Nishi Suryavanshi, PhD

Pune, India
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Clinical Research Site Coordinator, Deputy Director, BJGMC Clinical Research Site; Research Associate, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dr. Suryavanshi is Clinical Research Site Coordinator and Deputy Director for the BJGMC-JHU CRS in Pune, India. She has 18 years of experience working in the ACTG and IMPAACT networks as a protocol team member, site co-investigator and lead behavioral science studies in TB, HIV, mental helath, substance use, and women’s health.In addition, she has been instrumental in implementing large NIH funded research projects with strong leadership qualities and site management skills.

Dr. Suryavanshi has established extensive networks with regional non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local TB and HIV programs. She has developed and co-developed various social and behavioural projects. During the past 22 years, she has overseen the clinical research studies related to HIV/AIDS and TB at of BJGMC-JHU Clinical research site in Pune, India.

Dr. Suryavanshi completed a CDC grant to enhance the capacity of outreach workers catering to HIV-infected pregnant women to uptake PMTCT services using mHealth platform. She is leading a Hybrid trail for Alcohol reduction intervention among HIV and HIV/TB patients at two sites in Pune, India, an operational project assessing the implementation of 3HP TB preventive therapy among People Living with HIV and a longitudinal qualitative study to understand treatment experiences of children with drug resistant TB.

She has been selected as a mentor of the USAID PEER Mentorship program for women in TB research. Currently, she is mentoring 5 junior scientists from Johns Hopkins and Tulane University. She is also serving as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of Capacity development in HIV and Mental health Research in Asia (D43 grant from Fogarty NIH)· She is Heading Behavioural and Social science Working Group, RePORT India consortium. Leading a training and mentoring committee for the JHUBI Clinical trials unit program. She has presented her work at national and international conferences and has published study findings in peer-reviewed journals with 70+ publications.

Dr. Suryavanshi attended the University of Pune, Maharashtra, India, where she earned her BSc in zoology, her MSc in Medical anthropology, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, where she studied the ethical issues related to human subjects research in developing countries.

“Bridging the Gaps”: Understanding the Barriers and Facilitators in the Tuberculosis Prevention Care Cascade for Optimizing Isoniazid Preventive Therapy Uptake among Adults Living with HIV in India, a Mixed-Method Approach

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2021-11-02
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PURPOSE: The isoniazid preventive therapy policy has achieved limited success in low and middle-income countries. With limited empirical research exploring the barriers to suboptimal IPT uptake, it is important to understand this knowledge gap. Also, limited programmatic strategies exist to address...

A5362: A Phase IIc Trial of Clofazimine- and Rifapentine-Containing Treatment Shortening Regimens in Drug-Susceptible Tuberculosis: The CLO-FAST Study

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2021-06-15
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Primary Hypothesis A 3-month regimen of rifapentine/isoniazid/pyrazinamide/ethambutol (PHZE) with clofazimine (CFZ) dosed as 100 mg daily with a 2-week 300 mg daily loading dose (Arm 1) will demonstrate early efficacy (time to 12-week liquid culture conversion) relative to standard of care (SOC) (...

The Pharmacokinetics, Safety and Acceptability of New Child-Friendly Formulations of Clofazimine and Moxifloxacin in Children Routinely Treated for Rifampicin-Resistant Tuberculosis (CATALYST)

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2021-04-26
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PK, safety and acceptability data and practical guidance on the optimal dosing of new more child-friendly formulations of moxifloxacin and clofazimine in children are urgently needed to inform their current and future use in children with Rifampicin-Resistant TB (RR-TB). Both medications have a key...

Effect of Neighborhoods and Peer Networks on substance use and violence among adolescents living with and without HIV in India

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2021-01-28
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Purpose of the study: A strong bidirectional association exists between substance use, various forms of violence and HIV. Substance use accounts for 0.8% of the burden of disease measured in disability adjusted life years (DALYs) among adolescents in South Asia. Violence among adolescents living...

Epidemiology and Clinical Outcomes of COVID-19 in India (ECO-19)

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2020-07-09
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This study was terminated May 25, 2021 This is a prospective cohort study of adults with suspected COVID-19 to address key knowledge gaps in the epidemiology of disease severity and poor clinical outcomes in India. Results from this study may help clinicians in India focus limited health resources...

