Announcements

One-Week International Course in HRM & EBM

Oct 09 - 13, 2017

One Week International Course in Health Research Methodology and Evidence Based Medicine

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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 8 years, we have trained 1,189 health professionals including, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, ethics committee members, industry professionals, post graduate students, study coordinators, regulatory officials and health policy makers from India and other countries such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, Oman, Singapore and the UK.

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:

  1. For students/ trainees, candidates from our network institutions
  2. 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, Dept. of 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 as:

  1. Demand Draft or
  2. 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 the Institution of the person attending the course and
  3. Name of the course as HRM_EBM, 2017

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 49467086, 49467082

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

 

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_2017 without fail.

 

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

Online Course on Medical Certification of Cause of Death (MCCD)

Sep 01,2017

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 September, 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/- 

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

EpiBio 2017

Jul 18 - 26, 2017

Theory and Practice of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

This hybrid course in Epidemiology and Biostatistics has an online introductory component spread over 2 weeks prior to the start of the course and an intensive 8-day face-to-face component. Completion of quizzes at the end of online phase is mandatory prior to attending the face-to-face course. 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:
Online Course: 1st –12th July, 2017 &
On-site Course: 18th -26th July, 2017

Course Fee:
Before 3rd July: Rs. 8,500/- (for students) & Rs. 12,500/- (for faculty)
After 3rd July: Rs. 12,500/- (for students) & Rs. 17,500/- (for faculty)
[Additional 15% service tax applicable on all fees]

Application Process: See the attached EpiBio brochure, fill in the registration form and send in the tuition fees

REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED

Stable Isotopic Techniques in Human Nutrition – Introductory Workshop

Jun 12 - 13, 2017

SJRI is planning to conduct a two-day introductory course on “Stable Isotopic Techniques in Human Nutrition”.   The proposed course will help to build capacity and train young professionals in the use of stable isotopic techniques in nutrition.  Since the potential participants of the course are from academic and research background, this training will help them to start using stable isotopes in their nutrition related research and answer questions related to nutrients, body composition and energy expenditure. 

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 and public health at academic institutions throughout India are also invited to participate in this training program.

Date: June 12-13th, 2017

Course Fee:
There is no course fee. The candidates will be selected on competitive selection method. The candidates will be provided with the course reading material and handouts.

Accommodation & Travel:
Accommodation (Twin sharing basis) arrangements at St. Johns will be made by SJRI. Breakfast & Lunch will be provided.

Travel Reimbursement will not be made - You will have to arrange for your own travel.

The Course will cover:
Didactic lectures and small group hands-on sessions on the following topics:

  • The use of stable isotopic methods in public health nutrition
  • Estimation of energy expenditure using doubly labelled water technique
  • Use of stable isotopes in assessing breast milk intake
  • Assessing Vitamin A Status using stable isotopes
  • Stable isotopic approaches to assess iron bioavailability
  • Hands on session with Data sets for body composition, lactation energy expenditure and iron metabolism.

To Apply:
Fill in the application form available in the attachment below and send it back by 15th May, 2017.

Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative

Jan 09 - 20, 2017

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

One-Week International Course in HRM & EBM

Nov 08 - 12, 2016

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

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 in collaboration with McMaster University, Canada and supported by the NIH, USA, since 2009 as part of the Centre of Excellence Program.

The Karnataka Medical Council accredited and awarded 6 credit points for this course.

The course was designed for faculty and postgraduate students from medical, nursing and pharmacy colleges, ethics committee members, regulators and health policy makers.

We had 88 participants who represented 41 institutions from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Cameroon.

The faculty were from St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, Eternal Heart Care Center, Jaipur, AIIMS, Bhopal, Narayana Health, Bengaluru and McMaster University, Canada. 

We had 19 interactive lectures, 4 small group Zen protocol discussions, 3 statistical practical sessions, 4 journal clubs and 4 project presentations.

The group activities included four journal clubs (Registry/Cross Sectional Study, Case Control, Randomised Controlled Trial and Systematic Review/Meta Analysis) and four project presentations (Registry/Cross Sectional Study, Cohort Study, Randomised Controlled Trial Design and Case Control)

The course ended on 12th Nov with a valedictory function & Hi- tea at which prizes were distributed.

