Presentations

Smita Nimkar, MSc

Study Coordinator & Regulatory Coordinator
Pune, India
Smita Nimkar is Study Coordinator for TREATAsia, an Regulatory Coordinator and IRB/EC Liaison for the clinical research site (CRS) at BJ Government Medical College (BJGMC) in Pune, India. The BJGMC CRS is part of the Baltimore-Washington-India Clinical Trials Unit ( BWI-CTU ), which conducts clinical trials under the NIH ACTG and IMPAACT Trial Networks—along with the Johns Hopkins CRS (Baltimore, MD) and the Whitman Walker Health CRS (Washington, DC). She works with the India research team to ensure training on and compliance with scientific regulatory standards at all levels, assists with...

Neeta Pradhan

Tuberculosis Laboratory Coordinator
Pune, India
Neeta Pradhan
Neeta Pradhan is TB Laboratory Coordinator at the BJGMC-CRS in Pune, India. She has worked as Laboratory Manager at Golwilkar Metropolis Health Services where she was responsible for technical and quality aspects of laboratory testing. She worked as a Laboratory Coordinator at NARI (National AIDS Research Institute) Clinical Trial Unit for various NIH-funded clinical stuies in the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), the AIDS Clinical Trial Group (ACTG), and the Microbicide Trial Network (MTN). She was responsible for lab quality management, administration, monitoring and supervision, and...

Sandesh Patil, MBBS, DGO, MPH

Clinical Coordinator
Pune, India
Sandesh Patil, MBBS, DGO
Dr. Sandesh Patil is a Clinical Coordinator with John Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE) and the BJGMC-CRS , based in Pune, India. He has more than 12 years of experience in clinical research and has worked in different capacities including as Research Officer and Study Clinician in NIH-funded ACTG and IMPAACT network clinical trials. He was actively involved in the SWEN India trial which helped WHO to reform PMTCT guidelines among breastfed infants. He has a post graduate degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has pursued Clinical Research as a career and interest...

Vandana Kulkarni, MS

Laboratory Manager
Pune, India
Vandana Kulkarni, MS
Vandana Kulkarni has a master’s degree in microbiology and has completed the Professional Development Program for Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs in Biopharmaceutical Industry. Ms. Kulkarni is Laboratory Manager at Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College Clinical Research Site ( BJMC-CRS ) in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, where she has worked since September of 2004. During the last 11 years, she has worked in the research laboratory providing lab support to NIH-funded ACTG and IMPAACT trials as well other studies. She is responsible for the...

Savita Kanade, MSc

Community Coordinator
Pune, India
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...

Sameer Khan

Data Manager
Pune, India
Sameer Khan
Sameer Khan is Data Manager for the BJ Medical College Clinical Research Site ( BJGMC-CRS ) in Pune, India for clinical studies funded by two NIH trial networks: the AIDS Clinical Trial Group (ACTG) and the International Maternal Paediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT). He has 12 years of experience in clinical data management, and has been working in computer science projects for the last 20 years. He worked as Database Administrator cum QA/QC administrator on a collaborative, NIH-funded clinical trial conducted by Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA and BJ Medical College...

Sadaf Aftab Inamdar, BPharm

Pharmacist of Record
Pune, India
Sadaf Aftab Inamdar, BPharm
Ms. Inamdar is a Pharmacist of Record at BJGMC-CRS , Pune, where she is responsible for study product management, supervision and training for pharmacy staff, establishment and implementation of internal policies and procedures, QA/QC management, inventory control, randomization procedures, study product preparation and dispensing, as well as counseling study participants regarding treatments, adherence monitoring, and product destruction. She is also responsible for preparing the applications for the in-country drug regulatory authority, DCGI and Zonal Officer CDSCO Mumbai. She is also...

Neetal Nevrekar, MBBS

Research Clinician
Pune, India
Neetal Nevrekar, MBBS
Dr. Neetal Nevrekar is a research clinician at BJMC-CRS in Pune, India, where she has worked since June 2010. She is experienced in the field of clinical research on HIV, and works on various IMPAACT and ACTG Network research protocols. She worked on research protocols A5207, A5253, and A5225 as a research officer. Presently working on protocols 1077BF and 1077FF (PROMISE), A5282, A5288, and P1078 as a study clinician. She screens and enrolls research participants, is involved in developing the source documents for research protocols, and in completing clinical record forms. She is also...

Sona Deshmukh, MBBS, MPH

Study Coordinator
Pune, India
Sona Deshmukh, MBBS, MPH
Dr. Deshmukh is Study Coordinator for the Tuberculosis-Diabetes study at the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College-JHU Clinical Research Site , funded by the NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Her research interests include the epidemiology of noncommunicable diseases and policy reforms for the same. The BJGMC Clinical Research Site is a member of a the Baltimore-Washington-India Clinical Trials Unit, a collaborative research partnership among BJGMC, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Whitman Walker Health in Washington, DC, to conduct clinical...

Mallika Alexander, MBBS

Project Manager
Pune, India
Mallika Alexander, MBBS
Dr. Alexander is the project manager for the PRACHITi study, a study on immunological changes in HIV positive and negative pregnant women with latent tuberculosis at Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College Clinical Research Site (BJGMC-CRS) in Pune, India. A gynecologist by training, her research interests are improving women’s health, prevention of HIV and AIDS, microbicides, and HPV related cancers. She has more than 30 years of multidisciplinary experience. Prior to joining BJGMC-CRS, she was the medical manager at National AIDS Research Institute (NARI) for eight years, where she...