Tuberculosis (TB) Aftermath

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2020-06-05
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Drs. Vidya Mave and Jonathan Golub are co-PIs and Dr. Barthwal from DY Patil Medical College is local site PI for this study. TB Aftermath seeks to provide evidence for an effective and scalable strategy targeting HHs of treated TB cases, a high priority of the NTEP. Purpose To compare the...

Mental Health Outcomes among Health Care Professionals Involved in the Treatment and Care of COVID 19 Patients in India

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2020-06-01
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Drs. Nikhil Gupta and Nishi Suryavanshi are leading this survey project. This study is investigating the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health outcomes and overall quality of life and what are the factors associated with it among Indian Health care workers. Among health care...

Prevalence of Risk Factors for Lung Cancer and Facilitators and Barriers for Tobacco Cessation among People Living with HIV

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2020-04-01
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India has the world’s third largest HIV epidemic, with 2.1 million people currently living with HIV and an additional 90,000 new infections each year.[29] At the same time, expansion of the HIV response under India’s premier governmental agency - the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), has...

Hybrid Trial for Alcohol Reduction among People with TB and HIV in India

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2020-02-12
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Dr. Geetanjali Chander is PI and Dr. Kakrani is local site PI at DY Patil Medical College for this study. The highest incidence of tuberculosis disease (TB) in the world is in India, accounting for 27% of all new cases globally, with approximately 86,000 among persons with HIV (PWH). Unhealthy...

Pregnancy Associated Immune Responses to Tuberculosis and HIV in India and South Africa (PARTHISA)

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2020-01-14
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Dr. Jyoti Mathad is Co-PI of this study. Purpose: Tuberculosis (TB) is a leading cause of maternal mortality, especially among HIV-infected women. Women are most likely to develop active TB during and immediately after pregnancy. The immunologic conditions responsible for this phenomenon are not...

A5300B/I2003B: Protecting Households On Exposure to Newly Diagnosed Index Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Patients (PHOENIx)

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2019-08-19
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Dr. Amita Gupta is Protocol Co-chair for this multinational clinical trial. BACKGROUND The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there were 480,000 incident cases of MDR-TB globally in 2015. MDR-TB has been shown to be almost twice as common in TB...

A5300B/I2003B: Protecting Households On Exposure to Newly Diagnosed Index Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Patients (PHOENIx)

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2019-08-19
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Dr. Amita Gupta is Protocol Co-chair for this multinational clinical trial. BACKGROUND The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there were 480,000 incident cases of MDR-TB globally in 2015. MDR-TB has been shown to be almost twice as common in TB...

Visual Field Loss in HIV-Positive Patients of Non-Infectious HIV Retinopathy

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2019-06-02
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New study will assess HIV+ patients and determine the prevalence of visual field loss due to noninfectious HIV retinopathy

P2010: Phase III Study of the Virologic Efficacy and Safety of Dolutegravir-Containing versus Efavirenz-Containing Antiretroviral Therapy Regimens in HIV-1-Infected Pregnant Women and their Infants “VESTED”

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2019-02-06
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This study was terminated September 2, 2021 Full Title: P2010: Phase III Study of the Virologic Efficacy and Safety of Dolutegravir-Containing versus Efavirenz-Containing Antiretroviral Therapy Regimens in HIV-1-Infected Pregnant Women and their Infants “...

Prevalence of Tuberculosis in Severely Malnourished Indian Children

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2018-12-18
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This study is funded and conducted under the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Fogarty International Center. PIs are Robert Bollinger, MD, MPH; Dr. Muralidhar Tambe, BJGMC Severely malnourished children are vulnerable population for communicable and non-communicable...

Vaginal Microbiota in HIV Infected and Uninfected Pregnant Women (Stand Alone)

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2018-10-16
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Amita Gupta, MD, MHS, and Shilpa Naik, MD, are PIs for this study; Rupak Shivakoti, PhD, MSPH, is Co-Investigator The makeup of vaginal microbiota is dynamic and may play a role in the birth outcomes of pregnant women. While HIV and pregnancy both uniquely impact vaginal microbiota, the impact of...

Assessing the Impact of Psychosocial Involvement in Health Care Workers with and without Active Tuberculosis at the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College, Pune, India

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2018-09-13
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This study was terminated effective 9/13/2021 This study is funded and conducted under the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Fogarty International Center. The overall goal is to understand the psychosocial involvement in health care workers with and...