Certificates of CME accreditation and participation were given to candidates who had attended all the sessions.

The outcome of the course was to enhance the awareness in clinical research methods and evidence based practice.

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

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EpiBioDem 2016

Jul 11 - 21, 2016

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.

EpiBio 2016

Jul 11,2016

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.

Statistical Analysis of Count Data

Jul 07,2016

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.

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

Jan 06,2016

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

Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative

Jan 04 - 15, 2016

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

ICMR One-Week International Course

Nov 23 - 27, 2015

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

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.

The Karnataka Medical Council accredited and awarded 6 credit points for this workshop

104 participants attended from 33 institutions from India, Kenya, Singapore and Oman. 36 were clinicians and 68 were are non-clinicians

We had 17 interactive lectures, 4 small group Zen protocol discussions, 3 statistical practical sessions, 4 journal clubs and 4 project presentations.

9 lectures were on health research methods, 4 on evidence based medicine, 2 on statistics and 2 on project management. 

This course enabled participants to give essential skills in designing, developing and conducting high quality health research projects and communicating the findings.

Furthermore, most participants expressed that they made wonderful friends and several potential collaborators. This will help them to take on meaningful and large research projects in the near future.

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

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Student Exchanges at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)

Mar 01,2015

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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Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative

Jan 12,2015

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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National Bioethics Conference

Dec 11 - 14, 2014

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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Health Technology Assessment Workshop

Dec 08 - 12, 2014

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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South Asian Regional Mentoring the Mentors in Global Health Research Workshop

Nov 20 - 21, 2014

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.

ICMR One-Week Course

Nov 17 - 22, 2014

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

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

St. John’s Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore in association with Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University, Canada, conducted a one-week course on Health Research Methodology and Evidence Based Medicine from November 17th to 22nd , 2014.

The Karnataka Medical Council had awarded accreditation and 6 credit points for this workshop.

The workshop was designed for faculty and postgraduate students from medical, nursing and pharmacy colleges, ethics committee members, regulators and health policy makers.

Of the total 49 that registered, 36 attended this workshop that represented over 17 institutions from India and Sri Lanka.

The course methods had 21 interactive lectures, 4 small group Zen project discussions, 4 statistical practical sessions, 4 journal clubs and 4 project presentations.

The course ended on 22nd Nov with a valedictory function at which prizes were distributed to the best two groups. The course prizes were awarded based on the academic performance of the group. Certificates of CME accreditation and participation were given to candidates who had attended all the sessions on all the days.

The outcome of the course was to enhance the awareness in clinical research methods and evidence based practice.

This course would also help to empower them with skills in designing, developing and conducting high quality research projects and communicating the findings.

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

Oct 27,2014

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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Fundraiser for Senior Citizen Outreach Service of St. John's Medical College

Sep 28,2014

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.

Course on Conducting Systematic Reviews in Nutrition

Jul 07,2014

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:

FAO Expert Meet - St. John's Research Institute, Bangalore 2014

Mar 07,2014

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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Student Exchanges at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)

Feb 15,2014

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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Research Methods in Maternal Health

Jan 20 - 25, 2014

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

Nov 23,2013

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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Grand Challenges Canada Award

Oct 23,2013

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

Maternal Health Young Professionals (MHYP) India - Mentoring Program

Oct 19,2013

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 Proposal15th November 2013

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Major General S.L. Bhatia Memorial Oration 2013

Sep 13,2013

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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EpiBio 2013

Jul 22 - 31, 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 below; fill the registration form and send in along with the demand draft

Quantitative Methods in Nutrition

Jul 01,2013

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.

Obama - Singh Award

Jun 26,2013

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.

e-Learning Course

Apr 22,2013

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

Film Screening at SJRI

Apr 13,2013

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

A Three-Day Course in Clinical Research and Training

Mar 07 - 09, 2013

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.

Clinical Investigator Development Program

Feb 07,2013

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.

Symposium - Vaccines for India: Innovations and Roadmap

Feb 05,2013

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

Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative

Jan 21,2013

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.