This study was one of the first of its kind at that time in India.
I continued to do research all through my MBBS and MD studies at MMC, and by the time, I had finished my MD, I had about 30 publications which was a record of sorts, for a medical student in India.
Mohan's Diabetes Specialities Centre, WHO Collaborating Centre for Noncommunicable Diseases Prevention and Control, IDF Centre of Excellence in Diabetes Care and ICMR Centre for Advanced Research on Diabetes, No 6, Conran Smith Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu India Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None This article describes a 40 year journey in diabetes research of an Indian diabetologist, starting as an undergraduate medical student.
The article describes how collaborations with multiple stake-holders is necessary if one is to advance one's research from the simple studies that one starts with and take it to higher and higher levels.
Two people were pillars of support for me during my medical student life and both encouraged me to do research. He was an extraordinary clinician, a great teacher, a superb researcher, and a visionary par excellence who could see 30–40 years ahead of his time.
Even during his days at Stanley Medical College, he had several notable publications and was among the top clinical researchers in medicine in India at that time.
Perspect Clin Res [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Sep 7];3-22. 2018/9/3/113/236485It is often believed that it is difficult to do medical research outside of the university set up or academia.
This is particularly true in developing countries like India where only a negligible number of doctors do serious research. Viswanathan is often referred to as the “Father of Diabetology in India” as he set up the first Diabetes Clinic in India at the Government Stanley Medical College and Hospital at Chennai in 1948.
However, we only had manual, paper-based, medical records.
This meant that if one had to do a study, one had to go through hundreds of records manually to note down all the clinical and biochemical findings. There was no Google, no Pubmed, and no Science Citation Index.