Assessment of Depression and Anxiety among HIV-infected Adolescents in Pune, India

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2018-07-22
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This study is conducted under the TREAT Asia Network and funded by amfAR. PURPOSE The purpose of this study is to estimate the prevalence of depression and anxiety among adolescents living with HIV in India and their determinants. DESIGN...

Assessing Psychological Distress among Tuberculosis Patients and Their Household Members

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2018-07-17
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By assessing psychological distress, Indo-JHU researchers hope to better understand the correlation between depression and TB severity.

Gut Microbiota of HIV Infected Pregnant Women

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2018-06-14
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Birth Outcomes in HIV Both antiretroviral-therapy (ART)-naïve and ART-experienced HIV-infected pregnant women have higher incidences of pre-term birth (PTB) compared to HIV-uninfected women. For example, the global prevalence of PTB is around 8%, while the rates in in HIV-infected...

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Concomitant pulmonary disease is common among patients with extrapulmonary TB

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2022-08-12
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International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Dr. Shivakumar and his group discovered that a high proportion of patients classified as EPTB in India have concomitant PTB. Their results support the need for improved symptom and CXR screening, and recommends routine sputum TB microbiology screening of all Indian patients with EPTB.

A randomized clinical trial of HPV test-and-treat as compared to cytology-based screening for prevention of cervical cancer among women living with HIV: AIDS Clinical Trials Group Protocol A5282

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2022-05-03
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Clinical Infectious Diseases
Background Cytology-based cervical cancer screening followed by confirmation and treatment of biopsy-proven high-grade squamous intraepithelial (bHSIL), is difficult to implement in resource-constrained settings. We hypothesized that high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) testing followed by...

Regional Differences in Risk of Recurrent Falls Among Older U.S. Women and Men with HIV in the HIV Infection, Aging, and Immune Function Long-Term Observational Study

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2022-05-03
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AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
Geographic location was a strong predictor of falls among women with and without HIV in the Women's Interagency HIV Study. We examined regional variation in falls in a more geographically diverse cohort of older people with HIV (PWH) and explored whether physical activity, sex, or body–mass...

Participant Perspectives and Experiences Following an Intensively Monitored Antiretroviral Pause in the United States: Results from the AIDS Clinical Trials Group A5345 Biomarker Study

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2022-05-03
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AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
The AIDS Clinical Trials Group A5345 study (NCT03001128) included an intensively monitored antiretroviral pause (IMAP), during which participants living with HIV temporarily stopped antiretroviral treatment (ART) in an effort to identify biomarkers that could predict HIV rebound. We evaluated...

The impact of short term Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) interruptions on longer term maternal health outcomes-A randomized clinical trial

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2021-07-13
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PLoS One
Background: Given well documented challenges faced by pregnant women living with HIV taking lifetime ART, it is critical to understand the impact of short-term ART exposure followed by treatment interruption on maternal health outcomes. Methods: HIV+ breastfeeding (BF) and Formula Feeding (FF)...

Unhealthy alcohol use independently associated with unfavorable TB treatment outcomes among Indian men

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2021-03-10
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International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
This study by Samyra Cox and colleagues highlights the need for integrating effective alcohol interventions into TB care.

Measuring TB drug levels in the hair in adults and children to monitor drug exposure and outcomes

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2021-01-01
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International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
INTRODUCTION: Testing for anti-TB drugs in small hair samples may serve as a non-invasive tool to measure cumulative drug exposure and/or adherence, as these determine treatment success. We aimed to assess how well hair assays of TB drugs predict TB treatment outcomes.METHODS: A small thatch of...

Assessment of persistent depression among TB patients

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2020-11-01
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International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
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The burden of anxiety among people living with HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic in Pune, India

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2020-10-23
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BMC Public Health
Introduction: Globally, India has the third largest population of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and the second highest number of COVID-19 cases. Anxiety is associated with antiretroviral therapy (ART) nonadherence. It is crucial to understand the burden of anxiety and its sources among Asian...

Mental health and quality of life among healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic in India

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2020-09-11
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Brain and Behavior
Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has placed healthcare professionals (HCP) in stressful circumstances with increased patient loads and a high risk of exposure. We sought to assess the mental health and quality of life (QoL) of Indian HCPs, the fourth highest-burden country for COVID-19. Method:...

The effect of TB treatment on health-related quality of life for people with advanced HIV

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2020-09-01
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International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
BACKGROUND: Study A5274 was an open-label trial of people with HIV (PLHIV) with CD4 cell count <50 cells/µL who were randomized to empirical TB treatment vs. isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) in addition to antiretroviral therapy (ART). We evaluated health-related quality of life (HRQoL) by...

