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Statement of Research Interests 

In Asia, there is an imperative need to implement the practice of evidence-based public health policy, planning, and spending. My earlier and ongoing research provides the appropriate evidence, which can guide the formulation of policy to bring in positive change that we can see in our lifetime. I am focused shaping my career towards independence and in building a long-term career in academic public health. Therefore, my future research plan is dedicated to exploring the impact of tackling determinants in the maternal and psychosocial environment and thereby promote positive health in populations through appropriate interventions.

The focus of my research is through the realization of the following objectives.

  1. Generating evidence regarding maternal and psychosocial environment of NCDs
  2. Explore the appropriate interventions through pilot projects
  3. Ensuring evidence-based public health policy planning and implementation

Objectives (a) and (b) help in identification and prioritization of maternal determinants of childhood obesity (and subsequent risk of diabetes and hypertension) in Asia.  The evidence available in the next three years will aid in the generation of rigorous, feasible and contextually specific population-based pilot interventions. The objective (c) will be achieved through the implementation of pilot interventions based on objectives (a) & (b). The three objectives together will contribute to logical and empirically grounded choices of public health interventions.

In the next few years, I want to pilot the interventions based on the results of the research on the role of the maternal and psychosocial environment of NCDs in different populations. The overall results from testing the interventions will result in the implementation of evidence-based public health. In the next 5 years, I wish to inculcate the evidence into policy formulations at the national and international level to influence policymakers to bring positive changes with respect to NCD prevention and control. Due to demographic transition and lifestyle changes, the aging Asian populations continually are affected by NCDs. My engagement of research and advocacy in NCDs will aid in improving the health of an aging population and improve productivity. I am uniquely positioned to study the effects from an intergenerational perspective and earnestly believe that the positive changes will see the transformation of societies in the next two decades. Therefore, my long-term goal is to ensure healthy populations are sustained through integrated technical and advocacy efforts. My track record of working in public health over 17 years has provided a clear resolve for the achieving the objectives listed above.

Ongoing Research Projects.

  1. Maternal Antecedents of Adiposity and Studying the Transgenerational role of Hyperglycemia and Insulin (MAASTHI): a prospective cohort study. Funded by Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance: Link1 Link2 Link3
  2. Full meal supplementation: Evaluation of Effect in Pregnant and Lactating women (FEEL): Funded by Department of Women and Child, Government of Karnataka 
  3. Ambient and Indoor Air Pollution in Pregnancy on the risk of Low birth weight and Ensuing Effects in Infants (APPLE); A cohort study in South India.  Funded by Department of Science & Technology, Government of India

Details of the Ongoing Research Projects

  1. Maternal Antecedents of Adiposity and Studying the Transgenerational role of Hyperglycemia and Insulin (MAASTHI): a prospective cohort study. Funded by Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance: Link1 LinkLink3

India is experiencing an epidemic of obesity-hyperglycaemia, which can be sustained and augmented through transgenerational transmission of adiposity and glucose intolerance in women. This presents an opportunity for exploring a clear strategy for the control of this epidemic in India. We conducted a study between November 2013 and May 2015 to inform the design of a large pregnancy cohort study. Based on the findings of this pilot, Currently, we are recruiting women in a birth cohort since April 2016. The protocol of the study documents the processes which aim at advancing the available knowledge, linking several steps in the evolution of obesity led hyperglycemia.

Maternal Antecedents of Adiposity and Studying the Transgenerational role of Hyperglycemia and Insulin (MAASTHI) is a cohort study in the public health facilities in Bangalore, India. The objective of MAASTHI is to prospectively assess the effects of glucose levels in pregnancy on the risk of adverse infant outcomes, especially in predicting the possible risk markers of later chronic diseases. The primary objective of the proposed study is to investigate the effect of glucose levels in pregnancy on skinfold thickness (adiposity) in infancy as a marker of future obesity and diabetes in offspring. The secondary objective is to assess the association between the psychosocial environment of mothers and adverse neonatal outcomes including adiposity. The study aims to recruit 5000 pregnant women and follow them and their offspring for a period of 4 years.

The carbohydrate ‘fuel’ metabolism in a pregnant woman may have a long-term impact on the development of her offspring (‘fuel-mediated teratogenesis’ hypothesis) including in utero exposure to maternal hyperglycemia leading to fetal hyperinsulinemia, and the consequent increase in fetal fat cells. Therefore, a feed-forward loop can exist of rising adiposity and hyperinsulinemia throughout childhood, perhaps leading to obesity and diabetes in later life. There is a need for prospective examination of body fat distribution in children born to mothers with different glycemic levels to understand the plausible association between glucose metabolism and future risk of diabetes in offspring.

We published detailed protocols of the study and pilot in open access peer-reviewed journals. (BMC,  BMJOpen)  In order to extend the recruitment, complete the follow-up and create a bio-repository, I have been awarded intermediate fellowship from Wellcome trust-DBT India alliance. With the funding support of WT-DBT India alliance, I am currently expanding the cohort study to aim to recruit more than 3000 pregnant women. Extending the study to multiple centers will provide the robust data for valid inferences.

Accomplishments

  • The knowledge from this study may be extremely important for developing an effective strategy for the control of the obesity-hyperglycaemia epidemic in low-income and middle-income countries. The results from our study can provide insights into the relation of adiposity during infancy and childhood into adult adiposity and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM).
  • We have been able to recruit more than 700 pregnant women. All women have undergone Hb and OGTT (Fasting and 2 Hr PPBS with 75g glucose).
  • Additional funding requests are underway for expansion of the birth cohort and for testing the additional hypotheses.

Publications from this project are as follows:- (also visit, publications)

  • Babu, G. R., Garadi, L., Murthy, G. V. S., & Kinra, S. (2014). Effect of hyperglycemia in pregnancy on adiposity in their infants in India: a protocol of a multicentre cohort study. BMJ open, 4(6), e005417.
  • Babu, G R., B. Tejaswi, M. Kalavathi, G. M. Vatsala, G. V. S. Murthy, Sanjay Kinra, and Sara E. Benjamin Neelon. “Assessment of screening practices for gestational hyperglycemia in public health facilities: a descriptive study in Bangalore, India.” Journal of Public Health Research 4, no. 1 (2015).
  • Babu GR, Murthy GV, Deepa R, Kumar HK, Karthik M, Deshpande K, Neelon SE, Prabhakaran D, Kurpad A, Kinra S. Maternal antecedents of adiposity and studying the transgenerational role of hyperglycemia and insulin (MAASTHI): a prospective cohort study. BMC pregnancy and childbirth. 2016 Oct 14;16(1):311.
  • Giridhara R Babu, GVS Murthy, R Deepa, A Yamuna, Nolita Saldanha, Prafulla Shriyan, Maithili Karthik, Keerthi Deshpande, Sara E Benjamin Neelon, Anura Kurpad, Sanjay Kinra. Screening for Gestational Hyperglycemia in Public Hospitals: Baseline Results from piloting MAASTHI, a Cohort Study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (In Press)
  • “Association of Obesity with hypertension and Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus in India A meta-analysis of observational studies”  (In Peer review)
  • Two more papers in review

2. Full meal supplementation: Evaluation of Effect in Pregnant and Lactating women (FEEL): Funded by Department of Women and Child, Government of Karnataka 

Understanding the relation between maternal nutrition and birth outcomes provides a basis for developing nutritional interventions that will improve- birth outcomes, childhood growth and development long-term quality of life and reduce mortality, morbidity, and health-care costs. To address the issue of maternal undernutrition and consequential adverse effects on birth outcomes or growth of children, Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Karnataka is piloting a new strategy on the provision of One full meal served to Pregnant and Lactating mothers at AWC along with IFA supplement in order to ensure consumption the food meeting 40% of the day’s nutrient requirement. This initiative provides a unique opportunity to understand the impact of nutritious food on pregnancy outcome and child development.

 Primary Objective The overall aim of the intervention study is to study the impact of hot fully cooked meals provided to pregnant women in improving pregnancy and infant outcomes.

Secondary Objectives

  • To estimate the impact of the intervention on change in mean Hb% in the intervention arm compared to control arm.
  • To estimate the impact of the intervention on weight for length in the intervention arm compared to control arm.

3. Ambient and Indoor Air Pollution in Pregnancy on the risk of Low birth weight and Ensuing Effects in Infants (APPLE); A cohort study in South India.  Funded by Department of Science & Technology, Government of India

*Under Development*

Details of Earlier Research

[2009-2012, University of California Los Angeles]

Summary: Hypertension is a major contributor to the worldwide epidemic of cardiovascular disease (CVD).[1,2] It is estimated that hypertension causes 7.5 million deaths worldwide amounting to 12.8% of the total of all annual deaths.[3] Many risk factors leading to hypertension are modifiable and therefore provide an opportunity for preventive efforts.[4] There is an imperative need for population-based research to understand the modifiable factors such as job stress in leading to Hypertension.[4] I chose workplace settings for the research as they provide opportunities to explore determinants of these negative behaviors and are amenable to interventions.[1]

I led a moderately large study (N = 1071) in the software professionals in Bangalore, India employed at 27 different IT companies. The focus of our study was to study the association of Job stress and Hypertension as well as understanding the on the age gradient of hypertension prevalence. The research established a higher prevalence of hypertension in the younger age cohort, affecting 31% professionals with 5% having malignant levels of hypertension. It was known earlier that south Asians are predisposed to be hypertensive a decade earlier compared the developed countries.[6] Our research suggested that hypertension in IT/ITES professionals occurs a decade earlier compared to the rest of India and two decades earlier compared to developed countries.[7] This suggests that if untreated, these professionals would go on to develop cardiovascular diseases (CVD) at an early age. The results also indicated that 46% of professionals were in pre-hypertension. In addition, I found that the dimensions of workplace autonomy and workplace environment are associated with hypertension.

Accomplishments

  1. The earlier understanding was that the association between job strain and coronary heart disease (CHD) is weak, with job strain slightly increasing the risk of coronary diseases by 3.4% in the general population.[9] Our meta-analysis showed statistically significant associations with 30% higher risk of hypertension for those with job strain. This proves that job strain might be affecting the CHDs through hypertension. The paper on the meta-analysis of job stress and hypertension, therefore, is a significant contribution to the body of literature and would influence future research delineating the effects of stress on CHDs. As a testimony to the impact of the paper, the original paper by us was republished by the BMJ group in their postgraduate medical journal.
  2. It is important that individuals with higher stress have to change their lifestyle to prevent a progressive rise in BP using the recommended lifestyle modifications. [8] As a result of the findings from the study, the software companies have approached us and have requested to engage with them for improving health outcomes. I am in discussion with a major IT company to finalize the details of engagement towards improving the health of the employees.
  3. I have published extensively on this work. The Publications from this project are as follows.
    1. Babu, Giridhara R., et al. “Republished: Is hypertension associated with job strain? A meta-analysis of observational studies.” Postgraduate Medical Journal 90.1065 (2014): 402-409.
    2. Giridhara R Babu, T. Mahapatra, and R. Detels. “Job stress and hypertension in younger software professionals in India.” Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 17.3 (2013): 101.
    3. Babu GR, Jotheeswaran A, Mahapatra T, Mahapatra S, Kumar A SR, Detels R, Pearce N. Is hypertension associated with job strain? A meta-analysis of observational studies. Occup Environ Med. 2014 Mar; 71(3):220-7. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2013-101396. Epub 2013 Sep 24.
    4. Babu GR, Mahapatra T, Mahapatra S, Detels R. Sexual behavior and job stress in software professionals, Bengaluru – India. Indian J Occup Environ Med. 2013 May; 17(2):58-65. doi: 10.4103/0019-5278.123165.
    5. Babu GR, Mahapatra T, Detels R. Application of mixed methods for exploration of the association of job stress and hypertension among software professionals in Bengaluru, India. Indian J Occup Environ Med. 2013 May; 17(2):41-7. doi: 10.4103/0019-5278.123160.
    6. Babu GR. Prevalence of Job Stress, General Health Profile, and Hypertension Among Professionals in the Information Technology Sector in Bengaluru, India. Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles; 2012.
    7. Babu GR, Detels R. Prioritizing Social Actions And Involving Community For Prevention Of The Non-Communicable Diseases. The Internet Journal of Epidemiology. 2011;9(2).
    8. Giridhara R Babu, Sathyanarayana T N, Snehendu B Kar, Roger Detels. Perceived occupational stressors and the health of Software Professionals in Bengaluru, India. The Qualitative Report.
  4. Subsequent to the study in software professionals, we have now conducted the study in schoolteachers and employees of the health department. These studies are helping us to collate evidence on the worksite-based burden of NCDs and are helpful in designing the appropriate interventions. A series of papers are pending for publications on the burden of the diseases in different workgroups.
    1. Parimala, Giridhara R Babu, The Burden of Diabetes And Hypertension in the staff working in Directorate Of Health And Family Welfare Services, Bengaluru, Karnataka. [In press]
    2. Manjula, Sarin S, Giridhara R Babu. Prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus in School teachers of Bengaluru. [In press]
    3. Sudha BK, Sarin S, Giridhara R Babu Prevalence of Hypertension in School teachers of Bengaluru. [In press]

References for Details of Earlier Research:

  1. Giridhara R Babu, Mahapatra, and R. Detels. “Job stress and hypertension in younger software professionals in India.” Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 17.3 (2013): 101.
  2. Kearney PM, Whelton M, Reynolds K, Muntner P, Whelton PK, He J. Global burden of hypertension: Analysis of worldwide data. Lancet. 2005;365:217–23.
  3. World Health Organization. Global Health Risks: mortality and Burden of Disease Attributable to Selected Major Risks. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2010; 2009.
  4. Srinath RK. Protecting the heart of global development. Heart Beat, The World Heart Federation Newsletter. 2005. Jun, [Last accessed on 2014 Jan 10].
  5. Yusuf S, Reddy S, Ounpuu S, Anand S. Global burden of cardiovascular diseases: Part II: Variations in cardiovascular disease by specific ethnic groups and geographic regions and prevention strategies. Circulation. 2001;104:2855–64.
  6. Murray CJ, Lopez AD. Global mortality, disability, and the contribution of risk factors: Global Burden of Disease Study. Lancet. 1997;349:1436–42.
  7. Reddy KS. India wakes up to the threat of cardiovascular diseases. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2007;50:1370–2.
  8. Chobanian AV, Bakris GL, Black HR, Cushman WC, Green LA, Izzo JL, Jr, et al. Seventh report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure. Hypertension. 2003;42:1206–52.
  9. Kivimäkii M, Nyberg ST, Batty GD, et al. Job strain as a risk factor for coronary 
heart disease: a collaborative meta-analysis of individual participant data. Lancet 
2012;380:1491–7.

