Freedom Foundation has taken a step in the direction of research with the Freedom Foundation- Drexel College of Medicine Collaboration.


image-research-1 The interactions between Freedom Foundation (FF), Bangalore, India, and Drexel University College of Medicine (DrexelMed), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, began in Feb 2007 when Dr. Nirmala Skill (Project Manager & Senior Physician, Freedom Foundation) met with Dr. Brian Wigdahl (Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Director, Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease, and Director, Center for Molecular Virology & Neuroimmunology. DrexelMed) at an international conference at Hyderabad, India. This meeting was followed by Dr. Ashok Rau (Executive Trustee & CEO, Freedom Foundation) and Dr. Nirmala Skill visiting DrexelMed in late 2007s which led to discussions regarding a possible collaboration. This effort was realized in 2008 when Dr. Wigdahl and Dr. Zafar Khan (Director International Translational Medicine) visited the FF units in 2008 and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed inorder to establish collaboration in education and research between FF and DrexelMed. 

This collaboration is one of the more concrete steps that the FF has taken to establish a research facility. This facility will facilitate high-end diagnostics that will improve treatment options and understand the specific disease variables associated with HIV-infected patients. The team from DrexelMed is keen on taking this collaboration forward and has begun by helping to improve the existing laboratory infra-structure at FF. 

FF is currently working towards getting the necessary permissions from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and both organizations will have and will be applying for research funding that can support the intended research activities. The two teams communicate regularly on a weekly basis and have been successful in publishing a few papers together.