IDRF Gold Medal Oration Award - 29th August 2010

IDRF Gold Medal Oration Award was instituted as a gesture of recognizing eminent personalities for their meritorious scientific contributions in the field of diabetes.

Dr. Ala Alwan, Assistant Director-General, Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health, World Health Organization, Geneva, was conferred the IDRF Gold Medal Oration Award 2010 for his laudable contribution to the Scientific Community.

Dr.Anil Kapur, President, World Diabetes Foundation, Denmark, was conferred with the IDRF Lifetime Achievement Award 2010. World Diabetes Foundation is dedicated in supporting prevention and treatment of diabetes in the developing world.

The event was felicitated by Dr. T. Ramaswami, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Science and Technology. Mr. Mike Nithavrianakis, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chennai.

Prof. A.K Das, Sr. Professor of Medicine & Medical Superintendent, JIPMER. Institute of National Importance under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Pondicherry launched the IDF Guide on National Diabetes Programme.

World Diabetes Week 2010 - 11th November 2011

The world diabetes day activities were inaugurated by Shri. Surjit Singh Barnala, His Excellency The Governor of Tamil Nadu. The 2-year Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Clinical Diabetology was launched. Dr. Chidambaram.

Dean-Annamalai University and Prof. M. Ramanathan, Vice Chancellor, Annamalai University felicitated the activities.


IDRF Awards Function - 23rd May 2011

The pioneering contributions in the development of Diabetology in areas of research, education and patient care have justified Prof. Ramachandran to receive the First Annual Award for Outstanding Investigator in Diabetes in India.

The award has been conferred by The World India Diabetes Foundation (WIDF) chaired by Dr. Robert Rizza, Professor of Medicine and Executive Dean for Research at the Mayo Medical School with a panel of renowned independent judges. The World India Diabetes Foundation based at Rochester, USA supports significant scientific research and education on diabetes.

He was also conferred Visiting Professorship in the division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism Department of Medicine, Imperial College, London.

Dignitaries include, Prof. Desmond G Johnston, Professor of Clinical Endocrinology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, UK, Mr. Mike Nithavrianakis, British Deputy High Commissioner in Southern India, Mr. Raman Kapur, of World India Diabetes Foundation, USA, Dr. Shashank Joshi, Sr. Endocrinologist, Mumbai, Mr. Bryan Dalton Chief of Consular Section, American Consulate General, Chennai and Dr. Mayil Vahanan Natarajan, Vice-Chancellor The Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai.

World Diabetes Week 2011 - 11th November 2011

The year 2011 marks the third year of the five-year focus on 'Diabetes education and prevention', - the theme selected by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization.

With this as the main focus, IDRF conducted week long events relating to raising awareness of diabetes and disseminating tools for the prevention of diabetes.

The public function held on 11th Nov 2011 was presided over by Thiru D. Jayakumar, Hon’be Speaker of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly. During this event the commemorative plaque on training more than 10,000 health care personnel across 10 states in India was unveiled.

Hon’be Speaker Thiru D. Jayakumar released Patient Educational Pamphlets on Self Monitoring of Blood Glucose, Oral Hypoglycaemic Agent, Food Guide Pyramid, Recipe Book for Diabetics and Lifestyle Management Video - A short film on ways of preventing diabetes and self management guide for healthy living.


Training Programmes:

National Capacity Building Programme for Doctors, Paramedics and Health Educators A three year national capacity training programme was conducted for doctors, health educators and paramedics, supported by the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) and Medronics Corporation, USA.

Year Batches Trained (Doctors) Batches Trained (Health Educators) Batches Trained
Jan - Dec 20098625
Jan - Dec 201091017
Jan - Dec 20119122
Total Trained10206334354

IDRF has been identified as one of the centres of excellence by the WDF to host the peer programme for international medical trainees from low resource countries. During the three-year period 13 trainees from South Korea, Maldives, Mauritius, Cuba, Sri Lanka and Madagascar have undergone training at the institute.

Health Promotion through School Teachers 2012-2013

This one year programme has been initiated jointly with Dept of School Education, Government of Tamilnadu and supported by World Diabetes Foundation.

The project aims to train high school teachers on Healthy Lifestyle to prevent Diabetes & other lifestyle diseases. This is a pilot project, which will train 1000 teachers, 500 each in Chennai City & Tiruvallur District which includes teachers of both Government and Private schools.

The trained teachers will in turn educate 1 Lakh students (at the rate of 100 students by each teacher) and their families on healthy lifestyle practices. This effort of sensitizing the teachers, students & community in general on healthy lifestyle practice will go a long way in the prevention of Diabetes & other lifestyle diseases in the country, achieving the objective of the training on health promotion through teachers.

Conferences Conducted:

International Advanced Diabetes Workshop for Physicians (IADP) 2012 - 10th - 12th August 2012

The workshop was conducted by India Diabetes Research Foundation & Dr. A. Ramachandran’s Diabetes Hospitals, Chennai jointly with Imperial College London, UK.

The workshop aimed to create a learning platform for clinicians in India to update and upgrade their current knowledge and practice in Diabetology.

40 eminent national faculties and 4 key speakers from UK were invited to discuss and present the latest insights in diabetes research and management through key lectures, interactive panel discussions, debate and practical workshops.

The programme covered an interesting flow of topics including current scenario in diabetes, genes and environmental influences, obesity, newer diagnostic tools, primary prevention, recent trends in glycaemic management, CVD, translational research behind public health policies, women’s health and management of chronic complications.

Preventive foot care symposium was also organised by eminent foot surgeons and the podiatry team of ARH. The use of foot-scan in the study of biomechanics for therapeutic management of foot ulcers and early stage neuropathy was demonstrated. IADP 2012 takes to its credit of training 110 physicians from across India.

IDRF Gold Medal Oration Award and Award of Medical Excellence - 7th May 2012

India Diabetes Research Foundation and Dr. A. Ramachandran’s Diabetes Hospitals honours eminent academicians, scientists and researchers who have made significant contribution to the field of diabetology and medical sciences by instituting the ‘IDRF Gold Medal Oration Award’ and the Award of Medical Excellence”. Prof. Steven M Haffner delivered the oration on “Lessons from New Clinical Trials in Diabetes”.

Prof. G. Arjun Das, Sr. Consultant Neurologist and Prof. KK Ramalingam Sr. Consultant ENT Surgeon were honoured with the Award of Medical Excellence during this event.

Two major collaborative research projects - DiabSmart - Foot Research Project and ICMR-MRC Diabetes Prevention Project were launched.

Ms. Jennifer McIntyre, US Consul General and Mr. Mike Nithavrianakis, British Deputy High Commissioner for Southern India took part in the proceedings and felicitated the activities of IDRF.