Platform for Research Excellence Related to National Aims (PRERNA) Young Investigators Program

The program is designed to nurture physicians who are determined to pursue a career in biomedical or health research to achieve Principal Investigators capabilities and leadership abilities. The program is in collaboration with Christian Medical College (Vellore) and KEM Hospital Research Centre (Pune). The inter-institutional character widens exposure and mentorship across different research domains. The 5-year program provides learning opportunities in research methods, ethics, laboratory exposure, data analytics and deeper understanding in the disciplinary areas of interest.

Alumni

Ranadip Chowdhury, MBBS, MD, PhD

DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance Intermediate Career Fellow

Field of primary interest: Nutrition Sciences

Current Research Work: Pre-pregnancy programs for improving birth outcomes; development and testing of interventions to prevent growth faltering during early infancy and childhood, to improve thrive for small babies, new management protocol for moderate acute malnutrition;Ā  Improved understanding of drivers of linear growth and metabolic syndrome during fetal life and early childhood; Systematic reviews and meta-analyses to update WHO guidelines for care of the preterm and low birth weight infants and postnatal care.

Bireshwar Sinha, MBBS, MD

DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance Early Career Fellow

Field of primary interest: Infectious disease epidemiology

Current Research Work: Nutrition-infection interaction; Effect of kangaroo mother care on health outcomes in low birthweight infants, Large prospective surveillance in 6000 children to study the epidemiology of enteric fever; Safety of ROTAVACĀ® vaccine in public health system; Cohort study to understand the epidemiology of Dengue and Chikungunya; Setting up health and demographic surveillance.

Ravi Prakash Upadhyay, MBBS, MD

DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance Early Career Fellow

Field of primary interest: Neurodevelopment in children

Current Research Work: Understand the role of nutritional supplementation during early childhood on neurodevelopment; Long term effect of Kangaroo Mother Care given during infancy on cognition and higher executive functions at later childhood; Technology driven assessments (eye-tracking) to identify infants and children at-risk of developmental problems; Evaluation of a new tool (Global Scale for Early Development; GSED) for assessment of neurodevelopment; Systematic reviews and meta-analyses to update WHO guidelines for care of the preterm and low birth weight infants and postnatal care.

Tarun Shankar Choudhury, MBBS, MD

Pursuing PhD in Health Economics

Field of primary interest: Health Policy Research with specialization in Health Technology Assessment

Current Research Work: Developing methodologies in the field of health equity research; Understanding the equity and poverty impact of kangaroo mother care and other health interventions; Answering policy-relevant questions in the area of maternal and child health and nutrition through secondary analysis of publically available datasets, Systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Present

Nonita Dudeja, MD, Community Medicine

Mohan Kumar, MD, Community Medicine