The research publications are listed in this link: Publications

Advocacy is provided in this link: Links

Professional Memberships

 

Featured

Statement of Research Interests 

In Asia, there is an imperative need to implement the practice of evidence-based public health policy, planning, and spending. My earlier and ongoing research provides the appropriate evidence, which can guide the formulation of policy to bring in positive change that we can see in our lifetime. I am focused shaping my career towards independence and in building a long-term career in academic public health. Therefore, my future research plan is dedicated to exploring the impact of tackling determinants in the maternal and psychosocial environment and thereby promote positive health in populations through appropriate interventions.

The focus of my research is through the realization of the following objectives.

  1. Generating evidence regarding maternal and psychosocial environment of NCDs
  2. Explore the appropriate interventions through pilot projects
  3. Ensuring evidence-based public health policy planning and implementation

Objectives (a) and (b) help in identification and prioritization of maternal determinants of childhood obesity (and subsequent risk of diabetes and hypertension) in Asia.  The evidence available in the next three years will aid in the generation of rigorous, feasible and contextually specific population-based pilot interventions. The objective (c) will be achieved through the implementation of pilot interventions based on objectives (a) & (b). The three objectives together will contribute to logical and empirically grounded choices of public health interventions.

In the next few years, I want to pilot the interventions based on the results of the research on the role of the maternal and psychosocial environment of NCDs in different populations. The overall results from testing the interventions will result in the implementation of evidence-based public health. In the next 5 years, I wish to inculcate the evidence into policy formulations at the national and international level to influence policymakers to bring positive changes with respect to NCD prevention and control. Due to demographic transition and lifestyle changes, the aging Asian populations continually are affected by NCDs. My engagement of research and advocacy in NCDs will aid in improving the health of an aging population and improve productivity. I am uniquely positioned to study the effects from an intergenerational perspective and earnestly believe that the positive changes will see the transformation of societies in the next two decades. Therefore, my long-term goal is to ensure healthy populations are sustained through integrated technical and advocacy efforts. My track record of working in public health over 17 years has provided a clear resolve for the achieving the objectives listed above.

Ongoing Research Projects [PHFI, Bengaluru campus]

  1. Maternal Antecedents of Adiposity and Studying the Transgenerational role of Hyperglycemia and Insulin (MAASTHI): a prospective cohort study. Funded by Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance: Link1 Link2 Link3
  2. Full meal supplementation: Evaluation of Effect in Pregnant and Lactating women (FEEL): Funded by Department of Women and Child, Government of Karnataka 
  3. Ambient and Indoor Air Pollution in Pregnancy on the risk of Low birth weight and Ensuing Effects in Infants (APPLE); A cohort study in South India.  Funded by Department of Science & Technology, Government of India

Details of the Ongoing Research Projects

  1. Maternal Antecedents of Adiposity and Studying the Transgenerational role of Hyperglycemia and Insulin (MAASTHI): a prospective cohort study. Funded by Wellcome Trust DBT India Alliance: Link1 LinkLink3

India is experiencing an epidemic of obesity-hyperglycaemia, which can be sustained and augmented through transgenerational transmission of adiposity and glucose intolerance in women. This presents an opportunity for exploring a clear strategy for the control of this epidemic in India. We conducted a study between November 2013 and May 2015 to inform the design of a large pregnancy cohort study. Based on the findings of this pilot, Currently, we are recruiting women in a birth cohort since April 2016. The protocol of the study documents the processes which aim at advancing the available knowledge, linking several steps in the evolution of obesity led hyperglycemia.

Maternal Antecedents of Adiposity and Studying the Transgenerational role of Hyperglycemia and Insulin (MAASTHI) is a cohort study in the public health facilities in Bangalore, India. The objective of MAASTHI is to prospectively assess the effects of glucose levels in pregnancy on the risk of adverse infant outcomes, especially in predicting the possible risk markers of later chronic diseases. The primary objective of the proposed study is to investigate the effect of glucose levels in pregnancy on skinfold thickness (adiposity) in infancy as a marker of future obesity and diabetes in offspring. The secondary objective is to assess the association between the psychosocial environment of mothers and adverse neonatal outcomes including adiposity. The study aims to recruit 5000 pregnant women and follow them and their offspring for a period of 4 years.

The carbohydrate ‘fuel’ metabolism in a pregnant woman may have a long-term impact on the development of her offspring (‘fuel-mediated teratogenesis’ hypothesis) including in utero exposure to maternal hyperglycemia leading to fetal hyperinsulinemia, and the consequent increase in fetal fat cells. Therefore, a feed-forward loop can exist of rising adiposity and hyperinsulinemia throughout childhood, perhaps leading to obesity and diabetes in later life. There is a need for prospective examination of body fat distribution in children born to mothers with different glycemic levels to understand the plausible association between glucose metabolism and future risk of diabetes in offspring.

We published detailed protocols of the study and pilot in open access peer-reviewed journals. (BMC,  BMJOpen)  In order to extend the recruitment, complete the follow-up and create a bio-repository, I have been awarded intermediate fellowship from Wellcome trust-DBT India alliance. With the funding support of WT-DBT India alliance, I am currently expanding the cohort study to aim to recruit more than 3000 pregnant women. Extending the study to multiple centers will provide the robust data for valid inferences.

Accomplishments

  • The knowledge from this study may be extremely important for developing an effective strategy for the control of the obesity-hyperglycaemia epidemic in low-income and middle-income countries. The results from our study can provide insights into the relation of adiposity during infancy and childhood into adult adiposity and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM).
  • We have been able to recruit more than 700 pregnant women. All women have undergone Hb and OGTT (Fasting and 2 Hr PPBS with 75g glucose).
  • Additional funding requests are underway for expansion of the birth cohort and for testing the additional hypotheses.

Publications from this project are as follows:- (also visit, publications)

  • Babu, G. R., Garadi, L., Murthy, G. V. S., & Kinra, S. (2014). Effect of hyperglycemia in pregnancy on adiposity in their infants in India: a protocol of a multicentre cohort study. BMJ open, 4(6), e005417.
  • Babu, G R., B. Tejaswi, M. Kalavathi, G. M. Vatsala, G. V. S. Murthy, Sanjay Kinra, and Sara E. Benjamin Neelon. “Assessment of screening practices for gestational hyperglycemia in public health facilities: a descriptive study in Bangalore, India.” Journal of Public Health Research 4, no. 1 (2015).
  • Babu GR, Murthy GV, Deepa R, Kumar HK, Karthik M, Deshpande K, Neelon SE, Prabhakaran D, Kurpad A, Kinra S. Maternal antecedents of adiposity and studying the transgenerational role of hyperglycemia and insulin (MAASTHI): a prospective cohort study. BMC pregnancy and childbirth. 2016 Oct 14;16(1):311.
  • Giridhara R Babu, GVS Murthy, R Deepa, A Yamuna, Nolita Saldanha, Prafulla Shriyan, Maithili Karthik, Keerthi Deshpande, Sara E Benjamin Neelon, Anura Kurpad, Sanjay Kinra. Screening for Gestational Hyperglycemia in Public Hospitals: Baseline Results from piloting MAASTHI, a Cohort Study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (In Press)
  • “Association of Obesity with hypertension and Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus in India A meta-analysis of observational studies”  (In Peer review)
  • Two more papers in review

2. Full meal supplementation: Evaluation of Effect in Pregnant and Lactating women (FEEL): Funded by Department of Women and Child, Government of Karnataka 

*Under Development*

3. Ambient and Indoor Air Pollution in Pregnancy on the risk of Low birth weight and Ensuing Effects in Infants (APPLE); A cohort study in South India.  Funded by Department of Science & Technology, Government of India

*Under Development*

Details of Earlier Research

[2009-2012, University of California Los Angeles]

Summary: Hypertension is a major contributor to the worldwide epidemic of cardiovascular disease (CVD).[1,2] It is estimated that hypertension causes 7.5 million deaths worldwide amounting to 12.8% of the total of all annual deaths.[3] Many risk factors leading to hypertension are modifiable and therefore provide an opportunity for preventive efforts.[4] There is an imperative need for population-based research to understand the modifiable factors such as job stress in leading to Hypertension.[4] I chose workplace settings for the research as they provide opportunities to explore determinants of these negative behaviors and are amenable to interventions.[1]

I led a moderately large study (N = 1071) in the software professionals in Bangalore, India employed at 27 different IT companies. The focus of our study was to study the association of Job stress and Hypertension as well as understanding the on the age gradient of hypertension prevalence. The research established higher prevalence of hypertension in the younger age cohort, affecting 31% professionals with 5% having malignant levels of hypertension. It was known earlier that south Asians are predisposed to be hypertensive a decade earlier compared the developed countries.[6] Our research suggested that hypertension in IT/ITES professionals occurs a decade earlier compared to the rest of India and two decades earlier compared to developed countries.[7] This suggests that if untreated, these professionals would go on to develop cardiovascular diseases (CVD) at an early age. The results also indicated that 46% of professionals were in pre-hypertension. In addition, I found that the dimensions of workplace autonomy and workplace environment are associated with hypertension.

 

Accomplishments

  1. The earlier understanding was that the association between job strain and coronary heart disease (CHD) is weak, with job strain slightly increasing the risk of coronary diseases by 3.4% in the general population.[9] Our meta-analysis showed statistically significant associations with 30% higher risk of hypertension for those with job strain. This proves that job strain might be affecting the CHDs through hypertension. The paper on the meta-analysis of job stress and hypertension, therefore, is a significant contribution to the body of literature and would influence future research delineating the effects of stress on CHDs. As a testimony to the impact of the paper, the original paper by us was republished by the BMJ group in their postgraduate medical journal.
  2. It is important that individuals with higher stress have to change their lifestyle to prevent a progressive rise in BP using the recommended lifestyle modifications. [8] As a result of the findings from the study, the software companies have approached us and have requested to engage with them for improving health outcomes. I am in discussion with a major IT company to finalize the details of engagement towards improving the health of the employees.
  3. I have published extensively on this work. The Publications from this project are as follows.
    1. Babu, Giridhara R., et al. “Republished: Is hypertension associated with job strain? A meta-analysis of observational studies.” Postgraduate Medical Journal 90.1065 (2014): 402-409.
    2. Giridhara R Babu, T. Mahapatra, and R. Detels. “Job stress and hypertension in younger software professionals in India.” Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 17.3 (2013): 101.
    3. Babu GR, Jotheeswaran A, Mahapatra T, Mahapatra S, Kumar A SR, Detels R, Pearce N. Is hypertension associated with job strain? A meta-analysis of observational studies. Occup Environ Med. 2014 Mar; 71(3):220-7. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2013-101396. Epub 2013 Sep 24.
    4. Babu GR, Mahapatra T, Mahapatra S, Detels R. Sexual behavior and job stress in software professionals, Bengaluru – India. Indian J Occup Environ Med. 2013 May; 17(2):58-65. doi: 10.4103/0019-5278.123165.
    5. Babu GR, Mahapatra T, Detels R. Application of mixed methods for exploration of the association of job stress and hypertension among software professionals in Bengaluru, India. Indian J Occup Environ Med. 2013 May; 17(2):41-7. doi: 10.4103/0019-5278.123160.
    6. Babu GR. Prevalence of Job Stress, General Health Profile, and Hypertension Among Professionals in the Information Technology Sector in Bengaluru, India. Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles; 2012.
    7. Babu GR, Detels R. Prioritizing Social Actions And Involving Community For Prevention Of The Non-Communicable Diseases. The Internet Journal of Epidemiology. 2011;9(2).
    8. Giridhara R Babu, Sathyanarayana T N, Snehendu B Kar, Roger Detels. Perceived occupational stressors and the health of Software Professionals in Bengaluru, India. The Qualitative Report.
  4. Subsequent to the study in software professionals, we have now conducted the study in schoolteachers and employees of the health department. These studies are helping us to collate evidence on the worksite-based burden of NCDs and are helpful in designing the appropriate interventions. A series of papers are pending for publications on the burden of the diseases in different workgroups.
    1. Parimala, Giridhara R Babu, The Burden of Diabetes And Hypertension in the staff working in Directorate Of Health And Family Welfare Services, Bengaluru, Karnataka. [In press]
    2. Manjula, Sarin S, Giridhara R Babu. Prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus in School teachers of Bengaluru. [In press]
    3. Sudha BK, Sarin S, Giridhara R Babu Prevalence of Hypertension in School teachers of Bengaluru. [In press]

References for Details of Earlier Research:

  1. Giridhara R Babu, Mahapatra, and R. Detels. “Job stress and hypertension in younger software professionals in India.” Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 17.3 (2013): 101.
  2. Kearney PM, Whelton M, Reynolds K, Muntner P, Whelton PK, He J. Global burden of hypertension: Analysis of worldwide data. Lancet. 2005;365:217–23.
  3. World Health Organization. Global Health Risks: mortality and Burden of Disease Attributable to Selected Major Risks. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2010; 2009.
  4. Srinath RK. Protecting the heart of global development. Heart Beat, The World Heart Federation Newsletter. 2005. Jun, [Last accessed on 2014 Jan 10].
  5. Yusuf S, Reddy S, Ounpuu S, Anand S. Global burden of cardiovascular diseases: Part II: Variations in cardiovascular disease by specific ethnic groups and geographic regions and prevention strategies. Circulation. 2001;104:2855–64.
  6. Murray CJ, Lopez AD. Global mortality, disability, and the contribution of risk factors: Global Burden of Disease Study. Lancet. 1997;349:1436–42.
  7. Reddy KS. India wakes up to the threat of cardiovascular diseases. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2007;50:1370–2.
  8. Chobanian AV, Bakris GL, Black HR, Cushman WC, Green LA, Izzo JL, Jr, et al. Seventh report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure. Hypertension. 2003;42:1206–52.
  9. Kivimäkii M, Nyberg ST, Batty GD, et al. Job strain as a risk factor for coronary 
heart disease: a collaborative meta-analysis of individual participant data. Lancet 
2012;380:1491–7.

