India Platform

The University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS) is actively engaged in collaborative efforts with several academic institutions in India, most specifically the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Maharasha University of the Health Sciences (MUHS). AIIMS is a premier medical school located in New Delhi, India.  UMMS faculty have made several visits to AIIMS over the past few years, with a particular focus on trauma care, and a Memorandum of Understanding with AIIMS was signed in 2011.  In 2012, collaborations were formalized with MUHS through the joint Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative award.

A University of Michigan delegation to India led by President Mary Sue Coleman took place in mid-November, 2013. The group traveled with the intention of extending collaborations with various universities including AIIMS and Delhi University. Read more about the delegation visit below.

View list of Global REACH Faculty Associates collaborating in India here.


2013 UM Delegation to India

Dr. Joseph Kolars speaks at the symposium held at AIIMS during the delagatory trip to India in November 2013

Accompanying President Mary Sue Coleman on the November 2013 delegation to India was a group of more than 20 faculty from 17 different units in the Medical School led by Drs. Joseph Kolars, Krishnan Raghavendran, and Ruma Banerjee.  For the Medical School, the visit consisted of a symposium with investigators from UMHS and AIIMS, which focused on cancer, trauma and critical care, and translational aspects of immunology, genetics, vaccine, and stem cells.  Exploratory group discussions on how best to establish a collaborative platform to advance research and education were also held. Thirteen travel grants were awarded by the Medical School to support faculty participation in this delegation.

- View the UMMS trip report here (PDF). 
- View a summary video of the delegation here.
- Read the final capture of the delegation on the Global Michigan site here.
- Read more about the trip here and in the related articles below. 

 

2014 UM-AIIMS Research Symposium

Several UMMS faculty traveled to New Delhi, December 1-5, to participate in a research and training symposium. Participating in the 2014 event were Drs. Dean Brenner, Vineet Chopra, Krishnan Raghavendran, Pavan Reddy, Caroline Richardson, and Sandeep Vijan. Read more here.


Collaborations

Currently more than 40 UMMS and faculty from our Indian partner institutions have identified approximately 50 projects for collaboration.  Most of the projects fall under four delivery or contents areas (patient care, education, clinical research, and basic science) and include almost 20 different medical specialties. Topics include identifying protein-protein interaction partners using cutting edge mass spectometer technology, establishing biomarkers for lung cancer, traumatic brain injury, clinical research education proposal for emergency medicine collaboration, studies on the antineoplastic effects of piperine and curcumin, pediatric oncology, and implementation of an open-source electronic medical record system. Some of these collaborations are highlighted below.


UMMS-India Partners Receive Funding For Optic Nerve Ultrasound In TBI

University of Michigan Medical School Faculty, Drs. Krishnan Raghavendran and Venkatakrishna Rajajee, have received a two-year grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. The grant, which begins September 2015, will evaluate the use of ultrasound to measure optic nerve sheath diameter in patients with severe traumatic brain injury in India. This grant application was submitted in collaboration with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, as part of the UMMS-India colloborative platform. Dr. Deepak Agrawal serves as the PI from AIIMS. Co-support was obtained from the Department of Bio-technology, Ministry of Health in India.


UMMS-India Partners Awarded NIH Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Grant 

The UMMS-India partnership of Drs. Stephanie Bielas (shown at right) and Katta Mohan Girisha received notice of award for their grant application submitted under the NIH “Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan Funding Opportunity.“ Dr. Bielas, who is Assistant Professor of Human Genetics, Neuroscience, and Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Michigan, will serve as PI for this exploratory/developmental research grant, while Dr. Girisha will serve as Co-PI.  Dr. Girisha is Professor and Head, Department of Medical Genetics, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University (MU), Manipal, Udupi, Karnataka, India. Grant funding of $341K will be split equally between UM and MU throughout the grant period, which runs 9/1/2015 to  8/31/2017.  Read more here.


 

Dr. Paula Ane Newman-Casey was one of several faculty from the Kellogg Eye Center to discuss potential collaborations with Dr. Tanuj Dada during his visit to UM in Spring 2015

Ophthalmic Sciences

Tanuj Dada, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology at the Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, was a distinguished guest speaker of the Kellogg Eye Center in May 2015. A graduate of AIIMS, Dr. Dada received the Institute’s gold medal distinction for outstanding research, and as the best undergraduate and postgraduate in ophthalmology. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications and three textbooks on glaucoma and currently serves as secretary general of the International Society of Glaucoma Surgery. Dr. Dada’s trip to Ann Arbor complements a visit to AIIMS in 2014 by Kellogg Eye Center faculty Raymond Douglas, MD, PhD, and Shivani Gupta, MD, MPH, when they went to meet with Dr. Dada and tour his institute’s facilities. The exchange visits have elicited excitement about potential joint research projects promoting improved ophthalmic science and patient care.


