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Drs. Jeffrey Tornheim and Mandar Paradkar
December 4, 2019

Journal of Infectious Diseases: Gene expression profiles among Indian children with confirmed TB were distinct from those of adults, highlighting the importance of including distinct populations in differential gene expression models

Clinical Research

Leadership
While we conduct research all over the world, the majority of our work is in India. Our Indo-JHU Clinical Research Partnership is located in Pune and is directed by Dr. Amita Gupta (Baltimore, MD), with onsite direction from Dr. Vidya Mave, Dr. Nishi Suryavanshi, and Dr. Nikhil Gupte (Pune). The Indo-JHU Partnership employs more than 200 people and in addition to our memberships in cosortia with many esteemed Indian research institutions, we have formal agreements with:

 
 

Lateral flow urine lipoarabinomannan assay for detecting active tuberculosis in HIV-positive adults

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2016-08-16
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Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Background: Rapid detection of tuberculosis (TB) among people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a global health priority. HIV-associated TB may have different clinical presentations and is challenging to diagnose. Conventional sputum tests have reduced sensitivity in HIV-positive...

Heterogeneity of the HIV epidemic in agrarian, trading, and fishing communities in Rakai, Uganda: an observational epidemiological study

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2016-08-15
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The Lancet HIV
Background : Understanding the extent to which HIV burden differs across communities and the drivers of local disparities is crucial for an effective and targeted HIV response. We assessed community-level variations in HIV prevalence, risk factors, and treatment and prevention service uptake in...

Community-based interventions to improve and sustain antiretroviral therapy adherence, retention in HIV care and clinical outcomes in low- and middle-income countries for achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets

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2016-07-30
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Current HIV/AIDS Reports
Little is known about the effect of community versus health facility-based interventions to improve and sustain antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence, virologic suppression, and retention in care among HIV-infected individuals in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). We systematically searched...

Continued elevation of interleukin-18 and interferon-γ after initiation of antiretroviral therapy and clinical failure in a diverse multicountry human immunodeficiency virus cohort

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2016-07-27
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Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Background: We assessed immune activation after antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation to understand clinical failure in diverse settings. Methods: We performed a case-control study in ACTG Prospective Evaluation of Antiretrovirals in Resource-Limited Settings (PEARLS). Cases were defined as...

Association of medical male circumcision and antiretroviral therapy scale-up with community HIV incidence in Rakai, Uganda

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2016-07-12
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JAMA
Importance Medical male circumcision (MMC) and antiretroviral therapy (ART) are proven HIV prevention interventions, but there are limited data on the population-level effect of scale-up of these interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. Such evaluation is important for planning and resource allocation...

Epidemiological impact of achieving UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets for HIV care in India: a modelling study

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2016-07-07
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BMJ Open
Objective: Recent UNAIDS ‘90-90-90’ targets propose that to end the HIV epidemic by 2030, 90% of persons living with HIV (PLWH) worldwide should know their diagnosis, 90% of diagnosed PLWH should be on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and 90% of PLWH on ART should be virally suppressed by 2020...

Inflammation and change in body weight with antiretroviral therapy initiation in a multinational cohort of HIV-infected adults

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2016-07-01
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Journal of Infectious Diseases
Background: Both wasting and obesity are associated with inflammation, but the extent to which body weight changes influence inflammation during human immunodeficiency virus infection is unknown. Methods: Among a random virologically suppressed participants of the Prospective Evaluation of...

Defining clinical excellence in adult infectious disease practice

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2016-06-16
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Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Clinical excellence should be recognized, particularly in the current climate that appropriately prioritizes relationship-centered care. In order to develop a recognition model, a definition of clinical excellence must be created and agreed upon. A paradigm recently suggested by C. Christmas...

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...

Next-generation sequencing in neuropathologic diagnosis of infections of the nervous system

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2016-06-13
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Neurology, Neuroimmunology and Neuroinflammation
OBJECTIVE: To determine the feasibility of next-generation sequencing (NGS) microbiome approaches in the diagnosis of infectious disorders in brain or spinal cord biopsies in patients with suspected CNS infections. METHODS: In a prospective pilot study, we applied NGS in combination with a new...

