International Collaborations

Medical Research Council, Epidemiology Resource Centre, Southampton, UK

Prof. David Barker proposed the ‘Thrifty Phenotype Hypothesis' and suggested that the current epidemic of type 2 Diabetes and CHD originates in maternal and fetal under-nutrition. In collaboration with Professor David Barker and Professor Caroline Fall, Diabetes Unit established Pune Children's Study (PCS) and Pune Maternal Nutrition Study (PMNS).
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Department of International Health, University College London, UK

Prof. John. S. Yudkin, University College London has been collaborating with us on various studies. He is an expert on the role of inflammation in the etiology of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Exeter, UK

Prof. Andrew Hatersley, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Exeter, UK, well known for his contribution to defining types of maturity onset diabetes in the young (MODY) and for proposing ‘fetal insulin hypothesis' . He is a co-investigator on the Wellcome Genetics study (WELLGEN) and advises us on the genetic aspects of many studies.

Oxford Centre for Gene Function, University of Oxford, UK

Prof. Helga Refsum and Prof David Smith are well known for their expertise and contribution to homocystein, folate and vitamin B12 metabolism. They have published many epidemiological studies of these in relation to various clinical conditions (cardiovascular, neuro-cognitive, pregnancy etc). They have helped us set up research in the investigation of hyperhomocysteinemia in Indians, characteristically due to vitamin B12 deficiency rather than due to folate deficiency.

Centre for Child Health Research, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Prof. Elaine Rush has research expertise in the measurement of body composition, energy expenditure, physical activity, nutrition and risk factors for disease. One of the tools she uses in her research is stable isotopes and this expertise has led to her involvement with cooperative research projects with the IAEA and on going collaborations with the Diabetes Unit, with a particular focus on one carbon metabolism.

National Collaborations

Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad

CCMB is an institute of excellence in genetic studies in India. Dr Giriraj Chandak, scientist and medical geneticist is our consultant and collaborator for studying genetic aspects of various studies conducted at the Unit.

Jnana Prabodhini Institute of Psychology, Pune

Jnana Prabodhini is a center of excellence for research in the fields of leadership, management and psychology, blending the best of Western and Indian traditions of psychology. Prabodhini also provides psychological services for development of individuals in educational, industrial, governmental, voluntary and other sectors. Dr. Ms. Sujala Watve, the head of department of Psychology is our consultant for the psychology related research in the Unit.

Agharkar Research Institute, Pune

ARI is a reputed research organization. Dr. Shobha Rao provides consultancy in various aspects of nutrition in our studies. She was responsible for collecting dietary intake data in the Pune Maternal Nutrition Study.

National Informatics Centre, Pune

NIC is a governmental agency providing consultancy in various aspects of data management, security and software development. Mrs. Punam Gupta is the consultant, and has actively contributed to data management in all our studies.

National Centre for Cell Sciences, Pune

  NCCS is one of the apex institutes in India to investigate cellular aspects of health and disease. Our consultant is Dr. Anandvardhan Hardikar who is a renowned islet expert and set up the ‘thrifty jerry' model of chronic undernutrition and insulin resistance.

Institute for Population Research, St John's Hospital, Bangalore

  Professor Anura Kurpad is the Dean of this institute and a renowned international nutritional scientist. He has helped us with various body composition measurements and with his colleague Professor Mario Vaz has been our advisor on nutrition and metabolism.

National Chemical Laboratory, Pune

Dr. Subhash Chavan at NCL is developing the Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer (GCMS) method for measurement of methylmalonic acid, a specific indicator of vitamin B 12 deficiency.