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Celebrating Johns Hopkins Medicine's impact in India

In four years, the Center for Clinical Global Health Education has tripled its capacity for conducting research on grave health threats, thanks to strong philanthropic support
Posted December 13, 2017
  • Nishi Suryavanshi (left), clinical site coordinator, and Vidya Mave (right), director of the CCGHE clinical research site in Pune, India, traveled to Baltimore for the luncheon. The site Suryavanshi and Mave are based in has partnerships with four institutions and employs approximately 140 researchers who work on infectious diseases, including HIV and tuberculosis.

  • Akshay Gupte (left), an international health doctoral student in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, discusses his research on tuberculosis in India; three million new cases of the disease are diagnosed in India each year. Gupte is investigating why some people experience chronic lung injury after recovering from tuberculosis while others do not.

  • Julia Johnson (right), an assistant professor of pediatrics, speaks with Kamla (left) and Rajiv Gupta (center) of the Ujala Foundation — longtime supporters of the CCGHE. Johnson’s research focuses on reducing the high infant mortality rate in India caused by sepsis. Her team is partnering with Hopkins’ Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality to implement the institute’s Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program to reduce the incidence of sepsis in Indian neonatal intensive care units.

  • Hopkins Provost Sunil Kumar (right) attended the event to deliver remarks about the institution’s longstanding commitment to India, rooted in its doctrine of advancing research, education, and patient care. He also highlighted the tremendous impact that philanthropy has in advancing Hopkins’ mission throughout the world.

  • The CCGHE’s projects based in India increased from fewer than 30 in 2013 to more than 90 in 2017, thanks in part to strong philanthropic support, said Amita Gupta, the center’s deputy director and an associate professor of medicine. Gupta is principal investigator of and leads the Indo-JHU Clinical Research Partnership.

  • Much of the research currently in progress halfway around the world has implications closer to home, explained Bob Bollinger, the founding director of the CCGHE and a professor of medicine, international health, and nursing. “If we’re going to learn about how to handle antimicrobial resistance,” he said, “we’re going to learn it from our colleagues in India.”

  • Mave, Bollinger, and Gupta closed the event with a question-and-answer session with the audience, which consisted of colleagues, donors, and even a representative of the Indian media. The trio expressed their optimism in the growth of the CCGHE, and their hope to establish a Hopkins India Research Institute in Pune with additional philanthropic support in the coming years.

Researchers in the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE) have partnered with dozens of institutions worldwide, tackling the gravest health threats in areas that lack proper resources to address those dangers. Yet the center has seen its most expansive growth in India, where the CCGHE partners with four institutions to educate and involve practitioners in clinical research for disease prevention and treatment. At an October luncheon in Baltimore, several researchers joined CCGHE leaders Robert C. Bollinger, MPH (SPH '88), Amita Gupta, MHS (SPH '96), and Vidya Mave to share highlights of this important work and celebrate the philanthropic support, particularly from the Ujala and Wyncote Foundations, that has made it possible.

Scroll through the slideshow above to learn more about the CCGHE's impact in India.