JUNE 17, 2022

We're thrilled to announce that the Gupta-Klinsky India Institute (GKII) at Johns Hopkins University has received a gift from JHU Alumnus Girish and Himangi Rishi. They have given $250,000 to support GKII’s efforts to strengthen food and health systems for women, children, and other vulnerable populations in India.

Girish Rishi, an alumnus of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), is an accomplished tech executive, now CEO of the industrial software company Cognite, and hopes the gift will connect his passion for business and technology with the challenges of urban hunger, sustainable diets, and health inequity. Himangi Rishi is specifically interested in improving maternal and child health through better access to quality food and nutrition.

The donation will fund an executive roundtable at SAIS and support student travel prizes in the form of fellowships to promote these areas of focus.
Gupta-Klinsky India Institute Executive Director
Interested in working with GKII? We are reviewing candidates for a newly-created Executive Director position to create a supportive, open, participatory, and results-oriented working environment. This position will support the network of GKII faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as collaborating partners and supporters, to ultimately deliver on the mission and strategic goals of GKII.
The Executive Director will be responsible for support and delivery of all GKII activities, including stakeholder engagement, strategic development and implementation, financial performance and sustainability.
The Business Standard, May 23, 2022

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has awarded the Dean's Medal to Serum Institute of India (SII) Chairman Dr Cyrus S. Poonawalla for his outstanding work in developing and delivering affordable vaccines and contributions to the Indian biosciences industry for several decades, a statement said here on Monday.

The SII, with its Covid-19 vaccines, played a huge role in fighting the Coronavirus pandemic that raged across the world in the past over two years.

The honor was presented to the SII chief at the convocation ceremony, and Poonawalla termed it a 'proud moment'.
Photo Credit: Chris Hartlove
Sridevi Sarma, PhD
Vice Dean for Graduate Education at The Whiting School of Engineering

Sridevi Sarma, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and vice dean for graduate education at the Whiting School of Engineering, develops computational, data-driven, and biological approaches to advance the knowledge and treatment of diseases of the nervous system including epilepsy, chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, and insomnia. She also harnesses dynamical systems and control theory to understand how the brain governs complex behaviors, including motor control and decision making.

Dr. Sarma’s other work involves establishing partnerships in India with engineering schools. These collaborations will facilitate the exchange of students, enhance faculty collaborations between institutions, and create lower-cost opportunities for Indian students to pursue graduate level degrees at Johns Hopkins University.
Vinciya Pandian, assistant dean for immersive learning and digital innovation at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, discusses her work.

"Pandian, with PhD, MBA, MSN, ACNP-BC, FAANP, and FAAN credentials, among others, has helped write the rules and set the standards in tracheostomy care, earning her standing as a global authority in these lifesaving interventions. She focuses on education to decrease caregivers’ and family members’ fears or hesitancy in order to give mechanically ventilated individuals the best hope of finding a new normal—making the most of every breath they’ve been given back—and developing tools to measure their quality of life and improve communication."
Thursday, June 23, 2022
8:30 a.m. EST/6 p.m. IST

The seminar is presented by Dr. Steven Clipman, School of Medicine, and Dr. Sunil Solomon, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine.
Wednesday, July 2o, 2022
9 a.m. EST/6:30 p.m. IST

Save-the-Date for GKII's Summer Townhall session, as faculty co-chairs David Peters and Amita Gupta discuss the latest information regarding the Gupta-Klinsky Institute.
Covishield Vaccine
BMJ Global Health

First and second doses of the Covishield vaccine provided high level of protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection in highly transmissible settings: results from a prospective cohort of participants residing in congregate facilities in India.
JHU Dept. of Medicine Program Officer
The Program Officer will provide technical and programmatic assistance to an HIV prevention and treatment initiative in India, funded by USAID and EJAF. This role will serve as the program’s consistent link between the Leadership and Analytical Core of the program and other locations (domestically and internationally) and provide day-to-day problem solving, technical input, writing and editing, report submissions, and procurement processing required by the program.
Global Forum on Bioethics In Research
Application Deadline: June 17, 2022
The Global Forum on Bioethics in Research (GFBR) is holding a two-day meeting in Cape Town, South Africa on Nov. 29 and 30, 2022 on the theme: “Ethics of artificial intelligence in global health research.”

