Chapter 2: Astrid Lobo Gajiwala, Ph.D.: Head, Tata Memorial Hospital Tissue Bank
Astrid Lobo Gajiwala heads the Tata Memorial Hospital Tissue Bank, India’s first tissue bank, which she established in 1988. She was India’s Project Coordinator for Tissue Banking in an International Atomic Energy Agency sponsored regional tissue bank project, as well as the first woman President of the Asia Pacific Association of Tissue Banking. Dr. Gajiwala is a founding member of Satyashodhak a Mumbai-based feminist collective that since its inception in 1984 has contributed significantly to the empowerment of women in the Indian Roman Catholic Church. Recipient of two awards for journalism, she contributed to Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table, an anthology distributed to the Roman Catholic bishops at the 2015 Synod on the Family, and to The Strength of Her Witness, edited by Elizabeth Johnson. She was invited by Voices of Faith as a panelist at a celebration of International Women’s Day in the Vatican. Currently, she is on the advisory bodies of a number of international religious reform groups as well as the Jesuit Conference of South Asia (JCSA) and the Jesuit Faculties’ Forum for South Asia (JFFSA). Dr. Gajiwala has a Ph.D. in medicine and postgraduate diplomas in tissue banking, bioethics and theology.
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