Dr. Sumathi Swaminathan

  • Associate Professor

  • 2003, PhD - Nutrition
    Bangalore University, India
  • 1980 - 1982, MSc - Food and Nutrition
    Sri Avinashilingam Homescience College, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 1978 -1980, BSc - Home Science
    Women’s Christian College, Chennai, India

  • Associate Professor
    St. John's Research Institute
    2015 - till date
    Bangalore, India
  • Assistant Professor
    St. John’s Research Institute
    2012 - 2015
    Bangalore, India
  • Lecturer
    St. John’s Research Institute
    2009 - 2011
    Bangalore, India
  • Senior Research Fellow
    St. John’s Medical College / St. John’s Research Institute
    2003 - 2009
    Bangalore, India
  • Lecturer
    SNDT University
    2001 - 2002
    Maharashtra, India
  • Research Fellow
    Clinical Nutrition Clinic, St. John’s Medical College
    2000 - 2001
    Karnataka, India
  • Honorary Position
    PhD Study in Manipal Hospital
    1998 - 2000
    Karnataka, India
  • Nutrition Consultant
    Nutrition Consultation
    1988 - 1998
    Maharashtra & Karnataka, India
  • Lecturer
    Voluntary Health Services
    1986 - 1988
    Tamil Nadu, India
  • Chief Dietitian
    Chinmaya Mission Hospital
    1983 -1986
    Karnataka, India

Swaminathan S, Ghosh S, Varghese JS, Sachdev HS, Kurpad AV, Thomas T. Dietary Iron Intake and Anemia Are Weakly Associated, Limiting Effective Iron Fortification Strategies in India. J Nutr. 2019;149(5):831-839.

O'Donnell M, Mente A, Rangarajan S, McQueen MJ, O'Leary N, Yin L, Liu X, Swaminathan S, Khatib R, Rosengren A, Ferguson J, Smyth A, Lopez-Jaramillo P, Diaz R, Avezum A, Lanas F, Ismail N, Yusoff K, Dans A, Iqbal R, Szuba A, Mohammadifard N, Oguz A, Yusufali AH, Alhabib KF, Kruger IM, Yusuf R, Chifamba J, Yeates K, Dagenais G, Wielgosz A, Lear SA, Teo K, Yusuf S; PURE Investigators. Joint association of urinary sodium and potassium excretion with cardiovascular events and mortality: prospective cohort study. BMJ. 2019;364:I772.

Varghese JS, Swaminathan S, Kurpad AV, Thomas T. Demand and supply factors of iron-folic acid supplementation and its association with anaemia in North Indian pregnant women. PLoS One. 2019;14(1):e0210634.

Swaminathan S, Sinha S, Minocha S, Makkar S, Kurpad AV. Are we eating too much? A critical reappraisal of the energy requirement in Indians. Proc Indian Natn Sci Acad. 2018:84(4).

Rao S, Thomas T, Swaminathan S, Varghese JS, Kurpad AV, Mondal A, Kulkarni B, Sachdev HPS, Kapil U. Current Practice of Iron doses for Treatment of Iron Deficiency Anaemia - A Review. Indian J Comm Health. 2018;30(Supp):31-8.

Swaminathan S, Thomas T, Bose B, Kurpad AV. Point of Care Haemoglobin Estimation. Indian J Comm Health. 2018;30 (Supp):108-114.

Mondal A, Thomas T, Swaminathan S, Rao S, Varghese JS, Kulkarni B, Sachdev HPS, Kapil U, Kurpad AV. Guidelines for iron supplementation for Prophylaxis of Anemia in a National Programme - A Review. Indian J Comm Health. 2018;30 (Supp):09-30.

Mony PK, Swaminathan S, Gajendran JK, Vaz M. Quality Assurance for Accuracy of Anthropometric Measurements in Clinical and Epidemiological Studies: [Errare humanum est = to err is human]. Indian J Comm Med. 2016;41(2):98-102.

