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NIH grant to study severe asthma

The immune response that occurs in patients with severe asthma is markedly different from what occurs in milder asthma that can be treated with inhaled steroids. Drs. Anuradha Ray and Prabir Ray and colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine recently published this new research finding. People with severe asthma do not get better even with high doses of steroids. Drs. Anuradha Ray, Sally Wenzel and colleagues were recently awarded a five-year, $8 million grant from the NIH to continue their studies of severe asthma to develop new treatments for this disease.

Ayan Rivu Sinha performed in Mewati Sangeet Parv

Ayan Rivu Sinha, a student of Padmashree Tripti Mukherjee of Pt Jasraj Institute, performed in Mewati Sangeet Parv at the Rutgers Univ in New Jersey on 14th June 2015. He opened the program for the Legendary vocalists Pta Tripti Mukherjee and Pt Jasrajji.

Congratulations to our Graduating Children

The Bengali Association of Pittsburgh congratulates the following children of our community

Roosha Mandal is graduating from Mt. Lebanon Senior High School.
She will join Carnegie Mellon University this fall in the Science and Humanities Scholar program.

Arjun Kar from CMU with Dual degree in Physics and Computer Science
He Will join University of Pennsylvania for PhD in Physics

Moujhuri Sau from Wheeling Park High School, WV, going to Pennsylvania State University Engineering school.

Congratulations to Indu's Dance Team

Indrani Kar continues to perform classical Indian dance through the dance group Pitt Nrityamala. This past November, they performed at Johns Hopkins University for the classical exhibition show, Nritya Mala 2010. Then they competed at Laasya 2011 hosted by the University of Maryland on February 26th, where we won 1st place. On April 28th, Nrityamala will perform in honor of Meera Shankar, The Ambassador of India to the United States at New Hazlett Theater. Congratulations to Indu and her Dance team.

Francis Cleetus

Congratulations to our own Francis Cleetus whose recent mural is now being featured at the has been featured Phipps Conservatory in Oakland. He has created a very artistic ceiling murals in the special events hall for Phipps Conservatory's new exhibit—Tropical Forest India. He also made the exhibit's spice and tea market signs. This work will be on display for three years and you can read more about it in a local newspaper, Upper St Clair Patch ( You may recall his excellent artwork for Durapuja.

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