Joint meeting between JISPH and John Hopkins University

27-Jan-2014 to 28-Jan-2014


On 28th Jan 2014, faculty from Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University visited to JIPMER. In its mission to transform health care in the region and to serve as a model health system for, Universal Health Care in India, JIPMER, as a “Continuous Learning Health System,’ is establishing collaborations at all levels nationally and internationally.  One of the major undertakings is establishment of a robust collaboration with Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Its School of Public Health, Hospital & Medical School is among the best medical/public health institutions in the world. John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBSPH) is the first institution of its kind worldwide. Besides being the largest school of public health in the world, it is consistently rated number 1 by US News and World Report. Johns Hopkins Hospital is the top ranking institution in the US and the Medical School is ranked among the best in the world.

            JIPMER hopes to harness the strengths of JHU to address multifactorial health issues in India through education, research, patient care and public health innovations in partnership initially with John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBSPH). The initial focus will be in Lung Diseases. In India, Chronic Respiratory diseases are a major public health problem which is growing into an epidemic proportion. Two recent reports (the “Million debt Study Report “and the “Lancet Global Burden of Disease Report”) revealed that chromic respiratory diseases account for the second leading cause of death in India which is surpassing the number of deaths from HIV, Malaria etc. Dr.T.S.Ravikumar states that this JIPMER-JHBSPH Collaboration will investigate the underpinnings of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) under the broad rubric of “Lung Injury Studies,” addressing epidemiological, preclinical, clinical and therapeutic aspects. “This overarching novel study of respiratory diseases will address environmental pollutants (outdoor/indoor air pollutants, smoking), gene-environmental interactions, nutritional practices, infectious agents and cancer causation”, he remarks.

The activities that have already begun in this partnership include bilateral visits by leadership groups, joint applications to funding sources such as “Obama-Singh Initiative” and “Johns Hopkins Global Health Center Pilot Grant”. The team from JHBSPH was  in JIPMER campus, exploring in-depth, the programmes, faculty and design of proposed studies. The JHBSPH team includes: Dr. Marsha Wills-Karp, Chair & Professor, Environmental Health Sciences; Dr. ShyamBiswal, Professor, Environmental Health Sciences; Dr. Thomas Sussan, Director of Preclinical lung models, Department of Environmental Health Sciences; and Dr.RajeshThimullappa, Scientist, Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

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