Announcement Details

Announcement
Apr
01
Online Course on Medical Certification of Cause of Death (MCCD)
Details

Medical Certification of Cause of Death (MCCD) is an important source of cause-specific mortality data for a country. Apart from being a public health surveillance tool, a medical death certificate is also a legal document for the family of the deceased. Every medical practitioner is obligated to issue a ‘death certificate’ to the family of the deceased. Inaccurate entries in these death certificates can lead to incorrect mortality data collection, misdirected public health measures, legal hassles and impediments to further research.

This web-based course aims to strengthen the capacity of medical practitioners in ensuring adequate, appropriate and accurate medical certification of cause of death.

  • It can be taken up at one’s own free time and convenience. It provides an opportunity to for all doctors who are otherwise busy practitioners and are unable to travel or obtain leave to attend CMEs (Continuing Medical Education)
  • The total duration of this course is 8 hours.  The course is open from 1st April, 2017 onwards. Anyone who starts the course on a given date must complete it within a period of one month
  • It is divided into 3 Modules with each module comprising of one to four Units
  • To obtain the Course Certificate, the participant has to complete all the modules and then take up the final assessment and obtain 60% marks within a month's time

Upon successful completion, all participants will be awarded 2 CME credit points as per Karnataka Medical Council guidelines.

Course Schedule:

No

Name

Duration

1

Module 1: Certification of Cause of Death

 

1.1

Unit 1: Introduction to Cause of Death

40 min

1.2

Unit 2: Ascertaining the Cause of Death

100 min

1.3

Unit 3: Death Certificate – parts, types and filling up      

75 min

1.4

Unit 4: Errors in filling death certificates

65 min

2

Module 2: ICD Coding

 

2.1

Unit 1: Introduction to Clinical Coding

45 min

2.2

Unit 2: Assigning an ICD code

80 min

2.3

Unit 3: Filling ICD code on a death certificate

50 min

3

Module 3: Mortality statistics in India

 

3.1

Unit 1: Mortality statistics in India

25 min

Who Should Attend:
This online course is suitable for all allopathic doctors (of any specialty) and dentists currently registered with any medical/dental council in India and also for medical interns with a provisional medical councial registration.

Organization and Delivery:
The course will be hosted and delivered online by St John’s Medical College and Research Institute. After successful registration, all participants will be provided with a 'username' and 'password'. The course can then be accessed any time from a desktop, laptop or tablet.

Registration:
Registration is to be done online at the web-link given below. Payment for registration is accepted via credit card, debit card or net banking. It is to be paid along with the submission of the registration form and the medical council registration details directly on the website. Registration is now open.

For registration, please CLICK HERE.

Workshop Fee:
Rs. 750/- (Seven hundred and fifty only) plus 15% service tax.

For further enquiry and registration, contact

Course Director
Dr Prem K. Mony, MD
Professor & Head
Division of Epidemiology & Population Health
St. John’s Research Institute
&
Department of Community Medicine
St. John's Medical College

Course Coordinator
Dr Kavya. R, MPH
Assistant Professor
Division of Epidemiology & Population Health
St. John’s Research Institute

E-mail: epibio@sjri.res.in

Apr
01
Online Course on Medical Certification of Cause of Death (MCCD)
Details

Medical Certification of Cause of Death (MCCD) is an important source of cause-specific mortality data for a country. Apart from being a public health surveillance tool, a medical death certificate is also a legal document for the family of the deceased. Every medical practitioner is obligated to issue a ‘death certificate’ to the family of the deceased. Inaccurate entries in these death certificates can lead to incorrect mortality data collection, misdirected public health measures, legal hassles and impediments to further research.

This web-based course aims to strengthen the capacity of medical practitioners in ensuring adequate, appropriate and accurate medical certification of cause of death.

  • It can be taken up at one’s own free time and convenience. It provides an opportunity for all doctors who are otherwise busy practitioners and are unable to travel or obtain leave to attend CMEs (Continuing Medical Education)
  • The total duration of this course is 8 hours.  The course is open from 1st April, 2017 onwards. Anyone who starts the course on a given date must complete it within a period of one month
  • It is divided into 3 Modules with each module comprising of one to four Units
  • To obtain the Course Certificate, the participant has to complete all the modules and then take up the final assessment and obtain 60% marks within a month's time

Upon successful completion, all participants will be awarded 2 CME credit points as per Karnataka Medical Council guidelines.

Course Schedule:

No

Name

Duration

1

Module 1: Certification of Cause of Death

 

1.1

Unit 1: Introduction to Cause of Death

40 min

1.2

Unit 2: Ascertaining the Cause of Death

100 min

1.3

Unit 3: Death Certificate – parts, types and filling up     

75 min

1.4

Unit 4: Errors in filling death certificates

65 min

2

Module 2: ICD Coding

 

2.1

Unit 1: Introduction to Clinical Coding

45 min

2.2

Unit 2: Assigning an ICD code

80 min

2.3

Unit 3: Filling ICD code on a death certificate

50 min

3

Module 3: Mortality statistics in India

 

3.1

Unit 1: Mortality statistics in India

25 min

Who Should Attend:
This online course is suitable for all allopathic doctors (of any specialty) and dentists currently registered with any medical/dental council in India and also for medical interns with a provisional medical council registration.

Organization and Delivery:
The course will be hosted and delivered online by St John’s Medical College and Research Institute. After successful registration, all participants will be provided with a 'username' and 'password'. The course can then be accessed any time from a desktop, laptop or tablet.

Registration:
Registration is to be done online at the web-link given below. Payment for registration is accepted via credit card, debit card or net banking. It is to be paid along with the submission of the registration form and the medical council registration details directly on the website. Registration is now open.

For registrations, please CLICK HERE.

Workshop Fee:
Rs. 750/- (Seven hundred and fifty only) plus 15% service tax.

For further enquiry and registration, contact

Course Director
Dr Prem K. Mony, MD
Professor & Head
Division of Epidemiology & Population Health
St. John’s Research Institute
&
Department of Community Medicine
St. John's Medical College

Course Coordinator
Dr Kavya. R, MPH
Assistant Professor
Division of Epidemiology & Population Health
St. John’s Research Institute

E-mail: epibio@sjri.res.in

Feb
03
Health alert: ‘20.7% of Bengaluru children overweight or obese’
Details

The hours spent cooped up in classrooms and in front of electronic gadgets was bound to have an effect: A cross-sectional screening of nearly one lakh children across schools in Bengaluru has shown that almost 20.7% were either overweight or obese, and 13.3% at risk of developing lifestyle diseases in adulthood.

The results of the screening, conducted by healthcare startup, AddressHealth, between January and December 2016, tie in with a 2015 study conducted by researchers from St. John’s Research Institute (SJRI).

According to the study led by Rebecca Kuriyan, associate professor in clinical nutrition and lifestyle management, SJRI, which sampled 1,913 schoolchildren in Bengaluru, high obesity indicators were associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure.

“More than obesity, the levels of overweight children had increased in the last few years in both research and clinical practice,” said Dr. Kuriyan, who has been studying childhood obesity for several years. “A waist-to-height ratio greater than 0.5 puts them at risk of hypertension and other lifestyle diseases in adulthood. Measuring this ratio is an inexpensive initial screening tool that everyone can use,” Dr. Kuriyan said. She added that armed with this information, parents could make positive lifestyle changes like increasing physical activity and inculcating healthy eating habits, which would protect children in the future.

The AddressHealth survey included a equal number of children from private schools ranging from affordable (where fees are less than ₹15,000 a year) to expensive schools (where fees was more than ₹45,000 a year). “The aim is to bring preventive healthcare to parents, so that they understand the need to instil healthy habits in their children,” said Anand Lakshman, founder of AddressHealth. “If we can identify health problems at a young age and take corrective measures early on, we will be making an investment in their future well-being,” he added.

The screening threw up other startling results too. Nearly 30% of the children needed some kind of dental intervention, and 13.6% had vision problems.

Attachment
Jan
09
Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative
January 9 - 20, 2017
Details

St. John’s Research Institute (SJRI) in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health and Tufts University are offering an interdisciplinary two-week course at SJRI. This International Nutrition Research Methods Course will introduce students to public health research topics through critical evaluation of scientific literature and exploration of a variety of demographic, epidemiological, biological and social factors that affect nutritional status. In addition to completing a core curriculum, students will have an opportunity to explore selected research areas in-depth through development of a research presentation and collaboration with faculty members from three institutions.

The Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative has successfully conducted this 2-week short course since 7 years and is planning to continue it in 2017.

Course Objectives:

  • Explore the role of nutritional factors and health outcomes, through critical evaluation of the scientific literature and exploration of demographic, epidemiological, biological, social, political, and economic determinants
  • Gain substantive knowledge in topic areas related to public health nutrition research, including: clinical nutrition, physiology, biochemistry, and molecular nutrition
  • Enhance methodological skills in areas of nutritional, infectious disease, and chronic disease epidemiology, with emphasis on clinical, research, and laboratory areas
  • Discuss the latest findings from epidemiologic studies on the role of nutrition in the prevention, care, and treatment of health outcomes - including interpretation and synthesis of research findings, potential mechanisms, study design limitations, and public health implications - and integrate research findings to inform public health recommendations and program design and implementation, based on current evidence

Who Can Apply:
Potential candidates may be currently involved in nutrition, clinical, research, program, policy, or laboratory work, including medical students, physicians and allied health professionals. Junior faculty in medicine, nursing, and public health at academic institutions throughout India are also invited to participate in this training program. Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to public health practice and/or research.

Course Fee:
There is no course fee*. The candidates will be selected on competitive selection method. The candidates will be provided with the course manual (including background reading material and handouts), and relevant books.

Accommodation:
Food and stay arrangements at St. Johns will be made by Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative (BBNC) and travel costs (train) will be reimbursed to the participants*.

To Apply:
The application form is available in the attachment below.

The Course:
Didactic lectures and small group practical sessions will be given on the following topics:

  • Human Nutrition
  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Nutritional Assessment
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Health Policy and Nutrition
  • Micronutrient Interventions
  • Ethics in Nutrition and Global Health
  • Nutrition in Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Principles of Biostatistics
  • Survey Methods and Data Analysis
  • Epidemiologic Research Methods
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Obesity & Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Scientific Manuscript & Proposal Development
  • Using Internet to Extract Evidence

*Applicable only for students from India

Attachment
Jan
09
Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative
January 9 - 20, 2017
Details

St. John’s Research Institute (SJRI) in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health and Tufts University are offering an interdisciplinary two-week course at SJRI. This International Nutrition Research Methods Course will introduce students to public health research topics through critical evaluation of scientific literature and exploration of a variety of demographic, epidemiological, biological and social factors that affect nutritional status. In addition to completing a core curriculum, students will have an opportunity to explore selected research areas in-depth through development of a research presentation and collaboration with faculty members from three institutions.

The Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative has successfully conducted this 2-week short course since 7 years and is planning to continue it in 2017.

Course Objectives:

  • Explore the role of nutritional factors and health outcomes, through critical evaluation of the scientific literature and exploration of demographic, epidemiological, biological, social, political, and economic determinants
  • Gain substantive knowledge in topic areas related to public health nutrition research, including: clinical nutrition, physiology, biochemistry, and molecular nutrition
  • Enhance methodological skills in areas of nutritional, infectious disease, and chronic disease epidemiology, with emphasis on clinical, research, and laboratory areas
  • Discuss the latest findings from epidemiologic studies on the role of nutrition in the prevention, care, and treatment of health outcomes - including interpretation and synthesis of research findings, potential mechanisms, study design limitations, and public health implications - and integrate research findings to inform public health recommendations and program design and implementation, based on current evidence

Who Can Apply:
Potential candidates may be currently involved in nutrition, clinical, research, program, policy, or laboratory work, including medical students, physicians and allied health professionals. Junior faculty in medicine, nursing, and public health at academic institutions throughout India are also invited to participate in this training program. Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to public health practice and/or research.

Course Fee:
There is no course fee*. The candidates will be selected on competitive selection method. The candidates will be provided with the course manual (including background reading material and handouts), and relevant books.

Accommodation:
Food and stay arrangements at St. Johns will be made by Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative (BBNC) and travel costs (train) will be reimbursed to the participants*.

To Apply:
The application form is available in the attachment below.

The Course:
Didactic lectures and small group practical sessions will be given on the following topics:

  • Human Nutrition
  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Nutritional Assessment
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Health Policy and Nutrition
  • Micronutrient Interventions
  • Ethics in Nutrition and Global Health
  • Nutrition in Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Principles of Biostatistics
  • Survey Methods and Data Analysis
  • Epidemiologic Research Methods
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Obesity & Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Scientific Manuscript & Proposal Development
  • Using Internet to Extract Evidence

*Applicable only for students from India

Attachment
Nov
08
One-Week International Course in HRM & EBM
November 8 - 12, 2016
Details

One-Week International Course in Health Research Methodology and Evidence Based Medicine (November 08-12, 2016)

Click Here to View Course Poster

Draft Schedule for One-Week International Course

Click Here for Online Registration

We from the Division of Clinical Research & Training (DCRT) at St. John's have been conducting courses in Health Research Methods, Evidence Based Medicine and Data Management in collaboration with McMaster University, Canada and supported by the NIH, USA, since 2009 as part of the Centre of Excellence Program

In the last 7 years, we have trained over 1,100 health professionals (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, ethics committee members), industry professionals, post graduate students, study coordinators, regulatory officials and health policy makers. Participants were from all regions of India and other countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Oman, Singapore and the UK.

This one-week course in Health Research Methods & Evidence Based Medicine is being held for health professionals including post graduate & PhD students.

We will use different teaching / learning methods such as lectures, journal clubs, demonstrative statistics practical and group discussions. The faculty are experienced researchers and teachers from India & abroad.

At the end of the workshop, a certificate of participation will be given to deserving candidates.

CME credits are awarded to eligible candidates.

Research Training and Travel Grants

  • Participants can apply for Research Training and Travel Grants subject to approval of grant applications.

