VECD Fellowship Site Directors: 
K.M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MPH, MBA (Emory University)
V. Mohan, MD, PhD, DSc (MDRF)


Site Contact: 
Mark Hutcheson


Site Specialties:

  • diabetes
  • cardiometabolic diseases
  • eye diseases

Site Description

The Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) was founded in 1996 in Chennai, India with the vision of creating a world-class environment for research in diabetes and its complications. MDRF is renowned for its epidemiological work and its association with biochemical, genetic, molecular, and cell-based studies. MDRF prides itself on its collaborations with other institutions – promoting cultural compatibility in science and innovation. MDRF notably partners with Emory University with a goal to establish a population-based global diabetes research center in Chennai. Fellows working with MDRF receive opportunities to research diabetes, and complications such as cardiometabolic diseases, and diabetic retinopathy. Learning from some of the most notable researchers in the field of diabetes such as Dr. K.M. Venkat Narayan, fellows at this site have published papers covering the broad spectrum of diabetes and its complications. 

Martha Ryan, MD
Mary Foote, MD, MPH 
Beteal Ashinne
Nida Shaikh, PhD, MS