Tuberculosis preventive treatment should be considered for all household contacts of pulmonary tuberculosis patients in India

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2020-07-29
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PLoS One: Dr. Mandar Paradkar and colleagues conducted a CTRIUMPH study that supports TB preventive therapy for all household contacts of pulmonary TB patients in India

Impact of the Fogarty Training Program on Trainee and Institutional Research Capacity Building at a Government Medical College in India

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2020-07-28
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Annals of Global Health
Gauri Dumal and colleagues assess the impact of the 5-year HIV-TB research training program on building individual research capacity at BJGMC.

Mullen Scales of Early Learning Adaptation for Assessment of Indian Children and Application to Tuberculous Meningitis

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2020-07-04
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Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
Introduction: Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) results in significant morbidity and mortality among children worldwide. Associated neurocognitive complications are common but not well characterized. The Mullen Scales of Early Learning (MSEL), a well-established measure for assessment of...

A mobile health-facilitated behavioral intervention for community health workers improves exclusive breastfeeding and early infant HIV diagnosis in India: A cluster randomized trial

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2020-07-03
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Journal of the International AIDS Society
When community health workers used a mobile health intervention with HIV+ women to deliver care, there was a higher uptake of exclusive breastfeeding at two months and early infant HIV diagnosis at six weeks

Acceptability and Feasibility of a Behavioral and Mobile Health Intervention (COMBIND) Shown to Increase Uptake of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) Care in India

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2020-05-24
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BMC Public Health
A cluster-randomized trial recently demonstrated that an integrated behavioral and mobile technology intervention improved uptake of key components of a Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) Option B+ program, among HIV- infected pregnant/breastfeeding women in India.

Lipid mediators of inflammation and resolution in individuals with tuberculosis and tuberculosis-diabetes

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2019-11-11
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Prostaglandins and Other Lipid Mediators
Individuals with concurrent tuberculosis (TB) and Type 2 diabetes (DM) have a higher risk of adverse outcomes. To better understand potential immunological differences, we utilized a comprehensive panel to characterize pro-inflammatory and pro-resolving (i.e., mediators involved in the resolution...

Delays and barriers to early treatment initiation for childhood tuberculosis in India

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2019-10-01
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International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
BACKGROUND: India accounts for 27% of global childhood tuberculosis (TB) burden. Understanding barriers to early diagnosis and treatment in children may improve care and outcomes. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed among 89 children initiated on anti-TB treatment from a public hospital...

Smoking, alcohol use disorder and tuberculosis treatment outcomes: A dual co-morbidity burden that cannot be ignored

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2019-07-31
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BACKGROUND: More than 20% of tuberculosis (TB) disease worldwide may be attributable to smoking and alcohol abuse. India is the second largest consumer of tobacco products, a major consumer of alcohol particularly among males, and has the highest burden of TB globally. The impact of...

Infection free "resisters" among household contacts of adult pulmonary tuberculosis

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2019-07-18
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Despite substantial exposure to infectious pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) cases, some household contacts (HHC) never acquire latent TB infection (LTBI). Characterizing these "resisters" can inform who to study immunologically for the development of TB vaccines. We enrolled HHCs of culture-confirmed...

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Amrita Gill

Pune, India
Amrita is a Fogarty Global Health fellow and doctoral candidate at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, United States. As a part of her Fogarty fellowship, she is training at Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College (BJMC)-Johns Hopkins University (JHU) clinical research site, Pune, India. Dr. Nishi Suryavanshi (BJMC-JHU CRS), Dr. Nikhil Gupte (BJMC-JHU CRS), Dr. Amita Gupta (JHU) and Dr. Katherine P Theall (Tulane University) are her mentors for her research on "Effect of Neighborhoods and Peer Networks on substance use and violence among...

Alcohol reduction study in TB and HIV persons to commence in April in Pune

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2022-03-28
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Nishi Suryavanshi
Dr. Nishi Suryavanshi: "We have contextualized the intervention to Indian settings and termed it as `HATHI’ intervention."

Dr. Nishi Suryavanshi Receives Award from ACTG Network

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2022-01-07
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ACTG Network
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The ACTG congratulates the 2021 Tuberculosis Transformative Science Group Special Contributions Award recipients: Nishi Suryavanshi, PhD...