Amita Nagaraj

Senior Financial Administrator
Pune, India
Amita Nagaraj
Ms. Nagaraj (Seymour) has a bachelor’s degree in commerce majoring in accounting, and has fourteen years of experience in budgeting and monitoring all financial and administrative aspects of the BJMC subcontracts. She is currently Senior Financial Administrator for the BJGMC Clinical Research Site ( BJGMC-CRS ) in India. She is responsible for preparing all budgets and justifications for the BJGMC-CRS; ensuring compliance with the sponsor procurement requirements; overseeing HR with regard to staff contracts, payroll, taxes; ensuring that all expenses are correctly and timely recorded;...

Mandar Paradkar, MBBS, DCH, MPH

Study Coordinator
Pune, India
Mandar Paradkar, MBBS, DCH, MPH
Dr. Paradkar is Study Coordinator at the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College Clinical Research Site ( BJGMC-CRS ) in Pune, India. He coordinates Tuberculosis Research by the Indo-US Medical Partnership (CTRIUMPh), and upcoming pediatric TB studies: SHINE and TBM Kids trial. He is a pediatrician by training and successfully completed the full time Master of Public Health degree through Cardiff University, UK, under the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship Program in November, 2015. He rejoined the site in role of study coordinator December 2015. In his current role, he coordinates...

Sagar Bhagwat, MBA, MS

Grants and Contracts Analyst
Sagar Bhagwat
Mr. Bhagwat is Grants and Contract Analyst for CCGHE. He works with the Financial Manager to support financial activities for CCGHE. He works on sponsored research pre and post award activity, reconciliation of non-sponsored and sponsored accounts, and monitoring of expenses. Mr. Bhagwat collaborates with the Office of Sponsored Projects in the Department of Medicine, the Office of Research Administration (ORA) at the School of Medicine, the Department Finance Office, and with external funding agencies to process grant and contract applications. He joins Johns Hopkins with 3 years' accounting...

Shri Vijay Bala Yogendra Shivakumar, MD

Project Coordinator
Pune, India
Shri Vijay Bala Yogendra Shivakumar, MD
Dr. Shivakumar is a clinician and project coordinator for C-TRIUMPH at Johns Hopkins University, India office. He recently joined the CCGHE team as an overall project coordinator for C-TRIUMPH for both Chennai and Pune. His research interests are TB infection transmission and its progression to disease. Dr. Shivakumar joined National Institute for Research in TB in Chennai as a clinician and study coordinator for C-TRUIMPH, an epidemiological study recruiting a cohort of TB patients and their household contacts and following their health over a period of 2 years. This study includes multiple...

Ivan Marbaniang, MBBS, MPH

Study Coordinator
Pune, India
Mr. Marbaniang is currenlty pursuing a PhD in epidemiology at McGill University in Montreal. He is former Study Coordinator at the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College Clinical Research Site ( BJGMC-CRS ) in Pune, India, where he coordinated he antimicrobial/acute febrile illness and non-communicable diseases in HIV studies. He remains active in research with the Indo-JHU clinical research partnership. He received his Master of Public Health degree concentrating in epidemiology and biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in June 2015, where he was a...

Gauri Dhumal, MSc, PhD

Program Manager, BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Training Program
Pune, India
Dr. Dhumal is Program Manager for the BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Training Program . The Fogarty Program is a five-year partnership with the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College in Puna, India, designed to establish a cadre of highly trained faculty to build institutional capacity for, and lead, HIV and tuberculosis research. Dr. Dhumal is an anthropologist with a public health background and expertise in research, project management, clinical trial, epidemiology and teaching. She is author of many national and international publications, and has presented research findings at national and...

Linda Bucay

MPH Student
Linda Bucay is an MPH student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health concentrating in social and behavioral sciences. She began working with Dr. Kathleen Page in July 2016 to conduct research on the mental health needs of, and access to health care for, Spanish-speaking immigrant populations. Previously, she worked in clinical research in different regions of Mexico, primarily related to mental health and substance use disorders. Her research interests include health disparities, social and structural determinants of health as well as the improvement of health care services...

Kristin Thomas

Baltimore, Maryland
Kristin Thomas
Kristin Thomas is a MSPH candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health studying social and behavioral interventions in international health. She specializes in mHealth, qualitative research methods, and health communications. Ms. Thomas joined Dr. Larry Chang’s mLAKE study in Spring 2015 and traveled to Rakai District, Uganda during the summer to join the team at the Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP). RHSP is a leader in HIV/AIDS research in Uganda. The mLAKE study seeks to determine the feasibility, acceptability, and impact of an mHealth-guided HIV counseling...

Shivani Mehta

Baltimore, Maryland
Shivani Mehta is a BS/BA candidate (2018) in public health at the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, who is working with Drs. Rupak Shivakoti and Mallika Alexander on Maternal Inflammation, Diet and Gut Microbiome in HIV: Impact on Infant Outcomes. Ms. Mehta spent June and July 2016 at BJGMC in Pune, India, working under Dr. Alexander. Awards 2016 Global Health Established Field Placement Grant 2016 Johns Hopkins Provost Undergradulate Research Award for 2016-17 From Ms. Mehta's Field Report: This week, as the patients come in, I have been sitting with the counselors and...

Abhilash Suresh

Baltimore, Maryland
Abhilash Suresh is a BS candidate in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering (2018), who worked with Drs. Akshay Gupte and Shri Vijay Bala Yogendra Shivakumar on the C-TRIUMPH substudy on Residual Respiratory Impairment Following Pulmonary Tuberculosis. During May and June 2016 he conducted a field placement in Chennai, India, at the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis where he worked under Dr. Shivakumar. Awards 2016 Global Health Established Field Placement Grant From Mr. Suresh's Field Report: This placement opened my eyes to how healthcare works...

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