GFBR is seeking three types of participants for the meeting:
  • Case study presenters will present their research experiences and the ethical issues that have emerged regarding the use of AI in health research in LMIC settings (examples from HIC will be considered if they show relevance to LMIC settings).
  • Governance paper presenters will present on topics such as regulation, policies, guidance, tools and issues associated with ethics and other review and oversight mechanisms.
  • Participants will attend the meeting and actively take part in plenary and small group discussions and networking opportunities.

Places are awarded on a competitive basis and successful applicants from LMICs will receive an award to cover the cost of their travel, accommodation and single-entry visa.
Pfizer Infectious Disease Fellowship Grant
Proposal Deadline: June 30, 2022
The goal of this RFP is to offer salary support for Infectious Disease Fellowship programs with the intent to support institutions with fellowship programs for physicians that have a strong focus on clinical practice, research, and education to further the understanding of anti-microbial resistance in the country and work towards building stronger stewardship practices.

Grant funding is available to support one fellow for up to $25,000 USD. The budget can only include salary and support of the fellow benefits, with a total budget of $250,000 USD for this program.

Requirements for Prospective Fellows:
  • Should be an Indian citizen
  • Resident in India during the time of application and pursuit of the fellowship
AIIS 2022 Fellowship Competition
Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2022
The American Institute of Indian Studies announced its 2022 fellowship competition, and invites applications from scholars who wish to conduct their research in India. Junior fellowships are awarded to Ph.D. candidates to conduct research for their dissertations in India for up to eleven months. Senior fellowships are awarded to scholars who hold the Ph.D. degree for up to nine months of research in India.

AIIS welcomes applicants from a wide variety of disciplines. It especially encourages applicants in fields such as Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Public Health, and Regional Planning.

Inquiries should be directed to 773-702-8638 or [email protected].
Looking for Student Support?
Johns Hopkins faculty who are seeking student support for India-related projects can now submit position descriptions. We will post them online and share in our email updates!
Healthworld, June 8, 2022

Dr. Amita Gupta spoke to ETHealthWorld's Prathiba Raju on various aspects of healthcare, from emerging COVID variants and monkeypox, to new digital forces that are driving healthcare transformation, and how India is a critical partner for John Hopkins University in addressing global public health challenges.
The Financial Express, May 30, 2022

Dr. Amita Gupta, Co-Chair, GKII and Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, discussed how Hopkins faculty staff, students, and alumni through their research and partnership with government, academia, the private sector, and NGOs across India can advance human knowledge and develop bold, world-changing ideas.
WHYY, June 1, 2022

The World Health Organization’s Dr. Rosamund Lewis said health officials don’t know whether it will become a pandemic, but that it’s unlikely. Still, public health experts want to know how the disease has spread across multiple continents over a relatively short period of time. The recent monkeypox outbreak is somewhat unusual, experts say, because the virus is not typically found outside of central and western Africa.

While infectious disease experts think it’s wise for the public to know about monkeypox, this outbreak should not necessarily trigger COVID déjà vu... The U.S. is in a much better position to stop this rare disease from spreading widely.
Global Health Now, June 3, 2022

“Heat waves are still not getting the desired attention and importance as other disasters like floods, cyclones or earthquakes,” says Abhiyant Tiwari. “Given the success of heat action plans by health and disaster management authorities in reducing mortality and morbidity, other sectors of the economy like agriculture, transport, and power should create their own heat action plans.”
Global Health Now, May 26, 2022

India’s two deadly waves of COVID-19 are estimated to have killed 4 million people by June 2021, but intermittent lockdowns took a separate toll on Indians with leprosy. Detection, treatment, and rehabilitative services were severely disrupted.

One indication of COVID-19’s impact on leprosy screening in India is the sharp reduction in the number of new leprosy cases detected. In 2019-2020 during the year before the pandemic, 114,451 new cases were recorded, according to the government’s official count. But in 2020-2021, only 65,147 new cases were detected, according to WHO.
BBC, May 18, 2022

Pollution led to more than 2.3 million premature deaths in India in 2019, according to a new Lancet study. Nearly 1.6 million deaths were due to air pollution alone, and more than 500,000 were caused by water pollution.

The latest Lancet Commission on pollution and health report blamed pollution for nine million - or about one in six - deaths globally. It said India - where bad air kills more than a million people every year - remained among the worst affected.