 

The research publications are listed in this link: Publications

Advocacy is provided in this link: Links

Professional Memberships

Engagement with Community

  • “COVID 19: MUTANTS AND VACCINES” Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, 02nd February 2021
  • “COVID–19 Vaccine Rollout: Executing an Effective and Equitable Strategy in Karnataka” Webinar 1-Public Policy Dialogue, Policy Engagement & Communication and Training, 22nd January 2021
  • Holistic Health for Primary care Physicians By AHPI, 28th December 2020
  • Panel discussion on Covid19 response: The journey so far- Initial reflections and future directions, KACHCON 2020 S. Ramaiah Medical College, 21th December 2020
  • Panel Discussion – Smart Green urban Living, IOTFOrum India, IOTMatrix 2020, 11th December 2020
  • “COVID -19, Has the world done enough? and Future perspectives” with focus on India Invited talk for Academic Society, JSS Medical College, Mysuru 10th December 2020
  • “Introduction to Epidemiology” for MA Development students at Azim Premji University, 26th November 2020.
  • Vaccines- The potential in India to go beyond manufacturing into discovery and development, Virtual Conference of Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020, Department of Electronics, Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology  Government of Karnataka  21st November 2020
  • Panel Discussion in Workshop entitled “Challenges in Scientific Research and Education during unprecedented COVID-19 times” 13th International Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology Education and Research (BEER), 13th November 2020
  • CII Karnataka CSR Conclave 2020 is ” Creating Shared Value”, Confederation of Indian Industry, 3rd November 2020.
  • Good practices in planning strategies and implementation of containment measures in urban and rural, IIPH Gandhi Nagar, 25 November 2020 Link
  • Epidemiology of Covid- 19 in India: Learnings and Way Forward, Meet the Scholar university of Kerala, 30th October 2020
  • A webinar and panel discussion on COVID-19 Pandemic & Health Care Ethics on 29th October 2020 Link
  • Covid-19 Pandemic Health Care Ethics, Nitte Unevercity 28th October 2020
  • Plenary Talk in the Virtual Symposium on Society, Economy and Development during Covid-19 Crisis: Lessons For Emerging Economies, Centre for Happiness, Central University of Tamil Nadu, 10th October 2020.
  • International Webinar on Understanding covid-19 pandemic an integrated approach, NIUM 7th October 2020
  • National Webinar On Horticultural Resources and Their Role In Boosting Immunity Against Covid-19  situation in India: A Public Health Perspective, Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, 4th September, 2020
  • VCN Doctors: Management of Covid 19 and support to health care, VCN Doctor Welfare Association 05th July 2020
  • The Covid-19 Pandemic & The Emerging World Order, KPSA Mysore 13th June 2020 Link
  • ISRC online symposium on CoVid19 India data analysis, IndSciCovid, 6th June 2020   Link
  • Post COVID 19 Impact of Healthcare Services -Prevention, Practices and Processes, Confederation of Indian Industry, 30th May 2020 Link
  • Corona in India: Doubling rate, Post lockdown Syndromic Surveillance and Antibody Tests, 25th May 2020 – Link
  • International Covid-19 Conference, Stanford Medicine, 15th May 2020
  • Preparedness for Pandemic –Indian Chamber of Commerce, 11th May, 2020, Link
  • Beyond the pandemic: What Should Doctors and Hospital Do, Nature India, 03rd May 2020 Link
  • The Twelfth (12th) online weekly meeting of all State Presidents and Secretaries, Emerging Data Trend and Pattern- National and State wise Analysis. Part of Project: Jeevanrakshe, a Public-Private Partnership initiative supported by Indian Medical Association, June 28 2020
  • Panel Discussion -Science and Solidarity Must Guide Social Response to Covid-19, Sphere India Covid-19 Academy,  28th April 2020 Link
  • Valedictory Address in Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru January 23 2020.
  • Management of Human Resource, State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Magadi Road, Bengaluru January 07 2020.
  • Guest speaker in a plenary session, ISMSCON2019 to be held at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, Bihar from 5th to December 07 2019.
  • Grant Writing Workshop, Ramaiah Medical College, Bengaluru, September 24 2019.
  • “Life course Epidemiology Projects” St. Joseph’s College, Autonomous, Bengaluru September 13 2019.
  • “Early Childhood Development: Early Moments Matter “. IIPH Hyderabad, on 30th and 31st July, 2019.
  • “Career in Public Health Sciences” during the launch of “Build India Movement” at Bengaluru Medical College on January 12 2019.
  • Life course trajectory of under nutrition, Nutrition Awareness Activity at Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru September 06 2018
  • Epidemiology and Health Promotion, State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Magadi Road, Bengaluru April 11 2018
  • Ethics in Public Health Practice. Wipro Learning Centre, Sarjapur Road, Bengaluru February 08 2018
  • Writing a Good Manuscript for Publication – An Editor’s Perspective, Medical Communication Workshop, Indian Society for Clinical Research (ISCR) in collaboration with the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP), November 13, 2016
  • National conference on health, safety & well-being of the workers in unorganized sector/informal economy, Pro-VC Hall, Central University of Tamil Nadu 23rd March 2017
  • Hygiene Matters, Multi-specialty National Conference NIMHANS Convention Center, Bengaluru 25th March 2017
  • Environmental Health and Sustainable Development: International conference of the Public Health Foundation of India and the Pacific Basin Consortium 15th November 2017
  • Speaker at “Household Air Pollution and NCDs”, Faculty for World NCD Congress, Chandigarh, India, 4-6 November 2017
  • Public health aspects of Disaster Management, Bengaluru University. March 09 2017.
  • Hygiene Matters, Multi-specialty National Conference, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, 25 & 26 March 2017
  • Epidemiology and Public Health in India, Bengaluru University, July 14, 2016
  • Maternal Antecedents of Adiposity and Studying the Transgenerational role of Hyperglycemia and Insulin. Health in Slums Symposium by Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Maastricht University, Bengaluru, Baptist Hospital, and Manipal University. 30th April, 2016
  • Training and research opportunities in Diabetes at Beat diabetes stay super; – world health CME by Department of Community Medicine and Endocrinology, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College. 16th April 2016.
  • Social Determinants of Health, Right to Health & Health Equity. International conference on Global Public Health and Social work- DYUTI 2013. January 05 2013
  • Keynote address on scope of public health and social work in India. Public Health and Social work in International settings. International conference on Global Public Health and Social work- DYUTI 2013. January 04 2013
  • Analysis of Universal Health Coverage and Pointers for Future”. 24th Annual Conference of KACH. Karnataka Association of Community Health Professionals. Bagalkote, India 3rd November 2012.
  • Public Health Cadre in the state of Karnataka, Indian Public Health Association Annual Conference, Kochi, 13-14th February, 2012.

Media Mentions

  • Governments need to step up investments and actions, Indian Express on 09th March 2020 Link
  • Allocation does little for public health, more for private sector, Deccan Herald on 06th March 2020 Link
  • Are air pollution, low birth weight linked? Study on, Times of India, Jan 10, 2020 Link
  • Obesity, diabetes during pregnancy can lead to overweight newborns: Study , Times of India, Dec 29, 2019 Link
  • Expectant moms missing out on key test: Study, Deccan Herald, Dec 29, 2019 Link
  • Bangalore: la Silicon Valley de l’Inde en déclin environnemental. Québec Science, Nov 27, 2019
  • Karnataka worse off than Bihar and UP in student-teacher ratio. Times of India, Aug 28, 2019
  • Focus on improving public health, Deccan Herald, Aug 15, 2019
  • Let’s debate public health this election, Deccan Herald, Apr 23, 2019
  • A journey from resolution to reality, Deccan Herald, Jan 08, 2019
  • Addressing the cancer burden, Deccan Herald, Dec 17, 2018
  • Save the girl child, against all odds. Deccan Herald, Apr 19, 2018
  • Experts slam N A B H accreditation, The New Indian Express Feb 17, 2018
  • Prioritise health over disease management Deccan Herald, Jan 27,2018
  • Making paracetamol & papaya work in tandem, Bengaluru Mirror, August 31, 2017
  • SOS to doctors, nurses: Karnataka needs to you, Deccan Chronicle, Jul 05, 2017. Link
  • SIX DENGUE DEATHS IN STATE SINCE JULY 1, Bangalore Mirror Bureau, Jul 25, 2016. Link
  •  Public health needs could have been addressed better, Bangalore Mirror Bureau, Mar 19, 2016.  Link
  • Arogyavani reaches out to 4.19 lakh in 10 months, The Hindu, April 11, 2014. Link
  • Software professionals more prone to hypertension: study, The Hindu, April 26, 2014. Link
  • Garbage Increases Epidemic Deaths by 5 Times in One Year, The New Indian Express, December 27, 2013 . Link
  • Stressed-Out Techies in Search of Relief Indulging in Risky Sex: Study,The New Indian Express, December 19, 2013 . Link
  • Call for allocating funds to primary healthcare, The New Indian Express, Kochi. 06th January 2013. Link
  • Andhra Pradesh records most cases of acute diarrhea. The Times of India, Oct 22, 2013. Link
  • Farming of Catfish Thrives Despite Ban. The New Indian Express. 18th December 2013. Link
  • Garbage Increases Epidemic Deaths by 5 Times in One Year. The New Indian Express. 27th December 2013. Link
  • Seasonal Change Brings Health Woes, Sends More Smokers to Hospitals. The New Indian Express. 27th January 2014. Link
  • India Editor’s Choice, SOS: time to reclaim the air we breathe, BMJ 2014; 348 Link

Research Grants and Fellowships

  • Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance,  Intermediate Fellowship. (2015-20). Hyperglycemia in Pregnancy and risk of chronic diseases. More details: India Alliance
  • Wellcome Trust Capacity Strengthening Strategic Award. Short Grants of Public Health Foundation of India and a consortium of UK universities. (2012-15) A Pilot Study to test the feasibility of a larger cohort study.
  • Karnataka State Health Systems Resources Centre, Bangalore. The World Bank, (2013-14). Development of Manual for health professionals- Non Communicable Diseases and Standard Treatment Guidelines for Karnataka.  available from www.healthykarnataka.org
  • Government of Karnataka, Bangalore. (2013-14) Human Resources in Health Karnataka State Health Systems Resources Centre. (PI: Suresh S Shapeti; Co-PI: Giridhara R Babu, Sathyanarayana TN)
  • Government of Karnataka, Bangalore. (2014). Universal Health Coverage in Karnataka, Visioning UHC, Government of Karnataka.
  • Ashoka Innovators for the Public.  Nutritional status in Karnataka. A state of the art review. (2014)
  • Government of Karnataka. National Urban Health Mission – Action Report for Govt. of Karnataka, Karnataka State Health System Resource Center, Government of Karnataka.  (2012)
  • PHFI short grants. The study on Job stress, Hypertension and General health profile of software professionals in Bengaluru, Public Health Foundation of India. (2009-12)
  • Supportive supervision for state nodal officers Bangalore, Department of Health & Family Welfare Services, Government of Karnataka.
  • Fogarty/UCLA AIDS International Research & Training Program. (2010-12)“Job Stress and Hypertension in IT/ITES professionals of Bengaluru, India” (Grant Number: D43 TW000013)
  • UCLA Graduate Student fellowships, University of California Los Angeles. (2006-2008)
  • UCLA Doctoral Student fellowships, University of California Los Angeles. (2011-2012)

Advocacy

Welcome to the Media Page. The press releases, media publications, videos and other media info are in this page.

