Maternal and Child Health


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 Demonstrating non-inferiority of a lower dose calcium supplementation during pregnancy for reducing preeclampsia and neonatal outcomes (Funded by: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) PI: Dr. Anura V Kurpad, Co-PI: Dr. Pratibha Dwarkanath 2018
2 Effect of early stunting on body cell mass and fat mass in term appropriate for gestational age (AGA) infants (Funded by: DBT) Dr. Rebecca Kuriyan Raj 2018
3 ManGo: Manchester Global Omics Initiative for Nutritional Health (Funded by: Medical Research Council, UK) PI: Dr. John McLaughlin, University of Manchester, UK, Co-I: Dr. Arpita Mukhopadhyay 2018
4 Maternal fuel supply and placental trafficking of amino acids : Epigenetic and metabolomics correlates (Funded by: DBT) Dr. Arpita Mukhopadyay 2018
5 NephroS International: Transnational cohorts of nephritic syndrome - A unified approach to a global chronic disease Dr. Anil Vasudevan 2017
6 Genetic and cellular correlates to Lowe’s oculocerebro-renal syndrome (OCRL) in the Indian population Dr. Anil Vasudevan 2017
7 Mutation screening in children with congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) using Next-generation sequencing (NGS) platform Dr. Anil Vasudevan 2016
8 Pediatric Renal Biology Program Research on Nephrotic Syndrome Dr. Anil Vasudevan 2016
9 Phenotypic and functional characterisation of monocyte subsets in chronic kidney disease and its impact on progression of disease and associated complications Dr. Anbazhagan Kolandaswamy 2016
10 Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) Adherence and Temperature Surveillance Project Dr. Prem Mony, Dr. Tony Raj 2015
11 Molecular Basis of Nephrotic Syndrome Dr. Anil Vasudevan 2015
12 Biomarkers for early detection and prognosis of sepsis associated acute kidney injury Dr. Anil Vasudevan 2015
13 Programme support on the effect of aminoacids, vitamin A on fetal growth, placental function and low birth weight Dr. Anil Vasudevan 2013
14 International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE) (Funded by: Pennington Biomedical Research Center) Dr. Anura V Kurpad 2012
15 Accurate Measurement of Percent Body Fat in Urban South Indian Children aged 5-16 years using Air Displacement Plethysmography (BOD POD) - The Pediatric Epidemiology and Child Health (PEACH) Study-II (Funded by: ICMR) Dr. Rebecca Kuriyan Raj 2011