Click here to view the poster for the Research Training Award

Click here to download the Application Form for the Research Training Award

Concession Criteria

  • 25% discount in the registration fees for students/ trainees, candidates from our network institutions and
  • For 3 or more candidates from the same academic institution

To avail of the discount, a letter from the Department / Institutional Head should be sent by email to hrm_training@sjri.res.in & addressed to:

Dr. Denis Xavier MD, MSc,
Vice Dean (PG), Professor and Head, Pharmacology,
St. John's Medical College,
Head, Division of Clinical Research and Training,
St. John's Research Institute,
Bangalore

The registration fees can  be sent either by:

  • Demand Draft or 
  • NEFT

1.  Demand Draft drawn in favour of St. John's Research Institute payable at Bangalore

Kindly mention the following behind the DD:

  1. Name of the person attending the course
  2. Name of Institution of the person attending the course and
  3. Name of the course as HRM_EBM, 2016

Kindly send us a scanned copy of the DD to hrm_training@sjri.res.in before posting it.

Address for posting the DD:
Nandini Mathur
Senior Training Coordinator
Division of Clinical Research & Training
St. John's research Institute
Koramangala, Bangalore-560 034
Ph: 080 49467082, 49467086

The demand draft should reach us before the dates mentioned in the poster to avail the offers.

2.  NEFT

Beneficiary Name: St. John’s Research Institute,
Bank Name: Bank of Baroda,
Beneficiary’s bank A/C: #05210100024920,
Branch: John Nagar, St. Johns Medical College, Koramangala, Bangalore-560034,
IFSC code: BARB0STJOHN (5th digit is zero)

Kindly Note: In the remark section, please mention the name of the person attending the course and the name of the course as HRM_EBM_2016 without fail.

Kindly send us the Transaction ID by email to hrm_training@sjri.res.in as soon as the transaction is completed.

Registration fee includes course material, breakfast, coffee/tea/snacks & lunch.

Please Note: The seat will be confirmed only after the funds have been recieved / credited into our account.

In regard to the participant's convenience, outstation participants are requested to preferably arrive on 7th November as the orientation begins at 8:30am.

Click here to know more about the Division of Clinical Research and Training

Nov
08
One-Week International Course in HRM & EBM
November 8 - 12, 2016
Details

One-Week International Course in Health Research Methodology and Evidence Based Medicine (November 08-12, 2016)

Click Here to View Course Poster

Draft Schedule for One-Week International Course

Click Here for Online Registration

We from the Division of Clinical Research & Training (DCRT) at St. John's have been conducting courses in Health Research Methods, Evidence Based Medicine and Data Management in collaboration with McMaster University, Canada and supported by the NIH, USA, since 2009 as part of the Centre of Excellence Program

In the last 7 years, we have trained over 1,100 health professionals (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, ethics committee members), industry professionals, post graduate students, study coordinators, regulatory officials and health policy makers. Participants were from all regions of India and other countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Oman, Singapore and the UK.

This one-week course in Health Research Methods & Evidence Based Medicine is being held for health professionals including post graduate & PhD students.

We will use different teaching / learning methods such as lectures, journal clubs, demonstrative statistics practical and group discussions. The faculty are experienced researchers and teachers from India & abroad.

At the end of the workshop, a certificate of participation will be given to deserving candidates.

CME credits are awarded to eligible candidates.

Research Training and Travel Grants

  • Participants can apply for Research Training and Travel Grants subject to approval of grant applications.

Click here to view the poster for the Research Training Award

Click here to download the Application Form for the Research Training Award

Concession Criteria

  • 25% discount in the registration fees for students/ trainees, candidates from our network institutions and
  • For 3 or more candidates from the same academic institution

To avail of the discount, a letter from the Department / Institutional Head should be sent by email to hrm_training@sjri.res.in & addressed to:

Dr. Denis Xavier MD, MSc,
Vice Dean (PG), Professor and Head, Pharmacology,
St. John's Medical College,
Head, Division of Clinical Research and Training,
St. John's Research Institute,
Bangalore

The registration fees are to be sent as:

  • Demand Draft
  • NEFT

1.  Demand Draft drawn in favour of St. John's Research Institute payable at Bangalore

Kindly mention the following behind the DD:

  1. Name of the person attending the course
  2. Name of Institution of the person attending the course and
  3. Name of the course as HRM_EBM, 2016

Kindly send us a scanned copy of the DD to hrm_training@sjri.res.in before posting it.

Address for posting the DD:
Nandini Mathur
Senior Training Coordinator
Division of Clinical Research & Training
St. John's research Institute
Koramangala, Bangalore-560 034
Ph: 080 49467082, 49467086

The demand draft should reach us before the dates mentioned in the poster to avail the offers.

2.  NEFT

Beneficiary Name: St. John’s Research Institute,
Bank Name: Bank of Baroda,
Beneficiary’s bank A/C: #05210100024920,
Branch: John Nagar, St. Johns Medical College, Koramangala, Bangalore-560034,
IFSC code: BARB0STJOHN (5th digit is zero)

Kindly Note: In the remark section, please mention the name of the person attending the course and the name of the course as HRM_EBM_2016 without fail.

Kindly send us the Transaction ID by email to hrm_training@sjri.res.in as soon as the transaction is completed.

Registration fee includes course material, breakfast, coffee/tea/snacks & lunch.

Please Note: The seat will be confirmed only after the funds have been recieved / credited into our account.

In regard to the participant's convenience, outstation participants are requested to preferably arrive on 7th November as the orientation begins at 8:30am.

Click here to know more about the Division of Clinical Research and Training

Jul
11
EpiBio 2016
Theory and Practice of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Details

This intensive 9-day course in Epidemiology and Biostatistics introduces research methodologies, epidemiological designs, and statistical analyses in relation to health sciences. The course aims to integrate theory and application in epidemiology, medicine, population health and biostatistics. This workshop is for faculty and postgraduate medical/allied health sciences students, PhD students, post-doctorates and others associated with health research. No prior knowledge of research methodology or biostatistics is required.

Dates: 11th - 20th July, 2016

Course Fee: Registration before 30th June = Rs. 9000/- (nine thousand only); after 30th June = Rs. 10000/- (ten thousand only)

Application Process: See the below attached EpiBio brochure, fill the registration form and send in along with the demand draft.

Note: All seats are filled. Registration is closed.

Attachment
Jul
11
EpiBioDem 2016
Fundamentals of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Demography
Details

This intensive one week course in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Demography introduces research methodologies, epidemiological designs, demographic techniques and statistical analyses in relation to population health sciences. The course aims to integrate theory and application in epidemiology, medicine, population health and biostatistics. This workshop is for faculty and postgraduate students in the field of population health. No prior knowledge of research methodology, biostatistics or demography is required.

Dates: 11th July - 21st July, 2016

Course Fee: Registration before 30th June = Rs. 10000/- (ten thousand only); after 30th June = Rs. 11000/- (eleven thousand only)

Application Process: See the below attached EpiBioDem schedule, fill the registration form and send in along with the demand draft.

Note: All seats are filled. Registration is closed.

Attachment
Jul
11
EpiBioDem 2016
Fundamentals of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Demography
Details

This intensive one week course in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Demography introduces research methodologies, epidemiological designs, demographic techniques and statistical analyses in relation to population health sciences. The course aims to integrate theory and application in epidemiology, medicine, population health and biostatistics. This workshop is for faculty and postgraduate students in the field of population health. No prior knowledge of research methodology, biostatistics or demography is required.

Dates: 11th July - 21st July, 2016

Course Fee: Registration before 30th June = Rs. 10000/- (ten thousand only); after 30th June = Rs. 11000/- (eleven thousand only)

Application Process: See the below attached EpiBioDem schedule, fill the registration form and send in along with the demand draft.

Note: All seats are filled. Registration is closed.

Attachment
Jul
11
EpiBio 2016
Theory and Practice of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Details

This intensive 9-day course in Epidemiology and Biostatistics introduces research methodologies, epidemiological designs, and statistical analyses in relation to health sciences. The course aims to integrate theory and application in epidemiology, medicine, population health and biostatistics. This workshop is for faculty and postgraduate medical/allied health sciences students, PhD students, post-doctorates and others associated with health research. No prior knowledge of research methodology or biostatistics is required.

Dates: 11th - 20th July, 2016

Course Fee: Registration before 30th June = Rs. 9000/- (nine thousand only); after 30th June = Rs. 10000/- (ten thousand only)

Application Process: See the below attached EpiBio brochure, fill the registration form and send in along with the demand draft.

Note: All seats are filled. Registration is closed.

Attachment
Jun
07
Statistical Analysis of Count Data
One-Day Workshop
Details

Course Overview:

The workshop will introduce count data, understanding assumptions, assessing fit of the model and interpreting model parameters and associated statistics. We will cover modern approaches to analyzing count data including Poisson regression, Negative Binomial regression, Generalized Poisson model, Zero-inflated and Zero Truncated Poisson and Negative Binomial models. The workshop is intended for practicing researchers who wishes to analyze count data. The course will be mostly non-technical with lecture and some hands-on analysis. The lecture analyses will be demonstrated using STATA software.

 Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain understanding of count data and its characteristics
  2. Learn about different count data models (Poisson, Negative Binomial, Generalized Poisson, ZIP and ZINB models.
  3. Hone skills in comprehension and evaluation of statistical methods for count used in articles data from important studies in public health and medicine

Participants: Maximum 20 participants.

The course is open for practicing researcher who wishes to model count data  with following backgrounds biostatistics or statistics, epidemiology, medicine, dental and public health. Prerequisite for this workshop is general competency in understanding of multivariable linear regression and logistic regression models.

Application: You can apply by sending an email to the below mentioned email ID followed by the payment of fees -

  • Demand draft (DD) drawn in favour of St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore or
  • By NEFT [beneficiary name: St. John’s Research Institute; bank name: Bank of Baroda; beneficiary’s bank A/c #: 05210100024920; branch: John Nagar, St. John’s Medical College, Koramangala, Bangalore-560034; IFSC code: BARB0STJOHN (5th digit zero)]

Course Fee: Rs. 5000/- per participant (excludes travel and incidentals)

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 (One day)

Venue: Biorepository conference hall, St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore - 560034

Course Faculty:
Dr. Shankar Viswanathan, DrPH, MSc
Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics
Department of Epidemiology and Population Health
Albert Einstein College of Medicine,
Bronx, New York, USA

Course Co-ordinator:
Dr. Tinku Thomas PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
St. John’s Research Institute
Koramangala
Bangalore – 560034
Email: tinku.sarah@sjri.res.in

For registration form and further details, please see the attachment below.

Attachment
Jun
07
Statistical Analysis of Count Data
One-Day Workshop
Details

Course Overview:

The workshop will introduce count data, understanding assumptions, assessing fit of the model and interpreting model parameters and associated statistics. We will cover modern approaches to analyzing count data including Poisson regression, Negative Binomial regression, Generalized Poisson model, Zero-inflated and Zero Truncated Poisson and Negative Binomial models. The workshop is intended for practicing researchers who wishes to analyze count data. The course will be mostly non-technical with lecture and some hands-on analysis. The lecture analyses will be demonstrated using STATA software.

 Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain understanding of count data and its characteristics
  2. Learn about different count data models (Poisson, Negative Binomial, Generalized Poisson, ZIP and ZINB models.
  3. Hone skills in comprehension and evaluation of statistical methods for count used in articles data from important studies in public health and medicine

Participants: Maximum 20 participants.

The course is open for practicing researcher who wishes to model count data  with following backgrounds biostatistics or statistics, epidemiology, medicine, dental and public health. Prerequisite for this workshop is general competency in understanding of multivariable linear regression and logistic regression models.

Application: You can apply by sending an email to the below mentioned email ID followed by the payment of fees -

  • Demand draft (DD) drawn in favour of St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore or
  • By NEFT [beneficiary name: St. John’s Research Institute; bank name: Bank of Baroda; beneficiary’s bank A/c #: 05210100024920; branch: John Nagar, St. John’s Medical College, Koramangala, Bangalore-560034; IFSC code: BARB0STJOHN (5th digit zero)]

Course Fee: Rs. 5000/- per participant (excludes travel and incidentals)

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 (One day)

Venue: Biorepository conference hall, St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore - 560034

Course Faculty:
Dr. Shankar Viswanathan, DrPH, MSc
Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics
Department of Epidemiology and Population Health
Albert Einstein College of Medicine,
Bronx, New York, USA

Course Co-ordinator:
Dr. Tinku Thomas PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
St. John’s Research Institute
Koramangala
Bangalore – 560034
Email: tinku.sarah@sjri.res.in

For registration form and further details, please see the attachment below.

Attachment
Jan
06
St. John's Research Institute Re-designated as an IAEA Collaborating Centre
Details

The International Atomic Energy Agency of the United Nations has renewed and re-designated St. John’s Research Institute as their First and Only Nutrition Collaborating Centre in the World.  The Institute was first recognised in the year 2010 which has since been renewed from 2015 to 2019.

Dr. Anura Kurpad, who heads the Division of Nutrition, was responsible for this recognition for St. John’s.

More Information is available at: http://www-naweb.iaea.org/na/news-na/na-st-johns-research-institute.html

Jan
06
St. John's Research Institute Re-designated as an IAEA Collaborating Centre
Details

The International Atomic Energy Agency of the United Nations has renewed and re-designated St. John’s Research Institute as their First and Only Nutrition Collaborating Centre in the World.  The Institute was first recognised in the year 2010 which has since been renewed from 2015 to 2019.

Dr. Anura Kurpad, who heads the Division of Nutrition, was responsible for this recognition for St. John’s.

More Information is available at: http://www-naweb.iaea.org/na/news-na/na-st-johns-research-institute.html

Jan
04
Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative
January 4 - 15, 2016
Details

St. John’s Research Institute (SJRI) in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health and Tufts University are offering an interdisciplinary two-week course at SJRI. This International Nutrition Research Methods Course will introduce students to public health research topics through critical evaluation of scientific literature and exploration of a variety of demographic, epidemiological, biological and social factors that affect nutritional status. In addition to completing a core curriculum, students will have an opportunity to explore selected research areas in-depth through development of a research presentation and collaboration with faculty members from three institutions.

The Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative has successfully conducted this 2-week short course since 6 years and is planning to continue it in 2016.