Articles 

  1. Governments need to step up investments and actions, Indian Express on 09th March 2020 Link
  2. Allocation does little for public health, more for private sector, Deccan Herald on 06th March 2020 Link
  3. Are air pollution, low birth weight linked? Study on, Times of India, Jan 10, 2020 Link
  4. Obesity, diabetes during pregnancy can lead to overweight newborns: Study , Times of India, Dec 29, 2019 Link
  5. Expectant moms missing out on key test: Study, Deccan Herald, Dec 29, 2019 Link
  6. Bangalore: la Silicon Valley de l’Inde en déclin environnemental. Québec Science, Nov 27, 2019 Link
  7. Karnataka worse off than Bihar and UP in student-teacher ratio. Times of India, Aug 28, 2019 Link
  8. Let’s debate public health this election, Deccan Herald, Apr 23, 2019 Link
  9. A journey from resolution to reality, Deccan Herald, Jan 08, 2019 Link
  10. Addressing the cancer burden, Deccan Herald, Dec 17, 2018 Link
  11. Save the girl child, against all odds. Deccan Herald, Apr 19, 2018 Link
  12. Experts slam N A B H accreditation, The New Indian Express Feb 17, 2018 Link
  13. Prioritise health over disease management Deccan Herald, Jan 27,2018 Link
  14. Making paracetamol & papaya work in tandem, Bangalore Mirror, August 31, 2017 Link
  15. SOS to doctors, nurses: Karnataka needs you, Deccan Chronicle. July 05, 2017 Link
  16. Why stifle AYUSH for modern medicine? Deccan Herald, May 30,2017. Link
  17. Quality healthcare that is accessible, Deccan Herald, Feb 22,2017. Link
  18. Stress? Techies don’t mind it if pay check is fat.” NIMHANS-PUBLIC HEALTH FOUNDATION INDIA SURVEY OF 1,000+ ENGINEERS, Bangalore Mirror, Jan 21,2017. Link
  19. Attaining the SDGs: Which way India needs to gaze? ETHealthworld.com, Oct 02, 2016. Link
  20. Public health: Why is now the best chance? Deccan Herald, July 04, 2016. Link
  21. Why endure with insurance? Prevent, Deccan Herald, March 23, 2016. Link
  22. Invest more to keep India heart-healthy, Deccan Herald, Dec 9, 2015. Link
  23. Who is responsible for people’s health?, Deccan Herald June 12, 2015. Link
  24. When in doubt, don’t use antibiotics, Deccan Herald July 02, 2015. Link
  25. Stress at work: A pill or a peril, Deccan Herald July 31, 2015. Link
  26. Thank you MPs, but what are you smoking?, Express Health Care, April 13, 2015. Link
  27. Only insurance will not make us healthy, Deccan Herald, Sep 12, 2015,. Link
  28. May is here, prevent dengue, Deccan Herald, May 12, 2015. Link
  29. Visiting private clinic for immunisation?, Deccan Herald, April 08, 2015,. Link
  30. Eternally neglected health system, Deccan Herald, July 17, 2015,. Link
  31. Public health needs could have been addressed better, Bangalore Mirror Bureau, Mar 19, 2016.  Link
  32. Arogyavani reaches out to 4.19 lakh in 10 months, The Hindu, April 11, 2014. Link
  33. Software professionals more prone to hypertension: study, The Hindu, April 26, 2014. Link
  34. Seasonal Change Brings Health Woes, Sends More Smokers to Hospitals. The New Indian Express. 27th January 2014. Link
  35. Garbage Increases Epidemic Deaths by 5 Times in One Year, The New Indian Express, December 27, 2013 . Link
  36. Stressed-Out Techies in Search of Relief Indulging in Risky Sex: Study,The New Indian Express, December 19, 2013 . Link
  37. Call for allocating funds to primary healthcare, The New Indian Express, Kochi. 06th January 2013. Link
  38. Andhra Pradesh records most cases of acute diarrhea. The Times of India, Oct 22, 2013. Link
  39. Farming of Catfish Thrives Despite Ban. The New Indian Express. 18th December 2013. Link
  40. India Editor’s Choice, SOS: time to reclaim the air we breathe, BMJ 2014; 348 Link
  41. Epidemiology of TB in India, Express pharma, 15 March 2013. Link 
  42. Don’t let pressure get to you. The Hindu, April 8, 2013. Link
  43. Hospital bills make patients paupers, The Bangalore Mirror, Jul 6, 2013. Link
  44. Building a healthy Karnataka, One World South Asia, Jun 21, 2013. Stressed-Out Techies in Search of Relief Indulging in Risky Sex: Study. The New Indian Express. Dec 19, 2013. Link
  45. Health for Indians—who cares about it anyway?, BMJ Group Blogs. 20 February, 2014. Link
  46. It might be Survival that determines Shopping. J Epidemiol Community Health 2011. Link
  47. Use of Social Media in Public Health: Experience with Public Health in India- A Facebook group. Blogs on Public Health Global Network Link published on Nov 17, 2011

Covid-19

Interviews/ Media articles

  1. The challenges in counting the dead, 14th August 2020, (The Hindu)
  2. Cities need to follow Dharavi model to fight COVID: Epidemiologist Dr Giridhara R Babu, 03rd August 2020, (The New Indian Express)
  3. ‘There should not be a centralised data-based approach but an action-oriented one based on data’,  30 July 2020 (Times of India)
  4. ‘We will have more of a Covid plateau than a peak’ 25 July 2020, (SundayGuardianlive)
  5. Bracing for COVID-19 surge in south India, 11 July 2020, (The Hindu)
  6. COVID-19: 7 Things Bengaluru Can Do to Get on Top of Its Surging Case Load 10 July 2020, (Science the Wire)
  7. What Bengaluru can do to tackle surge in cases, 10 July 2020 (Times Of India)
  8. What to do if you test positive for COVID in Bengaluru 07 July 2020 (Citizen Matters)
  9. DH Deciphers | Why is Bengaluru seeing a sudden surge in Covid-19 cases? 04 July 2020 (Deccan Herald)
  10. B’luru must conduct weekly surveys for ILI cases 17  June 2020 (The Times of India)
  11. India is easing lockdown despite rising coronavirus cases. What can you do to stay safe? 15  June 2020 (Scroll.in)
  12. As Indians Step Out To Work, Some Precautions You Could Take 14  June 2020 (India Spend)
  13. Asymptomatic offer hope and despair,  11 June 2020 (Times Of India)
  14. Dilemmas surrounding global response to PANDEMIC 10 June 2020 (The New Indian Express)
  15. Is it politics that is dictating India’s testing policy or medical science? 09 June 2020, (The Print)
  16. Increase coronavirus tests, improve surveillance 07 June 2020 (Deccan Herald)
  17. Not advisable to open religious places now, says noted epidemiologist 01 June 2020 (Outlook)
  18. View: Beyond the lockdown, to reduce deaths prevent the clusters, 29 May 2020 (The Economic Times)
  19. Living with the virus, 28 May 2020 (Deccan Herald)
  20. It’s important to resume physical activity amid Covid-19, 27 May 2020 (Times Of India)
  21. CDC new Covid guidelines: Was lockdown necessary or did epidemiologists get it wrong? 22 May 2020 (The Print)
  22. Covid-19 cases to peak in India in mid-July if lockdown lifted on May 30: Epidemiologist, 21 May 2020 (Financial Express) (Outlook)
  23. States will see COVID-19 peak at different times, says epidemiologist, 17 May 2020 (The Economic Times)
  24. States Will See Covid-19 Peak At Different Times, Says Epidemiologist | India News 17 May 2020 (Times Of India)
  25. States will see Covid-19 peak at different times, says epidemiologist, 16 May 2020 (Hindustan Times)
  26. Worrying trend: SARI, ILI cases under-reported, 16 May 2020 (The New Indian Express)
  27. Surveillance as the path out of COVID-19 lockdown, 12 May 2020 (Deccan Herald)
  28. COVID-19 death is a wake-up call to improve surveillance in the area: Giridhara Babu, 09 May 2020 (SCIENCE CHRONICLE)
  29. Can India Get Back To Work?, 04 May 2020 (India Spend)
  30. Ending lockdown abruptly will trigger COVID-19 escalation, says expert 02 May 2020 (Deccan Herald)
  31. Don’t squander benefits of lockdown in zeal to restart economy, warns top epidemiologist, 01 May 2020 (The New Indian Express)
  32. ‘Herd Immunity Unthinkable at this Stage’: Top Epidemiologist Says Sudden Activity Post Lockdown May Lead to 2nd Covid-19 Wave, 28 Apr 2020 (News18)
  33. ‘No evidence coronavirus strain in India is weaker’, 28 Apr 2020 (The Times of India)
  34. How will India emerge out of the lockdown?, 24 Apr 2020, (The Hindu)
  35. One month of lockdown: Why Indian states have dramatically divergent Covid-19 trajectories, 24 Apr 2020, (in)
  36. Healthcare reforms shouldn’t be transient, 21 Apr 2020 (The hindu business line)
  37. You love hide and seek? Virus plays it better, 17 Apr 2020 (The Indian Express)
  38. ‘Building herd immunity may not work in tackling COVID-19 at the moment’ 10 Apr 2020(Money Control)
  39. Why healthcare workers above 60 should be ‘benched’, 08 Apr 2020 (The Hindu)
  40. ಕೊರೊನಾ ಯಾವ ಯಾವ ಸಂದರ್ಭಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನಿಮ್ಮ ದೇಹ ಸೇರಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬಹುದು..?, 08 Apr 2020 (Kannada News)
  41. Use epidemiology as a tool to fight Covid-19 | Opinion, 31 Mar 2020 (Hindustan Times)
  42. Shutdown alone is not enough to break the chain, says epidemiologist Giridhara Babu, 26 Mar 2020 (The Hindu)
  43. India can save up to 10,000 lives with proper isolation & quarantine: Epidemic specialist, 22 Mar 2020 (The Print)
  44. Coronavirus: Millions of covid-19 tests needed, not going to end soon, says expert Dr Giridhar R Babu, 18 Mar 2020 (Hindustan Times)
  45. Governments need to step up investments and actions, 09 Mar 2020 (New Indian Express)