Isoniazid hair concentrations in children with tuberculosis: a proof of concept study

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2016-06-01
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International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Assessing treatment adherence and quantifying exposure to anti-tuberculosis drugs among children is challenging. We undertook a 'proof of concept' study to assess the drug concentrations of isoniazid (INH) in hair as a therapeutic drug monitoring tool. Children aged <12 years initiated on...

The availability of emergency obstetric care in the context of the JSY cash transfer programme in Madhya Pradesh, India

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2016-05-18
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BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Abstract Background: Since 2005, India has implemented a national cash transfer programme, the Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), which provides women a cash transfer upon giving birth in an existing public facility. This has resulted in a steep rise in facility births across the country. The early...

Public health clinic-based hepatitis C testing and linkage to care in Baltimore

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2016-05-15
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Journal of Viral Hepatitis
Testing and linkage to care are important determinants of hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment effectiveness. Public health clinics serve populations at high risk of HCV. We investigated their potential to serve as sites for HCV testing, initiation of and linkage to HCV care. Cross-sectional study of...

Applying ethical principles to international community-based research; a case study from the Consortium to Respond Effectively to the AIDS/TB Epidemic

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2016-05-15
This paper describes how one set of HIV-TB prevention research studies put procedures in place to be responsive to these foundational ethical principles when interacting with communities in large population-based, global public health research.

Management and control of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB): addressing policy needs for India

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2016-05-06
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Journal of Public Health Policy
Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) challenges TB control efforts because of delays in diagnosis plus its long-term treatment which has toxic effects. Of TB high-incidence countries, India carries the highest burden of MDR-TB cases. We describe policy issues in India concerning MDR-TB...

High proportion of extrapulmonary tuberculosis in a low prevalence setting: a retrospective cohort study

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2016-04-29
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Public Health
Objectives: The proportion of extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) cases in the United States (US) has been rising due to a slower rate of decline in EPTB compared to pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB). The purpose of this study was to characterise the clinical and treatment differences between EPTB and...

Inflammation and change in body weight with antiretroviral therapy initiation in a multinational cohort of HIV-infected adults

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2016-04-01
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The Journal of Infectious Diseases
Background: Both wasting and obesity are associated with inflammation, but the extent to which body weight changes influence inflammation during human immunodeficiency virus infection is unknown. Methods: Among a random virologically suppressed participants of the Prospective Evaluation of...

Persistently elevated C-reactive protein level in the first year of antiretroviral therapy, despite virologic suppression, is associated with HIV disease progression in resource-constrained settings

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2016-04-01
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The Journal of Infectious Diseases
A case-cohort analysis of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) was performed within a multicountry randomized trial (PEARLS) to assess the prevalence of persistently elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, based on serial measurements of...

Tuberculosis risk among medical trainees, Pune, India

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2016-03-22
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Emerging Infectious Diseases
During 2012–2013, at a public hospital in Pune, India, 26 (3.9%) cases of tuberculosis were reported among 662 medical trainees, representing an estimated incidence of 3,279 cases/100,000 person-years. Three of these infections were isoniazid-resistant, 1 was multidrug-resistant, and 1 occurred in...

Empirical tuberculosis therapy versus isoniazid in adult outpatients with advanced HIV initiating antiretroviral therapy (REMEMBER): a multicountry open-label randomised controlled trial

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2016-03-19
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The Lancet
Background: Mortality within the first 6 months after initiating antiretroviral therapy is common in resource-limited settings and is often due to tuberculosis in patients with advanced HIV disease. Isoniazid preventive therapy is recommended in HIV-positive adults, but subclinical tuberculosis can...

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Isoniazid Concentration in Hair among Children with Tuberculosis

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2015-11-15
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Mave, V. Isoniazid Concentration in Hair among Children with Tuberculosis. Annual Meeting, Center for AIDS Research. Seattle, WA.

BJMC-JHU Research Program

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2015-10-31
Mave, V. BJMC-JHU Research Program. TreatAsia Network Meeting. Bangkok, Thailand.