Course Objectives:

  • Explore the role of nutritional factors and health outcomes, through critical evaluation of the scientific literature and exploration of demographic, epidemiological, biological, social, political, and economic determinants
  • Gain substantive knowledge in topic areas related to public health nutrition research, including: clinical nutrition, physiology, biochemistry, and molecular nutrition
  • Enhance methodological skills in areas of nutritional, infectious disease, and chronic disease epidemiology, with emphasis on clinical, research, and laboratory areas
  • Discuss the latest findings from epidemiologic studies on the role of nutrition in the prevention, care, and treatment of health outcomes - including interpretation and synthesis of research findings, potential mechanisms, study design limitations, and public health implications - and integrate research findings to inform public health recommendations and program design and implementation, based on current evidence

Who Can Apply:
Potential candidates may be currently involved in nutrition, clinical, research, program, policy, or laboratory work, including medical students, physicians and allied health professionals. Junior faculty in medicine, nursing, and public health at academic institutions throughout India are also invited to participate in this training program. Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to public health practice and/or research.

Course Fee:
There is no course fee. The candidates will be selected on competitive selection method. The candidates will be provided with the course manual (including background reading material and handouts), and relevant books.

Accommodation:
Food and stay arrangements at St. Johns will be made by Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative (BBNC). Travel costs (train) will be reimbursed to the participants.

To Apply:
The application form is available in the attachment below.

The Course:
Didactic lectures and small group practical sessions will be given on the following topics:

  • Human Nutrition
  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Nutritional Assessment
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Health Policy and Nutrition
  • Micronutrient Interventions
  • Ethics in Nutrition and Global Health
  • Nutrition in Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Principles of Biostatistics
  • Survey Methods and Data Analysis
  • Epidemiologic Research Methods
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Obesity & Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Scientific Manuscript & Proposal Development
  • Using Internet to Extract Evidence
Jan
04
Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative
January 4 - 15, 2016
Details

St. John’s Research Institute (SJRI) in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health and Tufts University are offering an interdisciplinary two-week course at SJRI. This International Nutrition Research Methods Course will introduce students to public health research topics through critical evaluation of scientific literature and exploration of a variety of demographic, epidemiological, biological and social factors that affect nutritional status. In addition to completing a core curriculum, students will have an opportunity to explore selected research areas in-depth through development of a research presentation and collaboration with faculty members from three institutions.

The Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative has successfully conducted this 2-week short course since 6 years and is planning to continue it in 2016.

Course Objectives:

  • Explore the role of nutritional factors and health outcomes, through critical evaluation of the scientific literature and exploration of demographic, epidemiological, biological, social, political, and economic determinants
  • Gain substantive knowledge in topic areas related to public health nutrition research, including: clinical nutrition, physiology, biochemistry, and molecular nutrition
  • Enhance methodological skills in areas of nutritional, infectious disease, and chronic disease epidemiology, with emphasis on clinical, research, and laboratory areas
  • Discuss the latest findings from epidemiologic studies on the role of nutrition in the prevention, care, and treatment of health outcomes - including interpretation and synthesis of research findings, potential mechanisms, study design limitations, and public health implications - and integrate research findings to inform public health recommendations and program design and implementation, based on current evidence

Who Can Apply:
Potential candidates may be currently involved in nutrition, clinical, research, program, policy, or laboratory work, including medical students, physicians and allied health professionals. Junior faculty in medicine, nursing, and public health at academic institutions throughout India are also invited to participate in this training program. Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to public health practice and/or research.

Course Fee:
There is no course fee. The candidates will be selected on competitive selection method. The candidates will be provided with the course manual (including background reading material and handouts), and relevant books.

Accommodation:
Food and stay arrangements at St. Johns will be made by Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative (BBNC). Travel costs (train) will be reimbursed to the participants.

To Apply:
The application form is available in the attachment below.

The Course:
Didactic lectures and small group practical sessions will be given on the following topics:

  • Human Nutrition
  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Nutritional Assessment
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Health Policy and Nutrition
  • Micronutrient Interventions
  • Ethics in Nutrition and Global Health
  • Nutrition in Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Principles of Biostatistics
  • Survey Methods and Data Analysis
  • Epidemiologic Research Methods
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Obesity & Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Scientific Manuscript & Proposal Development
  • Using Internet to Extract Evidence
Dec
11
A Dancer's Story: The Two Sides of Life
Humanizing Medicine through Creative Expression Series
Details

              A Dancer's Story: The Two Sides of Life
A Lecture - Demonstration by Odissi Dancer, Ashwini Raghupathy

Humanizing Medicine through Creative Expression Series

Date: Friday, December 11, 2015
Time: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Venue: Pope Paul VI Auditorium, St. John's Research Institute

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Nov
23
ICMR One-Week International Course
November 23 - 27, 2015
Details

ICMR One-Week International Course in Health Research Methodology and Evidence Based Medicine (November 23-27, 2015)

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We from the Division of Clinical Research & Training (DCRT) at St. John's have been conducting courses in Health Research Methods, Evidence Based Medicine and Data Management in collaboration with McMaster University, Canada and supported by the NIH, USA, since 2009 as part of the Centre of Excellence Program.  

In the last 6 years, we have trained close to 1,000 health professionals that include, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, ethics committee members, industry professionals, post graduate students, study coordinators, regulatory officials and health policy makers from India and other countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania and the UK. 

This one-week course in Health Research Methods & Evidence Based Medicine is being held for health professionals including post graduate & PhD students.

We will use different teaching / learning methods such as lectures, journal clubs, demonstrative statistics practical and group discussions. The faculty are experienced researchers and teachers from India & abroad.

At the end of the workshop, a certificate of participation will be given to deserving candidates.

CME credits are awarded to eligible candidates.

Concession Criteria

  • 25% discount in the registration fees for students/ trainees, candidates from our network institutions
  • For 3 or more candidates from the same institution

To avail of the discount, a letter from the Department / Institutional Head should be sent by email to hrm_training@sjri.res.in & addressed to:

Dr. Denis Xavier MD, MSc,
Professor and Head, Pharmacology,
St. John's Medical College,
Head, Division of Clinical Research and Training,
St. John's Research Institute,
Bangalore

The registration fees are to be sent as a demand draft in the name of St. John's Research Institute payable at Bangalore

Address for posting the DD
Nandini Mathur
Senior Training Coordinator
Division of Clinical Research & Training
St. John's research Institute
Koramangala, Bangalore-560 034
Ph: 080 49467082, 49467079

Click here to view the poster for the Research Training Award

Click here to download the Application Form for the Research Training Award

Click here to know more about the Division of Clinical Research and Training

Nov
23
ICMR One-Week International Course
November 23 - 27, 2015
Details

ICMR One-Week International Course in Health Research Methodology and Evidence Based Medicine (November 23-27, 2015)

Click Here to View Poster

We from the Division of Clinical Research & Training (DCRT) at St. John's have been conducting courses in Health Research Methods, Evidence Based Medicine and Data Management in collaboration with McMaster University, Canada and supported by the NIH, USA, since 2009 as part of the Centre of Excellence Program.  

In the last 6 years, we have trained close to 1,000 health professionals that include, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, ethics committee members, industry professionals, post graduate students, study coordinators, regulatory officials and health policy makers from India and other countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania and the UK. 

This one-week course in Health Research Methods & Evidence Based Medicine is being held for health professionals including post graduate & PhD students.

We will use different teaching / learning methods such as lectures, journal clubs, demonstrative statistics practical and group discussions. The faculty are experienced researchers and teachers from India & abroad.

At the end of the workshop, a certificate of participation will be given to deserving candidates.

CME credits are awarded to eligible candidates.

Concession Criteria

  • 25% discount in the registration fees for students/ trainees, candidates from our network institutions
  • For 3 or more candidates from the same institution

To avail of the discount, a letter from the Department / Institutional Head should be sent by email to hrm_training@sjri.res.in & addressed to:

Dr. Denis Xavier MD, MSc,
Professor and Head, Pharmacology,
St. John's Medical College,
Head, Division of Clinical Research and Training,
St. John's Research Institute,
Bangalore

The registration fees are to be sent as a demand draft in the name of St. John's Research Institute payable at Bangalore

Address for posting the DD
Nandini Mathur
Senior Training Coordinator
Division of Clinical Research & Training
St. John's research Institute
Koramangala, Bangalore-560 034
Ph: 080 49467082, 49467079

Click here to view the poster for the Research Training Award

Click here to download the Application Form for the Research Training Award

Click here to know more about the Division of Clinical Research and Training

Jul
01
Supply of Soundproof Vans and Audiology Equipments
Call for Tender
Details

St. John’s Research Institute invites bids from experienced firms for supply of soundproof vans and audiology equipments.

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Apr
10
Insights from Carnatic Music and Its Influence on Humanity
Details

A lecture – demonstration by TM Krishna, a well known Carnatic music vocalist.

Venue: St. John's Research Institute

Mar
01
Student Exchanges at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)
HSPH - SJRI Nutrition Initiative
Details

The Division of Nutrition at SJRI, in collaboration with the Department of Nutrition at HSPH and funded by the United States India Education Foundation's Obama Singh Knowledge Initiative, is offering the opportunity for student exchange visits to HSPH.  Faculty at HSPH have longstanding interests in maternal and child health, nutritional epidemiology, chronic diseases, global health, biostatistics, ethics, and other areas of relevance to public health problems of India, and short courses in many of these topics are taught at HSPH. Students will be paired with a mentoring faculty member at HSPH for the duration of their 4-8 week visit as well as an SJRI faculty member to jointly mentor their work. Travel costs, visa, housing and limited per diem costs will be reimbursed to the student.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a current SJRI student in health or allied sciences
  • Provide current SJRI transcripts
  • Describe their research experience
  • Describe their long-term career interests and how their participation in this program will be furthered

To Apply: Complete the application form linked below and send it before March 1, 2015, along with the required supplemental statements.  All applications should be submitted to rebecca@sjri.res.in

Date of Earliest Exchange Visit: July 1, 2015

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Feb
21
Supply of compound-specific isotope analyser for analysis of deuterium enrichment at ppm level in individual amino acids
Call for Tender
Details

Tenders are invited for the supply of a compound-specific isotope analyser, comprising a capillary GC interfaced to an isotope ratio mass spectrometer (IRMS) through a high temperature capillary furnace along with an elemental analyser.

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Feb
02
Team Picture
Laboratory and Field Team Meeting - January 2015
Details
Event Photo
Jan
30
Creative Writing Workshop for Medical Students and Medical Faculty
- By Kavery & Vijay Nambisan
Details

The workshop will show how creative writing is not only essential in good fiction, essays and poetry but also in all forms of communication and writing. It is also an important tool in documenting observations and enabling critical insight and understanding.

The workshop is interactive with active involvement of students and plenty of scope for discussion.

Venue: St. John's Medical College

Jan
12
Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative
Short Course
Details

St. John’s Research Institute (SJRI) in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health and Tufts University are offering an interdisciplinary two-week course at SJRI. This International Nutrition Research Methods Course will introduce students to public health research topics through critical evaluation of scientific literature and exploration of a variety of demographic, epidemiological, biological and social factors that affect nutritional status. In addition to completing a core curriculum, students will have an opportunity to explore selected research areas in-depth through development of a research presentation and collaboration with faculty members from three institutions.

 

The Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative has successfully conducted this 2-week short course since 5 years and is planning to continue it in 2015.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Explore the role of nutritional factors and health outcomes, through critical evaluation of the scientific literature and exploration of demographic, epidemiological, biological, social, political, and economic determinants
  • Gain substantive knowledge in topic areas related to public health nutrition research, including: clinical nutrition, physiology, biochemistry, and molecular nutrition
  • Enhance methodological skills in areas of nutritional, infectious disease, and chronic disease epidemiology, with emphasis on clinical, research, and laboratory areas
  • Discuss the latest findings from epidemiologic studies on the role of nutrition in the prevention, care, and treatment of health outcomes - including interpretation and synthesis of research findings, potential mechanisms, study design limitations, and public health implications - and integrate research findings to inform public health recommendations and program design and implementation, based on current evidence

Who Can Apply:

Potential candidates may be currently involved in nutrition, clinical, research, program, policy, or laboratory work, including medical students, physicians and allied health professionals. Junior faculty in medicine, nursing, and public health at academic institutions throughout India are also invited to participate in this training program. Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to public health practice and/or research.

 

Course Fee:

There is no course fee. The candidates will be selected on competitive selection method. The candidates will be provided with the course manual (including background reading material and handouts), and relevant books.

 

Accommodation:

Food and stay arrangements at St. Johns will be made by Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative (BBNC). Travel costs (train) will be reimbursed to the participants.

 

To Apply:

The application form is available in the attachment below.

 

The Course:

Didactic lectures and small group practical sessions will be given on the following topics:

  • Human Nutrition
  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Nutritional Assessment
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Health Policy and Nutrition
  • Micronutrient Interventions
  • Ethics in Nutrition and Global Health
  • Nutrition in Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Principles of Biostatistics
  • Survey Methods and Data Analysis
  • Epidemiologic Research Methods
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Obesity & Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Scientific Manuscript & Proposal Development
  • Using Internet to Extract Evidence 
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Jan
12
Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative
Short Course
Details

St. John’s Research Institute (SJRI) in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health and Tufts University are offering an interdisciplinary two-week course at SJRI. This International Nutrition Research Methods Course will introduce students to public health research topics through critical evaluation of scientific literature and exploration of a variety of demographic, epidemiological, biological and social factors that affect nutritional status. In addition to completing a core curriculum, students will have an opportunity to explore selected research areas in-depth through development of a research presentation and collaboration with faculty members from three institutions.

 

The Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative has successfully conducted this 2-week short course since 5 years and is planning to continue it in 2015.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Explore the role of nutritional factors and health outcomes, through critical evaluation of the scientific literature and exploration of demographic, epidemiological, biological, social, political, and economic determinants
  • Gain substantive knowledge in topic areas related to public health nutrition research, including: clinical nutrition, physiology, biochemistry, and molecular nutrition
  • Enhance methodological skills in areas of nutritional, infectious disease, and chronic disease epidemiology, with emphasis on clinical, research, and laboratory areas
  • Discuss the latest findings from epidemiologic studies on the role of nutrition in the prevention, care, and treatment of health outcomes - including interpretation and synthesis of research findings, potential mechanisms, study design limitations, and public health implications - and integrate research findings to inform public health recommendations and program design and implementation, based on current evidence

Who Can Apply:

Potential candidates may be currently involved in nutrition, clinical, research, program, policy, or laboratory work, including medical students, physicians and allied health professionals. Junior faculty in medicine, nursing, and public health at academic institutions throughout India are also invited to participate in this training program. Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to public health practice and/or research.

