Savita Kanade, MSc

Pune, India
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Staff
Community Coordinator

Savita Kanade is working as Community Coordinator for NIH funded clinical trials at BJGMC-CRS, Pune, India. At present she is serving as Co-chair on Outreach Recruitment and Retention subcommittee (OR&R) of SMCCC, ACTG. Her main duties as co-chair include developing agenda for monthly conference calls and OR&R business sessions at ACTG leadership retreat meetings, recording and distributing summaries of calls and meetings to parent committee, identify and address ACTG sites needs related to study recruitment and retention, facilitating development of and designing study recruitment flyers, maintaining the OR&R website and updating documents, leading OR&R committee sessions at the annual ACTG network meetings and the annual ACTG leadership retreats, representing OR&R on the Cross-Network committees such as PDISC, TES and the SMCCC, increasing involvement of GCAB members in  monthly OR&R calls and getting their input on participant recruitment and retention, study flyers, etc.

As part of NIH funded HIV/AIDS clinical trials, she was involved in recruitment and retention of participants in clinical trials and in identifying issues related to understanding barriers to participation and retention, addressing stigma and discrimination, administering informed consent, managing socio-cultural issues during the study participation, addressing opportunistic infections such as TB, etc.

She is also involved in networking and communication with state level agencies and various NGOs working in HIV/AIDS area. She is acting as site liaison to the Community Advisory Board (CAB) and facilitates local CAB representation at GCAB and ACTG.

She is been involved in translating the study related material (informed consent forms, education material, CRFs, study flyers, etc.) into local language.

As an Anthropologist, she has been involved in public health research for 15 years. She is active in research related to reproductive health, family planning, gender based domestic violence, formation of sexual partnerships, pathways in resolving unintended pregnancy among youth, and parent child communication on sex related issues.

 

Up Close with Savita Kanade. 2016-05-02.

A5300/IMPAACT2003: Study of MDR TB Cases and Their Household Contacts: Operational Feasibility to Inform PHOENIx Trial Design

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2015-09-01
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Dr. Amita Gupta is Protocol Co-Chair for this multinational study being conducted in Haiti, South Africa, Uganda, and in India by the Baltimore-Washington-India Clinical Trials Unit, of which CCGHE is a member. This is a cross-sectional study of adult MDR TB index cases and their identified adult...

Diagnosis of Tuberculosis Infection and Th1 Immune Response in Pregnant Women in India

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2014-09-01
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This study was terminated April 16, 2018. Tuberculosis (TB) disease is a major cause of mortality among Indian women of reproductive age; approximately 20-50% of women in India are latently infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). Due to immune changes of pregnancy, women are particularly at...

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

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2013-09-02
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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 women are using the emocha...

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...

Challenges and opportunities for outreach workers in the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) program in India

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2018-09-04
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PLoS One
PLoS One: Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV program in India is one of the largest in the world, and it relies on outreach workers. Our study looked at challenges and opportunities for outreach workers.

Vector-borne disease is a common cause of hospitalized febrile illness in India

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2018-03-26
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American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Diagnostic strategies adapted for season and age may reduce diagnostic uncertainty and identify causative organisms in treatable, fatal causes of AFI.

Antibiotic utilization and the role of suspected and diagnosed mosquito borne illness among adults and children with acute febrile illness in Pune, India

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2017-12-04
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Clinical Infectious Diseases
Mosquito-borne disease identification is associated with reduced empiric antibiotic use and faster antibiotic discontinuation.

Household food insecurity is associated with low interferon-gamma levels in pregnant Indian women

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2017-07-01
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International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Objective: To determine the association between household food insecurity and interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) levels in pregnancy. Design: Pregnant women in India were administered the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) questionnaire and underwent an IFN-γ release assay. Logistic regression...

High burden of antimicrobial resistance and mortality among adults and children with community-onset bacterial infections in India

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2017-04-15
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Journal of Infectious Diseases
Of 133 isolates from 115 patients, 50% were multi-drug resistant; of 33 isolates tested for carbapenem susceptibility, 36% were resistant.

High prevalence of cryptococcal antigenaemia amongst asymptomatic advanced HIV patients in Pune, India

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2017-03-21
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Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
Methods : A prospective study was conducted in a large public sector ART centre and the inpatient wards of Sassoon Hospital, Pune, India. All consenting patients> 18 years of age with CD4 count <100 cells/mm3 were screened for CrAg by latex agglutination assay. Those with positive CrAg...

Quantitative IFN-y,IL-2 response and latent tuberculosis test discordance in HIV-infected pregnant women

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2016-06-15
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American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Rationale: Pregnant women with latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) are at high risk for development of TB, especially if infected with HIV. Objectives: To assess the performance of LTBI tests in pregnant and postpartum women infected with HIV, investigate the immunology behind discordance in...

Source case investigation for children with TB disease in Pune, India

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2014-08-27
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Tuberculosis Research and Treatment
Setting. Contact tracing is broadly encouraged for tuberculosis (TB) control. In many high-burden countries, however, little effort is made to identify contacts of newly diagnosed TB patients. This failure puts children, many of whom live in poor crowded communities, at special risk. Objectives. To...

Pregnancy differentially impacts performance of latent tuberculosis diagnostics in a high-burden setting

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2014-03-21
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PLOS One
Background: Targeted screening for latent TB infection (LTBI) in vulnerable populations is a recommended TB control strategy. Pregnant women are at high risk for developing TB and likely to access healthcare, making pregnancy an important screening opportunity in developing countries. The...