Media Mentions

  1. India’s grim Covid-19 reckoning has arrived, 09 September 2020, (New Frame)
  2. Delhi sees positivity rate rise though daily Covid testing triples since August, 08 September 2020, (The Print)
  3. Villages account for nearly 25% of Karnataka’s Covid cases, 08 September 2020, (Times of India)
  4. Bengaluru: First case of Covid-19 reinfection reported in private hospital, 06 September 2020 (The Indian Express)
  5. Coronavirus reinfection: Bengaluru woman tests positive again in a month, says private hospital 06 September 2020 (in)
  6. India’s Economy Shrank 24 Percent in The Last Quarter; SBI Report Says Coronavirus Peak A Month Away, 05 September 2020 (Inventive)
  7. India passes 4 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, 05 September 2020, (New York Daily News)
  8. Covid-19: Only 3% increase in active cases in Bengaluru since August 1, 05 September 2020, (Times of India)
  9. Metros vs microbe, A look at how the big cities fared so far in the COVID-19 crisis, 03 September 2020, (The Week)
  10. Hoping against hope, Covid-19 cases decreasing in Hyderabad could be a false dawn, 03 September 2020, (The Week)
  11. High Covid fatality in states linked to elderly population, peak a month away — SBI report 02 September 2020, (The Print)
  12. Unlocked Bengaluru is at second spot among cities in active cases, 02 September 2020, (Economic Times)
  13. Mask use can prevent 200k Covid deaths in India: Study, 01 September 2020 (Hindustan Times)
  14. ಕೊರೊನಾ ವೈರಸ್ ಮಾರಕ ಯಾರಿಗೆ? ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಮರಣ ಪ್ರಮಾಣ ಎಷ್ಟಿದೆ? 01 September 2020 (Etvbharat)
  15. Bengaluru: Riders thrilled as Metro set to roll but health experts urge caution, 01 September 2020, (Times of India)
  16. Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra make up 43 per cent of India’s COVID-19 caseload: Data, 01 September 2020, (New Indian Express)
  17. Covid-19 update: Karnataka might hit its peak by Sept. end, 31 August, 2020, (Nyoooz)
  18. Covid surge? Blame it on shoddy testing, 31 August, 2020, (New Indian Express)
  19. ‘Don’t be Covid super spreaders’ — Karnataka politicians urged to ensure sustained use of mask 30 August, 2020 (The Print)
  20. Brace up! Karnataka to hit Covid peak by September-end: Experts 29 August, 2020, (New Indian Express)
  21. Hepatitis: The Silent Killer, 28 August, 2020, (Times of India)
  22. No need for alarm on Covid-19 reinfection, need more data for reliable inference: Scientists, 28 August, 2020, (Economic Times)
  23. Study shows Covid-19 antibodies may last only few weeks, 28 August, 2020,(Khaleej Times)
  24. ‘Covid antibodies may last just 50 days’, 28 August, 2020, (Times of India)
  25. Karnataka’s Covid positivity rate improves to 12%, 27 August, 2020, (Times of India)
  26. WHO’s Chief Hopes To Finish Coronavirus Pandemic In Less Than Two Years, Experts Weigh In, 27 August, 2020 (Swachh India)
  27. Cases spike after a brief lull in Karnataka, 26 August, 2020, (New Indian Express)
  28. Maharashtra, TN & Karnataka record most Covid deaths as India has 4th highest global toll, 26 August, 2020 (The Print)
  29. No proof of relapse, reinfection among recovered: ICMR, 20 August, 2020, (Times of India)
  30. Karnataka: No let-up in cases, 20 August, 2020 ( Thehindu)
  31. BBMP to ramp up testing, catch covid sooner, 15 August, 2020, (Bangalore Mirror)
  32. Coronavirus growth rate in Karnataka on downward spiral as doubling rate increases, 15 August, 2020, (New Indian Express)
  33. Telangana govt’s 40,000 Covid-19 tests/day plan quite a task, 14 August, 2020, (Times of India)
  34. Covid-19 cases are rising in Karnataka, but the number of ICU admissions, thankfully, remains static 12 August, 2020, (Bangalore Mirror)
  35. Lockdown, containment zones no use as states slipping on COVID-19 growth rate, doubling time, 10 August, 2020, (New Indian Express)
  36. Karnataka: District, taluk hospitals to get 4,339 oxygen beds, 10 August, 2020, (Times of India)
  37. Growth rates of positive, active cases on the decline in Bengaluru, 09 August, 2020, (The Hindu)
  38. Second time unlucky! Did our battle with COVID-19 just get longer?, 09 August, 2020 (Mid-Day)
  39. Is there a case for issuing immunity certificates?, 08 August 2020, (The Hindu)(Science Chronicle)
  40. Double whammy: Experts warn of monsoon diseases amid pandemic, 07 August 2020, (New Indian Express)
  41. ‘Superspreading’ Caused Most COVID-19 Transmission In Karnataka, Contact Tracing Data Show, 07 August 2020, (India Spend)
  42. India’s Covid-19 Tally Crosses 20-Lakh-Mark As Daily Cases Surge, 07 August 2020 (Bloomberg Quint)
  43. Covid symptoms mimic dengue, say doctors, 05 August 2020, (Livemint)
  44. India’s case fatality rate lowest among countries worst hit by Covid-19, 05 August 2020, (India Today)
  45. Telangana’s doubling rate of Covid-19 cases now on par with national average, 05 August 2020, (Times of India)
  46. Activists, experts seek all deaths data since 2018 to assess true impact of Covid 02 August 2020, (The Print)
  47. On average, primary contacts per patient range from 2 to 25 in districts in Karnataka, 02 August 2020, (The Hindu)
  48. A Sudden Spike In COVID-19 Cases And A Weeklong Lockdown, Bengaluru’s Response To Coronavirus Pandemic 31 July 2020 (Swachhindia)
  49. Covid-19 leaves an impact on heart: Study, 31 July 2020, (Deccan Herald)
  50. Sero survey waits for B Sriramulu’s nod, 30 July 2020, (New Indian Express)
  51. Karnataka to scrap night curfew from August 1, 30 July 2020 (Times of India) (TNE)
  52. Inadequate healthcare in smaller districts add to covid-19 crisis in Karnataka, 29 July 2020, (Livemint)
  53. Drastic jump in State’s cumulative positivity rate, 29 July 2020, (The Hindu)
  54. Coronavirus in Mumbai: Making sense of BMC’s sero-survey findings, 29 July 2020 (Economic Times)
  55. COVID-19 Cases Growing Rapidly In India Than Any Of Top 10 Worst Hit Nations, 28 July 2020 (Sakshi Post)
  56. Forget total cases, focus on active cases and deaths: Experts 28 July 2020 (Times of India)
  57. Covid-19: Bengaluru’s muddled response has only added to burden 28 July 2020 (Times of India)
  58. Covid-19 cases growing fastest in India among worst-affected countries 27 July 2020, (India Today)
  59. Governance failure, lack of planning pushed Karnataka’s covid case count to 1 lakh, 25 July 2020, (Livemint)
  60. Source unknown in 55% of cases in Karnataka 25 July 2020, (The Hindu)
  61. While urban areas are having transmission in phases, Covid-19 poses a bigger threat to ‘silent’ areas, 25 July 2020 (Economic Times)
  62. Bengaluru finally adopts tele-ICU program aimed at cutting Covid death rates, 24 July 2020 (The Indian Express)
  63. Ramesh Aravind roped in as BBMP’s Covid-19 awareness ambassador, 24 July 2020 (Times of India)
  64. Coronavirus Explainer: Origins Of COVID-19 Is Still A Critical Missing Piece Of The Pandemic Puzzle, 23 July 2020 (Swachhindia)
  65. Success in Stopping the Infection Chain Due to Increased Check But Differing Opinion About Corona Peak – Success in stopping an infection chain from rising probe, Opinion on Corona Peak, 23 July 2020 (OBN)
  66. Karnataka’s contact tracing drops from 47 per patient in June to 6, 23 July 2020 (Times of India)
  67. India’s coronavirus cases are like spot fires around the country. And experts warn COVID-19 cases will climb further, 22 July 2020 (ABC News)
  68. Has Delhi’s corona curve plateaued? Experts say testing patterns could hold the key 22 July 2020 (Financial Express)
  69. Experts call for national database on coronavirus, 22 July 2020 (Hindustan Times)
  70. Delhi sero survey: ‘Useful data obtained, can help in similar surveys elsewhere’, 22 July 2020 (Times of India)
  71. Bengal’s Two-Random-Days-a-Week Lockdown Plan Has No Scientific Rationale: Experts, 22 July 2020 (The Week)
  72. दिल्ली में कोरोना पर सीरो सर्वे के नतीजे- गुड न्यूज़ हैं या बैड न्यूज़?, 22 जुलाई 2020 (BBC)
  73. This 54-YO Pune Company May Bring Oxford’s COVID-19 Vaccine to India 21 July 2020 (The Better India)
  74. Unlock complacency, contact-tracing fatigue – more than one reason for Bengaluru’s spiral, 21 July 2020 (The Print)
  75. Is India’s recovery rate from Covid-19 a mere statistical placebo?, 21 July 2020 (India Today)
  76. Using a Valved N-95 Mask? Doctors Share Why You Should Stop Immediately, 21 July 2020 (The Better India)
  77. New role for actor Ramesh Arvind- BBMP ambassador, 21 July 2020 (New Indian Express)
  78. Bengaluru: BBMP forms task force for testing, contact tracing, 21 July 2020 (Times of India)
  79. New task force to help BBMP fight COVID-19 pandemic, 20 July 2020, (The Hindu)
  80. Experts underline need to motivate health workforce, 20 July 2020, (The Hindu)
  81. Is Bengaluru emerging as new COVID-19 urban hotspot? 20 July 2020 (The Week)
  82. This is how you can read epidemiological data to understand Covid trends better, 18 July 2020 (The Print)
  83. Surge points to community spread, local circulation of virus: Experts 18 July 2020, (The Hindu)
  84. Recovery rate: An incorrect indicator to assess COVID-19 impact? 17 July 2020, (The Week)
  85. Karnataka’s Covid-19 doubling rate is highest in big states, 17 July 2020 (Times of India)
  86. ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಲ್ಲಿ ಲಕ್ಷ ಸೋಂಕಿತರಿದ್ದಾರಾ? ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಡಾ.ಗಿರಿಧರ್ ಬಾಬು ಹೇಳಿದ್ದೇನು?, 16 July 2020, (Daily Hunt)
  87. Covid cases likely to fall in Telangana, say experts, 16 July 2020 (Times of India)
  88. Over 2 lakh in Bengaluru already infected with Covid-19: Experts, 15 July 2020, (Deccan Herald)
  89. ಸೋಂಕು ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ ಲೆಕ್ಕಾಚಾರ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ3 ಲಕ್ಷ ಮಂದಿಗೆ ಕೋವಿಡ್?, 15 July 2020, (Daily Hunt)
  90. After ‘virus airborne’ scare, call for more precautions, 14 July 2020, (Deccan Herald)
  91. Overhauling Bengaluru covid response system an uphill task for local authorities 14 July 2020, (Livemint)
  92. Daily briefing: Congress lets Gehlot show strength; Pangong, Depsang on table as Corps Commanders meet today 14 July 2020, (The Indian Express)
  93. Some experts sceptical, Karnataka decides to use digital X-rays for diagnosis, 14 July 2020, (The Indian Express)
  94. India’s daily Covid deaths have more than doubled in 6 weeks, positivity rate too on the rise, 13 July 2020 (The Print)
  95. Too much to do, too little time, 14 July 2020 (Bangalore Mirror)
  96. Telangana: RT-PCR not done on those who test antigen negative, 14 July 2020 (Times of India)
  97. India’s daily Covid deaths have more than doubled in 6 weeks, positivity rate too on the rise, 13 July 2020 (The Print)
  98. Airborne Transmission Of Novel Coronavirus Can Occur In Healthcare Settings: World Health Organisation, 13 July 2020 (Swachhindia)
  99. Experts slam plans to buy mist cannons, 12 July 2020, (Deccan Herald)
  100. How Karnataka fumbled T3 model after lockdown, 12 July 2020 (Times of India)
  101. Experts: Use lockdown to ramp up testing and contact tracing, 12 July 2020 (Times of India)
  102. Surge in cases puts contact-tracing off track in Karnataka, 11 July 2020, (The Economic Times)
  103. BBMP needs to change strategy to tackle COVID-19: Experts call for increasing manpower, 11 July 2020, (The News Minute)
  104. Contact tracing in shambles in Bengaluru after spike in Covid-19 cases 11 July 2020, (Deccan Herald)
  105. Precautions To Take Till Airborne Transmission Of COVID-19 Is Further Researched And WHO Assesses The ‘Emerging Evidence’, 10 July 2020 (Swachhindia)
  106. Only one out of six Covid deaths in Karnataka were audited. 10 July 2020 (Times of India)
  107. Public, experts flay BBMP as cases rise, 10 July 2020, (New Indian Express)
  108. Rise in symptomatic cases a positive sign, say experts, 09 July 2020 (Times of India)
  109. Why Bengaluru’s Success In Containing Covid Was Short-Lived, 08 July 2020 (HUFFPOST)
  110. Covid-19 positivity rate spikes in Bengaluru, higher than national average, 08 July 2020 (Times of India)
  111. Community spread has begun, it’s time to admit and educate people: Experts, 07 July 2020, (New Indian Express)
  112. B’luru recorded half of 9,580 virus cases in past five days 07 July 2020, (Times of India)
  113. The Covaxin ‘gamble’: City doctors divided over hasty vaccine, 05 July 2020  (Indiatoday)
  114. How “facts” influenced Covid policy 05 July 2020 (The Daily Star)
  115. India coronavirus: Questions over death of man ‘turned away by 18 hospitals’, 4 July 2020 (BBC) (BBC)
  116. Major states flatten the wrong Covid-19 curve, 03 July 2020 (Indiatoday)
  117. Experts urge Maharashtra officials to improve contact tracing, 01 July 2020, (Times of India)
  118. ‘Local transmission of Covid-19 cases in Bengaluru’ 01 July 2020, (Deccan Herald)
  119. 5 lakh COVID-19 cases in Delhi by July 31 unlikely: govt. panel head 01 July 2020, (The Hindu)
  120. Karnataka government may hire 1,500 doctors, 6,000 nurses, 01 July 2020, (Times of India)
  121. Karnataka works on app to help patients find beds as cases rise in Bengaluru, 30 June 2020, (The Indian Express)
  122. Late care, comorbidities: Why Bengaluru’s COVID-19 fatality is more than rest of state 29 June 2020, (The News Minute)
  123. ‘Model’ Bengaluru too sees steep rise in cases, struggles to
    find source, 29 June 2020, (The Economic Times)
  124. Karnataka aims to launch app to book hospital beds for covid-19 in Bengaluru, 29 June 2020,(The Indian Express)
  125. 1,267 new COVID-19 cases shock Karnataka; Bengaluru adds 783,       29 June 2020 (New Indian Express)
  126. Karnataka medical education minister says community spread has started in Covid clusters 29 June 2020 (The Print)
  127. Goa CM Pramod Sawant says there’s community spread, ICMR still differing, 28 June 2020, (Indiatoday)
  128. Experts split over home stay for asymptomatic patients in Karnataka, 28 June 2020, (Times of India)
  129. How to screen 2 crore people: Delhi readies battleplan 2.0 to stem Covid. 27 June 2020 (Indiatoday)
  130. On Covid fight frontline, at least 30 IAS and IPS officers have tested positive since April. 27 June 2020 (The Print)
  131. Coronavirus cases in India cross 500,000 as big cities reel from surge 27 June 2020 (Reuters) (queenscitizen)(ng)(CNBC)(gulf-times)
  132. Delhi is staring at a Covid catastrophe. What went wrong, and what’s being done to avert it?. 26 June 2020, (Newslaundry)
  133. New Delhi readies vast quarantine centre as coronavirus cases mount. 25 June 2020, (livemint) (The Edgemarkets) (newsindiatimes)
  134. ICU patient numbers jump 16-fold in 15 days in Bengaluru 25 June 2020, (Times of India)
  135. Doctors’ advice: Go on self-imposed lockdown. 25 June 2020, (New Indian Express)
  136. Ministers in Karnataka split over further easing of lockdown curbs. 24 June 2020,(Times of India)
  137. India’s Covid testing has doubled in June, but positivity rate still around 7-8%. 24 June 2020, (The Print)
  138. Why so many politicians have got Covid, and what they should do to prevent infection 22 June 2020, (The Print)
  139. Coronavirus | Test positivity rate in Telangana up by over 100%, 21 JUNE  2020 (The Hindu)
  140. In new lockdown, a second chance for Tamil Nadu 20 June 2020, (The Hindu)
  141. Covid-19: How Kalaburagi, Udupi tamed the tide 20 June 2020,(Times of India)
  142. Keeping up with distant socialising, 19 June 2020, (Kathmandu Post)
  143. Why Bengaluru Covid-19 count is least among big cities, 19 June 2020,(The Indian Express)
  144. Bengaluru model: How the garden city is fighting covid-19 and what Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai can learn from it, 18 June 2020, (Financial Express)
  145. Worst over for Mumbai? Covid cases doubling in 29 days 18 June 2020, (Times of India)
  146. How big city Bengaluru managed to beat coronavirus while Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai struggle 18 June 2020, (The Print)
  147. After UK trials, wonder drug may be used in Karnataka 18 June 2020, (New Indian Express)
  148. India’s Covid-19 Death Toll Near 12,000-Mark: In Charts 17 June 2020 (Bloomberg Quint)
  149. ‘Coincidental, not causal’: Experts say Delhi’s Covid surge and peak summer are not linked 15 June 2020, (The Print)
  150. Only 25 per cent ILI cases being tested, not a good sign: Experts 15 June 2020, (New Indian Express)
  151. India coronavirus dispatch: Why we should be looking at state-level trends 14 June 2020, (Business-Standard)
  152. Coronavirus: Look towards death toll, not cases, suggest experts 14 June 2020, (NewsBytes)
  153. Loss of smell, taste added as symptoms of coronavirus disease 14 June 2020, (Hindustan Times)
  154. Patralekha | Why Covid-19 pandemic is now personal, 13 June 2020, (Deccan Chronicle)
  155. Experts say watch Covid-19 death toll, not cases; PM Modi to talk to CMs next week 13 June 2020, (The Indian Express)
