The rising sun crept into the historic Plummer Library as the Indian delegation entered. Portraits of Mayo’s founding physicians peered down on the assembling group. Eleven members of India’s Council for Science and Industry Research (CSIR) were visiting Mayo for three days of talks, working meals, and this early morning breakfast gathering that would culminate in the signing of a formal research agreement between the two entities.
The agreement to collaborate on a range of ongoing projects includes emphasis on naturietic peptides in heart disease; metabolomics – genetic-based metabolism studies focusing on obesity; and a range of topics in biological chemistry and medical genomics.
The CSIR is India’s national government-chartered research organization, roughly equivalent to the National Science Foundation in the United States, but with aspects of other federal agencies including the NIH. Professor Samir Brahmachari, who is a noted researcher in molecular biology, is Director General of the CSIR and oversees the Council’s 48 national laboratories and centers. He signed the agreement, with Robert Rizza, M.D., Mayo’s executive dean for research. Eric Wieben, Ph.D. and J.S. Yadav, Ph.D., signed as witnesses for each institution. The relationship will include joint publications, exchange of visiting scientists and coordinated planning on specific ongoing projects. This is the second global research agreement for Mayo. A formal collaboration with the University of Brno- International Clinical Research Center was signed in September and an agreement with the Karolinska Institute in Sweden is anticipated in December.