Maternal and Child Health

Research Line


This is a public health research initiative that focuses on Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent (MaNeCA) Health Research in St. John's Research Institute. This is in response to the persisting burden of maternal and child health problems in India and similar settings. The focus is on:

  • undertaking and interpreting research
  • providing consultancy and support
  • contributing to targeted policy development and
  • being involved in continuing education

The perspective is at a broad public health and population level with an inclusive approach to the social and medical aspects of health and care aimed at reducing health inequities. The emphasis is on research, service development, evaluation and policy to be linked. We design and implement descriptive epidemiologic investigations, cohorts, physiological studies, support testing interventions in randomized trials, translate research into practice and evaluate implementation of interventions.

Sl No. Project Title Project Lead Year
1 Implementation Research in India (Karnataka state) towards Accelerating Scale-up of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) Dr. Prem K Mony 2016
2 Remote BioMonitoring (RBM) Project: Development of KMC sensor for position and temperature Dr. Prem K Mony 2015
3 KMC Adherence and Temperature Surveillance Project Dr. Prem Mony, Dr. Tony Raj 2015
4 Effect of maternal protein and vitamin B12 supplementation on placental epigenetics Dr. Arpita Mukhopadhyay 2014
5 Effect of maternal protein and vitamin B12 supplementation on placental vasculature Dr. Arpita Mukhopadhyay 2014
6 Estimation of body cell mass using potassium counter in pregnant women and neonates Dr. Rebecca Kurian Raj 2014
7 ‘Skills and Drills’ Intervention to Improve Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care in select First Referral Units in Northern Karnataka Dr. Prem Mony 2013
8 Programme Support on the effect of amino acids, vitamin A and oxidative stress on foetal growth, placental function and low birth weight Dr. Anura V Kurpad, Dr. Arpita Mukhopadhyay 2013
9 Establishment of a Maternal & Neonatal Health E-Learning Course for Primary Health Care Professionals: a techno-feasibility study Dr. Prem Mony 2012
10 Use of accurate tracer based approaches to assess vitamin A pool size in children and pregnant women Dr. Anil Vasudevan 2012
11 Lipid profile in idiopathic nephrotic syndrome in children Dr. Kishore Phadke 2012
12 International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE) Dr. Anura V Kurpad 2012
13 Assessment and Evaluation of the Safe Childbirth Checklist (SCC) Phase II (Rajasthan) Dr. Prem Mony 2012
14 Molecular basis of steroid resistant nephrotic syndrome Dr. Kishore Phadke, Dr. Anil Vasudevan 2012
15 Are human gene variants in Vitamin A Metabolic Pathway Associated with Newborn Kidney Size and Function Dr. Anil Vasudevan 2012


Sl No. Title Authors Journal Name Publication Year
1 Energy and Protein Supplementation Does Not Affect Protein and Amino Acid Kinetics or Pregnancy Outcomes in Underweight Indian Women Dwarkanath P, Hsu JW, Tang GJ, Anand P, Thomas T, Thomas A, Sheela CN, Kurpad AV, Jahoor F J Nutr 2016
2 Association between maternal nutritional status in pregnancy and offspring cognitive function during childhood and adolescence; a systematic review Veena SR, Gale CR, Krishnaveni GV, Kehoe SH, Srinivasan K, Fall CH BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2016
3 Maternal fat and fatty acid intake and birth outcomes in a South Indian population Mani I, Dwarkanath P, Thomas T, Thomas A, Kurpad AV Int J Epidemiol 2016
4 Effectiveness of Onsite Nurse Mentoring in Improving Quality of Institutional Births in the Primary Health Centres of High Priority Districts of Karnataka, South India: A Cluster Randomized Trial Jayanna K, Bradley J, Mony P, Cunningham T, Washington M, Bhat S, Rao S, Thomas A, S R, Kar A, N S, B M R, H L M, Fischer E, Crockett M, Blanchard J, Moses S, Avery L PLoS One 2016
5 Oxidative stress during early pregnancy and birth outcomes Shastri L, Pammal RS, Mani I, Thomas T, Kurpad AV. Public Health Nutr 2016
6 Effects of maternal vitamin B12 supplementation on early infant neurocognitive outcomes: a randomized controlled clinical trial Srinivasan K, Thomas T, Kapanee AR, Ramthal A, Bellinger DC, Bosch RJ, Kurpad AV, Duggan C Matern Child Nutr 2016
7 Body composition of term healthy Indian newborns Jain V, Kurpad AV, Kumar B, Devi S, Sreenivas V, Paul VK Eur J Clin Nutr 2015
8 Maternal prenatal psychological distress and temperament in 1-4 month old infants - A study in a non-western population Bhat A, Chowdayya R, Selvam S Khan A, Kolts R, Srinivasan K Infant Behavior & Development 2015
9 Availability of emergency neonatal care in eight districts of Karnataka state, southern India: a cross-sectional study Mony PK, Jayanna K, Bhat S, Rao SV, Crockett M, Avery L, Ramesh BM, Moses S, Blanchard J BMC Health Serv Res 2015
10 Estimation of perinatal mortality rate for institutional births in Rajasthan state, India, using capture-recapture technique Mony PK, Varghese B, Thomas T BMJ Open 2015
11 Nurse Mentors to Advance Quality Improvement in Primary Health Centers: Lessons From a Pilot Program in Northern Karnataka, India Fischer EA, Jayana K, Cunningham T, Washington M, Mony P, Bradley J, Moses S Glob Health Sci Pract 2015
12 Foetal exposure to maternal depression predicts cortisol responses in infants: findings from rural South India Fernandes M, Stein A, Srinivasan K, Menezes G, Ramchandani PG Child Care Health Dev 2015
13 B-vitamin interventions for women and children in low-income populations Swaminathan S, Thomas T, Kurpad AV Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care 2015
14 What accounts for ethnic differences in newborn skinfold thickness comparing South Asians and white Caucasians? Findings from the START and FAMILY birth cohorts Anand SS, Gupta MK, Schulze KM, Desai D, Abdalla N, Wahi G, Wade C, Scheufler P, McDonald SD, Morrison KM, Vasudevan A, Dwarakanath P, Srinivasan K, Kurpad A, Gerstein HC, Teo KK Int J Obes (Lond) 2015
15 Assessment of facility readiness and provider preparedness for dealing with postpartum haemorrhage and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia in public and private health facilities of northern Karnataka, India: a cross-sectional study Jayanna K, Mony P, Bm R, Thomas A, Gaikwad A, Hl M, Blanchard JF, Moses S, Avery L BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2014