Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research Bangladesh (ICDDRB) on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to form an institutional platform and collaborative research initiative for the clinical sciences across various health disciplines, including non-communicable diseases.
The MoU was enacted with the aim of reducing the knowledge gap of the general public with regard to the clinical sciences, as well as to strengthen the capacity to conduct scientific research by clinicians of national institutions in Bangladesh.
The signing was attended by representatives from partner organisations of the signees at the vice-chancellor’s conference room of BSMMU, said a press release.
The scope of the agreement includes the sharing of facilities, knowledge and experience, assistance with clinical research, training and the preparation of research protocols, as well as the organisation of workshops and scientific seminars to groom the next generation of local scientists and clinicians to tackle unforeseen public health challenges in the future.
Dr Aliya Naheed, head of the Initiative for Non-Communicable Diseases at ICDDRB, said: “Bangladesh urgently needs to develop and further strengthen its human resource capacity in controlling and effectively addressing the impending threat of chronic diseases, focusing on both therapeutic and prevention strategies.”
“Through this partnership, ICDDRB will be able to help strengthen local capacity for conducting clinical trials,” she added.