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Global Medicine Network Starts

Sep 11, 2013

Researchers of the network “Advances in Research on Globally Accessible Medicine” (AROGYAM) got together in Edinburgh to discuss future activities. AROGYAM is a cooperative network between researchers in Europe and India including several members of the Cluster's Research Area C "Knowledge Systems".

The Kick-off workshop of the network took place from June 3-5th and was hosted by the University of Edinburgh. Participants from the four institutions met in Edinburgh over two and a half days to formulate future plans for the network. Most of the emerged themes had clear relevance to Transcultural Studies: for example global health governance; trans-cultural issues in mental health e.g. the spread of psychiatry in India, and of yoga and meditation in Europe; medical surrogacy, especially when donors and recipients come from different cultural backgrounds; medical tourism; the culturally diverse effects of medical technology; and the rapid development of markets for psycho-pharmaceuticals in India.

The research network "Advances in Research on Globally Accessible Medicine" (AROGYAM) links researchers from Europe and India. It is a three-year Network grant funded by a consortium of European Research Organizations along with the Indian Council for Social Science Research. Participating institutions are University of Edinburgh (UK), Heidelberg University (Germany), Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) and Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (India).

Many of the participants from Heidelberg University are members of the Cluster “Asia and Europe” from Research Area C “Knowledge Systems”: Prof. William Sax, Prof. Harish Naraindas, Dr. Ananda Chopra, Dr. Laurent Pordié, Dr. Johannes Quack, Dr. Christian Strümpell, PhD candidates Christoph Cyranski, Eva Ambos, Hasan Ashraf and associate member Sandra Baernreuther.


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