Faculty and Fogarty Scholars Meet with BJGMC Leadership

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Baltimore, MD—Dr. Ajay S. Chandanwale, Dean, and other faculty leadership of Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College (BJGMC) in Pune, India, arrived at the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus today to meet with CCGHE faculty and Fogarty Scholars who are in Baltimore attending the Hopkins Summer Epidemiology Program.

CCGHE and BJGMC have a close and unique partnership, under which critical clinical research and health leadership development programs are administered. BJGMC and Hopkins physicians collaborate on clinical and epidemiological research on many of India’s most serious health issues, including HIV, tuberculosis, and chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

BJGMC is a clinical research site in which CCGHE-administered clinical trials and research training programs are conducted. The benefits of this partnership are mutual—Johns Hopkins faculty and students are involved in hands-on research on global health issues, and BJGMC faculty and students are involved in hands-on research experiences that are designed to help them develop and lead their own research protocols. The two institutions enjoy a high level of coordination, and meetings are conducted regularly through Skype and teleconferencing to discuss clinical case studies and findings. Additionally, in-person collaboration is on-going, through BJGMC’s hosting of Johns Hopkins medical, public health, and nursing students to receive intensive, hands-on training in India, through CCGHE’s administration of on-site research programs at BJGMC, and through BJGMC clinician and student visits to Johns Hopkins University, where they attend courses.

“We are honored to host the BJGMC faculty for a series of presentations and discussions about the progress in our work and our shared interest in serving patients in Pune and beyond,” noted CCGHE Deputy Director Dr. Amita Gupta, who is the principal investigator for JHU clinical research in India. “Our institutions have shared a long and productive global health partnership, and we look forward to that partnership supporting vital research for many years to come."

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