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June 23, 2022

Metal Exposures and the Fetus

Toxic metal exposure in contaminated water can have detrimental health effects. Professor Maya Deyssenroth, a 2021 Yusuf Hamied Fellow, delivered a talk entitled Perinatal Signatures of Exposure-Induced Health Outcomes: Opportunities for Insights from the Indian Subcontinent to discuss the state of research and the need for investigating environmental exposures in India.


April 28, 2022

Public Health is a Public Good

The coronavirus pandemic has posed major challenges to population health and well-being, disrupting progress made in recent decades and exposing risks from underlying ill-health. Delivering the Fourth Distinguished Yusuf Hamied Lecture online, Dr. Linda Fried, Dean of the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and Director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, underscored the need for investing in public health for our now longer lives and reframing public health as a vital public good in an increasingly globalized world


April 05, 2022

Orientation Program for Nursing Students

In an age where infectious diseases have taken center stage, what is the difference that nurses make in such a dynamic environment? On April 5, 2022, CGC | Mumbai organized an orientation program for six nursing students from Columbia School of Nursing, to familiarize them with the public health landscape and nursing ecosystem in India.

January 05, 2022

Addressing the Persistent Threat of Tuberculosis

Asia contributes 59% of the global TB caseload with the African region ranking second with 26% of the total burden. To understand the current status of TB and discuss recent advances in research and control, Columbia Global Centers Mumbai and Nairobi organized a panel discussion with leading experts on the topic from India, Kenya and the US.

January 05, 2022

Healthcare with Compassion

A moral compass, epitomized by caring for the sick with compassion, is one of the essential building blocks of an effective healthcare system, remarked Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health at Harvard Medical School.

October 28, 2021

Detecting Blood Cancer

Screening programs can play a key role in reducing cancer. Over the last year, the Center has hosted a six-part webinar series to promote research, scientific knowledge exchange, and information about the detection and prevention of cancer in India, and raise awareness about dealing with the disease during the pandemic. Key learnings from this series can be read in this easy-to-read booklet.

August 02, 2021

Preventing Liver Cancer

In India, liver cancer is the tenth most common cancer and recent trends show that the number of cases are on the rise. To discuss the current status of liver cancer, explore efforts undertaken for hepatitis vaccinations, and understand linkage to care and routine screening procedures, the Center focused the fifth webinar of its Screenings that Save series on liver cancer on June 22, 2021.

August 02, 2021

Preventing Oral Cancer

Globally, oral cancer is the sixth most common type of cancer, with India contributing to almost one-third of the total burden. Despite being one of the most preventable and easily detectable cancers, it continues to pose a serious public health problem. As part of global Oral Cancer Awareness month, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai organized the fourth online seminar of its series, Screenings that Save.

April 07, 2021

The Great Vaccine Race

The coronavirus pandemic set off an extraordinary race to develop a vaccine at a speed unmatched in the history of vaccine research. In an effort to understand the development, distribution and delivery of Covid-19 vaccines, the Center organized a panel discussion on February 8, 2021. 

January 17, 2021

Breast Cancer Prevention

In October 2020, CGC | Mumbai launched an important new initiative entitled Screenings that Save: A Seminar Series on Cancer Diagnosis and Prevention in partnership with the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University, beginning with a webinar to mark Global Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

June 29, 2020

Women and Heart Disease during COVID-19

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States and India. On June 4, 2020, a webinar was hosted to discuss how the coronavirus crisis has altered the way in which women seek cardiovascular care and the various approaches to improving women’s health during a pandemic. The event was organized by Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai in partnership with the Women Creating Change initiative.

June 29, 2020

Educating Nurses Under COVID-19

How have nursing schools responded in clinical and education settings to this unexpected outbreak? How have nurses dealt with the psychological distress that accompanies such a crisis? These were some of the questions that were discussed during a webinar organized by Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai in collaboration with the Columbia School of Nursing on April 30, 2020.

