BJMC (India)

BJMC is among the top ten medical schools in India. It has 200 new medical students, 130 residents every year and more than 200 teaching faculty in all major medical and surgical specialties (medicine, surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, ENT, nephrology, endocrinology, plastic surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology and solid organ transplantation).   It also has a nursing school with 50 new nursing students each year.  The Medical College is affiliated with the Sassoon General Hospital (SGH), a 1450-bed tertiary-care public hospital which cares for >525,000 outpatients and >60,000 inpatients annually, serving an urban catchment area of 4 million people. It has a center for HIV antiretroviral treatment (ART) run by the National AIDS Control Organization and currently has over 15,000 registered HIV patients. It also has a Indian government Revised National TB Control Program (RNTCP) center where over 4,000 patients are evaluated for TB each year. The OBGYN department caters to over 6,000 pregnant women annually and performs 8,000 deliveries.

Laboratory Facilities

The BJMC CRS lab has established laboratory infrastructure for CTU studies. It has the capacity to perform more than 30 lab analyses required by the NIH trials networks. All protocol-related lab activities (sample receiving, processing, Laboratory Data Management Systems (LDMS) entry, specimen storage, haematology, chemistry, serology, CD4, viral load, HBV, Vitamin D testing, etc.) are performed at the central CRS lab. The lab is also performing processing for specialty immunological assays and can store samples if required.

Appropriate temperature monitoring system and electricity backup are installed. The site has also set up PBMC processing (filtration unit with suction pump, chemicals, reagents and liquid nitrogen storage are available) and is IQA certified for PBMC cryopreservation. The laboratory also performs interferon gamma release assays (IGRA) such as Quantiferon Gold in tube assay (QGIT) and Cytometric bead array (CBA) assays.

Clinical Trials

NWCS 408: Examining Longitudinal Cytokine Profiles in HIV-TB...

Using existing data from A5274 and data obtained from retrospectively testing available biospecimens, we propose the following...

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HPTN 078: Enhancing Recruitment, Linkage to Care and...

The purpose of this study is to develop and assess the efficacy of an integrated strategy that includes feasible and scalable...

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A5302:  BioBank for Surrogate Marker Research for TB...

Primary Objective To obtain sputum, serum, urine, and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) for central TB biorepository...

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A5329: Interferon –Free Therapy for Chronic Hepatitis C...

A5329 is a study for people who are infected with both HIV and the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and have never taken Hepatitis C...

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NWCS 445: Novel Biomarkers to Shorten TB Treatment

Objectives: Primary: To develop a highly predictive algorithm that identifies TB patients who will be cured by treatment...

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