Nishi Suryavanshi, PhD

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

Dr. Suryavanshi is Clinical Research Site Coordinator and Deputy Director for the BJGMC-CRS in Pune, India, and a Research Associate faculty member Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Center for Clinical Global Health Education. Dr. Suryavanshi is a behavioral scientists whose research involves women’s empowerment, reproductive health, and HIV and tuberculosis research in clinical settings as well in urban and rural community settings.

Dr. Suryavanshi has established extensive networks with regional nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and has developed and co-developed various behavioral projects addressing health topics including stigma and tuberculosis, disclosure of HIV among children, infant feeding patterns among HIV positive mothers, empowerment of women in low resource settings, and gender based violence. During the past 12 years, she has overseen the clinical research studies related to HIV/AIDS in India. As a clinical research site study coordinator her role includes developing patient education materials, informed consent agreements, and treatment adherence and retention strategies.

Dr. Suryavanshi was recently awarded a CDC grant to enhance the capacity of outreach workers catering to HIV-infected pregnant women for the uptake of PMTCT services using mHealth platform. She has presented her work at national and international conferences, and has published study findings in peer reviewed journals.

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

Up Close with Nishi Suryavanshi. 2016-03-01

Evaluation of Longitudinal Blood Culture Isolates from BJ Medical College in Pune, India, 2003-2013

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2014-06-16
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This study was terminated July 31, 2014. Antibiotic resistance is a serious global problem and is caused by multiple factors which have led to difficulty in the management of life-threatening, multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacterial bloodstream infections. The knowledge of antibiotic resistance...

ART Study 1: Database: Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and Associated Comorbidities in a Public Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) Clinic at BJGMC in Pune

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2014-06-14
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Since 2004, the National AIDS Control Program of India has been rolling out free antiretroviral therapy. Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College (BJGMC), located in Pune, India, is now the largest HIV clinic in India, with over 26,000 adult and pediatric patients registered since 2005. We...

Screening for Gender Based-violence (GBV) and Feasibility and Acceptability of mHealth GBV Screening and Support Tools

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2014-03-26
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This study was terminated February 14, 2017. Gender-based violence (GBV) is a significant public health issue in India, with estimates that over a third of women and girls are impacted at some point in their lifetime. This pilot qualitative study examined the feasibility of enhancing GBV prevention...

Cohort for Tuberculosis Research by the Indo-US Medical Partnership (C-TRIUMPH)

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2013-09-28
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Collaboratively funded by the US NIH, India’s Department of Biotechnology [DBT], and Indian Council of Medical Research, the Cohort for TB Research by the Indo-US Medical Partnership (C-TRIUMPH) is an Indo-US research consortium that is part of RePORT India, a countrywide consortium for TB research...

Community Home Based India Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (COMBIND)

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2013-09-02
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This study ended May 14, 2019. CCGHE is assessing whether equipping Community Health Workers with mobile health technology and involving them in technology training and personal empowerment seminars can help prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. CHWs who care for HIV + pregnant and nursing...

Impact of Diabetes on TB Treatment Outcomes

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2013-02-01
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CCGHE, the JHU Center for TB Research and BJGMC have been awarded a $2.5 million dollar NIH grant (2013-2018) to conduct a study to evaluate treatment outcomes among Indian patients with both diabetes mellitus and active TB. This study is assessing the prevalence of impaired glucose or frank...

P1070: Dose-Finding and Pharmacogenetic Study of Efavirenz in HIV-Infected and HIV/TB Co-Infected Infants and Children ≥ 3 Months to < 36 Months of Age

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2008-12-05
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This study ended March 10, 2015. This multi-country trial was conducted in India, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, under the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) Network and funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Efavirenz (EFV)...

BWI CTU: Baltimore-Washington-India Clinical Trials Unit

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2007-02-02
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Comprising clinical trial sites at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Whitman Walker Health in Washington, DC, and the BJGMC-CCGHE collaboration in Pune, India, the Baltimore-Washington-India Clinical Trials Unit (BWI-CTU) is one of only 25 international HIV/TB clinical trial sites funded by the...

Mother-to-Child Transmission (MTCT) of HIV: India SWEN Study

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2002-06-07
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This study was officially terminated August 2018. Primary and secondary analyses of the India SWEN study, an NIH-funded phase III randomized controlled trial of an extended nevirapine prophylaxis regimen among 783 HIV-infected pregnant women and their breastfed infants in Pune, India.

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Repeated pregnancy in HIV positive Indian women with known HIV status

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2008-09-29
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AIDS Care
HIV-positive women of reproductive age face challenges in decision making related to pregnancy. Understanding factors influencing repeat pregnancies in women with known HIV status are necessary to guide interventions and counseling strategies to better inform and support them. We compared three...

Nurses’ health education program in India increases HIV knowledge and reduces fear

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2007-11-30
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Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Few health care facilities are adequately prepared to manage and care for HIV/AIDS patients in India. Nurses play a critical role in patient care but are often ill-equipped to deal with their own fears of occupational risk and handle the clinical aspects of HIV/AIDS care, leading to stigma and...

Making the choice: the translation of global HIV and infant feeding policy to local practice among mothers in Pune, India

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2005-04-15
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The Journal of Nutrition
In 2003, India had over 5.1 million infected individuals living with HIV/AIDS. The percentage of all HIV cases attributed to perinatal transmission has been increasing steadily from 0.33% of total cases in 1999 to 2.80% in 2004. Recent statistics indicate that over 130,000 infants have been...

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