary aim of this centre is to work on research related to advanced and affordable diagnostics solutions for non-communicable diseases, primarily Cancer for patients from across the nation.

Speaking during the MoU signing event T.G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati, said, “IIT Guwahati aspires to strengthen its Research & Development arsenal and there is no better way to highlight the same in establishing C-CARD by KHPL, in the heart of our institute. In near future, we envision extending this Centre of Excellence with the activities of Assam Advanced Healthcare Innovation Institute – the upcoming multi-specialty hospital at IIT Guwahati to inculcate next-generation scientific and technological innovations in the area of healthcare.”

The signing authorities will collaborate on initiatives including:

  • A large-scale OncoDiagnostic services in conjunction with Assam Cancer Care Hospitals across the state to prepare a comprehensive cancer atlas for North-East
  • Establishment of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) and Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) facilities to identify the India specific hereditary origin of this giant killer
  • Capability development on high end data analytics using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques
  • High quality informatics for research and development through comprehensive genomic landscape identification
  • Capacity development through academic collaboration on clinical excellence
  • Partnerships with biotech and pharma majors

As a part of this initiative, in the near future, IIT Guwahati and KHPL will also collaborate on research projects related to Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Genomics, Proteomics, Diagnostics, Therapeutics, Bioinformatics, Data Science, Entrepreneurship Development and other multi-disciplinary and translational areas.

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati was established in 1994. At present, the Institute has eleven departments, seven inter-disciplinary academic centres and five schools covering all the major engineering, science, healthcare, management and humanities disciplines, offering BTech, BDes, MA, MDes, MTech, MSc, and PhD programmes. The institute offers a residential campus to 435 faculty members and more than 7,000 students at present.