Mayhew AJ, Lock K, Kelishadi R, Swaminathan S, Marcilio CS, Iqbal R, Dehghan M, Yusuf S, Chow CK. Nutrition labelling, marketing techniques, nutrition claims and health claims on chip and biscuit packages from sixteen countries. Public Health Nutr. 2016;19(6):998-1007.

Swaminathan S, Raj R, Thomas T, Kurpad AV. RDA for Indians-what more do we need, and do these fit requirements? NFI Bulletin. 2015;36(5).

Leong DP, Teo KK, Rangarajan S, Lopez-Jaramillo P, Avezum A Jr, Orlandini A, Seron P, Ahmed SH, Rosengren A, Kelishadi R, Rahman O, Swaminathan S, Iqbal R, Gupta R, Lear SA, Oguz A, Yusoff K, Zatonska K, Chifamba J, Igumbor E, Mohan V, Anjana RM, Gu H, Li W, Yusuf S; Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) Study investigators. Prognostic value of grip strength: findings from the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study. Lancet. 2015;386(9990):266-73.

Rajaraman D, Correa N, Punthakee Z, Lear SA, Jayachitra KG, Vaz M, Swaminathan S. Perceived Benefits, Facilitators, Disadvantages and Barriers for Physical Activity Amongst South Asian Adolescents in India and Canada. J Phys Act Health. 2015;12(7):931-41.

Swaminathan S, Thomas T, Kurpad AV. B-vitamin interventions for women and children in low-income populations. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2015;18(3):295-306.

Chow CK, Corsi DJ, Lock K, Madhavan M, Mackie P, Li W, Yi S, Wang Y, Swaminathan S, Lopez-Jaramillo P, Gomez-Arbelaez D, Avezum Á, Lear SA, Dagenais G, Teo K, McKee M, Yusuf S. A novel method to evaluate the community built environment using photographs--Environmental Profile of a Community Health (EPOCH) photo neighbourhood evaluation tool. PLoS One. 2014;9(11):e110042.

Yusuf S, Rangarajan R, Teo K, Islam S, Li W, Liu L, Bo J, Lou Q, Lu F, Liu T, Yu L, Zhang S, Mony P, Swaminathan S, Mohan V, Gupta R, Kumar R, Vijayakumar K, Lear S, Anand S, Wielgosz A, Diaz R, Avezum A, Lopez-Jaramillo P, Lanas F, Yusoff K, Ismail N, Iqbal R, Rahman O, Rosengren A, Yusufali A, Kelishadi R, Kruger A, Puoane T, Szuba A, Chifamba J, Oguz A, McQueen M, McKee M, Dagenais G. Cardiovascular risk and events in 17 low, middle and high income countries. N Engl J Med. 2014;371(9):818-27.

Dwarkanath P, Soares MJ, Thomas T, Vaz M, Swaminathan S, Kurpad AV. Food frequency questionnaire is a valid tool for the assessment of dietary habits of South Indian pregnant women. Asia Pac J Public Health. 2014;26(5):494-506.

Dwarkanath P, Soares MJ, Thomas T, Vaz M, Swaminathan S, Kurpad AV. Food Frequency Questionnaire is a valid tool for the assessment of dietary habits of South Indian pregnant women. Asia Pac J Public Health. 2014;26(5):494-506.

Ram A, Swaminathan S, Kurpad AV. Understanding the health behaviors of India’s iInformation technology and Business Process Outsourcing employees. International Journal of Workplace Health Management. 2014;7:213-228

Swaminathan S, Edward BS, Kurpad AV. Micronutrient deficiency and cognitive and physical performance in Indian children. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2013;67(5):467-74.

Swaminathan S, Selvam S, Pauline M, Vaz M. Associations between body weight perception and weight control behaviour in South Indian children: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 2013;3(3).

Swaminathan S, Vaz M. Childhood physical activity, sports and exercise and non-communicable disease: A special focus on India. Indian J Pediatr. 2013;80 Suppl 1:S63-70.

