Facility for nutrition research announced in Hyderabad

With the aim of providing interventional strategies to tackle malnutrition and non-communicable diseases, the Tata Institute of Basic Research (TIFR) – Mumbai with the support of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has announced the state-of-the-art National Analytical Facility for Nutrition and Metabolic Research in Hyderabad.

Through the program, a platform will be provided for scientists to conduct clinical and preclinical research integrating deep-dive methodologies into nutrition and metabolic research.

Professor Ullas Kolthur of TIFR said India has a high incidence of malnutrition along with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases. To better understand the reasons behind this, there is an urgent need to empower and bring together basic biologists and clinical researchers to enhance the impact of research on nutrition and metabolism.

“The facility will facilitate in-depth scientific analysis, which is essential to understanding (a) the effectiveness of nutritional intervention programs and (b) the undesirable long-term consequences of child malnutrition, especially the emergence of non-communicable diseases, in some but not all children. There are many factors that play A role such as diet type, intake and use of nutrients, body composition, among other factors, which varies across life stages.”

The initiative was announced at an event on Monday attended by Professor Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India, Dr. Jagandeep Kang from CMC-Vellore, and Dr. Anura Korbad from St. John’s Research Institute, Bengaluru among others.

Besides BARC, TIFR has also collaborated with CMC-Vellore, St. John’s Research Institute, IISER-Pune and other institutions for the program.

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