Houston, TX, USA, 10/14/2003: M D Anderson
President signs historic Sister Institution Agreement
with Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai on Oct 6th 2003.
On Oct 6th 2003 University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer
Center President Dr. John Mendelsohn and Dr K.A. Dinshaw,
Director of Tata Memorial Center , Mumbai signed a
historic Sister Institution Agreement in Mumbai India.
In the 62 years of M.D. Anderson's history this was the
first ever visit by its President to India. Another step
in MDACC's effort in "Making Cancer History" the
agreement will aim in cooperation in academic and
clinical exchange programs, research collaborations
especially in genetic and molecular and chemo-prevention
methods and quality assurance programs.
Dr Dinshaw said that the sharing and exchange of
knowledge would include video-conferencing and
telemedicine. At TMC Mumbai Dr Mendlesohn delivered the
MTC Oration 2003 with his talk on "New Targeted
approaches to Cancer"
In his talk and subsequent discussions Dr Mendelsohn
touched on emerging research themes and new targeted
therapy. He talked about research on identification of
molecular and genetic markers which would help in
predicating the precursors of cancer and could help
prevent the disease.
Due to IACCGH's dogged determination and due to no small
effort of the IACCGH founding directors Dr Durga Agrawal
& Ashoke Nath M.D.Anderson and Dr Mendelsohn recognized
the level excellence Indian Hospitals represent and were
convinced that both sides will benefit from this new
relationship if they work together by participating
across the seas in their common goal of eradication of
On Sept 29th 2003 the IACCGH MDACCC delegation
with Dr John Mendelsohn visited the AIIMS Institute
Rotary Cancer Hospital Delhi and met Dr Vinod
Kochupillai and her colleagues at IRCH AIIMS. The two
institutions have identified areas that they could work
in which include Pharmacolology of natural products like
Tulsi and Turmeric, Chemoprevention , Leukemias/lymphomas,
Cervical cancer screening and gall bladder cancers/
The delgation also visited IT Capital Bangalore and met
the heads of leading IT companies Digital Globalsoft and
Infosys. At Digital Globalsoft their host was
Digital's President SOM MITTAL (who also chairs the
NASSCOM and will be keynote at the IACCGH IT BPO summit
in Houston on Nov 19th).
At Infosys the delgation met Infosys founder & Mentor
Narayan Murthy and spent over an hour with the "Bill
Gates" of India.
The Chamber strongly feels partnering with IT companies
can provide a strong IT support for research which can
be very useful in forging strong relationship.
IACCGH initiated a fact finding mission in October 2002
accompanied by Dr Thomas Brown (VP Extra Mural Affairs
at MDACC )and the IACCGH - M D Anderson Cancer Center
delegation met Indian President Kalam and the then
Health Minister Shatrughan Sinha.
In March 2003 the IACCGH facilitated a visit by a seven
member M D Anderson delegation to Mumbai and Delhi.
The Team visited AIIMS Delhi and participated in a
symposium on "Common Cancers in India: Evidence Based
Management" at Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH).
IACCGH President Deepa Thakur , founding President
Durga Agrawal , Past President Ashoke Nath and Past
President Ashok Shah, Founding Member & Executive
Director Jagdip Ahluwalia and IACCGH Advisor Vijay
Goradia and IACCGH Member Ajit Thakur CPA and IACCGH
Director at large (Pune based) Pankaj Dhume joined the
delegation when they visited TMH in Mumbai on Oct 6th
2003 and witnessed the historic Sister Insitution
agreement signing ceremony.
In its ongoing effort to raise awareness and gain
support the IACCGH made the M. D. Anderson initiative
the focus of its 4th annual IACCGH Gala on June 7th,