Rakai Health Sciences Program: Social, Behavioral, and Biomedical Research in HIV Dynamics, Prevention, and Care

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2015-10-30
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Chang, L. Rakai Health Sciences Program: Social, Behavioral, and Biomedical Research in HIV Dynamics, Prevention, and Care. CFAR National Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Network Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD.

mHealth

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2015-10-29
Chang, L. mHealth. CFAR National Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Network Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD.

Does Quality of Delivery Care Differ Between Public and Private Facilities in Madhya Pradesh, India?: An Exit Interview Study of Routine Delivery Care Practices

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2015-10-20
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Chaturvedi C, Randive B , Sabde Y, Diwan V, Raven J, De Costa A. Does Quality of Delivery Care Differ Between Public and Private Facilities in Madhya Pradesh, India?: An Exit Interview Study of Routine Delivery Care Practices. Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference 2015. Mexico City, Mexico. 2015

Operational Challenges Undermine WHO TB Symptom Screen in Pregnant Women

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2015-10-11
Vaidya A , Tambe S, Bhosale R, Mave V, Elf J, Pradhan N, Nevrekar N, Patil S, Kagal A, Joshi S, Chandanwale A, Gupta A, MathadJ. Operational Challenges Undermine WHO TB Symptom Screen in Pregnant Women. ID Week 2015. San Diego, CA. San Diego, CA. 2015

Developing a Validated Tool to Assess Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease Trainees’ Ability to Obtain and Interpret TB Diagnostics

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2015-10-11
Chida N, Gupta A, Bollinger B, Melia M. Developing a Validated Tool to Assess Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease Trainees’ Ability to Obtain and Interpret TB Diagnostics. ID Week 2015. San Diego, CA. 2015

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...

A Man from Central America with Progressive Shortness of Breath

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2015-10-07
Chida, N. A Man from Central America with Progressive Shortness of Breath. ID Week 2015. San Diego, CA. 2015.

TB and Women

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2015-09-29
Gupta, A. TB and Women. Mid Atlantic TB Intensive Workshop. Rehoboth, DE.

Conducting HIV and TB Research in India: Challenges and Opportunities

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2015-08-27
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Gupta, A. Conducting HIV and TB Research in India: Challenges and Opportunities. Emory University. Atlanta, GA.

Tuberculosis in Pregnant Women and Infants

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2015-08-26
Gupta, A. Tuberculosis in Pregnant Women and Infants. International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. Atlanta, GA.

Tuberculosis in Peripartum Women and Infants

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2015-08-26
Gupta, A. Tuberculosis in Peripartum Women and Infants. International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. Atlanta, GA.

Tuberculosis in Pregnant Women and Infants

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2015-08-25
Gupta, A. Tuberculosis in Pregnant Women and Infants. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Atlanta, GA.

Global Teaching of Global Health Competencies for Medical Students in Uganda

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2015-07-15
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Bollinger, R. Global Teaching of Global Health Competencies for Medical Students in Uganda. Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Innovation Session. Harare, Zimbabwe.

Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) 2015 Workshop

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2015-06-30
Page, K. Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) 2015 Workshop. Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) 2015 Workshop. HSHPS and National Institutes of Health. Bethesda, MD. 2015.

Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) of TB in Young Children: The Role of Hair Assays

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2015-06-17
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Mave, V. Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) of TB in Young Children: The Role of Hair Assays. IMPAACT Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.

TB Research and Community Impact

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2015-05-27
Gupta, A. TB Research and Community Impact. Community Research Advisory Group (CRAG), Community Partners (CP). TB/HIV International Research & Community Engagement Webinar. N/A.

The Association of Exposure to Air Pollution from Biomass Fuels, Kerosene, and Secondhand Tobacco Smoke with TB in Adult Women and Children in Pune, India

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2015-05-01
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Elf JL , Kinikar A, Khadse S, Mave V, Gupte N, Kulkarni V, Patekar S, Raichur P, Breysse P, Gupta A, Golub J. The Association of Exposure to Air Pollution from Biomass Fuels, Kerosene, and Secondhand Tobacco Smoke with TB in Adult Women and Children in Pune, India. American Thoracic Society...

Conducting HIV/TB Research in India: Challenges and Opportunities

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2015-04-17
Gupta, A. Conducting HIV/TB Research in India: Challenges and Opportunities. Grand Rounds, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Baltimore, MD.

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