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9th Annual Dr. Ida S. Scudder Humanitarian Oration Coincides with 150th Anniversary of Ida’s Birth

In 2012, the Christian Medical College Vellore (CMC) and the United States-based organization, Vellore CMC Foundation, joined hands to establish the Dr. Ida S. Scudder Humanitarian Oration. The objective of this partnership was to perpetuate the legacy of Dr. Ida Sophia Scudder by honoring individuals who exemplify her courage, compassion, integrity, and character, in order …

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Dr. Ajit Varki is the Recipient of the 2020 Rosalind Kornfeld Award for Lifetime Achievement in Glycobiology

The Rosalind Kornfeld Award for Lifetime Achievement in Glycobiology was established in 2008 to honor Dr. Rosalind Kornfeld’s distinguished scientific career and service to the Society. The Society bestows this prestigious award to scientists who, throughout their professional careers, have made outstanding contributions to Glycobiology. Read more at the Society for Glycobiology.

COVID-19 Vaccines: Time to Talk About the Uncertainties

Dr. Kanta Subbarao writes in Nature: “I am a physician scientist, and am used to making clinical, scientific and public-health decisions based on data. Part of my job is advising on the composition of each year’s influenza vaccine. In this coronavirus pandemic, like everyone else, I have had to adjust to uncertainties. Many uncertainties lie …

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Over 22 Indian Scientists Join to Bust Misinformation on COVID-19 Vaccine

Over 22 scientists from India join Team Halo to boost public confidence in COVID-19 vaccines. The team will use social media to counter the misinformation, myths around COVID-19 vaccines, build confidence, and sharing information on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. The scientists include Dr. Gagandeep Kang and Dr. Shiv Pillai. Read the full article …

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Samuel Asirvatham, M.D., Inducted as Fellow in National Academy of Inventors

Samuel Asirvatham, M.D. (CVEP ’00), Division of Heart Rhythm Services, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, was inducted as a fellow into the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. Dr. Asirvatham has joint appointments in Pediatric Cardiology, Physiology and Biomedical Engineering, and Anatomy. He is a …

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Renews Support for a Vaccinology Course at CMC

In 2010, with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Gates Foundation), the India Vaccinology Course or INDVAC, was implemented at the Christian Medical College, Vellore (CMC) as an educational method to address the need for knowledge and research in the field of Vaccinology. The course has been conducted consecutively every year for …

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2nd Annual Ecumenical Leadership Forum Takes Place Virtually

The Vellore Christian Medical College (CMC) Foundation conducted the Second Annual Virtual Ecumenical Leadership Forum on October 16th, 2020.  The main aim of this forum was to enable the Foundation’s partner faith-based organizations to come together in the spirit of exploring God’s priorities and paradigm shifts in global mission. Our speakers included clergy, educators, and …

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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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