 

Course Fee:

There is no course fee. The candidates will be selected on competitive selection method. The candidates will be provided with the course manual (including background reading material and handouts), and relevant books.

 

Accommodation:

Food and stay arrangements at St. Johns will be made by Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative (BBNC). Travel costs (train) will be reimbursed to the participants.

 

To Apply:

The application form is available in the attachment below.

 

The Course:

Didactic lectures and small group practical sessions will be given on the following topics:

  • Human Nutrition
  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Nutritional Assessment
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Health Policy and Nutrition
  • Micronutrient Interventions
  • Ethics in Nutrition and Global Health
  • Nutrition in Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Principles of Biostatistics
  • Survey Methods and Data Analysis
  • Epidemiologic Research Methods
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Obesity & Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Scientific Manuscript & Proposal Development
  • Using Internet to Extract Evidence
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Dec
11
National Bioethics Conference
Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
Details

The fifth NBC is being held at the St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore.  The priority themes of this year’s conference are dual issues of integrity and corruption in healthcare and research. The conference aims to explore various sides of corruption and examines the limits and dimensions of integrity for health professionals and the health system.  In addition to the keynote addresses, there will be paper and poster presentations and workshops which will be selected by a scientific committee.  There will also be screening of films centred around the conference theme. “The Dolls Speak” is a special exhibition at the conference which is guaranteed to enlighten and enthral all.

Dates: 11th to 13th December, 2014

Venue: 
St. John’s Medical College,  
Koramangala,  
Bangalore

Further details regarding the conference and the registration process are available in the attachment linked below:

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Dec
11
National Bioethics Conference
Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
Details

The fifth NBC is being held at the St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore.  The priority themes of this year’s conference are dual issues of integrity and corruption in healthcare and research. The conference aims to explore various sides of corruption and examines the limits and dimensions of integrity for health professionals and the health system.  In addition to the keynote addresses, there will be paper and poster presentations and workshops which will be selected by a scientific committee.  There will also be screening of films centred around the conference theme. “The Dolls Speak” is a special exhibition at the conference which is guaranteed to enlighten and enthral all.

Dates: 11th to 13th December, 2014

Venue: 
St. John’s Medical College,  
Koramangala,  
Bangalore

Further details regarding the conference and the registration process are available in the attachment linked below:

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Dec
11
National Bioethics Conference
Parallel Arts & Film Festival
Details

A healthy mix of films, theatre and exhibition at the 5th NBC

PUT December 11 and 12 in your diary for a ‘first’ you cannot miss –  award-winning films, specially crafted plays and an evocative exhibition during the conference on ethics in medicine.

The integrity of medical practitioners and corruption in the healthcare industry concern us all – especially when we or our loved ones are ill. So, along with the National Bioethics Conference on Integrity in Health care, there’s a parallel festival of films, short 10-minute plays and a dolls exhibition on the relevance of empathy and ethics in medicine. This will be FREE and open to the public.

For more on the films, the schedule and the venues, click on the attachment below.

Email humanities_events@sjri.res.in to address queries.

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Dec
08
Health Technology Assessment Workshop
Maastricht University & St. John's Research Institute
Details

The Division of Medical Informatics, St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore, in collaboration with The Maastricht University, Netherlands, is conducting the “Health Technology Assessment Workshop” at St. John’s Research Institute between December 8th and 12th, 2014.

 

This mentorship training program targets researchers who want to start or continue their career in HTA / health economic  research.

 

The objective of the workshop is to support researchers in developing HTA research projects in India. Every HTA research project consists of a number of elements i.e.; design of an HTA study; choosing between a model-based and/or trial-based economic evaluation study; outcomes and quality of life assessment ; identification and measurement of resource use; valuation of costs; synthesizing costs and outcome; uncertainty and reporting. In this workshop, all these elements will be covered and lectured by international experts.  Next to that, during the workshop, several sessions on “Research Ideas” will be planned in which small subgroups will work on research ideas for each element of the workshop. The last day will be devoted to synthesizing the research ideas into complete research project.

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Dec
08
Health Technology Assessment Workshop
Details

The Division of Medical Informatics, St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore, in collaboration with The Maastricht University, Netherlands, is conducting the “Health Technology Assessment Workshop” at St. John’s Research Institute between December 8th and 12th, 2014.
 
This mentorship training program targets researchers who want to start or continue their career in HTA / health economic  research.
 
The objective of the workshop is to support researchers in developing HTA research projects in India. Every HTA research project consists of a number of elements i.e.; design of an HTA study; choosing between a model-based and/or trial-based economic evaluation study; outcomes and quality of life assessment ; identification and measurement of resource use; valuation of costs; synthesizing costs and outcome; uncertainty and reporting. In this workshop, all these elements will be covered and lectured by international experts.  Next to that, during the workshop, several sessions on “Research Ideas” will be planned in which small subgroups will work on research ideas for each element of the workshop. The last day will be devoted to synthesizing the research ideas into complete research project.

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Dec
07
Tasty Biscuits to Replace Iron Pills
Details

Most pregnant women complain about the bad taste of iron tablets and the side effects that they cause. The adherence level of consuming these tablets is very low most times, resulting in many not taking the right dosage. This causes a high rate of maternal and neonatal deaths.

To beat this challenge, nutritionists at St John's Hospital are in the process of developing a biscuit that will replace these tablets. They are concentrating on making a food-based product that tastes good, has a nice flavour and increases absorption.

Pratibha Dwarkanath, nutrition lecturer at St John's Research Institute is heading the $2,70,000 project that is funded with Development Innovation Fund by Grand Challenges Canada through the Canadian government. About 14 contestants had applied for this challenge last year.

Dr Dwarkanath said, "We have set up a cohort of pregnant women at St John's Hospital and have decided to bake these biscuits that will have iron content as there is in pills. This was decided in the backdrop of increasing cases of anaemia in pregnant women, which affects the health of their children. This also leads to several complications in the child such as impaired psychomotor development and certain cognitive disabilities." The research project is carried out under the aegis of Dr AV Kurpad, Head, Department of Nutritionists, and NewYork based Violet Health Sciences. Right now the biscuits are being tested for bioavailability after which they will be tested on two groups of women.

"After the results of the bioavailability tests are out, we will test them on pregnant women. One group will be given placebo biscuits and the other these iron biscuits. After a specific interval of time, their haemoglobin levels will be tested to check the efficacy level of these biscuits," Dr Dwarkanath explained.

The institute had applied to Grand Challenges last year, which had the theme of Saving Brains that encourages bold ideas to improve global health. The grant was approved after the institute proposed this idea and decided to take up the project.

"Tackling anaemia is a big challenge in the Indian scenario where about 17 million people are given iron pills, yet 11 million do not take them and the adherence level is as low as 35 per cent. The pill is big and tastes metallic. They are generally given as supplements during pregnancy.

Aggressive marketing of the biscuit is likely to lead to its being used by previously non-adherent pregnant women resulting in increased iron store in newborns," Dr Dwarkanath added.

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Dec
02
Iron Overdose in Non-Anaemic Women Can Affect Pregnancy
It is linked to low birth weight, premature deliveries & intrauterine growth restriction
Details

She may be anaemic or not, but the good news about pregnancy anyway comes with large doses of iron supplement pills being prescribed - often as much as 100 mg per day. Although well-meaning, considering the huge national burden of anaemia among women - especially in rural areas - this practice may not actually be a good idea for healthy pregnant women after all!

A recent study by a group of doctors and students at St John's Medical College in Bengaluru revealed that excessive iron dosage among healthy, non-anaemic women could have an adverse effect not just on the pregnancy but also on the baby, born or unborn.

They say problems like low birth weight, premature birth and poor growth of the baby while in the womb (also called intrauterine growth restriction) may occur due to excess intake of iron. Dosage of iron, regardless of the haemoglobin level, was increased since 2013 by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as part of the National Plus initiative because large number of women were diagnosed with anaemia especially in rural areas, leading to several maternal and child deaths.

The study was conducted on a sample size of 1,196 non-anaemic, healthy women. It was a part of the Obama-Singh Fellowship programme at St John's Hospital and has been published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition which is part of the Nature Group.

A cohort of non-anaemic pregnant women, who came to St John's Hospital, was studied. The women were aged between 17 and 40 and were free from any chronic illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, heart and thyroid diseases.

The principal investigators for the study were two final-year MBBS students, Pooja Mishra and Lisha Shastri from St John's Medical College who were among the first batch of students who were part of the research programme. They were guided by Dr Pratibha Dwarkanath, lecturer, division of nutrition, Dr A V Kurpad, professor and head, department of nutrition, St John's Research Institute.

The students were also invited to Harvard's School of Public Health as part of the exchange programme where they further analysed the study for three months.

The other investigators for the study included T Thomas, C Duggan, C M McDonald and A V Thomas.

Explaining the motive behind the study, Mishra said, "In India, there's a large burden of anaemia, which is why as per the national guidelines it was decided on a high dosage and all the doctors have to go by that rule. But the WHO (World Health Organisation) recommends a dosage of 60 mg and the same is followed in European countries and the level of iron is very good for women in these countries. The supplements are usually started in the second trimester (between third and sixth month) of pregnancy." The dosage was measured by interviewing the women on the amount they consumed and the study had some interesting revelations.

Based on the outcome it was seen that women who took their iron tablets dedicatedly without missing them were twice at risk of having babies with low birth weight as compared to people who took a lower dosage.

Shastri said, "There have been studies done across the world and in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, where the results are similar. That suggests that there is a need to decrease the dosage of iron among non-anaemic women. Iron in high daily doses could be responsible for cellular damage through oxidative stress. This needs to be balanced with sufficient anti-oxidants which can be obtained from fruits rich in Vitamin C. The dosage of iron varies from one individual to another which is why there cannot be a standardised dosage that can be fixed for everyone."

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Nov
20
South Asian Regional Mentoring the Mentors in Global Health Research Workshop
Details

The Division of Medical Informatics, St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore, in collaboration with The University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) is conducting the “South Asian Regional Mentoring the Mentors in Global Health Research Workshop” at St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore on November 20th and 21st, 2014.

 

 This mentorship training program targets mid-level to senior-level investigators interested in further developing their mentorship skills in global health research.

 

 There is a very interesting line-up of seminars, breakout sessions and presentations for this workshop.  These include presentations from various regions throughout South Asia, which will allow sharing of challenges and successes at individual institutions.

 
For more information: http://cfar.ucsf.edu/cfar?page=international-mentorship

Nov
20
South Asian Regional Mentoring the Mentors in Global Health Research Workshop
Details

The Division of Medical Informatics, St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore, in collaboration with The University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI) is conducting the “South Asian Regional Mentoring the Mentors in Global Health Research Workshop” at St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore on November 20th and 21st, 2014.
 
This mentorship training program targets mid-level to senior-level investigators interested in further developing their mentorship skills in global health research.
 
There is a very interesting line-up of seminars, breakout sessions and presentations for this workshop.  These include presentations from various regions throughout South Asia, which will allow sharing of challenges and successes at individual institutions.
 
For more information: http://cfar.ucsf.edu/cfar?page=international-mentorship
 
 

Nov
17
ICMR One-Week Course
November 17 - 22, 2014
Details

ICMR One-Week Course in Health Research Methodology and Evidence Based Medicine (November 17 - 22, 2014)

 

Click Here to View Course Poster

 

We from the Division of Clinical Research & Training (DCRT) at St. John's have been conducting courses in Health Research Methods, Evidence Based Medicine and Data Management supported by the NIH, USA, for 5 years as part of the Centre of Excellence Program.

 

In the last 6 years, we have trained close to 1,000 health professionals that include, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, ethics committee members, industry professionals, post graduate students, study coordinators, regulatory officials and health policy makers from India and other countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania and the UK.

 

This one-week course in Health Research Methods & Evidence Based Medicine is being held for health professionals including post graduate & PhD students by the Division of Clinical Research & Training in collaboration with McMaster University, Canada.

 

We will use different teaching / learning methods such as lectures, journal clubs, demonstrative statistics practical and group discussions. The faculty are experienced researchers and teachers from India & abroad.

 

At the end of the workshop, a certificate of participation will be given to deserving candidates who have attended all sessions.

 

CME credits will be awarded to eligible candidates.

 

Concession Criteria

  • 25% discount in the registration fees for students / trainees, candidates from our network institutions
  • For 3 or more candidates from the same institution

To avail of the discount, a letter from the Department / Institutional Head should be sent by email to hrm_training@sjri.res.in & addressed to:

 

Dr. Denis Xavier MD, MSc,

Professor and Head, Pharmacology,

St. John's Medical College,

Coordinator, Division of Clinical Research and Training,

St. John's Research Institute,

Bangalore

 

The registration fees are to be sent as a demand draft in the name of St. John's Research Institute payable at Bangalore.

 

Address for posting the DD

Nandini Mathur

Senior Training Coordinator

Division of Clinical Research & Training

St. John's research Institute

Koramangala, Bangalore - 560 034

Ph: 080 49467082, 49467079

 

Click here to know more about the Division of Clinical Research and Training

Nov
17
ICMR One-Week Course
November 17 - 22, 2014
Details

ICMR One-Week Course in Health Research Methodology and Evidence Based Medicine (November 17 - 22, 2014)

 

Click Here To View Course  Poster

 

We from the Division of Clinical Research & Training (DCRT) at St. John's have been conducting courses in Health Research Methods, Evidence Based Medicine and Data Management supported by the NIH, USA, for 5 years as part of the Centre of Excellence Program.

 

In the last 6 years, we have trained close to 1,000 health professionals that include, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, ethics committee members, industry professionals, post graduate students, study coordinators, regulatory officials and health policy makers from India and other countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania and the UK.

 

This one-week course in Health Research Methods & Evidence Based Medicine is being held for health professionals including post graduate & PhD students by the Division of Clinical Research & Training in collaboration with McMaster University, Canada.

