World AIDS Day 2016 at BJGMC

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World AIDS Day 2016 Commemorated at BJGMC Clinical Research Site

December 1, 2016—In recognition of World AIDS Day 2016, the BJGMC Clinical Research Site held enrichment sessions intended to increase nursing staff involvement in clinical studies that improve patient care.  Nearly 80 nurses attended featured discussions:

The Vision and Purpose of Institutional Participation Clinical Trials

Dr. Nishi Suryavanshi, BJGMC Clinical Research Site Coordinator, discussed the importance of clinical research

The Roles of Nursing Staff in Studies within the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tuberculosis and Chest Health

Dr. Sandesh Patil, Study Clinician, talked about various clinical studies underway, and the roles that nursing staff assume in the studies, including identifying eligible participants and referring them to the CTU, motivating HIV infected women to breastfeed, maintaining confidentiality of patients HIV status, managing stigma and discrimination that may occur at the hospital level, and referring patients for lab testing like Gene Xpert etc.

Tuberculosis and Pediatrics

Dr. Mandar Paradkar, Study Coordinator, provided an overview of pediatric tuberculosis studies underway and the importance of TB testing in children.

Impact of Immune Changes of HIV and Stages of Pregnancy on Tuberculosis

Dr. Mallika Alexander manages a study looking at how pregnancy and HIV affect tuberculosis disease, and she discussed the importance of this study, and ways in which nursing staff could help improve patient outcomes.


Additional Speakers included:

  • Vaishali Nadgeri, head counselor, who talked about her experiences with research studies and how she received good cooperation from nursing staff


  • Anjali Gaikwad, staff nurse, who shared her experiences with research studies focused on motivating HIV women on breast feeding


  • Dr. Vidya Mave, CRS Director, summarized all projects and talked about JHU-BJMC collaboration in brief. She also talked about how these studies are important with regard to patient care, treatment and prevention.


  • Savita Kanade, Community Coordinator, closed the proceedings with a vote of thanks.


A second event is planned for Saturday, December 10, 2016, to focus on adolescent health.