An April 2013 UMMS faculty trip to India was led by Dr. Larry Gruppen (second from left, front row) 

2012 Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Grant Leads to New Medical Degree Program  at Maharashtra

Led by Chair and Professor of Medical Education, Dr. Larry Gruppen, U-M was one of the first institutions to receive a US Department of State award under the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative program. Gruppen, along with co-principle investigator Payal K. Bansal of Maharashtra University of the Health Sciences, received a US-led partnership award for their proposal The Joint Development of a Master’s Degree in Education for Health Professions Faculty in the United States and India
Partner Institution: Maharashtra University of the Health Sciences

UMMS is one of only six medical institutions in the US to have a department specifically dedicated to medical education. The partnership Maharashtra University of the Health Sciences brings together two institutions that value rich faculty development experiences both within and outside of their own institutions.  The award enables the establishment of a self-sustaining masters degree program in education specifically designed for health professions faculty, thereby promoting greater collabora­tion between the schools and increasing, attracting and retaining the highest caliber of teaching faculty at each institution.

Maharashtra University launched its programming with a cohort of seven initial students in 2015 and expects to welcome the first graduates in 2017; the University of Michigan's own MHPE is set to graduate its first students in Fall 2016. Read more here.


 
Drs. Tobias Else and Gary Hammer (center, left and right) celebrate the opening of the Multidisciplinary Adrenal Tumor Clinic in Mumbai, which is headed by Dr. Nalini Shah (left).  Her research trainee, Dr. Shruti Khare, is shown at right.  All four are members of the inaugural Endocrine Society Ambassador Exchange Program.  

Adrenal Cancer

In 2013, Gary Hammer, MD, PhD, Millie Schembechler Professor of Adrenal Cancer, was named as the first selectee in the newly-created Ambassador Exchange Program of the Endocrine Society.  Dr. Hammer and Dr. Tobias Else, Clinical Lecturer, Endocrinology and Internal Medicine, visited the King Edward Hospital (KEM) in Mumbai, India during January and February 2013, where they were hosted by Dr. Nalini Shah, Dr. Hammer’s counterpart in the Ambassador exchange. Dr. Shah and her team’s visit to Ann Arbor took place during Summer 2013.

In early 2015, researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center moved closer to uncovering the devastating secrets of adrenal diseases with receipt of a $1.65 million gift from the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation.  The Hovnanian Foundation gift will allow Dr. Hammer and his team to establish the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Adrenal Cancer Repository and Genomic Database, conduct the world’s most comprehensive genomic and genetic analysis of adrenal cancer, and accelerate the expansion of the adrenal tumor bank. Building a secure database of genetic data and patient data will allow researchers across the globe to access the information; the first step in identifying biomarkers, genetic markers, and genetic syndromes for these tumors.

Expanding collaborations between U-M and KEM are anticipated as KEM Hospital is likely to serve as the pan-Indian hub for the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Adrenal Cancer Repository and Genomic Database, which Dr. Hammer and his team lead. Learn more about the repository and about the $1.65 million gift from the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation here.

In April 2016, Dr. Hammer returned to Mumbai as one of only five US researchers invited to serve as guest faculty at the Endocrine Summit, which was hosted by the Endocrine Society and attended by more than 250 endocrinologists from across India. Read more about this visit here.
 

News and Resources

News

  • Five US researchers, including Dr. Gary Hammer, Millie Schembechler Professor of Adrenal Cancer and Director - Endocrine Oncology Program at the University of Michigan, were invited to serve as guest faculty at the recent Endocrine Summit in Mumbai, India. Hosted by the Endocrine Society, the 7th Annual Summit was held April 30-May 1, 2016 and was attended by more than 250 endocrinologists from across India. Read more about this visit here.
  • A manuscript stemming from the UMMS-AIIMS partnership was accepted for publication: Agrawal D, Rajajee VK, Schoubel DA, Misra MC, Raghavendran K. A propensity score analysis of the impact of invasive intracranial pressure monitoring on outcomes following severe traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, July, 2015.
  • On a visit to India in April 2013, a group led by Dr. Larry Gruppen, Josiah Macy, Jr., Professor of Medical Education and Chair of the Department of Medical Education, engaged with nearly 20 collaborators from Maharasha University of the Health Sciences (MUHS) and other Indian institutions through a series of workshops, lectures, and presentations focused on competency-based curriculum and incorporating the use of technology-based syllabi.

