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IISc introduces new initiative to drive advancement in medical research across India, reports ET HealthWorld



IISc launches programme to promote medical research in India, ET HealthWorld

In a move to advance medical research and development in India, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore has initiated the Longevity India Initiative (LII). This project aims to focus on extending human ‘healthspan’ and addressing aging-related challenges in the country. The initiative includes a large-scale clinical study involving researchers from various IISc departments, clinicians, industry professionals, philanthropists, and members of civil society.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Executive Chairperson of Biocon, emphasized the importance of collaboration between industry and academia in the field of aging research. With India’s elderly population projected to reach 347 million by 2050, leveraging technology for accessible geriatric healthcare and supporting aging populations through digital systems is essential.

Prashanth Prakash, Founding Partner of Accel India, provided initial grant funding support for the Longevity India Initiative. He highlighted the initiative’s goal of challenging the notion that aging is an inevitable fate and emphasized the importance of considering various factors that contribute to aging, such as lifestyle, culture, genetics, and environment.

Govindan Rangarajan, Director of IISc, underscored the urgent need for collaboration among stakeholders from academia, healthcare, and industry to drive technology development and in-depth research on healthy aging. The initiative is set to have a significant impact on addressing the increasing burden of aging in India by bringing together diverse stakeholders and exploring research-based interventions tailored to the country’s specific needs.

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