Mentorship Award!

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2021-11-02
Gauri Dhumal and Neetal Nevrekar Receive PEER Grant Award
Gauri Dhumal and Neetal Nevrekar received the award from USAID’s Women in Science Mentoring Program for separate pilot projects that study better tuberculosis treatment methods. Nishi Suryavanshi is their mentor.

Research Update: TB Trials Conducted by JHU-India Team Will Shorten Drug-Susceptible TB Treatment for Children and Adults

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2020-12-07
Research Updated
Reporting from the virtual 51st Union Conference on Lung Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced promising findings from 2 TB trials

Study Shows Mobile Health, Video Technology, Influence Behavior of Affected Populations

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2020-07-09
Dr. Nishi Suryavanshi
Johns Hopkins News Release: Dr. Suryavanshi discusses her study on mobile health and technology training for improving care among HIV+ pregnant and post-partum women and their babies

ACTG Site Spotlight: BJGMC-JHU Clinical Research Site, Pune, India

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2020-05-05
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ACTG Network Newsletter
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The BJGMC-JHU Clinical Research site in Pune, India, is highlighted in this article.

Pune part of clinical trial to prevent TB in people exposed to multi-drug resistant cases

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2019-08-28
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PHOENIX Study Team Members meet with local government health officials in Pune
Indian Express: Drs. Vidya Mave and Nishi Suryavanshi are quoted in this news article about a recent PHOENIx trial event at BJGMC Clinical Research Site

BJGMC Team Convenes PHOENIx Pre-study Event for Maharashtra Government TB Program Officials

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2019-08-19
Meeting participants, Group Photo
Collaboration and coordination with local government TB program officials are critical for ensuring transparency and a shared understanding of the study’s purpose, methods, consent process, logistics, and potential implications for India’s national TB control efforts.

Celebration of the Dedicated Participants and Staff of the REPRIEVE Study in Pune, India

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2019-02-18
REPRIEVE Team Members of the BJGMC Clinical Research Site
Staff and nearly 140 participants in the REPRIEVE study gathered for a community event in Pune, India

World AIDS Week Is Local at BJGMC in Pune, India

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2018-12-20
Performers conduct a play to raise awareness about HIV and HPV
The BJGMC Clinical Research Site convened community awareness activities that focused on HIV and HPV

BJGMC Clinical Research Team Exceeds 6,000 Participant Enrollments in 4 Years

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2018-08-03
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The Indo-JHU Clinical Research partnership at BJGMC in Pune, India, is now one of the top enrollers among all ACTG research sites internationally.

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day Recognized with Community Event at BJGMC

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2018-04-17
This year's themes: Maintaining healthy nutrition, addressing mental health challenges, and the latest in TB research.

Tip Sheet: Johns Hopkins Researchers Present at Annual CROI Meeting

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2018-03-01
Newswise — Amita Gupta, M.D., deputy director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Clinical Global Health Education at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will present a multicounty study of preventive treatment for tuberculosis (TB) in HIV-infected pregnant and postpartum women—...

Uniting for a Healthier India

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2018-02-14
"The Indo-US clinical research & education partnership started with a single NIH grant to study maternal-infant HIV transmission." Now with 76 studies underway, this short film chronicles the history & impact of our work in India.

Celebrating Johns Hopkins Medicine's impact in India

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2017-12-13
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The Campaign for Johns Hopkins Medicine
In 4 years, the CCGHE has tripled its capacity for conducting research on grave health threats, thanks to strong philanthropic support.

CCGHE at ATS 2017

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2017-05-08
Abstract presentations from the American Thoracic Society International Conference in Washington, DC

Women's Empowerment at BJGMC World TB Day 2017

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2017-04-03
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Health on the Go: Mobile Clinic Delivers TB Services at Point of Need

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2017-03-24
Thanks to Raj and Bharti Shah, CTIS, & the NB Shah Charitable Trust, we are able to reach more people in Maharashtra who need care

World AIDS Day 2016 at BJGMC

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2016-12-06
Read more about 2016 World AIDS Day activities at the BJGMC Clinical Site in Pune, India.

Can Technology & Training Promote Retention in Care & Prevent HIV Transmission?

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2016-05-10
When HIV+ mothers are actively engaged in care, they are far less likely to transmit the disease to their babies. And while HIV+ women in India generally seek initial care, maintaining continuity of care can be challenging. One study in India seeks to answer the question: Can a focused...

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