National Genomic Grid to Be Set Up for India-Specific Cancer Research (Download PDF)


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In a significant development towards Health and Family Welfare so as to take cancer research to the next level and make treatment viable for people of different economic classes, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare announced to set up a National Genomic Grid. The Genomic data of cancer patients in India will be studied by the National Genomic Grid.

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National Genomic Grid

  • The samples from cancer patients all across India will be collected and studied by The National Genomic Grid for India-specific cancer research.

  • The genome factors study will help in the identification of the proper and right treatment modalities for Indian population.

  • The National Genomic Grid will function in joint coordination with the National Cancer Tissue Biobank (NCTB) which is to be set up at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.

  • The setting up of National Genomic Grid will be using the pan-India collection centres thereby bringing all cancer treatment institutions on board.

  • The Genomic Grid will consist of four parts dividing the country into east, west, north and south.

National Cancer Tissue Biobank (NCTB).

  • It is a state-of-the-art non-profit community.

  • The NCTB is based cancer tissue storage facility located at the Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Chennai.

  • It is funded by the by Department of Sciences & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai.

  • The NCTB was initiated in collaboration with Cancer Research and Relief Trust (CRRT), Chennai.

  • The tissue samples are collected by the Biobank with the consent from patients diagnosed with cancer including the information about the previous medical history.

  • The NCTB also aims to provide researchers with high quality of cancer tissues. This also includes the patient data in order to facilitate cancer research discoveries which in turn will lead to improvements in cancer diagnosis and treatment.

  • Before the biospeciments are provided to the researchers, the Steering committee of the biobank must approve the project.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 3, 2019

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