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 Nutritional and neurodevelopment milestones of 18-36 month-old chidren born low-birth-weight in Koppal District of Northern Karnataka, India Dr Prem K. Mony 2021
2 Human placental epigenetic regulation of fatty acids versus glucose transport: Role in fetal growth restriction (Funded by: Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India) Dr. Arpita Mukhopadhyay 2019
3 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
4 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
5 Biomarkers of iron status in women of reproductive age for prevention of anemia and birth defects in India (Funded by: Cornell University) Dr. Anura V Kurpad 2018
6 NephroS International: Transnational cohorts of nephritic syndrome - A unified approach to a global chronic disease Dr. Anil Vasudevan 2017
7 Genetic and cellular correlates to Lowe’s oculocerebro-renal syndrome (OCRL) in the Indian population Dr. Anil Vasudevan 2017
8 13C Sucrose breath test as a biomarker of environmental enteric dysfunction in infants – A cross sectional study (Funded by: International Atomic Energy Agency) Dr. Nirupama S, Dr. Anura V Kurpad, Dr. Sarita D 2017
9 Mutation screening in children with congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) using Next-generation sequencing (NGS) platform Dr. Anil Vasudevan 2016
10 Pediatric Renal Biology Program Research on Nephrotic Syndrome Dr. Anil Vasudevan 2016
11 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
12 Molecular Basis of Nephrotic Syndrome Dr. Anil Vasudevan 2015
13 Biomarkers for early detection and prognosis of sepsis associated acute kidney injury Dr. Anil Vasudevan 2015
14 Programme support on the effect of aminoacids, vitamin A on fetal growth, placental function and low birth weight Dr. Anil Vasudevan 2013
15 International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE) (Funded by: Pennington Biomedical Research Center) Dr. Anura V Kurpad 2012