Swaminathan S, Thomas T, Yusuf S, Vaz M. Clustering of diet, physical activity and overweight in parents and offspring in South India. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2013;67(2):128-34.

Pauline M, Selvam S, Swaminathan S, Vaz M. Body weight perception is associated with socio-economic status and current body weight in selected urban and rural South Indian school-going children. Public Health Nutr. 2012;15(12):2348-56.

Swaminathan S, Vaz M, Kurpad AV. Protein intakes in India. Br J Nutr. 2012;108 Suppl 2:S50-8.

Jayawardena R, Swaminathan S, Byrne NM, Soares MJ, Katulanda P, Hills AP. Development of a food frequency questionnaire for Sri Lankan adults. Nutr J. 2012;11:63.

Corsi DJ, Subramanian SV, McKee M, Li W, Swaminathan S, Lopez-Jaramillo P, Avezum A, Lear SA, Dagenais G, Rangarajan S, Teo K, Yusuf S, Chow CK. Environmental Profile of a Community’s Health (EPOCH): An ecometric assessment of measures of the community environment based on individual perception. PLoS One. 2012;7(9):e44410.

Swaminathan S, Selvam S, Thomas T, Kurpad AV, Vaz M. Longitudinal trends in physical activity patterns in selected urban South Indian school children. Indian J Med Res. 2011;134:174-80.

Chow CK, Lock K, Madhavan M, Corsi DJ, Gilmore AB, Subramanian SV, Lei W, Swaminathan S, Lopez-Jaramillo P, Avezum A, Lear SA, Dagenais G, Teo K, McKee M, Yusuf S. Environmental Profile of a Community’s Health (EPOCH): An instrument to measure environmental determinants of cardiovascular health in five countries. PLoS One. 2010;5(12):e14294.

Swaminathan S, Thomas T, Kurpad AV,Vaz M. Perceptions of healthy eating: a qualitative study of school-going children in South India. Health Education Journal. 2009; 68: 94.

Swaminathan S, Thomas T, Kurpad AV, Vaz M. Dietary patterns in urban school children in South India. Indian Pediatr. 2007;44(8):593-6.

Swaminathan S, Diffey B, Vaz M. Evaluating the suitability of prediction equations for lung function in Indian children: a practical approach. Indian Pediatr. 2006;43(8):680-98.

Kurpad AV, Swaminathan S. Prevention and management of overweight and obesity in children. In Public health nutrition in developing countries by Vir S. 2011. Woodhead Publishing Ltd.


Acceptability of a food product in children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (KBITS, Government of Karnataka).

Scaling up the production and distribution of Double Fortified Salt in India: Evaluation of Impact (IDRC).

Review, Assessment & Planning of Interventions in Districts (RAPID) for Maternal and Child Nutrition: Maternal and Child Nutrition in rural Maharashtra and Rajasthan - Identifying gaps and designing system strengthening interventions (TATA Trusts).

Strategic partnership for standardisation of nutrition protocols (TATA Trusts) - Principal Investigator - 2015-2017; Funding: 3 crores

Impact of solar lighting on health, livelihood, indoor environment; A cluster randomized control trial.

Assessment of nutrient intakes and evaluation of inadequate micronutrient intakes among children aged 8 to 15 years (GSK Study) - Principal Investigator - 2015-2016; Funding: Approximately 48 lakhs.

Antenatal beta carotene supplementation and its effect on placental development and newborn kidney size and function (DBT CoE: Sub-Study) - Co-Investigator - 2014-2019.

Use of the accurate tracer based approaches to assess vitamin A pool size in Indian children receiving vitamin A supplementation, and assess the efficacy of food based supplementation approaches in pregnant women (DBT Study) - Co-Principal Investigator - 2012-2015.

Effectiveness of a maternal food based intervention to increase Vitamin A intakes in early infancy (IAEA Study) - Principal Investigator - 2011-2016; Funding: Approximately 9600 euros per year.

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