Mobile Health and Behavioral PMTCT Intervention among Community Health Workers Improves Exclusive Breastfeeding and Early Infant Diagnosis in India: A Cluster Randomized Trial

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2018-07-24
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Suryavanshi N, Kadam A, Hegde A, Sivalenka S, Kumar VS, McKenzie-White J, Kanade S, Gupta A, Bollinger RC, Shankar A, Gupte N, Mave V. Mobile Health and Behavioral PMTCT Intervention among Community Health Workers Improves Exclusive Breastfeeding and Early Infant Diagnosis in India: A Cluster...

Presentation, Etiology, and Outcome of Febrile Indian Patients Differs by HIV Status

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2016-11-16
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Kadam D, Robinson M , Kagal A, Bharadwaj R, Raichur P, Kanade S, Sachs J, Gupte N, Gupta A, Mave V. Presentation, Etiology, and Outcome of Febrile Indian Patients Differs by HIV Status. 65th Annual Meeting, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Atlanta, GA.

The Impact of Health Seeking Behavior on Community-acquired Multi-drug Resistant Stool Colonization among Hospitalized Febrile Illness Patients in Pune, India

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2016-10-29
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Sachs J , Bharadwaj R, Khadse S, Kadam D, Kagal A, Shaikh N, Shingada K, Raichur P, Kanade S, Suryanvanshi N, Gupta A, Robinson M, Mave V. The Impact of Health Seeking Behavior on Community-acquired Multi-drug Resistant Stool Colonization among Hospitalized Febrile Illness Patients in Pune, India...

Outreach Workers in the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) Programme in India: Challenges and Opportunities

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2016-07-21
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Suryavanshi N , Mave V, Kadam A, Kanade S, Sivalenka S, Sampath K, Harve P, Gupta RS, Hegde A, McKenzie-White J, Gupte N, Gupta A, Bollinger RC, Shankar AV. Outreach Workers in the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) Programme in India: Challenges and Opportunities. 21st...

Frequent Resistant Gram Negative Rod Stool Colonization among Patients Admitted with Acute Febrile Illness in Pune, India

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2016-03-03
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Bharadwaj RS, Robinson M, Marbaniang I, Kagal A, Raichur PA, Kulkami V, Balasubramanian U, Onawale P, Kanade S, Nelson G, Gupta A, Mave V. Frequent Resistant Gram Negative Rod Stool Colonization among Patients Admitted with Acute Febrile Illness in Pune, India. 17th International Congress on...

Pregnancy Intensifies the IFN-gamma Suppression of HIV in TB-infected Indian Women

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2016-02-24
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Mathad J, Bhosale R, Balasubramanian U, Deshpande P, Kanade S, Mave V, Gupta A. Pregnancy Intensifies the IFN-gamma Suppression of HIV in TB-infected Indian Women. Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections 2016. Boston, MA. 2016.

Dengue and Malaria are Common Infections among Adults and Adolescents Hospitalized with Acute Febrile Illness in Western India

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2015-10-09
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Mave V, Kadam D, Bharadwaj R, Kagal A, Sachs J, Raichur P, Kanade S, Gupte N, Joshi S, Chandanwale A, Zenilman JM, Bollinger R, Gupta A. Dengue and Malaria are Common Infections among Adults and Adolescents Hospitalized with Acute Febrile Illness in Western India. Infectious Diseases Society of...

BJGMC Clinical Research Team Exceeds 6,000 Participant Enrollments in 4 Years

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2018-08-03
Group Photo, BJGMC Clinical Research Site, 2016, Pune, India
The Indo-JHU Clinical Research partnership at BJGMC in Pune, India, is now one of the top enrollers among all ACTG research sites internationally.

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day Recognized with Community Event at BJGMC

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2018-04-17
World Health Day group activities at BJGMC Clinical Research Site in Pune, India
This year's themes: Maintaining healthy nutrition, addressing mental health challenges, and the latest in TB research.

Women's Empowerment at BJGMC World TB Day 2017

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2017-04-03
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World AIDS Day 2016 at BJGMC

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2016-12-06
Read more about 2016 World AIDS Day activities at the BJGMC Clinical Site in Pune, India.

Up Close: Savita Kanade

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2016-05-02
Clinical research on the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis and HIV isn’t possible without someone like Savita Kanade, an anthropologist and Community Outreach Coordinator for the clinical research site at Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College (BJGMC-CRS) in Pune, India. As the...

Feasibility Study Complete on Preventive Therapy for Household Contacts of MDR-TB Patients in Pune, India

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2016-03-31
March 31, 2016—Pune, India—The Baltimore-Washington-India Clinical Trials Unit is pleased to announce that the BJGMC Clinical Research Site (BJGMC-CRS) in Pune, India, just finished the feasibility study titled A5300/IMPAACT2003: Study of MDR-TB Cases and their Household Contacts: Operational...

Tuberculosis test may underreport in pregnant women with HIV

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2016-01-28
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Infectious Disease Advisor
Pregnancy may confound tuberculosis (TB) tests results in women with HIV, according to research published in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine .

BJGMC Clinical Research Site Observes World AIDS Day

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2015-12-14
Pune, India—To mark the struggle of those living with HIV and in commemoration of those who have lost their lives, the Clinical Research Site at Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College (BJGMC CRS) participated in the National AIDS Trust’s World AIDS Day . Each year on December 1, events are...