Founded in 2007, the Public Health Research Institute of India (PHRII) improves the health of Indian women through research and care on issues affecting women across the lifespan. PHRII has a full-service laboratory with microbiological, serological, PCR services for diagnosis of STI/HIV, and operates mobile clinics providing reproductive healthcare in a rural catchment of more than 144 rural villages in Mysore. The Institute also operates the Prerana Reproductive Health Clinic offering free outpatient services for family planning, reproductive health care, cervical cancer screening, and HIV prevention to low-income communities in and around Mysore. Since its inception, PHRII has served as a mentoring and training site for NIH-funded undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and postdoctoral fellows in collaboration with several UC campuses, including UCSF, UCB and UCLA, producing two dozen peer-reviewed publications and pilot data for numerous NIH grant applications. Funding sources include UCLA’s CFAR, CHIPTS, and a T32 Global Health program. Current research projects include: 1) reducing the transmission of HIV from mother-to-child among tribal populations, 2) understanding social networks of HIV positive women, and 3) assessing barriers to cervical cancer screening. PHRII will provide training opportunities for Indian and UC trainees focused on HIV, maternal and child health, and reproductive health.
Site contact: Dr. Purnima Madhivanan and Dr. Jeffrey Klausner
The St John's National Academy of Health Sciences in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India (SJRI) – SJRI is a part of St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences. Its mission is to make a significant impact on health through basic and clinical research, promotion of evidence-based health care, and population health research initiatives. India has more than 2 million people living with HIV, with the highest numbers located in six “high prevalence” states, which include Karnataka. In 2002, Drs. M. Ekstrand (UCSF), T. Raj and S. Chandy (SJRI) obtained NIMH and NHLBI funding to examine correlates of ART adherence, including the impact of stigma and testing of innovative approaches to improve adherence and clinical outcomes. The UCSF-SJRI collaboration includes research on NCDs, which have replaced infectious diseases as India’s number one cause of mortality and disability. Ongoing research includes a clinical trial to improve the screening, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness among patients with a dual diagnosis of CVD or diabetes in rural primary health clinics. The collaboration’s research explores the use of technology to solve health problems in resource-poor settings including: mHealth, remote bio-monitoring of neonatal temperature, and development of point-of-care diagnostic devices. The UCSF-SJRI collaboration has supported the training of two medical students from UCSF, four UCB pre-doctoral students and two GloCal postdoctoral fellows from India. In November 2014, SJRI hosted the GloCal-sponsored “Mentoring the Mentors” South Asia workshop that included eight faculty and 35 participants. SJRI will continue to offer research opportunities in HIV, mental health and NCD research.
Site contacts: Dr. Maria Ekstrand and Dr. Tony Raj