The Deakin Special Higher Degree by Research Workshop was conducted on the 5th and 6th of November 2014. One of the most interesting highlights of the workshop was the Innovation Workshop session conducted by two of Deakin’s most eminent professors – Prof. Peter Hodgson, Director of Institute for Frontier Materials and Prof. Svetha Venkatesh, Chair in Complex Pattern Analysis from PRaDA(Pattern Recognition and Data Analytics). The DIRI students were given the task of creating an innovative product idea along with a 3 minute pitch presentation. The product idea that the MDRF team (Avinash Soundararajan, Abishamala Kingsly, Shruti Muralidharan) conceived was a mobile application named “SearchDR” to assist the Indian diabetic population to find the right health care physician at the right time according to their location. The product was well appreciated for three reasons –
1. It is a bite sized innovation and a need of the hour
2. We used the aid of a health care professional and a common man’s point of view to pass this idea fit among other ideas; multiple brainstorming sessions
3. The incorporation of info graphic in the presentations
Congratulations to Dr.M.Balasubramanyam, Dean of Research Studies & Senior Scientist, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF), for being awarded the highly competitive “Endeavour Executive Fellowship” from the Ministry of Education, Australian Government. The Endeavour Executive Fellowship provides financial support towards professional development opportunities for high achievers in Education and Research. The fellowship will support Dr.Balasubramanyam to visit Australia and initiate professional development activities at the DEAKIN University aiming at further strengthening of the MDRF-DEAKIN PhD program and it expansion scopes.
World Diabetes Day celebrations taking place at Dr.Mohan’s throughout this month of November with cultural events participated by patients on all days, Followed by prize distribution after Event.