 

We will use different teaching / learning methods such as lectures, journal clubs, demonstrative statistics practical and group discussions. The faculty are experienced researchers and teachers from India & abroad.

 

At the end of the workshop, a certificate of participation will be given to deserving candidates who have attended all sessions.

 

CME credits will be awarded to eligible candidates.

 

Concession Criteria

  • 25% discount in the registration fees for students/ trainees, candidates from our network institutions
  • For 3 or more candidates from the same institution

To avail of the discount, a letter from the Department / Institutional Head should be sent by email to hrm_training@sjri.res.in & addressed to:

 

Dr. Denis Xavier MD, MSc,

Professor and Head, Pharmacology,

St. John's Medical College,

Coordinator, Division of Clinical Research and Training,

St. John's Research Institute,

Bangalore

 

The registration fees are to be sent as a demand draft in the name of St. John's Research Institute payable at Bangalore.

 

Address for posting the DD
Nandini Mathur
Senior Training Coordinator
Division of Clinical Research & Training
St. John's research Institute
Koramangala, Bangalore-560 034
Ph: 080 49467082, 49467079

Click here to know more about the Division of Clinical Research and Training

Oct
29
Tender 1 - Construction of a Shadow Shield Whole Body Counter
Call for Tender
Details

Tenders are invited for the construction of a shadow shield whole body counter.

The thickness of the shielding will be no less than 100 mm and the shield should be constructed to the specifications in the attached drawing.

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Oct
29
Tender 2 - Supply of Sodium Iodide Sensors for Whole Body Counting of Potassium 40
Call for Tender
Details

Tenders are invited for the supply of sodium iodide sensors for whole body counting of potassium 40.

The dimensions of the sensors should be 4 x 4 x 16 inches (4 numbers), along with photomultiplier and multichannel analyzer. A complete control system with software and computer should be tendered for.

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Oct
27
Quantitative Methods in Nutrition - Analytical Approaches to Incorporating Dietary Biomarkers & Reducing Measurment
Details

This one week workshop will introduce participants to analytical methods for data arising from different study designs in nutrition.  The course aims to integrate theory and application in nutritional epidemiology and biostatistics with a focus on public health perspectives. The workshop will include lectures, group work, participant presentations and hands-on training using statistical software. Junior researchers, physicians, doctoral and post doctoral fellows, and practitioners of public health in nutrition and obesity related research are welcome to participate.

 The discounted rates are extended till 15th October, 2014.

 For more details, please see the attachment below.

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Oct
27
Quantitative Methods in Nutrition - Analytical Approaches to Incorporating Dietary Biomarkers & Reducing Measurment
Details

This one week workshop will introduce participants to analytical methods for data arising from different study designs in nutrition.  The course aims to integrate theory and application in nutritional epidemiology and biostatistics with a focus on public health perspectives. The workshop will include lectures, group work, participant presentations and hands-on training using statistical software. Junior researchers, physicians, doctoral and post doctoral fellows, and practitioners of public health in nutrition and obesity related research are welcome to participate.
 
The discounted rates are extended till 15th October, 2014.
 
For more details, please see the attachment below.

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Sep
28
Fundraiser for Senior Citizen Outreach Service of St. John's Medical College
Fiddler on the Roof - A CAUSE Foundation Production
Details

The Senior Citizen Health Service (SCHS) at the department of Community Health, St. John's Medical College implements outreach services for senior citizens in rural and urban areas in and around Bangalore. We try to reach out to rural elderly through rural geriatric clinics at 8 villages sites catering to over 50 villages, to destitute elderly living in old age homes through our institutional support program and to seniors at home in Koramangala through the home health service. This involves expense incurred in transport, in supporting manpower and in supply of material including drugs and investigations at low cost. In order to consolidate our program and expand so that we can reach more elderly persons in need, we are organizing a FUNDRAISER event at. St John's Medical College.

 

In association with the CAUSE foundation, we are staging the popular musical drama Fiddler on the Roof at 6:30 pm on Sunday 28th September, 2014, at St. John's Auditorium, opposite the BDA complex, Koramangala.

 

For tickets and other ways of supporting our work with Senior Citizens, please see the attached brochure.

 

As a friend and well-wisher, we look forward to seeing you at the show and to your support to a worthy cause.

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Jul
07
Course on Conducting Systematic Reviews in Nutrition
Details

Cornell University, Division of Nutritional Sciences, is offering a WHO / Cochrane / Cornell course on conducting systematic reviews in nutrition at the Division of Nutritional Sciences at the Ithaca campus this summer.
 
Further details regarding the course are available in the attachment linked below:-

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May
30
Small Babies: Food for Thought
- A Talk
Details

Topic: "Small Babies: Food for Thought"
 
Speaker: Dr. Anura V Kurpad, Professor, Department of Physiology, St. John's Medical College and Head, Division of Nutrition, St. John's Research Institute
 
Date: Friday, 30th May, 2014
 
Time: 2:30 PM
 
Venue:
Pope Paul VI Auditorium,
St. John's Research Institute,
Bangalore 

Apr
04
St. John’s Golden Jubilee CME
E-learning in Medical Education - A Bird’s Eye View
Details

St. John’s Medical College is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year from August 2013 to August 2014. To commemorate this special landmark, a series of symposia and CMEs’ are being organized by various departments of the medical college.
 
As part of the recent curricular reforms pro-posed by the Medical Council of India (MCI), it has been suggested that medical colleges in India need to have an e-learning component in the undergraduate medical curriculum to supplement the existing methods. E-learning is a learning approach that is interactive, learner-centered and flexible. It offers the opportunity for immediate and specific feedback, objective testing and makes the learning experience more enjoyable. Another advantage of e-learning is that it offers the student a choice in terms of the time, place and pace of learning.
 
The Departments of Anatomy and Medical Informatics at St. John’s have been at the forefront of the e-learning initiatives of the institution. We would like to share some of our experiences in this field with faculty from other medical colleges. The broad goal of this CME will be to provide an overview of the applications of e-learning in medical education.
 
Topics Covered:

  • Concepts of e-learning and their practical applications
  • Design and applications of Learning Management Systems (LMS)
  • Applications of e-learning in anatomy education
  • Introduction to image analysis and morphometry
  • Applications of e-learning for clinical teaching
  • e-learning innovations in health care
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Apr
04
Doll's Exhibition
The Dolls are back again!
Details

The Dolls are back again to tell us their stories and inspire our lives!
 
This time in keeping with the Christian season of Lent, the iconic Doll maker Francoise Bosteels brings to us "Human Icons and Sacred Stories", where biblical messages are re-conveyed in a contemporary Indian context.
 
Dates:
April 4th, 2014, Friday - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
April 5th, 2014, Saturday - 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
 
Venue:
History of Medicine Museum, 1st Floor,
Health and Humanities Building,
St. John's Research Institute
 
ALL ARE WELCOME! 

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Mar
27
Audio Film
- By Sindhu Thirumalaisamy
Details

Dear Colleague / Friend,
 
You are invited to experience and give your feedback on an Audio Film (29 minutes) by Sindhu Thirumalaisamy.
 
It is focussed on a re-looking, or rather, a re-listening to restricted medical spaces (ICUs, theatres, wards, etc). The film maker uses a non-medical gaze to look at the interactions between people and technology in these spaces. It is an attempt to create a window through which to break away from an ‘anaesthesia that permeates the entire hospital environment’, to be able to experience the hospital beyond its strict medical functions.

  • Sindhu Thirumalaisamy (b.1990 in Coimbatore) is an artist and film maker based in Bangalore. Her work often begins with acts of listening and explores the relationships between information, perception and imagination in public spaces. She graduated from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in 2012 with a focus in Digital Video Production. She currently works as a freelance sound recordist and editor, collaborating with artists on a number of audio-visual projects. Her work has been shown at Khoj International Artists Association, Bangalore International Centre, Goethe Institut and several film festivals including IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival, Urban Lens Film Festival and Voices from the Waters International Film Festival.

Date: 27th March, 2014 (Thursday)
 
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
 
Venue: Admin Block Hall, Ground Floor, next to SJRI Cafeteria
 
Please confirm your participation by email to humanities_events@sjri.res.in
 
Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested.
 
ALL ARE WELCOME!!

Mar
13
Global Burden of Disease: Risks and Opportunities in Global Health
Lecture by Dr. Molly Cooke
Details

The Department of Medical Education, St. John’s Medical College, has organized a talk by Dr. Molly Cooke, MD, FACP, President - American College of Physicians & Professor, Medicine, University of California San Francisco on “Global Burden of Disease: Risks and Opportunities in Global Health”.
 
Date: 13th March, 2014, Thursday
 
Time: 2:30 PM
 
Venue:
Pope Paul VI Auditorium,
St. John’s Research Institute,
Bangalore – 560034
 
ALL ARE WELCOME!

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Mar
07
FAO Expert Meet - St. John's Research Institute, Bangalore 2014
Pulses missing from Indian Platter: FAO
Details

If you think Indians have a balanced diet, you may be wrong. But the blame cannot be pinned on junk food alone. The problem lies with policies of the government which don’t encourage the growth of pulses, an expert working group of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) observed.
 
The team was at the St John’s Research Institute from March 2-5 to evaluate the quality of protein in the diet of Indians.
 
“The best approach for optimal health and well-being is to prioritize protein quality so that we eat neither more nor less than what we really need, and spend wisely on protein-rich food,” said the FAO team. The team is evaluating staple diets of people from various countries and coming up with a report on how to make them protein sufficient. The report focuses on measuring protein quality in foods from animal and plant sources.
 
Speaking to TOI, Dr Anura V Kurpad, head of nutrition, St John’s Research Institute, and president, Nutrition Society of India, said some dietary surveys have shown that Indians mainly get proteins from serials, pulses and milk. “Consumption of rice and wheat, a major component of the Indian diet, has limited the quality of amino acids. Pulses, milk and meat are rich in quality proteins. But over the decades, the production of pulses has decreased. The Food Security Bill has ignored the importance of pulses and thereby this rich source of protein is missing from the platter. Agricultural policies have to look into these concerns,” said Anura, who worked with the FAO team. According to him, there is need to define the protein quality in food sources.
 
J Albert, nutrition officer, FAO, who is stationed in Rome, said, “The Italian diet is one of the healthiest. “Vegetables, fruits, fish and olive oil, sources of quality proteins, are major components of staple Italian food. Being an American and having lived in Italy for the past 20 years, I find that Italians follow a nutritious diet. Wealthy countries consume excess of meat proteins, which is not a good sign. A case in point is the increasing incidence of obesity in the US,” she said.
 
It was in its meeting in 2011 that FAO decided to conduct a research on protein quality in human diet. “We are currently in the process of collecting data from various countries. Just as rice is widely grown and consumed in India, corn is given way too much importance in African countries. Good quality proteins are also missing from the African diet,” said Dr Warren Lee, FAO representative.

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Mar
07
FAO Expert Meet - St. John's Research Institute, Bangalore 2014
FAO team was at SJRI to evaluate the quality of protein in the Indian diet
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If you think Indians have a balanced diet, you may be wrong. But the blame cannot be pinned on junk food alone. The problem lies with policies of the government which don’t encourage the growth of pulses, an expert working group of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) observed.
 
The team was at the St John’s Research Institute from March 2-5 to evaluate the quality of protein in the diet of Indians.
 
“The best approach for optimal health and well-being is to prioritize protein quality so that we eat neither more nor less than what we really need, and spend wisely on protein-rich food,” said the FAO team. The team is evaluating staple diets of people from various countries and coming up with a report on how to make them protein sufficient. The report focuses on measuring protein quality in foods from animal and plant sources.
 
Speaking to TOI, Dr Anura V Kurpad, Head of Nutrition, St John’s Research Institute, and President, Nutrition Society of India, said some dietary surveys have shown that Indians mainly get proteins from serials, pulses and milk. “Consumption of rice and wheat, a major component of the Indian diet, has limited the quality of amino acids. Pulses, milk and meat are rich in quality proteins. But over the decades, the production of pulses has decreased. The Food Security Bill has ignored the importance of pulses and thereby this rich source of protein is missing from the platter. Agricultural policies have to look into these concerns,” said Anura, who worked with the FAO team. According to him, there is need to define the protein quality in food sources.
 
J Albert, Nutrition Officer, FAO, who is stationed in Rome, said, “The Italian diet is one of the healthiest. “Vegetables, fruits, fish and olive oil, sources of quality proteins, are major components of staple Italian food. Being an American and having lived in Italy for the past 20 years, I find that Italians follow a nutritious diet. Wealthy countries consume excess of meat proteins, which is not a good sign. A case in point is the increasing incidence of obesity in the US,” she said.
 
It was in its meeting in 2011 that FAO decided to conduct a research on protein quality in human diet. “We are currently in the process of collecting data from various countries. Just as rice is widely grown and consumed in India, corn is given way too much importance in African countries. Good quality proteins are also missing from the African diet,” said Dr Warren Lee, FAO representative.

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Mar
04
A Three Day Workshop in Data Management & Biostatistics for Health Professionals
Details

The three day workshop (4th to 6th March, 2014) on Data Management and Biostatistics is being held for health professionals who have no knowledge or basic knowledge of data management and biostatistics. This is conducted by the Division of Clinical Research and Training in collaboration with McMaster University, Canada.
 
At the end of the workshop, candidates will be able to understand different study designs, design CRFs, enter, analyze, interpret and present data.
 
The registration fees are to be sent as a demand draft in the name of St. John's Research Institute payable at Bangalore.
 
Address for posting the DD:-
Nandini Mathur,
Senior Training Coordinator,
Division of Clinical Research & Training,
St. John’s Research Institute,
Koramangala, Bangalore - 560 034
Ph: 080 49467082, 49467079
 
Further details are available in the poster linked below

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Feb
15
Student Exchanges at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)
HSPH - SJRI Nutrition Initiative
Details

The Department of Nutrition at SJRI, in collaboration with the Department of Nutrition at HSPH and funded by the United States India Education Foundation's Obama Singh Knowledge Initiative, is offering the opportunity for student exchange visits to HSPH.  Faculty at HSPH have longstanding interests in maternal and child health, nutritional epidemiology, chronic diseases, global health, biostatistics, ethics, and other areas of relevance to public health problems of India, and short courses in many of these topics are taught at HSPH. Students will be paired with a mentoring faculty member at HSPH for the duration of their 4-8 week visit as well as an SJRI faculty member to jointly mentor their work. Travel costs, visa, housing and limited per diem costs will be reimbursed to the student.
 
