The Rajasthan government signed a memorandum of understanding with a private Portuguese biomedical research organisation, the Champalimaud Foundation, to set up a state-of-the-art cancer institute in Jaipur, on October 2, 2014 — about two months after Lalit Modi’s wife Minal was treated at the Lisbon-based Champalimaud Center for the Unknown.Rajasthan Health Minister Rajendra Singh Rathore Tuesday said the state government was unaware of the connection. “We were not aware that Lalit Modi’s wife was treated at the same Portuguese hospital with which Rajasthan government signed an agreement,” he told reporters.Modi, however, said in an interview Tuesday that Raje had accompanied his wife to that hospital in 2012-2013 when he could not.In the presence of Raje and Foundation President Leonor Beleza, the MoU was signed by Member of the Board of Administration of the Champalimaud Foundation, João Silveira Botelho, and the Principal Secretary for Medical Education in Rajasthan, J C Mohanty.“The cancer centre will benefit the state hugely, particularly those who cannot bear hefty cost of treatment. The cooperation in this regard will also bolster relations with Portugal,” Raje had said in an official statement at the time. “People suffer a major psychological blow when they come to know about this disease. For laymen, its cure is expensive. A lot of people go to Mumbai and other places for treatment even though they cannot afford its cost and it is a very frightening experience for them. Now, after the opening of the cancer institute in Jaipur, they will get good treatment here.”
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A plot of land approximately 35,000 square metres in size, located on the Rajasthan Health Science University premises in Jaipur’s Pratap Nagar, was allotted for the institute right away. It was agreed upon that the foundation would participate in technical collaboration for the establishment of the centre as well as research in the field of oncology treatment.“This cancer centre will offer the most advanced facilities for treatment of cancer patients at affordable cost. This includes the latest radiotherapy equipment in order to provide the type of cutting-edge radiation therapy solutions currently being pioneered at the Champalimaud Clinical Centre. The foundation will provide training to selected service providers, technical support in identifying other centres in the state for Phase II operations, ensure implementation of advanced clinical procedures…,” a statement on the foundation’s official website states.“In the state of Rajasthan, facilities equipped with modern linear accelerators in the public sector are available only in two divisions (Jaipur and Bikaner)… Rajasthan has the need for more cancer facilities, with a significant and pressing increase in radiotherapy equipment and treatment to cater to present demand. With this in mind, cancer patients from the state would not be required to go outside Rajasthan for oncology treatment,” the foundation’s official statement added.“Patients below the poverty line will be treated free of cost and other patients will be charged minimum. This cancer centre…will be one of a kind in India. This institution will aspire to be a centre of excellence for cancer treatment promoting prevention, cure, rehabilitation, palliation and advancement,” it said.The Bharatiya Janata Party is in a tight spot ever since External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj admitted that she had no objection to Modi’s request to be allowed to travel out of UK and spoke to this effect with British MP Keith Vaz and the British High Commissioner. Sushma clarified that she had intervened on humanitarian grounds as Modi’s wife needed treatment in Portugal.Earlier in the day, the government reiterated its complete support to Sushma Swaraj over Lalit Modi visa row. Dismissing all allegations against his Cabinet colleague Sushma, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that all allegations against her were “baseless”.Upping the ante against the Narendra Modi government, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said, “Lalit Modi is a symbol of black money guy and Narendra Modi is defending him. It’s not about Sushma Swaraj. Narendra Modi runs the country and he is saving Lalit Modi.”
The Congress party continued its offensive against the government over the issue and claimed that it was not just about travel papers, but about the protection being given to “a criminal” by the NDA government.Dismissing Swaraj’s claim that her act was driven on humanitarian grounds, Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said that the “humanitarian cause” point was a “false tear jerker”.Addressing a press conference in the national capital, Sharma termed the “situation created by the External Affairs Minister” as “scandalous”.
The Champalimaud Clinical Centre (CCC) is a state-of-the-art centre for science, medicine and technology, comprising a clinical facility for both research and treatment of disease. The core mission of the CCC is to offer premier clinical services, supported by advanced programmes of translational research. In this way, the CCC strives to personalise therapy and improve clinical outcomes. Our team offers a full spectrum of clinical services, including early diagnosis, treatment, counselling and follow-up, as we strive to define new standards of patient care. Cancer care at the CCC is organised into specialised Disease Management Teams – comprising, among others, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, nurses, imaging specialists and psycho-oncologists – which meet regularly to decide on the management of each individual patient.
On arrival at the Centre patients are received by a dedicated assistant, who remains close to the patient before, during and after treatment. When indicated, patients are able to meet with medical experts from different disciplines during just a single visit, thereby having the opportunity to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the available options. Where possible, the option of participating in research and/or clinical trials is made available. In addition to managing the treatment process, the centre’s world-renowned faculty strives to confront cancer at its root by utilising the latest technology and techniques to offer an advanced programme of early detection and cancer prevention. Common to all Units of the CCC is the access to state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic tools. The Centre offers world-class radiotherapy and systemic therapy facilities as well as advanced nuclear medicine facilities, pathology services (with a focus on personalised medicine), a fully-equipped imaging department and comprehensive support at all stages of the treatment process.