  156. ಕೊರೊನಾ ನಿಗ್ರಹಕ್ಕೆ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಮಾಡಿದ್ದೇನು? ಬೇರೆ ಮೆಟ್ರೋ ಸಿಟಿಗಳು ಮಾಡಬೇಕಾದ್ದೇನು..? 12 June 2020, (ವಿಜಯ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ)
  157. ‘Missing’ COVID Deaths Raise Questions About India’s Tracking of the Outbreak  12 June 2020, (VICE)
  158. COVID-19 SPECIAL: Why The Coronavirus Is Like A Live-In Partner, 12 June 2020, (Outlook)
  159. Covid-19 Special: Does India Have A Milder Epidemic? Not Really, 12 June 2020, (Outlook)
  160. Covid-19 Special: Did Lockdown Effectively Control Coronavirus In India?,  12 June 2020, (Outlook)
  161. Times Facts: With small number of COVID-19 cases, Bengaluru puts up fight against COVID-19 10 June 2020, (Timesnownews)
  162. India should focus on symptomatic patients, say experts. 10 June 2020, (The Hindu)
  163. Delhi’s Covid-19 Tally Tops The 30,000-Mark: In Charts, 10 June 2020, (BloombergQuint)
  164. ‘Health ministry staff face flak for research paper claiming Covid will end in India by Sept 08 June 2020, (The Print)
  165. Gods can wait’: Politician slams his country’s ‘failed lockdown’, 07 June 2020, (Yahoo News)
  166. India overtakes Italy’s coronavirus tally as lockdown easing looms, 07 June 2020, (Business Recorder)
  167. India set to reopen temples, malls but no sprinkling of holy water 05 June 2020, (Reuters) (WKZO)
  168. Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world 01 June 2020, (Times of India)
  169. Bengaluru Has 1.2 Cr Residents, Only 385 COVID Cases, Here’s Why, 30 May 2020 (The Quint)
  170. People with mental health disorders at risk of infections during outbreaks, experts say, 30 May 2020, (Hindustan Times)
  171. A cyclone-battered state struggles with COVID-19 compliance, 29 May 2020, (Nature)
  172. 3% of India’s Covid-19 cases fall under ‘reassigned’ category, raise questions, 29 May 2020, (Times of India)
  173. Lockdown saved lives of 8K to 32K people: Report, 28 May 2020, (Hindustan Times)
  174. Coronavirus Triggers India’s Largest Migration in 70 Years, Risking a New Wave in Villages 28 May 2020 (The Wall Street Journal)
  175. Creation of comorbidity category in COVID-19 death records has no scientific basis: Experts, 27 May 2020 (Deccan Herald)
  176. As India’s lockdown ends, exodus from cities risks spreading COVID-19 far and wide 27 May 2020 (AAAS)
  177. ICMR antibody survey begins, results likely in three weeks, 25 May 2020, (Hindustan Times)
  178. Over 24k samples collected for random antibody tests, 25 May 2020, (Hindustan Times)
  179. Indian States’ COVID-19 Testing Rates Lower Than Similarly Populated Countries’ 25 May 2020, (IndiaSpend)
  180. What do states with high Covid-19 mortality have in common? Swine flu, 25 May 2020, (Indiatoday)
  181. Despite spike in cases, Karnataka’s test positivity rate lower than national average, 25 May 2020, (Times of India)
  182. India registers another biggest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases, 24 May 2020, (Xinhua)
  183. Scores will die if we chase natural immunity: Experts, 24 May 2020, (Times of India)
  184. Centre to conduct serosurvey in 10 hotspot cities to track community transmission of coronavirus, 24 May 2020, (The New Indian Express)
  185. Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, May 24, 24 May 2020, (org.cn)
  186. As cases spike, alert sounded for vulnerable age groups, 23 May  2020, (The Hindu)
  187. On an average, it takes 17 days for a patient to be discharged 23 May  2020, (The Hindu)
  188. India sees a record rise in coronavirus cases with 6,000 new infections amid fears it will become Asia’s epicentre as Indonesia’s death toll soars past 1,000 and Iran fears second wave, 23 May  2020, (MailOnline)
  189. What will happen if lockdown is lifted on May 31? Read to know more, 22 May  2020, (My Nation)
  190. As Per An Epidemiologist, COVID-19 Cases To Peak In India In Mid-July If Lockdown Is Lifted, 22 May  2020, (indiatimes)
  191. India reports biggest 24-hour rise in virus cases as lockdown eases, 22 May  2020, (thejakartapost)
  192. Global report: India and Indonesia announce record daily infection figures, 22 May  2020, (The Guardian)
  193. Alternating lockdown, relaxation a flawed idea, say experts after European report, 22 May  2020, (Times of India)
  194. Coronavirus live updates | Nepal reports 3rd coronavirus death; cases increase to 453, 22 May  2020, ()
  195. Coronavirus: Congress attacks Centre after it says middle seats on flights will not remain vacant 22 May  2020, (in)
  196. COVID-19: Percentage of sick patients needing hospital care doubled in the last one month, 21 May 2020 (Deccan Herald)
  197. Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world, 21 May 2020 (The Times of India)
  198. Return of the Native: Karnataka govt is in a fix over home isolation, 21 May 2020 (The Economic Times)
  199. Nationwide COVID-19 tally crosses 1.13 lakh; Govt says mortality rate less than half of global average, 21 May 2020 (Outlook)
  200. Covid-19 cases in India exceed 100,000, but low fatality ratio offers hope, 20 May 2020 (Hindustan Times)
  201. Delhi violating ICMR, WHO norms by not Covid-testing the dead. But it’s not the only state, 20 May 2020 (The Print)
  202. Huge variation in COVID-19 death rates across states has governments, experts baffled, 18 May  2020, (New Indian Express)
  203. Several states are going door-to-door to identify Covid-19 patients. Is it a good idea?  17 May  2020, (in)
  204. A grim milestone: As India surges past China in number of infections, here’s what we must do, 17 May  2020, (India Today)
  205. COVID-19: What India’s Testing and Fatality Data Tells Us, In Two Charts, 15 May  2020, (Science the Wire)
  206. Mumbai Crosses 15,500 Cases, Maharashtra 25,000 Mark, 14 May 2020 (IndiaSpend)
  207. Govt to begin antibody tests in 21 states to check virus prevalence, 14 May 2020 (Hindustan Times)
  208. As Coronavirus Cases Rise, India and Pakistan Gamble on Looser Lockdowns, 13 May 2020 (The Wall Street Journal)
  209. Govt plans random testing for community surveillance, 12 May 2020 (Hindustan Times)
  210. India at 100k tests a day, says health minister Harsh Vardhan, 12 May 2020 (Hindustan Times)
  211. New BMC Chief Must Find a Fix That Can Go Viral 12 May 2020 (The Economic Times)
  212. National Institute of Virology develops first indigenous antibody detection kit for COVID-19, 11 May 2020 (The New Indian Express)
  213. Experts split over policy on discharging mild patients, 10 May 2020 (The New Indian Express)
  214. Covid-19 lockdown, successful or not? There are 5 ways to answer this question, 06 May 2020 (The Print)
  215. COVID-19: Containing the Pandemic through Syndrome Approach, 06 May 2020 (HEALTHCARE)
  216. Will a vaccine end the COVID-19 threat? | India Today Insight, 05 May 2020 (India today)
  217. Crucial week ahead, warns health official, 05 May 2020 (The New Indian Express)
  218. Colour codes and hotspots: It’s a puzzle for Noida, 03 may 2020 (The Times Of India)
  219. Doubling Time Not Only Metric for Making Post-Lockdown Decisions, 01 May 2020 (The Quint)
  220. Focus now on SARI, ILI cases, Asha workers roped in for routine checks 01 May 2020 (The New Indian Express)
  221. Doubling Time Not The Only Metric, Other Data Must To Make Post-LockDown Decisions, Experts Say, 01 May 2020 (IndiaSpend)
  222. Delhi’s rollercoaster battle against corona, 01 May 2020 (The New Indian Express)
  223. During a Pandemic, Kitchen Gardening Can Provide a Sustainable Solution, 30 Apr 2020, (Science the Wire)
  224. More testing, review of response strategy needed after lockdown is lifted,  29 Apr 2020, (livemint)
  225. 83% Covid-19 patients in North Karnataka district are asymptomatic, 28 Apr 2020,  (The Times of India)
  226. The outline of another pandemic combat strategy, 28 Apr 2020,  (The Hindu)
  227. One in 15 coronavirus cases in Delhi is a health care worker: Report, 28 Apr 2020,  (The Free Press)
  228. One in every 15 Covid-19 cases in Delhi is a healthcare worker, 28 Apr 2020, (Hindustan Times)
  229. Amidst coronavirus pandemic, talk of multiple virus strains, 27 Apr 2020 (Deccan Herald)
  230. Health ‘warriors’ key to India’s attempts to slow Covid-19 spread, 25 Apr 2020 (The Star)
  231. How are states faring in the fight against coronavirus?, 25 Apr 2020 (India Today)
  232. महाराष्ट्र से दिल्ली तक, कोरोना से निपटने में कैसा है राज्यों का प्रदर्शन?, 25 अप्रैल 2020 (आजतक)
  233. Infectious diseases experts divided over May 3 lockdown exit, 24 Apr 2020 (The Economic Times)
  234. States with robust public health systems tame the virus, 24 Apr 2020 (Live Mint)
  235. Beware, sub-standard 3-ply masks on the rise, 24 Apr 2020 (The Economic Times)
  236. In Parts of India, Surprising Fall in Mortality Rates Bucks Coronavirus Trend , 24 Apr 2020, (Science the Wire)
  237. Chronic illnesses may put young Indians at higher risk of Covid-19: Study, 24 Apr 2020, (Hindustan Times)
  238. Mysuru tops State in tests per million, 23 Apr 2020, (The Hindu)
  239. In Covid fight, India could learn from polio experience, 23 Apr 2020, (Hindustan Times)
  240. Sitting upon a volcano’: Doctors in Bengal ring the alarm bell over state’s low testing numbers, 22 Apr 2020 (in)
  241. In a week, Covid takes a worrisome turn in Karnataka, 22 Apr 2020 (The Economic Times)
  242. News Analysis: Next 10 days crucial for India’s fight against COVID-19 outbreak — health experts, 22 Apr 2020 (Xinhua net – Asia & Pacific)
  243. Lockdown over herd immunity for experts, 22 Apr 2020 (Telangana Today)
  244. COVID-19 test compulsory for chemo, dialysis patients, attendants: Kidwai, 21 Apr 2020 (The Indian Express)
  245. Aggressive tackling of Covid-19 cases needed to prevent 2nd wave: Research paper 20 Apr 2020, (Hindustan Times)
  246. In coronavirus fight, an asymptomatic worry for Karnataka, 20 Apr 2020, (Deccan Herald)
  247. What will it take for India to come out of lockdown? With Dr Giridhar Babu 19 Apr 2020 (The Indian Express)
  248. As cases rise, a belated move to widen test scope, 16  Apr 2020, (Deccan Herald)
  249. Physical Distancing, Hygiene New Normal as Indian Epidemiologist Predicts Longer Stay of COVID-19, 16  Apr 2020 (Sputnik)
  250. Residents in Mumbai hotspots to be given HCQ as a preventive, 15 Apr 2020 (The Indian Express)
  251. At quarantine centre in Noida, a long wait to be able to leave, 15 Apr 2020 (The Indian Express)
  252. Karnataka reports four deaths in 24 hours; 3 are SARI patients, 15 Apr 2020(The Economic Times)
  253. 19 Covid-19 patients in Karnataka are below 14 years, 14 Apr 2020 (The Times of India)
  254. As coronavirus ravages Mumbai slums, Maharashtra faces tough choice on hydroxychloroquine, 14 Apr 2020 (CNBCTV18)
  255. Karnataka sets up panel to study Covid data, provide advice, 14 Apr 2020 (Outlook)
  256. ಕೋವಿಡ್-19 ವೈರಸ್ ಪ್ರತಿದಿನದ ಪರಾಮರ್ಶೆಗೆ ತಜ್ಞರ ಸಮಿತಿ ನೇಮಿಸಿದ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರ್ಕಾರ, 14 Apr 2020 (News 18)
  257. ಕೊರೊನಾ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ವಿಶ್ಲೇಷಣೆ ಸರಕಾರದಿಂದ ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ತಜ್ಞರ ಸಮಿತಿ ರಚನೆ, 14 Apr 2020 (Vijaya Karnataka)
  258. Covid-19 spreadsheet: A tale of two states, 13 Apr 2020 (The Economic Times)
  259. At 2.6%, Karnataka’s Covid-19 fatality rate lower than national average, 13 Apr 2020 (The Times of India)
  260. Only 70 of 215 patients in Karnataka had travelled abroad, 12 Apr 2020 (The Times of India)
  261. Coronavirus: Health ministry hails timing of lockdown, 12 Apr 2020, (Hindustan Times)
  262. Mathematical models are used to predict Covid-19’s path, but is the incoming data sound?, 12 Apr 2020, (The Economic Times)
  263. Ministry study shows lockdown helped, but questions remain, 12 Apr 2020, (Telegraph)
  264. ‘India may reach peak of Covid-19 cases by 20 April’, 11 Apr 2020, (SUNDAY GUARDIAN LIVE)
  265. Karnataka sees gradual growth in number of Covid-19 cases, 11 Apr 2020 (The Economic Times)
  266. CII has a plan for govt: Industry asks for pooled testing to resume limited ops, 11 Apr 2020 (The Indian Express)
  267. Why death rates vary widely in states: Testing could be key, 11 Apr 2020 (The Times of India)
  268. People power: How India is attempting to slow the coronavirus, 10 Apr 2020 (Nature)
  269. Why Maharashtra has India’s highest Covid-19 mortality numbers, 10 Apr 2020 (The Print)
  270. कोरोना वायरस: मुंबई की धारावी झुग्गी बस्ती में इस महामारी का पहुंचना ख़तरनाक क्यों है? 10 Apr 2020 (BBC News)
  271. Coronavirus: India makes face masks mandatory for more than 300m people, punishable by up to six months in prison, 10 Apr 2020 (Independent)
  272. Cluster management, 09 Apr 2020 (The Week)
  273. Coronavirus | COVID-19 hits both genders equally, except in two nations, 09 Apr 2020 (The Hindu)
  274. India has low testing rate, needs to scale up surveillance: Analysis,  07 Apr 2020 (Hindustan Times)
  275. Red zones, fever clinics to roll out rapid testing from next week, 7 Apr 2020 (New Indian Express)
  276. Odd Number in India Coronavirus Testing Data Sparks Questions, 06 Apr 2020 (The New York Times)
  277. Kalaburagi’ Covid-19 case may be Karnataka’s first known asymptomatic transmission, 06 Apr 2020 (The Times Of India)
  278. Steps to Tackle Large Outbreaks: Govt Brings out Containment Plan as Coronavirus Deaths Rise to 75, 05 Apr 2020 (News 18)
  279. Around 75% of Coronavirus Patients in India are in Working-age Population of 21-60 Years, 05 Apr 2020 (News 18)
  280. ‘Shutdown alone is not enough to break the chain’  05 Apr 2020 (The Hindu)
  281. Impact of Lockdown During Its Third Week Key to Decide on Staggered Relaxation, Say Experts, 03 Apr 2020 (News 18)
  282. Global group calls for Covid-19 clinical research in poor nations, 03 Apr 2020 (Hindustan Times)
  283. Covid-19 Update: Scientists bat for clinical trials in poor and middle-income countries, 03 Apr 2020 (Hindustan Times)
  284. Good news from Bhilwara: No new Covid-19 cases in 2 days. But don’t rejoice yet, say experts, 01 Apr 2020 (The Print)
  285. Coronavirus | Lockdown’s impact can be gauged only after two weeks, say experts, 01 Apr 2020 (The Hindu)
  286. 3 billion people. A 21-day lockdown. Can India curb the coronavirus?, 31 Mar 2020 (AAAS Science)
  287. Coronavirus update: Community spread of Covid-19 in India? Experts, government differ, 29 Mar 2020 (Hindustan Times)
  288. कोरोना वायरस: इस दौर में ‘ग़ैर-ज़िम्मेदाराना’ व्यवहार कितना ख़तरनाक है?, 25 Mar 2020 (BBC News)
  289. Karnataka researchers set up clinical data collecting platform, 27 Mar 2020 (New Indian Express)
  290. Coronavirus Lockdown for India: PM says Stay Home, Follow Rules, 24 Mar 2020 (shethepeople)
  291. India’s coronavirus fight complicated by people dodging quarantine, 23 Mar 2020 (DW Made for Minds)
  292. Social Distancing Poses Unique Challenges in a Country Like India, 22 Mar 2020 (Science The Wire)
  293. Short of epidemiologists, Karnataka struggles with virus, 25 Mar 2020 (New Indian Express)
  294. India fights coronavirus: Epidemiologists estimate what situation will be like in next few months, 21 Mar 2020 (India today)
  295. ‘Janata curfew’ is a public drill, won’t really stop spread of coronavirus: Experts, 21 Mar 2020 (The Print)
  296. 826 random samples test negative for COVID-19 but ICMR doesn’t rule out community spread, 19 Mar 2020, (The Print)
  297. Social distancing”: A call that ignores ground realities of millions of Indians, 19 Mar 2020  (Gaon connection)
  298. Indian guru’s tips to ward off coronavirus anger health professionals, 18 Mar 2020 (Reuters)
  299. Health and medical Public-health experts raise concerns about India’s restricted testing for COVID-19, 12 Mar 2020 (Press Bolt News)
  300. How coronavirus came in India?, 11 Mar 2020 (AYUSH Blogs)
  301. COVID-19: India has tested less than 10 thousand people so far, 15 Mar 2020 (National Herald)
  302. Corona upsurge: Precautions on pandemic Covid-19 better than cure, 16 Mar 2020 (Daily Thanthi Next)
  303. News Analysis: Next 10 days crucial for India’s fight against COVID-19 outbreak — health experts, 15 Mar 2020 (Xinhua net – Asia & Pacific) (cn)
  304. Crowded, poor South Asia sees steady rise in coronavirus cases, 17 Mar 2020 (Reuters) (By The Reuters – New York Times)
  305. Are states like TN testing enough people for COVID-19? Public health experts say no, 15 Mar 2020 (News Minute)
  306. Public-health experts raise concerns about India’s restricted testing for COVID-19, 13 Mar 2020 (The Caravan)
  307. Coronavirus: 17.5% of confirmed COVID-19 patients are foreigners, say officials, 17 Mar 2020 (Live Mint)
  308. The Curious Case of the Deaths That Weren’t Due to COVID-19, 17 Mar 2020  (Science the Wire)
  309. COVID-19: Is India testing enough, communicating right?, 06 Mar 2020 (DownToEarth)
  310. All you need to know about coronavirus cases in India, 06 Mar 2020 (CelebesTopNews)
  311. All you need to know about coronavirus cases in India, 06 Mar 2020 (AL JAZEERA NEWS)