The successful candidate will:

  • Be a current SJRI student in health or allied sciences
  • Provide current SJRI transcripts
  • Describe their research experience
  • Describe their long-term career interests and how their participation in this program will be furthered

To Apply: Complete the application form linked below and send it before February 15, 2014, along with the required supplemental statements.  Applications should be submitted to rebecca@sjri.res.in
 
Date of Earliest Exchange Visit: July 1, 2014

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Feb
11
The Development and Preservation of Tibetan Medicine in India
- A Talk
Details

For centuries, Tibetan medicine constituted not only a vibrant field of scholarship and the prime health resource in Tibet, but also – together with Tibetan Buddhism – an important hegemonic tool to expand and consolidate Tibetan cultural and political influence far beyond the borders of Central Tibet. In the 20th century, however, two connected developments presented a serious rupture for Tibetan medical knowledge: the Chinese occupation of Tibet and the Tibetan government’s move into exile on the one hand, and the subsequent encounters with modern biomedicine and capitalism in Tibet and the exile on the other. Like Tibetan society as a whole, Tibetan medicine was thus faced with an unprecedented crisis, and became re-inscribed in a register of cultural loss and preservation. This paper will examine this transformation of Tibetan medicine in the particular context of the Indian exile. What happens when a previously hegemonic knowledge becomes fugitive and turns, faced with the risk of loss and a fundamental uncertainty regarding its future, into both the object and means of cultural preservation?
 
The first part of the paper will address these questions by historically exploring the processes of loss, preservation and transformation of Tibetan medical knowledge since 1959. I will argue that while the loss of knowledge constitutes a genuine concern for Tibetan medical practitioners, its preservation needs to be understood as an ethico-political process that produces and reconfigures the very knowledge it seeks to preserve.
 
The second part of the paper will explore the politics of Tibetan medical knowledge and its preservation/ production in the present context. Here, I will argue that Tibetan medicine serves as an important field for cultural and economic ties with the wider Tibetan cultural area (Mongolia, Buryatia, Bhutan, Ladakh and other Himalayan regions), through which Tibetans seek to maintain/reconstruct their old cultural influence beyond the Tibetan nation.
 
Despite the crisis and rupture of exile and modernization, Tibetan medicine thus constitutes an emerging knowledge industry with considerable hegemonic power in Tibet’s cultural contact zones.
 
Speaker: Stephan Kloos MSc, MPhil, PhD, Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
 
Date: February 11th, 2013 (Tuesday) at 2:00 pm
 
Venue: Pope Paul VI Auditorium, St. John’s Research Institute
 
All are welcome
 
For more details, send an email to humanities_events@sjri.res.in or call 49467000

Jan
20
Research Methods in Maternal Health
Maternal Health Young Professionals (MHYP) India
Details

The MHYP is a professional development program that selects mentors and trains young health professionals working to improve maternal health outcomes in India. The overall goal of the program is to enhance the knowledge, skills and capabilities of young professionals and to build their capacity to improve maternal health in India.
 
Date: 20 to 25 January, 2014
 
Venue: St. John’s Research Institute
 
Workshop Fee: Rs. 3000/- (three thousand only)
 
Application Process: See attached brochure for details

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Jan
20
Research Methods in Maternal Health
Maternal Health Young Professionals (MHYP) India
Details

The MHYP is a professional development program that selects mentors and trains young health professionals working to improve maternal health outcomes in India. The overall goal of the program is to enhance the knowledge, skills and capabilities of young professionals and to build their capacity to improve maternal health in India.
 
Date: 20 to 25 January, 2014
 
Venue: St. John’s Research Institute
 
Workshop Fee: Rs. 3000/- (three thousand only)
 
Application Process: See attached brochure for details

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Jan
07
Study finds lack of vitamin B-12 may trigger low birth weight
Researchers in the city and US suggest gynaecs prescribe supplements to vegetarian mothers
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Low birth weight and consequent high infant mortality rate (IMR) have been hounding Indian mothers for a long time. One reason behind the high number of children born with low weight in India could be deficiency of vitamin B-12 during pregnancy, a group of researchers from Bangalore and USA have concluded in a decade-long study.
 
The study, ‘High folate and low vitamin B-12 intakes during pregnancy are associated with small-for-gestational age infants in South Indian women,’ was published in the December 2013 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
 
The study conducted during a span of about 10 years at the St. John’s Research Institute by an international research team headed by nutritionist Pratibha Dwarkanath suggests that “consumption of high-folate supplements coupled with low vitamin B-12 intake during pregnancy may be a problem at least in India (where vitamin B-12 intake is generally quite low due to vegetarianism)”.
 
Vitamin B-12 plays a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and in the formation of blood. Only bacteria and archaea have the enzymes required for its synthesis.
 
A team of researchers from Bangalore and the US studied the diet of over 2,000 pregnant women between 17 and 40 years of age in their first trimester of pregnancy for 10 years. The team studied the food composition of these women, along with their intake of folate (folic acid) and vitamin B-12. Use of nutritional supplements was also recorded. These data were then related to measures of infant health such as duration of pregnancy and birth weight.
 
Dr. Anura V Kurpad, Professor and HOD, Nutrition, St. John’s Research Institute, said: “Babies born with low birth weight are a major problem in India, which needs to be taken care of. The research was undertaken to figure out the root cause of this problem, as it can lead to high risk of IMR and chronic diseases when the child grows up.”
 
Being vegetarians, most Indians are already low on vitamin B-12, said Dr. Kurpad. “It is, therefore, important for a gynecologist to prescribe not only folate, but also vitamin B-12 to pregnant women. Non-vegetarians can consume the required dose of vitamin B-12 from their diet, but for vegetarians, the only source of this vitamin is milk and its products.” He suggested that a vegetarian woman should consume at least 500mL of milk or milk products everyday during pregnancy to fulfil the minimum requirement of vitamin B-12.
 
Senior gynecologist and former Health Director of Karnataka, Dr. B Dhanya Kumar, said: “Vitamin B-12 is important to control low birth weight and premature birth. Pregnant women with high deficiency of B-12 are also prescribed injections.”
 
Vitamin B-12 plays a key role in the normal functioning of the brain.

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Dec
14
Regenerative Medicine and Reconstrutive Surgery
Talk and Exhibition
Details

St. John’s Research Institute presents a unique opportunity to meet experts from the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) and learn more about how research into the skin is advancing therapeutic options for burn victims and others.
 
There will be a talk by Prof. Wassim Raffoul and Prof. Lee Ann Laurent-Applegate from CHUV.  Dr. Auburn Jacob from Emmaus Swiss Leprosy project will present the Indian perspective.  Our doctors from the Department of Plastic Surgery and Dermatology will be present too.
 
Also join us to explore a series of remarkable photographs and videos on the skin and interact with the experts.
 
Venue:
1st Floor, SL Bhatia History of Medicine Museum,
Health and Humanities Building,
St. John’s Research Institute,
Opp. BDA Complex, Koramangala
Tel: 49467000
 
Agenda: Talk & Discussion: “Regenerative Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery - Advancement and Adaptations”
 
Date: 14th December, 2013
 
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
 
Please confirm your interest in attending by sending a mail to humanities_events@sjri.res.in
 
The exhibition will continue at SJRI until December 17th, 4:00 PM

Dec
03
“Man and Microbe: Foe and Friend”
Lecture by Prof. Stefan Kaufmann
Details

On the occasion of the First Science Circle in Bangalore - To promote Indo-German Scientific Cooperation - the German Consul General Jörn Rohde & the Dean, St. John’s Research Institute Dr. K. Srinivasan have the pleasure to invite you to a public lecture of Prof. Stefan Kaufmann, Director, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, on “Man and Microbe: Foe and Friend” followed by a networking gathering on 3 December 2013 at 18:00 hrs at Pope Paul VI Auditorium, St. John’s Research Institute, Madiwala, Bangalore.

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Dec
03
Tuberculosis - From Basic Research to Medical Application
St John's Research Institute - AstraZeneca Oration
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Tuberculosis - From Basic Research to Medical Application
 
Inagural St. John's Research Institute - AstraZeneca Oration
 
Venue: Pope Paul VI Auditorium, St. John's Research Institute
 
Date: 3rd December, 2013
 
Time: 3:00 PM
 
Prof. Kaufmann is a German immunologist and microbiologist with focus on infection biology. He is presently the Director of the Department of Immunology at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, Germany for which he served as Founding Director from 1993.
 
He obtained his academic degrees from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. Professor Kaufmann has authored over 600 scientific peer reviewed publications; has authored several books and chapters and has received numerous scientific awards. Prof. Kaufmann is one of the highly cited immunologists worldwide for the decade 1990 to 2000. His current scientific interest is focussed on the analysis of cell-mediated immunity against intracellular bacteria, the rational design and development of a better vaccine against tuberculosis as well as of biomarkers for reliable diagnosis of TB disease.

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Dec
02
Mobile App to Identify Domestic Violence
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A new mobile application will identify clinical signs of domestic violence in victims. The app will be launched by the Soukhya project which is working to tackle the problem for the past three years. 
 
Soukhya which was jointly implemented by Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike’s Health department in collaboration with St John’s Research Institute, Research Triangle Institute and Dimagi Inc., is already working on the initial implementation of the application.
 
The application called ‘Commcare’ has been developed by a company named Dimagi based in Boston and is active so far in the east, west and south zones of Bangalore.  This application allows a nurse or a doctor to register a woman who shows symptoms of domestic violence, screen her for causes and once screened, make the adequate referrals. Once a case is identified, a message is sent.

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Dec
02
Indian, German Scientists to Work Together for TB Eradication
St John's Research Institute working with Max Planck Institute
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Even as tuberculosis (TB) cuts a swathe through the country, efforts are being made to curtail the spread of the disease and offer succour to sufferers.
 
As part of the overall campaign, the St John’s Research Institute in the City has announced its decision to work with world-renowned scientist-immunologist, Prof Stefan H E Kaufmann, Director of the Department of Immunology at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, in fine-tuning a BCG vaccine that Kaufmann has developed against the disease. Dr . John Kenneth will head the clinical research work from Bangalore.
 
Speaking to Deccan Herald, Kaufmann said St John’s Institute will be active in the clinical part of vaccine development, while the Max Planck Institute will concentrate on basic research. “The institute in Bangalore will screen patients and obtain data of their health status and interact with us on the basis of that data. Together, we will combine their practice with our theoretical research to strengthen the vaccine that has been developed.” Kenneth told this newspaper that St John’s would be doing translational research — where doctors contribute to basic research by working with patients. “We are the only translational research institute in the country and we would be proud to contribute to the vaccine against TB.”
 
The St John’s Institute will also assist the Max Planck Institute by identifying biomarkers in the blood of patients to discover whether a patient is diseased or not. Identifying bio-markers is part of clinical activity. Once the markers are identified, the data is passed on to basic researchers who may re-examine their theories.

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Nov
23
45th National Conference of the Nutrition Society of India (NSI)
Details

The 45th National Conference of the Nutrition Society of India (NSI) was held between 21st and 22nd November, 2013, at the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad. The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Anura V Kurpad, President, NSI .  The dignitaries included  Dr. Anura V Kurpad, President, NSI,  Dr. V. M. Katoch, Director General, ICMR,  Prof Barrie M Margetts, President, World Public Health Nutrition and Dr. B. Sesikeran, Former Director, NIN.
 
There were 15 presentations from the Division of Nutrition, St. John’s Research Institute at the NSI Conference - 3 Oral presentations and 12 Poster presentations.
 
Oral presentations were by -

  1. Ms. Lisha Shastri
  2. Ms. Sarita Devi
  3. Ms. Agnita Narendra

Poster presentations were by -

  1. Dr. Rebecca Kuriyan
  2. Ms. Prathiba Dwarkanath
  3. Ms. Priyanka Bannikoppa
  4. Mr. Kishore Bhat
  5. Ms. Pauline Anand
  6. Ms. Pooja Mishra
  7. Ms. Ramya Rajendran
  8. Ms. Deepa P Lokesh
  9. Ms. Farheen Dhinda
  10. Ms. Mamatha Philip
  11. Ms. Jayachitra K G
  12. Ms. Nidhi Jaikrishna

Of the presentations, “Four” won prizes:

  1. Dr. Rebecca Kuriyan for the presentation “Innovations in Nutrition Education and Global Health: The Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative”.
  2. Ms. Lisha Shastri for the presentation “ Effects of high oral Iron supplementation on birth weight in South Indian pregnant women with a normal haemoglobin in trimester 1”.
  3. Ms. Pooja Mishra for the presentation “Simple Anthropometric Measures as Indicators for Risk of High Blood Pressure”.
  4. Ms. Priyanka Bannikoppa for the presentation "Understanding HDL functionality in Indians".
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Nov
23
45th National Conference of the Nutrition Society of India (NSI)
Details

The 45th National Conference of the Nutrition Society of India (NSI) was held between 21st and 22nd November, 2013, at the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad. The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Anura V Kurpad, President, NSI .  The dignitaries included  Dr. Anura V Kurpad, President, NSI,  Dr. V. M. Katoch, Director General, ICMR,  Prof Barrie M Margetts, President, World Public Health Nutrition and Dr. B. Sesikeran, Former Director, NIN.
 
There were 15 presentations from the Division of Nutrition, St. John’s Research Institute at the NSI Conference - 3 Oral presentations and 12 Poster presentations.
 
