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Six researchers from the Ohio State College of Nursing have teamed up with professionals in the Department of Preventive Oncology at Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai to improve Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and cervical cancer screening for women in India. The collaboration was facilitated by Priya Kurle, staff member of Ohio State’s India Gateway – which serves as a catalyst to increase partnerships with international institutions and Ohio-based businesses abroad.

Tata Memorial Hospital’s Department of Preventive Oncology conducts cancer control outreach in urban, semi-urban and rural settings and has implemented a cancer-screening program that allows women to be screened and treated in one visit. The Ohio State team of researchers, led by Usha Menon, centennial professor in the College of Nursing and director of community engagement for the Center for Clinical Translational Sciences, will pilot the addition of HPV testing to this cancer-screening program.

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New partnerships were formed and research opportunities explored as Ohio State welcomed more than 300 attendees to its first Health Sciences Innovation Conference held in Mumbai, India from January 15 - 18. Ohio State collaborated with the All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the country’s top public health care and research institution, to plan the meetings which focused on India’s rapidly growing biotech and health sciences industry but also broadened its direction to incorporate health, commerce and career dimensions.

Chandan Sen, professor and associate dean in Ohio State’s College of Medicine, served as chair of the conference’s organizing committee, and William Brustein, vice provost of global strategies and international affairs, was co-chair. The conference featured more than 300 attendees, 120 speakers from around the globe and more than 100 entrants in the student poster session.

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Travel awards are available for interested faculty to participate in the Health Sciences Innovations Conference and Trade Show to be held in Mumbai, India, January 15-18, 2015. The H3C Conference is sponsored by Ohio State and the All India Institute for Medical Sciences and will focus on India's rapidly growing biotech and health sciences industry, with the goal of developing strategic partnerships and research collaboration between Ohio State and India's academic institutions and health sciences-related industry. In addition, the conference seeks to engage health sciences companies from the U.S. to seek economic opportunities in India and encourage companies in India to explore opportunities in the U.S., particularly in Columbus, Ohio.

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