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  2. Save the girl child, against all odds. Deccan Herald, Apr 19,2018
  3. Experts slam N A B H accreditation, The New Indian Express Feb 17, 2018
  4. Prioritise health over disease management Deccan Herald, Jan 27,2018
  5. Making paracetamol & papaya work in tandem, Bangalore Mirror, August 31, 2017
  6. SOS to doctors, nurses: Karnataka needs you, Deccan Chronicle. July 05, 2017
  7. Why stifle AYUSH for modern medicine? Deccan Herald, May 30,2017. Link
  8. Quality healthcare that is accessible, Deccan Herald, Feb 22,2017. Link
  9. Stress? Techies don’t mind it if pay check is fat.” NIMHANS-PUBLIC HEALTH FOUNDATION INDIA SURVEY OF 1,000+ ENGINEERS, Bangalore Mirror, Jan 21,2017. Link
  10. Attaining the SDGs: Which way India needs to gaze? ETHealthworld.com, Oct 02, 2016. Link
  11. Public health: Why is now the best chance? Deccan Herald, July 04, 2016. Link
  12. Why endure with insurance? Prevent, Deccan Herald, March 23, 2016. Link
  13. Invest more to keep India heart-healthy, Deccan Herald, Dec 9, 2015. Link
  14. Who is responsible for people’s health?, Deccan Herald June 12, 2015. Link
  15. When in doubt, don’t use antibiotics, Deccan Herald July 02, 2015. Link
  16. Stress at work: A pill or a peril, Deccan Herald July 31, 2015. Link
  17. Thank you MPs, but what are you smoking?, Express Health Care, April 13, 2015. Link
  18. Only insurance will not make us healthy, Deccan Herald, Sep 12, 2015,. Link
  19. May is here, prevent dengue, Deccan Herald, May 12, 2015. Link
  20. Visiting private clinic for immunisation?, Deccan Herald, April 08, 2015,. Link
  21. Eternally neglected health system, Deccan Herald, July 17, 2015,. Link
  22. Epidemiology of TB in India, Express pharma, 15 March 2013. Link
  23. Don’t let pressure get to you. The Hindu, April 8, 2013. Link
  24. Hospital bills make patients paupers, The Bangalore Mirror, Jul 6, 2013. Link
  25. Building a healthy Karnataka, One World South Asia, Jun 21, 2013. Stressed-Out Techies in Search of Relief Indulging in Risky Sex: Study. The New Indian Express. Dec 19, 2013. Link
  26. Health for Indians—who cares about it anyway?, BMJ Group Blogs. 20 February, 2014. Link
  27. It might be Survival that determines Shopping. J Epidemiol Community Health 2011. Link
  28. Use of Social Media in Public Health: Experience with Public Health in India- A Facebook group. Blogs on Public Health Global Network Link published on Nov 17, 2011

Media Mentions

  • SIX DENGUE DEATHS IN STATE SINCE JULY 1, Bangalore Mirror Bureau, Jul 25, 2016. Link
  • Public health needs could have been addressed better, Bangalore Mirror Bureau, Mar 19, 2016.  Link
  • Arogyavani reaches out to 4.19 lakh in 10 months, The Hindu, April 11, 2014. Link
  • Software professionals more prone to hypertension: study, The Hindu, April 26, 2014. Link
  • Garbage Increases Epidemic Deaths by 5 Times in One Year, The New Indian Express, December 27, 2013 . Link
  • Stressed-Out Techies in Search of Relief Indulging in Risky Sex: Study,The New Indian Express, December 19, 2013 . Link
  • Call for allocating funds to primary healthcare, The New Indian Express, Kochi. 06th January 2013. Link
  • Andhra Pradesh records most cases of acute diarrhea. The Times of India, Oct 22, 2013. Link
  • Farming of Catfish Thrives Despite Ban. The New Indian Express. 18th December 2013. Link
  • Garbage Increases Epidemic Deaths by 5 Times in One Year. The New Indian Express. 27th December 2013. Link
  • Seasonal Change Brings Health Woes, Sends More Smokers to Hospitals. The New Indian Express. 27th January 2014. Link
  • India Editor’s Choice, SOS: time to reclaim the air we breathe, BMJ 2014; 348 Link
  • India Editor’s Choice, SOS: time to reclaim the air we breathe, BMJ 2014; 348 Link

To find more details or contact, visit the following links

Media

 

Welcome to the Media Page. The press releases, media publications, videos and other media info are in this page.

 

Articles

  1. Governments need to step up investments and actions, Indian Express on 09th March 2020 Link
  2. Allocation does little for public health, more for private sector, Deccan Herald on 06th March 2020 Link
  3. Are air pollution, low birth weight linked? Study on, Times of India, Jan 10, 2020 Link
  4. Obesity, diabetes during pregnancy can lead to overweight newborns: Study , Times of India, Dec 29, 2019 Link
  5. Expectant moms missing out on key test: Study, Deccan Herald, Dec 29, 2019 Link
  6. Bangalore: la Silicon Valley de l’Inde en déclin environnemental. Québec Science, Nov 27, 2019 Link
  7. Karnataka worse off than Bihar and UP in student-teacher ratio. Times of India, Aug 28, 2019 Link
  8. Let’s debate public health this election, Deccan Herald, Apr 23, 2019 Link
  9. A journey from resolution to reality, Deccan Herald, Jan 08, 2019 Link
  10. Addressing the cancer burden, Deccan Herald, Dec 17, 2018 Link
  11. Save the girl child, against all odds. Deccan Herald, Apr 19, 2018 Link
  12. Experts slam N A B H accreditation, The New Indian Express Feb 17, 2018 Link
  13. Prioritise health over disease management Deccan Herald, Jan 27,2018 Link
  14. Making paracetamol & papaya work in tandem, Bangalore Mirror, August 31, 2017 Link
  15. SOS to doctors, nurses: Karnataka needs you, Deccan Chronicle. July 05, 2017 Link
  16. Why stifle AYUSH for modern medicine? Deccan Herald, May 30,2017. Link
  17. Quality healthcare that is accessible, Deccan Herald, Feb 22,2017. Link
  18. Stress? Techies don’t mind it if pay check is fat.” NIMHANS-PUBLIC HEALTH FOUNDATION INDIA SURVEY OF 1,000+ ENGINEERS, Bangalore Mirror, Jan 21,2017. Link
  19. Attaining the SDGs: Which way India needs to gaze? ETHealthworld.com, Oct 02, 2016. Link
  20. Public health: Why is now the best chance? Deccan Herald, July 04, 2016. Link
  21. Why endure with insurance? Prevent, Deccan Herald, March 23, 2016. Link
  22. Invest more to keep India heart-healthy, Deccan Herald, Dec 9, 2015. Link
  23. Who is responsible for people’s health?, Deccan Herald June 12, 2015. Link
  24. When in doubt, don’t use antibiotics, Deccan Herald July 02, 2015. Link
  25. Stress at work: A pill or a peril, Deccan Herald July 31, 2015. Link
  26. Thank you MPs, but what are you smoking?, Express Health Care, April 13, 2015. Link
  27. Only insurance will not make us healthy, Deccan Herald, Sep 12, 2015,. Link
  28. May is here, prevent dengue, Deccan Herald, May 12, 2015. Link
  29. Visiting private clinic for immunisation?, Deccan Herald, April 08, 2015,. Link
  30. Eternally neglected health system, Deccan Herald, July 17, 2015,. Link
  31. Public health needs could have been addressed better, Bangalore Mirror Bureau, Mar 19, 2016.  Link
  32. Arogyavani reaches out to 4.19 lakh in 10 months, The Hindu, April 11, 2014. Link
  33. Software professionals more prone to hypertension: study, The Hindu, April 26, 2014. Link
  34. Seasonal Change Brings Health Woes, Sends More Smokers to Hospitals. The New Indian Express. 27th January 2014. Link
  35. Garbage Increases Epidemic Deaths by 5 Times in One Year, The New Indian Express, December 27, 2013 . Link
  36. Stressed-Out Techies in Search of Relief Indulging in Risky Sex: Study,The New Indian Express, December 19, 2013 . Link
  37. Call for allocating funds to primary healthcare, The New Indian Express, Kochi. 06th January 2013. Link
  38. Andhra Pradesh records most cases of acute diarrhea. The Times of India, Oct 22, 2013. Link
  39. Farming of Catfish Thrives Despite Ban. The New Indian Express. 18th December 2013. Link
  40. India Editor’s Choice, SOS: time to reclaim the air we breathe, BMJ 2014; 348 Link
  41. Epidemiology of TB in India, Express pharma, 15 March 2013. Link 
  42. Don’t let pressure get to you. The Hindu, April 8, 2013. Link
  43. Hospital bills make patients paupers, The Bangalore Mirror, Jul 6, 2013. Link
  44. Building a healthy Karnataka, One World South Asia, Jun 21, 2013. Stressed-Out Techies in Search of Relief Indulging in Risky Sex: Study. The New Indian Express. Dec 19, 2013. Link
  45. Health for Indians—who cares about it anyway?, BMJ Group Blogs. 20 February, 2014. Link
  46. It might be Survival that determines Shopping. J Epidemiol Community Health 2011. Link
  47. Use of Social Media in Public Health: Experience with Public Health in India- A Facebook group. Blogs on Public Health Global Network Link published on Nov 17, 2011