Oral presentation were by - 

  1. Ms. Lisha Shastri
  2. Ms. Sarita Devi
  3. Ms. Agnita Narendra

Poster Presentations were by - 

  1. Dr. Rebecca Kuriyan
  2. Ms. Prathiba Dwarkanath
  3. Ms. Priyanka Bannikoppa
  4. Mr. Kishore Bhat
  5. Ms. Pauline Anand
  6. Ms. Pooja Mishra
  7. Ms. Ramya Rajendran
  8. Ms. Deepa P Lokesh
  9. Ms. Farheen Dhinda
  10. Ms. Mamatha Philip
  11. Ms. Jayachitra K G
  12. Ms. Nidhi Jaikrishna

Of the presentations “Four” won prizes:

  1. Dr. Rebecca Kuriyan for the presentation “Innovations in Nutrition Education and Global Health: The Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative”.
  2. Ms. Lisha Shastri for the presentation “ Effects of high oral Iron supplementation on birth weight in South Indian pregnant women with a normal haemoglobin in trimester 1”.
  3. Ms. Pooja Mishra for the presentation “Simple Anthropometric Measures as Indicators for Risk of High Blood Pressure”.
  4. Ms. Priyanka Bannikoppa for the presentation "Understanding HDL functionality in Indians".
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Nov
18
A One-Week Course in Health Research Methods and Evidence Based Medicine
St. John's - HRM - EBM Course
Details

This is a one-week course (18th to 23rd Nov 2013) in Health Research Methods and Evidence Based Medicine conducted by the Division of Clinical Research and Training in collaboration with McMaster University Canada.
 
It is open for health professionals including post graduate & PhD students (doctors, nurses, pharmacists), industry professionals, ethics committee members, regulators, health policy makers from the Government.
 
Please find further details regarding course topics and registration fees in the attachment below.

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Oct
25
Symposium on Basic Concepts of Pharmacoeconomics & Health Economics: Their Application in Health Care Research
Details

A note from Chairperson-

Dear delegates,

As a part of Golden Jubilee celebrations of our institute, we are happy to invite you to a one day Symposium on-“Basic concepts of pharmacoeconomics & health economics : Their application in health care research”.

The symposium is for faculty, post graduates - medical, allied health sciences, PhD students, pharmacologists, pharmacists, health care professionals as well as administrators from both hospital & pharmaceutical industry.

Since there is a need to identify innovative methods that aim to decrease health care costs & optimize resource allocation, we are confident that topics for Symposium will be of importance for every individual involved in health care.

The sessions for symposium are planned to impart basic understanding of the fundamental aspects of monetary evaluation of the resources & techniques used in health care & industry research. In addition, application of these concepts in current context in various health care programs will be covered through interactive discussions.
 
We anticipate that this Symposium will be a common platform for academia & industry to discuss the basic concepts & principles of economics with appropriate examples for optimal utility of tools in health care management.

We look forward to your active participation !

Dr. Mrs. Chanda Kulkarni. MD; PhD; FSASMS;
Cert. Clin. Epilepsy
 
ORGANISED BY: Division of Clinical Pharmacology, in collaboration with  Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics  St. John’s Medical College & St. John’s Research Institute.

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Oct
23
Grand Challenges Canada Award
Saving Brains of Kids in Developing Countries
Details

Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, extended a total of $10.1 million to 14 bold, creative projects aimed at improving the early brain development of kids in low-resource countries.
 
All 14 projects will be implemented in developing countries: five in Africa, six in Asia and three in Latin America and the Caribbean.
 
In India, St. John's Research Institute, Unit of CBCI Society for Medical Education, Bangalore, has been awarded a Seed grant of CDN $270,000 for the project Iron-fortified biscuits to reduce maternal and child anemia.
 
Anemia -- a low level of red blood cells causing a body's reduced capacity to carry oxygen -- results from micronutrient deficiencies, most often iron.
 
India has one of the highest rates of anemia globally: over 79% of children aged 6 to 8 months and 58% of the 26 million pregnant women each year. Some 17 million of these women have access to iron pills yet 11 million do not take them for the recommend time (adherence rate: 35%). Why? The pill is big and tastes metallic.
 
Yet iron deficiency anemia dramatically affects the health of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby, increasing risks of death and sickness during childbirth, including hemorrhage and low-birth weight. Long-term, iron deficiency anemia delays psychomotor development and impairs cognitive development in infants, preschool and school-aged children around the world.
 
Moreover, researchers say, the effects of anemia are, "not likely to be corrected by subsequent iron therapy... anemic children will have impaired performance in tests of language skills, motor skills, and coordination, reportedly equivalent to a 5 to 10 point deficit in IQ."
 
Part of the answer may be an iron-fortified biscuit for use by pregnant women, indistinguishable in taste from popular Indian biscuits.
 
Coupled with marketing, project leaders say their new biscuit is more likely to be used by previously non-adherent pregnant women, and increase iron stores in newborns, "which translates to more sustainable and protected early brain development."
 
"After extensive consumer research, the nutrition team led by Dr A.V. Kurpad and the project collaborators, Violet Health Inc have developed several prototypes specifically designed with the tastes and preferences of pregnant women in India," says project leader Dr. Pratibha Dwarkanath of St John's Research Institute, unit of CBCI Society for Medical Education.
 
"We estimate our solution to be more cost-effective than the iron pill, while reaching more anemic women and their children"
 
"After proof of concept, we anticipate a scaled trial in Karnataka within three years and reducing anemia in women and infants."
 
Project collaborators include Violet Health, Inc., NY, and the Indian Institute of Management, India Bangalore.
 
 
For more details on the award and projects, please click on the link given below:
http://www.grandchallenges.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/SavingBrains_NewsRelease_2013Oct23_EN.pdf

Oct
23
Grand Challenges Canada Award
Saving Brains of Kids in Developing Countries
Details

Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, extended a total of $10.1 million to 14 bold, creative projects aimed at improving the early brain development of kids in low-resource countries.
 
All 14 projects will be implemented in developing countries: five in Africa, six in Asia and three in Latin America and the Caribbean.
 
In India, St. John's Research Institute, Unit of CBCI Society for Medical Education, Bangalore, has been awarded a Seed grant of CDN $270,000 for the project Iron-fortified biscuits to reduce maternal and child anemia.
 
Anemia -- a low level of red blood cells causing a body's reduced capacity to carry oxygen -- results from micronutrient deficiencies, most often iron.
 
India has one of the highest rates of anemia globally: over 79% of children aged 6 to 8 months and 58% of the 26 million pregnant women each year. Some 17 million of these women have access to iron pills yet 11 million do not take them for the recommend time (adherence rate: 35%). Why? The pill is big and tastes metallic.
 
Yet iron deficiency anemia dramatically affects the health of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby, increasing risks of death and sickness during childbirth, including hemorrhage and low-birth weight. Long-term, iron deficiency anemia delays psychomotor development and impairs cognitive development in infants, preschool and school-aged children around the world.
 
Moreover, researchers say, the effects of anemia are, "not likely to be corrected by subsequent iron therapy... anemic children will have impaired performance in tests of language skills, motor skills, and coordination, reportedly equivalent to a 5 to 10 point deficit in IQ."
 
Part of the answer may be an iron-fortified biscuit for use by pregnant women, indistinguishable in taste from popular Indian biscuits.
 
Coupled with marketing, project leaders say their new biscuit is more likely to be used by previously non-adherent pregnant women, and increase iron stores in newborns, "which translates to more sustainable and protected early brain development."
 
"After extensive consumer research, the nutrition team led by Dr A.V. Kurpad and the project collaborators, Violet Health Inc have developed several prototypes specifically designed with the tastes and preferences of pregnant women in India," says project leader Dr. Pratibha Dwarkanath of St John's Research Institute, unit of CBCI Society for Medical Education.
 
"We estimate our solution to be more cost-effective than the iron pill, while reaching more anemic women and their children"
 
"After proof of concept, we anticipate a scaled trial in Karnataka within three years and reducing anemia in women and infants."
 
Project collaborators include Violet Health, Inc., NY, and the Indian Institute of Management, India Bangalore.
 
 
For more details on the award and projects, please click on the link given below:
http://www.grandchallenges.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/SavingBrains_NewsRelease_2013Oct23_EN.pdf

Oct
19
Maternal Health Young Professionals (MHYP) India - Mentoring Program
Details

The MHYP is a professional development program that selects mentors and trains young health professionals working to improve maternal health outcomes in India.  The overall goal of the program is to enhance the knowledge, skills, and capabilities of young professionals, and to build their capacity to improve maternal health in India.
 
Eligible applicants

  • Health professionals (doctors, nurses, health managers, health administrators, health economists, etc.) who are working in hospitals or maternal health programs
  • Candidates working with governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), or intergovernmental organizations in India are all eligible;
  • Candidates must design and implement a project aimed at improving the quality (technical or interpersonal) of maternal health care
  • Age less than 40 years (with a relaxation of  up to 5 years for women and disadvantaged persons)
  • Employed for at least one year in their current institution.

Funding (up to Rs 3 lakhs) for a 6 -9 month implementation/research project on improving quality of Maternal Health to be conducted by the candidate.
 
Last date for receipt of application with Project Proposal: 15th November 2013

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Sep
21
Film Screening at SJRI
Love Hate and Everything In Between
Details

On Saturday, September 21st, 2013, 2:00 PM to 3.30 PM, at the Pope Paul Auditorium, St. John’s Research Institute, Koramangala Bangalore, there will be a screening of a documentary film titled “Love Hate and Everything In Between” on the subject of empathy in various walks of life and across the ages.
 
Directed by Alex Gabbay and Screen Play by Sara Adhikari, who will both be present at the screening and the discussion that follows.
 
The film duration is 52 minutes.
 
Synopsis of the Film: Man’s capacity for kindness and compassion is overshadowed only by his ability to be as cruel and destructive.  Can empathy resolve issues of aggression and subjugation, where wars, politics and economic sanctions have failed?
 
Love Hate and Everything in Between looks into the world of neuroscience, psychology, education and technology to explore the extraordinary relevance of empathy in today’s increasingly interconnected world.
 
Trailer: http://vimeo.com/42112070
 
About the film makers:
 
Alex Gabbay has been making documentaries for major broadcasters, such as the BBC and Al Jazeera, in Africa, Asia and the Middle East for the last 15 years. His films have covered a wide variety of topics from nomads in Tibet, the Hadza tribe in Tanzania and honour killings in Iraq to women's education in Sierra Leone. For the last three years, he has turned his focus on the science of human behaviour examining subjects such as consciousness and empathy using a multi disciplinary approach.
 
Sara Adhikari has been a journalist for more than 25 years, first with the Times of India and then the News International group in the UK. She has recently returned to India and has founded Small Change, a communications agency to champion India’s non-profit sector.

Sep
13
Major General S.L. Bhatia Memorial Oration 2013
Details

You are cordially invited to the  Major General S.L. Bhatia Memorial Oration 2013, which will be delivered by Professor Waltraud Ernst, History of Medicine, Oxford Brookes University, U.K., on "The 'Indianisation of Colonial Medicine'. The Case of the Ranchi Indian Mental Hospital and Lt-Col J.E. Dhunjibhoy, c. 1925-1940."
 
Venue: The Pope Paul VI Auditorium, St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore, India
 
Date: 13th September, 2013
 
Time: 2:30 PM

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Jul
22
Theory and Practice of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EpiBio)
Details

EpiBio 2013
This intensive 9-day course in Epidemiology and Biostatistics introduces research methodologies, epidemiological designs and statistical analyses in relation to health sciences. The course aims to integrate theory and application in epidemiology, medicine, population health and biostatistics. This workshop is for junior faculty and postgraduate medical / allied health sciences students, PhD students, post doctorates and others associated with health research. No prior knowledge of research methodology or biostatistics is required.
 
Dates: 22nd - 31st July, 2013
 
Course Fee: Rs. 7000/- (seven thousand only)
 
Application Process: See EpiBio brochure on the website; fill the registration form and send in along with the demand draft

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Jul
22
Theory and Practice of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Demography (EpiBioDem)
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EpiBioDem 2013
This intensive 2-week course in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Demography introduces research methodologies, epidemiological designs, demographic techniques and statistical analyses in relation to population health sciences. The course aims to integrate theory and application in epidemiology, medicine, population health and biostatistics. This workshop is for junior faculty and postgraduate students in the field of population health. No prior knowledge of research methodology or biostatistics is required.
 
Dates: 22nd July - 2nd August, 2013
 
Course Fee: Rs. 8000/- (eight thousand only)
 
Application Process: See EpiBio brochure & Demography schedule on website; fill the registration form and send in along with the demand draft before 30th June, 2013

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Jul
16
Workshop on Antibiotic Stewardship
Details

The World Health Organisation has recently declared antibiotic resistance in bacteria as a global health crisis requiring immediate and a concerted action across health care providers and institutions.  “No action today, no cure tomorrow” is a befitting slogan and a wake- up call.
 
According to WHO, the three main areas that need to be addressed in order to minimise/ control development of resistance in bacteria and their spread are (a) rational and judicious use of antibiotics in the therapeutic management of bacterial infections; (b) control infections through better hygienic practices; and (c) avoid contamination of the environment with antibiotics.
 
In order to create awareness and evolve an action plan that will be feasible and can be adopted by health-care settings, a workshop is organised by Dr. Ragini Macaden and her team, Unit of Infectious Diseases, St. John’s Research Institute, St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences.
 
The program is sponsored by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the Global Health Division of Karolinska Institute, Sweden under the Principal Investigatorship of Dr Ashish Pathak  of R.D. Gardi Medical College , Ujjain.
 
Venue: St. John’s Research Institute
 
Date: 16th July, 2013

Jul
01
Quantitative Methods in Nutrition
Analytical approaches to Incorporating Dietary Biomarkers and Reducing Measurement Error
Details

This one-week workshop will introduce participants to analytical methods for data arising from different study designs in nutrition.  The course aims to integrate theory and application in nutritional epidemiology and biostatistics with a focus on public health perspectives. The workshop will include lectures, group work, participant presentations and hands-on training using statistical software. Junior researchers, physicians, doctoral and post doctoral fellows, and practitioners of public health in nutrition and obesity research are welcome to participate.

 

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Jul
01
Quantitative Methods in Nutrition
Analytical approaches to Incorporating Dietary Biomarkers and Reducing Measurement Error
Details

This one-week workshop will introduce participants to analytical methods for data arising from different study designs in nutrition.  The course aims to integrate theory and application in nutritional epidemiology and biostatistics with a focus on public health perspectives. The workshop will include lectures, group work, participant presentations and hands-on training using statistical software. Junior researchers, physicians, doctoral and post doctoral fellows and practitioners of public health in nutrition and obesity research are welcome to participate.

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Jun
26
Obama - Singh Award
Division of Nutrition
Details

We are happy to inform you that The Division of Nutrition, St. John's Research Institute (SJRI), has been selected for the prestigious Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative award.  The award is a part of the ongoing educational partnership between India and the United States.
 