The Champalimaud Clinical Centre offers a unique area for applying chemotherapy. Comprising 32 discreet treatment booths, the Day Hospital strives to eliminate as much of the physical and mental stress from this process as possible. To this end, the CCC offers an unrivalled treatment environment, with patients having the option of receiving treatment outside in the Day Hospital’s beautiful outdoor garden, designed to promote peace, tranquillity and well-being. Inside the Day Hospital, each booth contains a high-quality chair to ensure that patients receive treatment in a state of optimal comfort, with cable television and wireless internet available. The Radiotherapy Department utilises the most advanced equipment and techniques in the practice of single dose image guided radiotherapy (SD-IGRT). The CCC is one of the few centres worldwide currently with the expertise and equipment necessary to offer this cutting-edge procedure. The CCC is fully equipped to offer the latest techniques and methods in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the breast, lung, prostate, digestive tract, as well as providing a particular focus on metastasis.In addition to the advanced programmes of oncologic care, the CCC also offers treatment for neuropsychiatric diseases, supported by focused research programmes carried out by the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme.
All of the Champalimaud Clinical Centre’s medical staff are contractually obliged to carry out clinical investigation, thereby promoting the Champalimaud Foundation’s vision of ‘translational research’ – linking the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside and making the most up-to-date treatments available to the patient. With a unique treatment environment and internationally renowned faculty, the CCC is a leading centre for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
The Clinic Research
Research is at the heart of the Champalimaud Foundation’s mission, vision and objectives. With a fundamental belief in the power of scientific discovery, the Foundation supports cutting-edge research designed to reveal new knowledge and develop scientific solutions to medical problems.The Foundation believes in translational research, facilitating a link and codependency between scientific breakthroughs and improvements in clinical care. This relies on collaboration between scientists and clinicians, as well as identifying the best areas of investment to provoke the highest impact.The aspiration of the Champalimaud Research as an organization is to help scientists to reach their full creative potential and to promote collective achievements beyond those reachable by individual scientists or laboratory groups. This is a challenge that we believe demands that we examine, question and attempt to improve the way scientists work together. Toward this end, our vision is to promote an institutional culture based on the following aims:
· To maximize cooperation without sacrificing independence and diversity of thought;
· To foster good life quality, recognizing that well-being and productivity go hand in hand;
· To be a hub for scientific interaction, engaging our peers in productive exchange rather than competition;
· To share our knowledge not only within the scientific community but with the community at large;
· To continually renew the organization itself, nurturing new scientific approaches and the organizational structures that encourage them.
If we are successful, the legacy of the Champalimaud Research will be not only advances in scientific knowledge but advances in the scientific process itself.
At the Foundation investment in research is focused on three core areas: neuroscience, cancer and vision. A common philosophy runs through all three: that research should be results oriented with a view to offering society the benefits of scientific progress.
The Architect – Indian Origins
Charles Correa Associates
Architect, planner, activist and theoretician, Charles Correa is one of the few contemporary architects who addresses not only issues of architecture, but of low-income housing and urban planning as well. His work covers a wide range, from the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur and the State-Assembly for Madhya Pradesh, to housing projects and townships in Delhi, Bombay, Ahmedabad and Bangalore. He was Chief Architect for ‘Navi Mumbai’ the new city of 2 million people across the harbor from Bombay, and was appointed by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as the first Chairman of the National Commission on Urbanization.
This medical research centre in Lisbon by Indian architects Charles Correa Associates has a curved stone form with circular cut-aways.
The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown comprises two buildings, the first containing research laboratories and treatment rooms, and the second housing an auditorium and exhibition area.
A central pathway crosses the site between the buildings, leading towards two monolithic stone sculptures and an outdoor amphitheatre.
Above the pathway, a glass tubular bridge connects the two buildings together.
Photography is by José Campos.
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The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
What makes me most proud about this project is that it is NOT a Museum of Modern Art.
On the contrary, it uses the highest levels of contemporary science and medicine to help people grappling with real problems; cancer, brain damage, going blind.
And to house these cutting-edge activities, we tried to create a piece of architecture. Architecture as Sculpture. Architecture as Beauty. Beauty as therapy.
And we have also attempted to use NATURE as therapy. The WATER around us. The SKY above. The healing presence of RAIN FORESTS. All these are therapies for the patients.
Of course we have a very special site. One of astonishing Beauty – and great historic Memory.
Norbert Schulz has written eloquently about what he calls the GENUS LOCI, the essential meaning of a site – and Architecture’s unique responsibility to express, to release, that meaning, A musician can play the same Chopin concert one evening in Tokyo and the next in Brazil and the third in Paris – with every note exactly the same.
But not the Architect. For a building is rooted in the soil on which it stands, In the climate, in the technology, in the culture – and the aspirations! – of the society that uses it. This is why the same building cannot be repeated anywhere and everywhere in the world.
And of course what makes this site very special is that it is the place from which 500 years ago Vasco da Gama and the other great navigators went forth on their voyages of Discovery – a perfect metaphor for the discoveries of contemporary science today.
This is why more than 50% of the site has been given back to the city of Lisbon for its citizens to celebrate that history – without in anyway compromising the privacy of the medical activities, and vice versa. The site plan is a yang-yang pattern of interlocking spaces.
Lastly, I am proud that this project tries to express the essential nature, the Genus Loci, of this site without resorting to erratz versions of traditional architecture.
No, we have used throughout a Contemporary voice to express not only the truth about this site – but also to celebrate a very crucial moment (arguably the DEFINING moment) in the history of this nation.
Project: Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Location: Portugal, Lisbon
Client: The Champalimaud Foundation
Purpose: Translational Centre for Brain, Eye-sight and Cancer research
Design Architect: Charles Correa Associates
Design Team: Charles Correa, Sachin Agshikar, Manas Vanwari, Dhaval Malesha
Laboratory and Clinical design: RMJM
Architect of Record: Glintt
Bridge design: Joerg Schlaich
Signage: Studio Dambar
Area: 50,000 sq. mt.
Budget: 100 million Euros
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Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
1400-038 Lisbon, Portugal
T (+351) 210 480 200