Release Date:  January 20, 1999


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

On November 28, 1997, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Donna
Shalala and Y.K. Alagh, Minister of State for Power and Science and Technology,
Republic of India, issued a Joint Statement expanding Indo-US Collaboration on
Contraceptive and Reproductive Health Research.  The implementing agencies in
India are the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,
Indian Council of Medical Research, and the Council of Scientific and Industrial
Research.  The U.S. implementing agencies are the National Institute of Child
Health and Human Development (NICHD), NIH, the U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID), and the Contraceptive Research and Development Program

Under the program elaborated in the Joint Statement, U.S. and Indian scientists
are invited to propose joint research projects on contraceptive and reproductive
health.  The following specific areas have been identified for initial
collaborative research emphasis:  1) new reversible male contraceptive methods;
2) long-acting injectables for women; 3) barrier methods for contraception and
sexually transmitted diseases prevention; 4) emergency contraception; 5) social
and behavioral research; 6) epidemiologic studies, including studies on the
relationship between contraceptive methods and the acquisition of sexually
transmitted diseases/reproductive tract infections; 7) immunocontraception; and
8) basic, applied and clinical research in reproductive health.

U.S. based scientists interested in establishing collaborative research projects
with Indian scientists should indicate their interests by contacting the
individual listed under INQUIRIES, below.  In their communication, the U.S.
investigators should provide a brief summary of their proposed research and
information on potential Indian collaborators, if known.  Research proposals will
be peer-reviewed in India and the United States.  To support jointly approved
research projects, rupees are available to fund appropriate research costs and
limited dollar resources are available to fund approved dollar requirements.


Investigators interested in this collaborative program should contact:

Gabriel Bialy, Ph.D.
Center for Population Research
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 8B-07
Bethesda, MD  20892-7510
Telephone:  (301) 496-1102
FAX:  (301) 496-0962

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