The Division of Nutrition will partner with Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) for the Harvard India Nutrition Initiative.  This initiative will aim to substantially contribute to the establishment of sustainable public health research and education capacity in India through mutually beneficial exchanges of faculty and students between Bangalore and Boston, the expansion of an existing and very successful short course in nutrition research methods (the Bangalore-Boston Nutrition Collaborative) co-taught by SJRI, HSPH and Tufts faculty, the development of new nutrition epidemiology courses by SJRI and HSPH faculty and the expansion of access to a website for distance learning via the newly launched edX initiative.  The three-year Initiative will be led at SJRI by Dr. Rebecca Kuriyan Raj and Dr. Anura Kurpad.

Jun
26
Obama - Singh Award
Division of Nutrition
Details

We are happy to inform you that The Division of Nutrition, St. John's Research Institute (SJRI), has been selected for the prestigious Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative award.  The award is a part of the ongoing educational partnership between India and the United States.
 
The Division of Nutrition will partner with Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) for the Harvard India Nutrition Initiative. This initiative will aim to substantially contribute to the establishment of sustainable public health research and education capacity in India through mutually beneficial exchanges of faculty and students between Bangalore and Boston, the expansion of an existing and very successful short course in nutrition research methods (the Bangalore-Boston Nutrition Collaborative) co-taught by SJRI, HSPH and Tufts faculty, the development of new nutrition epidemiology courses by SJRI and HSPH faculty and the expansion of access to a website for distance learning via the newly launched edX initiative. The three-year Initiative will be led at SJRI by Dr. Rebecca Kuriyan Raj and Dr. Anura Kurpad.

Apr
22
e-Learning Course
For doctors/nurses in Maternal and Newborn Health
Details

Introduction:
This continuing medical/nursing education (CME/CNE) online course aims to augment knowledge and critical understanding of allopathic professionals in Maternal and Neonatal Health (with select focus on public health obstetrics and neonatology).
 
Key Benefits:

  • Anywhere, anytime learning - Learning at your convenience
  • Just-in-time access - to timely information
  • Higher retention of content - through personalized learning

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the epidemiology and public health approach to Maternal and Newborn Health.
  2. Learn the diagnoses and management of common causes of direct obstetric and neonatal mortality/morbidity.

Who Should Attend:

  • Allopathic Primary Health Care Professionals - Doctors & nurses working in the public or private sectors; medical public health professionals, policymakers and programme managers
  • Minimum Qualification: MBBS or BSc (Nursing)

Course Content:

  1. Obstetrics (Skilled Birth Attendance) = 18 modules
  2. Neonatology (Essential Newborn Care & Neonatal Resuscitation) = 10 modules

Course Assessment:
An online self-assessment is available.
 
Course Completion:
A Course Completion Certificate can be printed off at the end of completion of the full course.
 
To Register:
Interested physicians may apply through; http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DCGNNQ9
 
Should you have further questions, email: mchsjri@gmail.com

Apr
13
Film Screening at SJRI
“HAVE YOU SEEN THE ARANA?” ( “Ningal Aranaye Kando?”)
Details

HAVE YOU SEEN THE ARANA?
“Ningal Aranaye Kando?”
(A documentary film of 72 minutes in Malayalam / Kannada with English sub titles)
 
Winner of the John Abraham National Award for Best Documentary, 2013
 
Directed by Sunanda Bhat
 
The film is set in Wayanad and looks into the rapidly changing landscapes of lives and livelihood in Wayanad. It looks at the disappearance of medicinal plants from the forests, threatened cropping practices, farmer suicides and loss of traditional knowledge systems. More on the film and the director is in the attached note.
 
Date: Apr 13th 2013
 
Time: 2 pm to 3.30 pm
 
Venue: Pope Paul Auditorium, SJRI
 
The Director, Sunanda Bhat will be present and Dr.Bobby Joseph, Professor Department of Community Health will moderate the discussion.
 
ALL ARE WELCOME! PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO COLLEAGUES, FAMILY AND FRIENDS !
 
To confirm, please email humanities@sjri.res.in or call Manjulika at 9845727821

Apr
13
Film Screening at SJRI
“HAVE YOU SEEN THE ARANA?” ( “Ningal Aranaye Kando?”)
Details

HAVE YOU SEEN THE ARANA?
“Ningal Aranaye Kando?”
(A documentary film of 72 minutes in Malayalam / Kannada with English sub titles)
 
Winner of the John Abraham National Award for Best Documentary, 2013
 
Directed by Sunanda Bhat
 
The film is set in Wayanad and looks into the rapidly changing landscapes of lives and livelihood in Wayanad. It looks at the disappearance of medicinal plants from the forests, threatened cropping practices, farmer suicides and loss of traditional knowledge systems. More on the film and the director is in the attached note.
 
Date: Apr 13th 2013
 
Time: 2 pm to 3.30 pm
 
Venue: Pope Paul Auditorium, SJRI
 
The Director, Sunanda Bhat will be present and Dr.Bobby Joseph, Professor Department of Community Health will moderate the discussion.
 
ALL ARE WELCOME! PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO COLLEAGUES, FAMILY AND FRIENDS !
 
To confirm, please email humanities@sjri.res.in or call Manjulika at 9845727821

 

Mar
07
Clinical Research and Training Course
Details

The Division of Clinical Research and Training has been granted an unconditional educational grant from Pfizer India for 5 years to set up a preferred research centre (PRC) to promote educational and research related activities in the field of clinical research. The proposed training activities under this grant are to train clinicians and research coordinators in health research methods, GCP and clinical trial management.
 
As part of this activity, we are conducting a three-day Clinical Research and Training Management Course from the 7th to 9th March, 2013, for study coordinators.  At this course, 30 participants will be selected based on application forms, research interests and research experience.  The last date of application is 20th January, 2013.  A selection committee is set up for selection of the candidates. The faculty will include experts from St. John’s Research Institute and Pfizer, India.

Mar
07
A Three-Day Course in Clinical Research and Training
Details

The Division of Clinical Research and Training has been granted an unconditional educational grant from Pfizer India for 5 years to set up a preferred research centre (PRC) to promote educational and research related activities in the field of clinical research. The proposed training activities under this grant are to train clinicians and research coordinators in health research methods, GCP and clinical trial management.
 
As part of this activity, we are conducting a Three-day Clinical Research and Training Management Course from the 7th to 9th March, 2013, for study coordinators.  At this course, 30 participants will be selected based on application forms, research interests and research experience.  The last date of application is 20th January, 2013.  A selection committee is set up for selection of the candidates. The faculty will include experts from St. John’s Research Institute and Pfizer, India.

 

Feb
08
Search Skills Workshop
5th term MBBS students
Details

Objectives
At the end of the workshop the student should be able to:

  • Search efficiently and accurately for technical information using Google Scholar and Pubmed.
  • Have an awareness of other available validated online resources.
  • Quote references in standard, accepted formats.
  • Be aware of copyright issues of downloaded material.
  • Use the resources available through the RGUHS website.
  • Search efficiently and accurately for information available in the library without the use of IT.

 

Feb
07
Clinical Investigator Development Program
Conducting Regulatory Trials in India
Details

St. John's Research Institute , St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore, is organising a 3-day training workshop on “Conducting Regulatory trials in India” from 7th to 9th February, 2013, to support the Clinical Development Services Agency (CDSA), an extramural unit of Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Department of Biotechnology, Government of India partnering with the Institute for OneWorld Health (OWH), an affiliate of the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), to catalyze development of clinical trial capacity in India through Clinical Investigator Development Program (CIDP). The objective is to improve clinical research in India and to enable the design, development and execution of a clinical trial training program in India of global standards.

 

Feb
07
Conducting Regulatory Trials in India
Clinical Investigator Development Program
Details

St. John's Research Institute , St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore, is organising a 3-day training workshop on “Conducting Regulatory trials in India” from 7th to 9th February, 2013, to support the Clinical Development Services Agency (CDSA), an extramural unit of Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Department of Biotechnology, Government of India partnering with the Institute for OneWorld Health (OWH), an affiliate of the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), to catalyze development of clinical trial capacity in India through Clinical Investigator Development Program (CIDP). The objective is to improve clinical research in India and to enable the design, development and execution of a clinical trial training program in India of global standards.

Feb
05
Symposium
Vaccines for India: Innovations and Roadmap
Details

Time: 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM
 
Venue: St. John’s Research Institute,
Pope Paul VI Auditorium,
Opposite Koramangala BDA Complex,
Koramangala, Bangalore
 
Organizers:
St. John’s Research Institute (SJRI) and Global Health Strategies (GHS)
 
Event Coordinators: 
Dr. John Kenneth, SJRI and Ms. Aastha Bhakhri, GHS

Feb
05
Vaccines for India: Innovations and Roadmap
Symposium
Details

Time: 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM
 
Venue: St. John’s Research Institute,
Pope Paul VI Auditorium,
Opposite Koramangala BDA Complex,
Koramangala, Bangalore
 
Organizers:
St. John’s Research Institute (SJRI) and Global Health Strategies (GHS)
 
Event Coordinators: 
Dr. John Kenneth, SJRI and Ms. Aastha Bhakhri, GHS
 

Jan
22
Center of Innovation by Waters
Inauguration
Details

Waters Centers of Innovation Program recognizes analytical scientists facilitating breakthroughs in major areas of health and life science research, food safety, environmental protection, sports medicine and many more. So far, fifteen eminent scientists from different reputed Universities across the globe have received this prestigious recognition. These leading scientists are using Liquid Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry to find solutions to the various mysteries of science and take research to a different level altogether.   
 
Recently, the laboratory of Prof. Amit Kumar Mandal, St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore, India, has been recognized as the Centre of Innovation by Waters. The Clinical proteomics laboratory under the Division of Molecular Medicine at St. John's Research Institute is focused on the structural proteomics research of clinically important molecules. Different innovations that we pursue here are in the field of hemoglobinopathies, iron deficient anemia and neuropsychiatric disorders to prostate cancer.

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Jan
21
Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative
Details

St. John’s Research Institute (SJRI) in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health and Tufts University are offering an interdisciplinary two-week course at SJRI. This International Nutrition Research Methods Course will introduce students to public health research topics through critical evaluation of scientific literature and exploration of a variety of demographic, epidemiological, biological and social factors that affect nutritional status. In addition to completing a core curriculum, students will have an opportunity to explore selected research areas in-depth through development of a research presentation and collaboration with faculty members from 3 institutions.

Jan
07
Nurse Mentor Training Program
Sukshema Project
Details

Nurse Mentor Training Program

Date: 7th January to 5th February 2013

Venue: Biorepository II Floor Conference Hall
St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore

Nov
28
Talk on “BIOBANKING -ethical and regulatory challenges"
by Prof Alastair V Campbell
Details

St. John’s Research Institute
& The Division of Humanities and Health invites you for
 
 
“Biobanks: Ethical and Regulatory Challenges”
A talk by
Alastair V. Campbell,
CorrFRSE M.A., B.D., Th.D
Director, Centre for Biomedical Ethics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore. He was formerly chair of the Ethics and Governance Council of UK Biobank and Vice-Chair of the UK Retained Organs Commission
 
on
November 28, 2012
2.30pm
at
 
The Bio Repository Conference Hall
2nd floor Bio Repository Building
St. John’s Research Institute
 
* Please confirm your participation by sending an email to humanities_events@sjri.res.in

Nov
15
Unraveling the stories of women – The Doll’s Speak – by Francoise Bosteels
Details

An exhibition of visual stories of everyday depicted through creatively crafted dolls and reflective poetry
History of Medicine Museum, SJRI
Nov 15-17, 2012

Oct
29
Nurse Mentor Training Program
Sukshema Project
Details

Nurse Mentor Training Program

Date: 29th October to 29th November 2012

Venue: Biorepository II Floor Conference Hall
St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore

Oct
18
A talk by Kathyayini Chamaraj on The Right to Information Act
Details

The presentation and discussion looks at RTI as a tool to enforce public disclosure and enable research in health policy in India.
Location: Humanities and Health Seminar Hall – 2nd floor, above the Museum, SJRI

Oct
10
Nurse Mentor Training Program
Sukshema Project
Details

Nurse Mentor Training Program

Date: 10th October to 9th November 2012

Venue: Biorepository II Floor Conference Hall
St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore

Sep
13
“Illness as a catalyst” Talk by Lata Mani, a feminist, cultural historian, writer and poet
Details

The talk is based on her personal reflections post a serious head injury recounted in her book –“Interleaves”. It deals with the patient – physician relationship, coping with pain and the process of recovery.
Location: Humanities and Health Seminar Hall – 2nd floor, above the Museums, SJRI

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Aug
18
“ Multiple Medical Systems and Spiritual Healing in India” – a talk by Prof. Fred Smith, Prof of Sanskrit and Classical Indian Religions, Univ of Iowa
Details

Fred Smith shares his insights in the field of mental illness and traditional methods of therapy in India published in his book “The Self Possessed”, Colombia Univ Press
Conference Hall, 2nd Floor, Biorepository Building, SJRI

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Aug
17
“ Public Health Challenges in Colonial India” by Dr. Mridula Ramanna
Details

“Can historical investigation be of value in understanding contemporary public health concern?”  is the subject addressed.
Mini Auditorium, St. John’s Hospital
 
 

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Jul
17
India’s place in the global eradication of small pox – 1700 – 1975 by Paul Greenough
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Paul Greenough discusses the historical antecedents of ‘native’ vaccination in India and its impact
Location: Conference Hall, 2nd Floor, Biorepository Building, SJRI

Jul
09
Nurse Mentor Training Program
Sukshema Project
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Nurse Mentor Training Program

Date: 9th July to 9th August 2012

Venue: Biorepository II Floor Conference Hall
St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore

Apr
09
Workshop -“BIOBANKING -exploring ethical frameworks”
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An open workshop to review ethical frameworks related to biobanking from across the world and explore issues significant to India.
Location: Conference Hall, 2nd Floor, Biorepository Building, SJRI

Aug
25
Tuberculosis Diagnostics in India
TB Diagnostics
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The goal of this conference was to engage stakeholders to stimulate interest and investment in TB innovation.