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History of the department

 

Dr. Sam.G.P.Moses- Founder                           Prof.V.Seshiah-First professor

                                                          Dr. Sam.G.P.Moses- Founder                                    Prof.V.Seshiah-First professor

The development of Diabetology as a separate speciality in Tamilnadu could be traced back to the 1940s. It took roots in Madras Medical College in the year 1946, when Late Lt.Col. K.P.G. Menon and Late Dr. Sam.G.P.Moses started an independent Diabetic Clinic at Government General Hospital in 1950. It was upgraded as a Department with 12 beds in 1970. A chair in Diabetology was created in 1978 and Prof.V.Seshiah became the first ever Professor of Diabetology in the Country. In 1979, the bed strength of the Department was increased to 30 (thirty) by the Government of Tamil Nadu. First of its kind in entire India, a separate fulltime Two years “Post-Graduate Diploma in Diabetology course” was started in the year 1985 affiliated to Madras University . Subsequently, the course was affiliated with The Tamilnadu DR.MGR Medical University and it is the only diabetology course in the entire Nation to have the recognition of the Medical Council of India. In March 2009 the diabetology department of Madras Medical College achieved yet another milestone of being upgraded as Institute of Diabetology. The Tamilnadu DR.MGR Medical University has given approval to start M.D., (Diabetology) course in our Institute, which may be started in the next Academic year.


List of successive Heads of Department

S.No

Name of the professor

1

Dr.Sam G.P.Moses , M.D.,

2

Dr.Seshaiah, M.D.,

3

Dr.A.Sundaram M.D.,

4

Dr.R.S. Hariharan M.D.,

5

Dr.N.Rajendran M.D. D.Diab

 

Achievements

The Department is actively engaged in basic research, clinical research and experimental research in Diabetes. Over 100 papers have been presented / published in regional, national and International conferences and Journals.

The categorisation of a Third Syndrome called Insulin Requiring Diabetes Mellitus (IRDM) from this Department to delineate non ketotic insulin requiring diabetics has been well received and a collaborative study on the hormonal profile of these patients with the Institute for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, “Vuk Vrhovac”, Zagreb, Yugoslavia, a WHO collaborating Centre and Information Clearing House for Diabetes in Developing Countries is being planned.

Similarly the findings of the Pregnancy Diabetic Services of the Department that even minor deviations in glucose tolerance from normal during pregnancy is associated with increased foetal risk, has been appreciated at the Third Aberdeen International Colloquium on Carbohydrate Metabolism in Pregnancy and the Newborn at Aberdeen, U.K., in April 1983.

Two of the Research Scholars from the Department have been awarded the Ph.D Degree for their Research works, one for the work in Laboratory Research and another for the work in Pregnancy Diabetes services during the last three years.