CLINICAL DIVISION


The Clinical Division has two maternal nutrition units, which are located at Niloufer hospital and Government Maternity hospital and two paediatric nutrition units, one each at Gandhi Hospital and Niloufer Hospital, Hyderabad. The maternal units are referral centres for treatment of anaemia in pregnancy and nutrition advice to pregnant and lactating women; while the paediatric units undertake management of SAM and rehabilitation of undernourished children, in addition to counselling and diet advice. The Division provides services to undernourished women and SAM children at community level through a clinic established by NIN in a large slum at Secunderabad.
 

The areas of research include osteoporosis, anemia, high risk pregnancies, and health system studies addressing vulnerable population such as adolescents and migrants. Paediatric research includes studies on body composition; sever acute malnutrition (SAM), vitamin D etc. Recently, the division has completed a huge cohort study on effects of early nutrition on cardio vascular (CVD) risks funded by Welcome trust. Another study funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is evaluating the disconnect between economic growth, agriculture and nutrition status of population. In addition to the research activities, the Division is actively engaged in establishing the Model Rural Health Research Unit (MRHRU) and Model Research Unit (MRU) at Tirupathi.

 

Currently, they are exploring the role of indoor and outdoor air pollution on CVD risk and are also planning intervention strategies to improve IYCF practices in rural areas of Jharkhand to eliminate pre-school undernutrition.


Scientists
Dr. R. Hemalatha, Scientist ‘F’ and Head
Dr.Bharati Kulkarni, Scientist ‘E’
Dr.J.J.Babu Geddam, Scientist ‘E’
Dr.K.V. Radhakrishna, Scientist ‘E’

Dr. M. Raja Sriswan, Scientist ‘B’

Technical Officers
Mr.P.Ajeya Kumar, Technical Officer
Mr. Sreenu P, Technical Officer 
Mr.M. Seshacharyulu, Technical Officer



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