Johns Hopkins Medicine
Media Relations and Corporate Communications
Media Contact: Eric Vohr
410-955-8665; [email protected]
Sept. 28, 2006

-- High-tech Web connection beams Hopkins medical experts across the globe in seconds

Imagine Johns Hopkins faculty members performing microsurgery in Tanzania from a computer terminal in a Baltimore operating room, or health care experts in Vietnam presenting an avian influenza patient to medical students gathered in the Hopkins outpatient center. These are some of the possible applications of a high-tech Internet communication system that will be used for the first time next week to link Johns Hopkins faculty with clinicians in India.

Internet2 is a high-speed, high-bandwidth, dedicated Internet network developed in 1996 by leaders in the research and education community in the United States as a way to better support education and research collaborations worldwide. On Tuesday, Oct. 3, Johns Hopkins faculty members will use this technology to conduct an interactive clinical education program on HIV/AIDS, with leading health care professionals in India.

This is a major advancement in global medical education," says Robert C. Bollinger M.D., M.P.H., professor of infectious diseases at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of the Center for Clinical Global Health Education. "This technology will allow us to bring Hopkins’ expertise in clinical education to some of the most resource-limited settings in the world, and it will give Hopkins the opportunity to learn from experts in the field, thousands of miles away."

Bollinger says he chose HIV/AIDS for the Internet2 presentation because it’s a high-priority health issue in India and he has worked extensively in that country researching the disease.

Typical bandwidth for standard Internet conferencing is 384 kilobits per second, according to Bollinger. Internet2 operates at 2 megabits per second. The higher bandwidth allows for better resolution and permits faculty to utilize complex imaging techniques like manipulating 3-D MRI images.

"You could never perform these procedures with a standard connection," says Bollinger.

The program, running from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. EDT, will link HIV/AIDS faculty experts from India and Johns Hopkins using high-resolution, multipoint video conferencing, digital microscopy, 3-D imaging and other unique e-learning tools.

Participants will be located in six facilities: four separate locations at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore; the World Bank in Washington, D.C.; Capital Technology Information Services (CTIS) in Gaithersburg, Md.; National AIDS Research Institute (NARI) in Pune, India; BJ Medical College in Pune, India; and Education and Research Network (ERNET) in New Delhi, India. A Web broadcast will also be available for viewing by standard Internet connection at http://codian.oar.net, login 9087.

Highlighting the program are a series of clinical demonstrations: Ophthalmology and HIV/AIDS, presented by Sanjay Kedhar M.D., clinical instructor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins; Pathology of HIV-associated Diseases, presented by Douglas P. Clark, M.D., associate professor of pathology at Johns Hopkins; HIV/AIDS Neurological Complications, presented by Justin McArthur, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., professor and chief neurologist at Johns Hopkins; HIV Drug Resistance, presented by Robert F. Siliciano, M.D., Ph.D., professor of immunology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at Johns Hopkins.

The presentations will be followed by discussions by high-level AIDS experts from India.

If you would like to attend the event or would like additional information, contact media relations representatives Eric Vohr, [email protected], 410-955-8665, or Jeff Ventura, [email protected], 410-955-7832.