TOPIC: Nutrition & Research
India has a wide range of nutrition and health problems, which require professionals with appropriate skills, knowledge and trans-disciplinary collaborative abilities to influence policy making at the national and global level. The Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative (BBNC) was established as a collaboration between St. John’s Research Institute (SJRI), Harvard School of Public Health and Tufts University, with a focus on nutrition research and training. The goals of the BBNC were to conduct an interdisciplinary course, develop web-based courses and identify promising Indian students and junior faculty for graduate training in Boston. Currently, 30 providers are trained yearly and four faculty members/graduate students from SJRI have visited Boston for collaborative research efforts. Christopher Duggan, MD, MPH is studying the impact of vitamin B12 on neurodevelopment and cognitive function from early life into school age.