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Personal Passion Drives Gift to the Hematology Department

Amid uncertainty and chaos, Dr. Sarah Alexander (Batch ’60), and her husband, C.J. Alexander, a Ph.D chemist, made agenerous gift to the Hematology Department at CMC for DNA and RNA extraction equipment that will result in highquality and quantity of nucleic acid for all the molecular biology testing with shorter turnaround time. This significantinvestment into …

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CMC Alumni Come Together for their Alma Mater

In response to an appeal by CMC Director, J.V. Peter, alumni batches are presently and quickly organizing to help mitigate financial hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. While CMC has become an exemplar of COVID19 preparedness and response, they have also been faced with multiple challenges due to reduced income and higher than normal …

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CMC Director Update on the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Friends, We appreciate enormously the prayers, goodwill and support of all our friends. So many of you have sent in letters of encouragement, contributed financially, prayed for us continually, connected us with friends and well-wishers and also helped us in other ways. Many of you have made special contributions for the Kannigapuram Campus, for …

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2020 GOTC Reflections by Dr. Margaret Kumar (CON Batch ’63), President of the North American Alumni Association

The 2020 GOTC was originally scheduled to take place in Minneapolis, MN with Alex and Priya (Mariam) Alexander (Batch ‘88) and their team of CMC Graduates in the area as Hosts. This team, especially Alex, had spent many hours planning the details of the event, when it became apparent that because of COVID, the GOTC …

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CMC Opens One-of-a-Kind Dr. Ida Belle Scudder Assisted Living Center

On September 16, 2020, CMC organized a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at its newly completed Assisted Living Center, at which the North American Alumni Association, the Scudder Family, and CMC’s many other supporters were recognized for their extreme generosity. The new facility, named in honor of Dr. Ida Belle Scudder, was constructed to provide care for …

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At the Forefront of the Fight Against COVID-19: Dr. Priya Abraham (Batch ’81)

In November 2019, just two months before the first coronavirus case was detected in India, Dr. Priya Abraham was appointed as the Director of the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune, India. Since then, Dr. Abraham and her team have been actively engaged in various aspects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including diagnostic and vaccine-related …

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When Business as Usual Isn’t Working, Look to Nonprofits for Inspiration

“In the Covid-era, businesses must — and will — play an essential role in dealing with the hardships created by the pandemic. But to do so, they must also recognize how the ground has shifted under them: Inclusivity is more important than ever; there’s pressure on leaders to weigh social outcomes, as well as economic …

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Primary care for India’s urban dwellers living in informal settlements during the COVID-19 pandemic: The experience of the Christian Medical College, Vellore, Department of Family Medicine

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entire global community. By August 2020, India had seen over 2.8 million cases and 55,000 deaths. COVID-19 disproportionally affects India’s 81 million people living in urban informal settlements, where inadequate housing, water and sanitation increase the risk and rate of infection. Read the full article at the Australian Journal of General …

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