St John's Medical College

Key areas of Research

State of the art metabolic ward where energy and substrate metabolism studies, amino acid requirement studies using stable isotope techniques, a state of the art muscle lab for conducting static and dynamic muscle function tests, with a well-equipped minor OT for obtaining muscle biopsies, a research gym, micronutrient fortification studies involving iron, lysine and Vit b12 and electrophysiological studies involving EMG and EEG. A well-organized division of nutrition is also under the department of physiology. This division is actively pursuing research on body composition, whole body potassium counting, various long running child and mother cohorts.

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Title of the Project

Name of Investigators

Funding Agency

Duration of Project

Status

 

1.

Pilot study to optimize the level of protein in products for Indian primary school children

Dr.Anura Kurpad

Dr. Maria Pauline

 

Tata Education Trust

 

3 years

 

On Going

 

 

2.

Integrated nutrition-agriculture strategies to inform public

Dr. Anura Kurpad

Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance

 

5 years

On going

 

3.

Program support on the effect of amino acids, vitamin A and oxidative stress on foetal growth, placental function and low birth weight

Dr. Anura Kurpad

 

DBT

 

4 years

On going

4.

Effects of environmental enteric dysfunction on protein digestibility, amino acid metabolism and protein synthesis

Dr. Anura Kurpad

Dr. Nirupama S.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

2 years

On going

5.

Development of a Point of Care Multiplexed Diagnostic Platform to Target Anemia and Micronutrient Deficiencies

Dr. Anura Kurpad

Dr. Tony DS Raj

DBT

2 years

On Going

 

6.

Measurement of the absorption of vitamin B12, and the estimation of functional deficit in vitamin B12 deficiency, by stable isotope labeled methods

Dr. Anura Kurpad

 

DBT

 

3 years

On Going

 

7.

Biomarkers of Iron Status in Women of Reproductive Age for Prevention of Anemia and Birth Defects in India

Dr. Anura Kurpad

DRDC/CDC

1 years

On Going

 

8.

Genetic enhancement & Bioavailibity – Finger Millet (Ragi)

Dr. Anura Kurpad

DBT

 

3 years

On Going

 

9.

Research into the Impact of Solar Lighting on Health, Livelihood and Indoor Environment Project

Dr. Anura Kurpad

Anonymous Philanthropic Donor

3 years

On going

10.

Consortium on vulnerability of externalizing disorders and addictions(c-VEDA)

 

Dr. Rebecca Kuriyan Raj

Dr. Anura V Kurpad

ICMR

 

3 years

On going

11.

Estimation of body cell mass using potassium counter in pregnant women and neonates.

 

Dr. Rebecca Kuriyan Raj

Dr. Anura V Kurpad

ICMR

 

3 years

On going

12.

Harvard India Nutrition Initiative

Dr. Anura V. Kurpad

Dr.Rebecca Kuriyan Raj

USIEF

4 years

On going

13.

Scaling up the production and distribution of Double Fortified Salt in India: Evaluation of Impact

Dr. Anura V. Kurpad

IDRC

 

3 years

On going

14.

Micronutrient Protein requirements in malnourished school aged south Indian children determined using the indicator amino acid oxidation technique

Dr. Anura Kurpad

University of British Columbia

4 years

On Going

15.

Estimation of body cell mass using potassium counter in pregnant women and neonates

Dr. Rebecca Kuriyan Raj

DBT

3 years

On Going

 

16.

Human skeletal muscle quality and insulin sensitivity: A study to understand the impact of life style intervention in pre diabetics

Dr Sucharita S

 

Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance

5 years

On Going

17.

Human skeletal muscle functionality and insulin sensitivity: A study to understand the role of circulating microRNA in Type 2 Diabetics

Dr Sucharita S

RGUHS

2 years

On going

18.

Mixed longitudinal/cross sectional study of Body composition of Infants from Birth to 6 months from Bangalore, India

Dr. Rebecca Kuriyan Raj

IAEA and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

1 year

On Going

Key areas of Current Research

  • Bioavailability of nutrients in humans through intrinsic stable isotope labelling of plants along with novel and sensitive human physiological studies of their efficacy through dynamic proteomics and other methods.
  • Role of skeletal muscle in the aetiology of type 2 diabetes in the Indian population and to evaluate the efficacy of interventions designed to target improvements in muscle mass, function and metabolic potential.
  • Human amino acid requirements and kinetics using intrinsically labelled stable isotopes
  • Energy and substrate metabolism using indirect calorimeter
  • Birth outcomes and its determinants using a large scale prospective mother and child cohort
  • Micronutrient requirements of Iron, Lysine, VitB12