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The main goals of the research center include designing an affordable and effective therapy for DMD patients through a bioengineered concept.

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Jodhpur has established a research center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) in collaboration with Dystrophy Annihilation Research Trust (DART), Bangalore and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Jodhpur.

The current therapeutic options available to treat DMD are minimal and very expensive (more than Rs. 2-3 crores per child per year). Medicines are usually imported from abroad, increasing dosing costs and making them out of reach for most families.

Therefore, the main objectives of the research center include designing an affordable and effective therapy for DMD patients by adopting a bioengineered concept under the Make in India initiative, along with conducting social outreach programs for children with DMD and their parents.

The team of researchers includes Surajit Ghosh, Professor, Dean, Research and Development, Professor of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Jodhpur, Sudipta Bhattacharyya, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT Jodhpur, Nirmal Rana – Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry at IIT Jodhpur, Arun Shastry, Chief Scientific Officer, DART Bangalore, Kuldeep Singh, Professor, Dean Academics, AIIMS Jodhpur and Varuna Vyas Clinician and Expert Pediatrician, AIIMS Jodhpur.

“Our team’s primary goal is to develop two therapeutic leads for high-priority clinical trials,” said Professor Ghosh. The DMD research center in IIT Jodhpur has organized two one-day outreach programs and has also started to extend this activity to every district in Rajasthan.

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