    Members of the India team included MUHS Vice chancellor, Dr. Arun Jamkar, and Dr. Payal Bansal, Division Centre Head of Pune University. Other key UMMS faculty involved in this initiative and joining Dr. Gruppen on this delegation were Drs. J. Thomas Fitzgerald and Patricia Mullen (Medical Education), Dr. Monica Lypson (Internal Medicine and Medical Education), Dr. Steven Kasten (Surgery), and Dr. Caren Stalburg (OBGYN and Medical Education).  The University of Michigan Medical School is one of the few medical institutions in the US to have a department dedicated to medical education.

  • Gary Hammer, MD, PhD, Millie Schembechler Professor of Adrenal Cancer, was named as the first selectee in the newly-created Ambassador Exchange Program of the Endocrine Society.  Dr. Hammer and Dr. Tobias Else, Clinical Lecturer, Endocrinology and Internal Medicine, visited the King Edward Hospital in Mumbai, India during January and February 2013, where they were hosted by Dr. Nalini Shah, Dr. Hammer’s counterpart in the Ambassador exchange. Dr. Shah and her team’s visit to Ann Arbor took place during Summer 2013.

    The new Ambassador Exchange program is an international pilot program that will establish collaborative relationships between leading medical centers in the United States and international medical centers serving indigent populations. Reports from the exchange visits were included in the Endocrine Society 2013 meetings in San Francisco, June 15-18.

 

For more information about India:

  • For U-M authenticated users, the University of Michigan Library provides access to Indiastata database provides key statistics of India, including census, election, trade, education, health data and more. 
  • To access the data, go to http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/31254. Please click on a link called "IP Login" at the top of the main page. Note: the U-M subscription is "single user option" and users should logout when they are finished. (If a current user does not use the database for over 15 minutes, Indiastat will automatically disconnect).  

 

AIIMS/UM Collaboration - Open Access Resources  

Open access and freely-available quality clinical and research information resources and tools for AIIMS and University of Michigan faculty and scholars have been compiled and made available by the Taubman Health Sciences Library.  The resources can be found here and include:  

  • RSS feeds to keep current in the biomedical and health sciences literature
  • Research and clinical (point of care) databases
  • Select open access journals
  • Freely-available online health sciences books
  • Health and epidemiology data sources
  • Evidence-based medicine (EBM) guides and resources
  • Select freely-available health-related mobile resources

 

Articles related to the November 2013 Delegation to India:

http://michigandaily.com/news/india-research

Navbharat Times (hindi): http://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/delhi/other-news/research-agreement-with-the-university-of-michigan/articleshow/25778561.cms

Sahara Samay (Hindi): http://www.samaylive.com/nation-news-in-hindi/239487/aiims-agreement-with-university-of-michigan-us.html

Yahoo.com: http://in.news.yahoo.com/aiims-collaborates-university-michigan-122004876.html

Indian Express: http://newindianexpress.com/nation/AIIMS-inks-MoU-with-US-university-to-boost-medical-research/2013/11/14/article1890778.ece

Business Standard: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/aiims-collaborates-with-university-of-michigan-113111400993_1.html

Newstrackindia.com: http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2013/11/14/314--AIIMS-collaborates-with-University-of-Michigan-.html

Minglebox : http://www.minglebox.com/article/all-india-institute-of-medical-sciences-delhi/aiims-to-partner-with-university-of-michigan-for-biomedical-research

Wespeaknews.com: http://www.wespeaknews.com/world/aiims-collaborates-with-university-of-michigan-264458.html

I9live.com: http://i9live.com/health/AIIMS-collaborates-with-University-of-Michigan-Lead-115587/

Sify.com: http://www.sify.com/news/aiims-collaborates-with-university-of-michigan-news-international-nlosamfcacf.html

IANSlive.in http://www.ianslive.in/index.php?param=news/AIIMS_collaborates_with_Michigan_University-402950/Features%20Analyses/35

Sahara samay: http://www.samaylive.com/nation-news-in-hindi/239487/aiims-agreement-with-university-of-michigan-us.html

Financial Express: http://healthcare.financialexpress.com/latest-updates/2185-university-of-michigan-health-system-and-aiims-collaborate

Pharma biz: http://www.pharmabiz.com/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=78762&sid=1

 

Other articles related to the India Platform:

http://globalreach.med.umich.edu/articles/endocrine-summit-invite-adds-um-india-collaboration

http://record.umich.edu//articles/umhs-indian-institute-explore-new-ideas-health-care

http://globalreach.med.umich.edu/articles/umms-collaborative-initiative-featured-times-india

http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/trauma-india-0319

http://globalreach.med.umich.edu/articles/travel-grants-available-umms-delegation-new-delhi