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New centre to focus on health of diverse populations

A research centre made possible thanks to a $1M gift from entrepreneur and philanthropist Vasu Chanchlani and his wife Jaya will help in the battle against common diseases affecting many different cultural groups.

The Chanchlani Research Centre, officially opened Tuesday in the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery building, will be led by McMaster physician and research scientist Sonia Anand.  "The Chanchlani gift will enable a group of innovative researchers with talent that ranges from genetics to social determinants to understand the causes and consequences of common diseases that afflict diverse ethnic populations, women and the socially disadvantaged," she said.

The new centre features a glass-enclosed conference room which will display South Asian art, offices for four senior faculty, a fellows room for trainees, a bioinformatics lab and work areas for individual researchers.

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