June 29, 2020

Precision in Public Health

“40% of people living with HIV currently are not accessing combat the spread of diseases, it is essential to gain access to the population, identify people at risk and provide treatment to such individuals", said Wafaa El Sadr, University Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, Columbia University, as she presented the Second Distinguished Yusuf Hamied Lecture organized by Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai on January 30, 2020.  

January 14, 2020

Drug Pricing and Policies in India

As India is considered the pharmacy of the developing world, the pricing of drugs within the country is a very important national and global issue. In the last two decades, several policies have been put in place to regulate pricing and access but the comprehensive impact of these policies is yet to be explored. On November 12, 2019, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai hosted a panel discussion on the subject featuring two winners of Yusuf Hamied Fellowships.

January 14, 2020

Air Pollution and Health Hazards

“Around 3.8 million people die every year around the world due to ambient air pollution,” remarked Jeanine D’Armiento, Columbia University Professor of Medicine, at the opening session of a symposium on the topic held at Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai.  The symposium was one among multiple events organized at the Center between December 2-4, 2019, to deliberate the health impact and clinical significance of air pollution in India.

January 14, 2020

Yusuf Hamied Fellowship Winners 2019-2020

Building on the mission to strengthen public health research on India, six faculty members from Columbia University and Indian institutions have been awarded the prestigious Yusuf Hamied Fellowship of 2019-2020. In its second year, the Fellowship has been awarded to projects focusing on occupational health, environmental health, non-communicable diseases, and aging in India.

January 13, 2020

Building Capacity in Nursing Education

More than 400 million people lack access to essential health services around the world, and nurses, the largest cadre of healthcare providers globally, are key to addressing such health disparities, emphasized Professor Jennifer Dohrn from the Columbia School of Nursing in a symposium entitled Technologies of Care: New Directions in Nursing Education organized by Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai on December 12, 2019.

October 15, 2019

Deliberating the Gut Microbiome

Microbial matter in the gut has been linked to a host of conditions and diseases, including diabetes, cancer, anxiety disorders, and infectious diseases.  To explore the gut microbiome as a critical area of health in India, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai organized a seminar in partnership with the Shillim Institute on September 29-30, 2019. 

June 10, 2019

Infectious Diseases and Caregiving

“Diseases in India can be tackled only with an equity plan,” remarked Dr. Nerges Mistry from the Foundation of Medical Research, an expert speaker invited for the orientation program organized by the Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai on April 8, 2019 for nursing students from the Columbia School of Nursing.  The students were beginning a six-week global clinical practicum to care for patients with infectious diseases at the Bel-Air Hospital in Panchgani and St. Philomena’s Hospital in Bengaluru.

May 10, 2019

Hamied Fellowship Program Forges Links to India

An ongoing research exchange between faculty at the Columbia Mailman School and scholars in India is laying the groundwork for a series of innovative public health collaborations. The Yusuf Hamied Fellowship Program, supported by the celebrated Indian scientist and pioneering business leader, is stimulating research partnerships that address key public health challenges in India.

March 25, 2019

Integrating the Human in Medical Education

“The whole point of medicine is that it is oriented towards people, care, emotions and the real lived experience. And often that is lacking when we practice medicine. One of our goals is to think about how do we reinvigorate, how do we reintroduce those kinds of questions and concerns back into our practice of medicine on a daily basis,” observed Dr. Rishi Goyal, at a two-day conference at Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai on February 18-19, 2019.

March 25, 2019

From Genome to Exposome: Environmental Determinants of Global Health

Is human growth determined more by our genetic makeup or by environmental nurture?  Even as this question has been the source of serious scholarly debate over the years, it gains added significance when making critical decisions about health care.  Presenting the Yusuf Hamied Distinguished Lecture at the Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai on March 4, 2019, Gary Miller, Vice Dean and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, demonstrated how the study of the human genome and genetics has now been expanded by a new and complex set of di