Excellence in NonCOmmunicable disease Research (ENCORE) between Australia and India
ENCORE Program (Excellence in NonCOmmunicable disease Research between Australia and India) aims to cultivate and advance research, collaborations, and exchanges between University of Melbourne and top Indian public health and medical research institutions in order to reduce the future burden of non-communicable diseases in India and other low– and middle-income countries.
The program is conducted by senior researchers from the University of Melbourne and four of India’s top public health and medical research institutes, namely, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the affiliated Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions (CCCC) in Delhi, the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) also in Delhi, the Christian Medical College in Vellore and the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST) in Trivandrum.
The program will catalyse existing collaborations between University of Melbourne, the Indian partner institutions and their international partners in order to significantly increase the current number of graduating doctoral students, postdoctoral research fellows and research outputs. The ENCORE Program will also significantly increase the number of joint grants and co-authored publications from the ENCORE Faculty.
- Dr Nathan Grills, University of Melbourne. Dr Grills’ research field is Global Public Health with a particular regard for non-communicable diseases and researching complex public health partnerships with civil society groups.
- Professor Jane Gunn, University of Melbourne. Prof Jane Gunn is a clinically active academic general practitioner whose leadership has raised the profile and rigour of primary care research in Australia.
- Professor Stephen Harrap, University of Melbourne. Professor Harrap’s experimental research focus is human and experimental genetics of common conditions, using a systems biology approach.
- Professor Sharon Lewin, University of Melbourne. Professor Lewin, Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, is widely recognised internationally as a major leader in HIV research, specifically in the area of HIV cure.
- Professor Alan Lopez, University of Melbourne. Professor Lopez is a Melbourne Laureate Professor and the Rowden-White Chair of Global Health and Burden of Disease Measurement at The University of Melbourne.
- Professor Ajay Mahal, University of Melbourne. Professor Mahal’s research focuses on a range of economically relevant questions pertaining to evaluation of interventions, household impacts of disease, health financing, ageing, epidemiological modeling and human resources for health.
- Professor Barbara McPake, University of Melbourne. Professor McPake is a health economist specialising in health policy and health systems research.
- Professor Bernadette McSherry, University of Melbourne. Professor McSherry's work supports interdisciplinary research projects on social equity issues across the full spectrum of social life including health, law, education, housing, work and transport.
- Associate Professor Sailesh Mohan, Public Health Foundation of India. Associate Professor Mohan is involved in research, training and teaching in non-communicable disease prevention and control.
- Professor Brian Oldenburg, ENCORE Project leader, University of Melbourne. Professor Oldenburg is a public health research scientist and an international expert in the prevention and control of chronic conditions.
- Professor Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Public Health Foundation of India. Professor Prabhakaran is the Vice President and Director of Center for Control of Chronic Conditions and is currently involved in many community based prevention programmes, strategic clinical trials and observational studies.
- Professor Nikhil Tandon, All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Professor Tandon’s research interests range from understanding molecular biology techniques to chronic disease epidemiology and clinical intervention studies.
- Professor Kavumpurathu Raman Thankappan, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology. Professor Thankappan is an epidemiologist and his primary research focus is chronic non-communicable diseases and their risk factors, particularly tobacco.
- Professor Nihal Thomas, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. Professor Thomas is Head of the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.
- Jennifer Audsley, University of Melbourne
- Anna Arstein-Kerslake, University of Melbourne
- Philippa Dalach, University of Melbourne
- Priti Gupta, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
- Nicole Hughes, University of Melbourne
- Prashant Jarhyan, Public Health Foundation of India
- Nitin Kapoor, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
- Vijaya Madhavi, University of Melbourne
- G.K. Mini, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology
- Malu Mohan, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology
- Anu Mary Oommen, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
- Sathish Thirunavukkarasu, University of Melbourne
- Emma Thomas, University of Melbourne
- Anand TN, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology