BTF announces recipients of 2010 medical research grants

Binaytara foundation (BTF) has selected four research proposals for its 2010 medical research grants. Each year BTF awards such grants to young researchers to encourage them to understand and practice evidence-based medicine early in their careers. Winners were selected by BTF scientific advisory committee.

N. Suresh Khanna from Stanley Medical College in Chennai, India, was awarded a grant for his project entitled "A Randomised Controlled Clinical Trial in the Management of Wagner Grade 2 Diabetic Foot Ulcer." Maniraj Neupane, who attends Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, also earned a grant for his project "The predictors of outcome in patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)." Suvash Shrestha of the Kathmandu Medical College in Kathmandu, Nepal was awarded a grant for his thesis entitled "Comparisons of normal Nepalese infant growth patterns: Bhimphedi village development committee growth chart vs. 2006 WHO growth chart vs. 2000 CDC growth chart." The fourth award went to Subecha Bhusal, also from Kathmandu Medical College, for "Violence against women by their husbands and postnatal depression in women of Nepal: A prospective cohort study."

Dr. Damiano Rondelli, Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Illinois at Chicago and BTF scientific advisory committee chair says "The topics of research grants awarded seem of significant importance in the heath care system in Nepal and India. Moreover, the design of the studies and the expertise of the investigators raise great enthusiasm since I expect that final scientific results will make a difference in the life of patients in the future."