A Medical Scientist Peer Support Program (CPSP) was initiated in collaboration with KIIT School of Biotechnology and KIIT-TBI. It aims at building capacities of interdisciplinary teams and sailing together. A team of 30 medical scientists led by Dr. P. K. Patnaik, DG, KIMS and consisting of Dr. R. C. Das, Vice-Principal; Dr. Ramnath Mishra, Dean R&D; Dr. B. K. Mohanty, Director, KIIMS Onco-Center; and Dr. H. Kar, HOD-Skin had a collaborative meeting with Dr. M. Suar, DG R&D, KIIT and his team at KIIT-TBI.
To start with Dr. Patnaik urged the young clinicians to take the advantage of initiation and facilitation rendered by KIIT-TBI and KSBT. He put forward his vision of quality publication with help of KSBT. He also requested the Director of KSBT to use the clinical material and lab for their PhD students and vice versa for clinicians. Dr. Patnaik emphasized on hand holding the clinicians from KIMS, KINS and KIDS for getting project grants.
Prof. Gopal Kundu, Director, R&D KIIT discussed initial steps for future research and his eagerness to help out clinicians for grant writing. Prof. R. Mishra elucidated the significance of molecular biology, basic science and interdisciplinary collaboration for impact publication. Dr. Nirmal Mahakud from KIMS, Dr. Lita and Dr. Vidya from KIDS shared their experiences of association with KSBT. They mostly talked about the help they received from KSBT in converting their ideas into project and grant approval and finally quality paper and patent rights.
Prof. M. Suar put forward his vision of clinician-driven innovation in the country. He assured to join hands with KIMS and translate their clinical knowledge into innovative solutions. He thanked the leadership of KIMS for all their support to make it happen. Prof. S. Patnaik and Mrs. Namroto Mishra, CEO, KIIT-TBI assured their wholehearted support for this scientific initiative. All participants expressed their sincere obligation to Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS for building an enabling ecosystem.