 

Consultations

  1. Represented and contributed at National level consultation. “Prioritising Newborn and Child Health: A Policy Advocacy Initiative to Build Informed Consensus and Mobilise Support by Translating Evidence to Action”. 23-24 November, 2010 , New Delhi
  2. Only external member on Committee to create Public health department and cadre in the state of Karnataka.
  3. Consultation provided to proposed Karnataka Public Health Act
  4. Consultancy to WHO SEARO, for finalization of “Handbook on Public Health Programs at the District Level”, for South East Asia Regional Office-WHO (SEARO) to be implemented by all the SEARO countries.
  5. Task Force for developing Karnataka Public Health Policy (KPHP) Karnataka Jnana Aayoga

Media

Welcome to the Media Page. The press releases, media publications, videos and other media info are in this page.

Articles

  1.  Why stifle AYUSH for modern medicine? Deccan Herald, May 30,2017. Link
  2. Quality healthcare that is accessible, Deccan Herald, Feb 22,2017. Link
  3. Stress? Techies don’t mind it if pay check is fat.” NIMHANS-PUBLIC HEALTH FOUNDATION INDIA SURVEY OF 1,000+ ENGINEERS, Bangalore Mirror, Jan 21,2017. Link
  4. Attaining the SDGs: Which way India needs to gaze? ETHealthworld.com, Oct 02, 2016. Link
  5. Public health: Why is now the best chance? Deccan Herald, July 04, 2016. Link
  6. Why endure with insurance? Prevent, Deccan Herald, March 23, 2016. Link
  7. Invest more to keep India heart-healthy, Deccan Herald, Dec 9, 2015. Link
  8. Who is responsible for people’s health?, Deccan Herald June 12, 2015. Link
  9. When in doubt, don’t use antibiotics, Deccan Herald July 02, 2015. Link
  10. Stress at work: A pill or a peril, Deccan Herald July 31, 2015. Link
  11. Thank you MPs, but what are you smoking?, Express Health Care, April 13, 2015. Link
  12. Only insurance will not make us healthy, Deccan Herald, Sep 12, 2015,. Link
  13. May is here, prevent dengue, Deccan Herald, May 12, 2015. Link
  14. Visiting private clinic for immunisation?, Deccan Herald, April 08, 2015,. Link
  15. Eternally neglected health system, Deccan Herald, July 17, 2015,. Link
  16. Epidemiology of TB in India, Express pharma, 15 March 2013. Link 
  17. Don’t let pressure get to you. The Hindu, April 8, 2013. Link
  18. Hospital bills make patients paupers, The Bangalore Mirror, Jul 6, 2013. Link
  19. Building a healthy Karnataka, One World South Asia, Jun 21, 2013. Stressed-Out Techies in Search of Relief Indulging in Risky Sex: Study. The New Indian Express. Dec 19, 2013. Link
  20. Health for Indians—who cares about it anyway?, BMJ Group Blogs. 20 February, 2014. Link
  21. It might be Survival that determines Shopping. J Epidemiol Community Health 2011. Link
  22. Use of Social Media in Public Health: Experience with Public Health in India- A Facebook group. Blogs on Public Health Global Network Link published on Nov 17, 2011

Media Mentions

  • SIX DENGUE DEATHS IN STATE SINCE JULY 1
  •  Public health needs could have been addressed better, Bangalore Mirror Bureau, Mar 19, 2016.  Link
  • Arogyavani reaches out to 4.19 lakh in 10 months, The Hindu, April 11, 2014. Link
  • Software professionals more prone to hypertension: study, The Hindu, April 26, 2014. Link
  • Garbage Increases Epidemic Deaths by 5 Times in One Year, The New Indian Express, December 27, 2013 . Link
  • Stressed-Out Techies in Search of Relief Indulging in Risky Sex: Study,The New Indian Express, December 19, 2013 . Link
  • Call for allocating funds to primary healthcare, The New Indian Express, Kochi. 06th January 2013. Link
  • Andhra Pradesh records most cases of acute diarrhea. The Times of India, Oct 22, 2013. Link
  • Farming of Catfish Thrives Despite Ban. The New Indian Express. 18th December 2013. Link
  • Garbage Increases Epidemic Deaths by 5 Times in One Year. The New Indian Express. 27th December 2013. Link
  • Seasonal Change Brings Health Woes, Sends More Smokers to Hospitals. The New Indian Express. 27th January 2014. Link
  • India Editor’s Choice, SOS: time to reclaim the air we breathe, BMJ 2014; 348 Link
  • India Editor’s Choice, SOS: time to reclaim the air we breathe, BMJ 2014; 348 Link

To find more details or contact, visit the following links

 

Activities

Teaching

Each year, I offer several courses in the areas of Basic Epidemiology, Advanced Epidemiology, Applied Epidemiology (Non-communicable diseases, communicable diseases, and Surveillance), and Introduction to Public Health, Universal Health Coverage for

  • Diploma Students
  • Masters Students and
  • Doctoral Students

Furthermore, I regularly offer short courses and visiting lectures, which allow students to complete required learning in their flexible time. This is part of the capacity building for public health professionals.

For the current list of courses for the current year: Please write to us. E-mail

Bachelor and Master’s Theses

For all students with an interest in Life course Epidemiology, I offer a wide range of research areas out of which a topic for a Bachelor- or Master thesis can be chosen. If you are interested, just write to my project staff and arrange an appointment to discuss. We will be available for presenting you interesting topics for a thesis in the area of Life course epidemiology. Concerning questions on theses, you might of course also contact one of our research staff.

Internships and Ph.D. opportunities

If you are interested in internships or Ph.D., we welcome outstanding graduate students to our institution, to participate in research on a wide range of national and international public health issues. The core research areas include:

  • PhDs will have to major in Epidemiology (with specific areas of interest from the list below) or other areas listed.
    • Health of Children and Families
    • Social Determinants of Health
    • Clean Energy and Health
    • Environmental health
    • Noncommunicable Diseases
  • Universal Health Coverage
  • Global Health
  • Public Health Legislations and Ethics
  • Surveillance, Health Security & International regulations
  • Role of Technology in health

Some of the profiles of interns are listed here: Interns

Click here for currently enrolled Ph.D. students: Ph.D. fellows

For eligibility and application process, please contact our project staff.

Research

The focus of my research is through the realization of the following objectives. (1) Generating evidence regarding the parental and psychosocial environment of NCDs; (2) Exploring the appropriate interventions through pilot projects; and (3) Ensuring evidence-based public health policy planning and implementation. Objectives (1) and (2) help in identification and prioritization of parental determinants of childhood susceptibility to NCDs. The evidence available in the next three years will aid in the generation of rigorous, feasible, and contextually specific population-based pilot interventions. The objective (3) will be achieved through the implementation of pilot interventions based on objectives (1) and (2). The three objectives together will contribute to logical and empirically grounded choices of public health interventions.

The role of psychosocial environment in NCDs: The role of psychosocial and environmental risk factors and their associations with hypertension was unclear, as the findings from observational studies were largely inconsistent. Earlier evidence had indicated the poor association between psychological stress and coronary heart disease (CHD). This indicated that the impact of job strain on CHD is lower than that of other established risk factors, such as smoking, abdominal obesity, and physical inactivity. I hypothesized that job strain does not directly result in CHD, and affects CHD only by initiating hypertension. I led a systematic review and meta-analysis and found that job strain and hypertension were positively associated. Based on this finding, the effect of job strain in the etiology is confirmed for the first time. In continuation of this information, I am investigating the role of maternal psychosocial stressors in identifying the early markers of NCDs. We have found the high burden of psychosocial stressors in pregnant women, and are in advanced stages of investigation to know the outcome of their children.

Hyperglycemia in Pregnancy and risk of chronic diseases: The carbohydrate ‘fuel’ metabolism in a pregnant woman could have a long-term impact on the development of her offspring (‘fuel-mediated teratogenesis’ hypotheses).(1) In-utero exposure to maternal hyperglycemia can result in fetal hyperinsulinemia. The consequential increase in fetal fat cells can initiate a feed-forward loop of rising adiposity and hyperinsulinemia throughout childhood, leading to obesity and T2DM in later life. (2) Earlier studies demonstrated that the effect of maternal glucose concentrations on weight in children was “U- shaped”.(3) Our ongoing cohort study sets to advance this knowledge by looking at measures of infant and child adiposity with continuous levels of maternal glucose and connecting towards the evolution of NCD’s.(4) I am the P.I of the birth cohort in India, which is currently recruiting participants from public health facilities in India. This is the first birth cohort in India, which is examining the role of psychosocial and nutritional antecedents in pregnant women with early markers of NCDs in their children.

Ongoing Research Projects

  1. Giridhara R Babu (PI) Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance. Maternal Antecedents of Adiposity and Studying the Transgenerational role of Hyperglycemia and Insulin (MAASTHI). An Intermediate Fellowship. Hyperglycemia in Pregnancy and risk of chronic diseases. The aim of this study is to prospectively assess the effects of glucose levels in pregnancy on the risk of adverse infant outcomes, especially in predicting the possible risk markers of later chronic diseases. More information
  2. Giridhara R Babu (PI). Department of Science and Technology. Ambient and Indoor Air Pollution in Pregnancy on the risk of Low birth weight and Ensuing Effects in Infants (APPLE); A cohort study in South India. The aim of this study is to prospectively assess the effects of ambient and indoor air pollutant levels in pregnancy on the risk of adverse infant outcomes, especially in predicting the risks of chronic diseases in infants. More information
  3. Giridhara R Babu (PI), Department of Women and Child/UNICEF,  Full meal supplementation: Evaluation of Effect in Pregnant and Lactating women (FEEL). The aim of the state level intervention study is to study the impact of hot fully cooked meals provided to pregnant women in improving pregnancy and infant outcomes. More information

 

Related Publications

  1. Thakur, M., Boudewijns, E.A., Giridhara R. Babu., Winkens, B., de Witte, L.P., Gruiskens, J., Sushama, P., Ghergu, C.T. and van Schayck, O.C., 2017. Low-smoke chulha in Indian slums: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 17(1), p.454.
  2. Giridhara R Babu, Nolita Saldanha , Anita Nath, Mohanbabu Rathnaiah, Deepa R, GVS Murthy, GM Vatsala, Anura V Kurpad, Sarah Benjamin Neelon ,Sanjay Kinra Determinants of Mental Health in Pregnant Women attending Public Health Facilities in Bangalore, India. (Under review)
  3. Giridhara R Babu, GVS Murthy, Deepa R, Yamuna, Nolita Saldanha, Prafulla, Maithili Karthik, Keerti Deshpande, Vatsala G, Sara E Benjamin Neelon, Anura Kurpad, Sanjay Kinra. Screening for Gestational Hyperglycemia in Public Health Facilities: Baseline Results from a Pilot Cohort Study. (Under review)
  4. Giridhara R Babu, GVS Murthy, Yamuna, Prital Patel, Deepa R, Sara E Benjamin Neelon, Sanjay Kinra , K Srinath Reddy. Association of Obesity with hypertension and Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus in India, A meta-analysis of observational studies. (Under review)
  5. Checkley, William, Suzanne L. Pollard, Trishul Siddharthan, Giridhara R. Babu, Megha Thakur, Catherine H. Miele, and Onno CP Van Schayck. “Managing threats to respiratory health in urban slums.” The Lancet Respiratory Medicine 4, no. 11 (2016): 852-854.
  6. Giridhara R. Babu, Murthy GVS, Deepa R, Yamuna, Prafulla, Kumar HK, Karthik M, Deshpande K, Benjamin Neelon SE, Prabhakaran D, Anura Kurpad, Sanjay Kinra. Maternal antecedents of adiposity and studying the transgenerational role of hyperglycemia and insulin (MAASTHI):: a prospective cohort study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016, 16(1):311.

Some of the Completed Research Projects

  1. Giridhara R Babu (PI), Wellcome Trust-PHFI collaboration, 09/24/12 to 03/23/15. A Pilot Study to test the feasibility of a larger cohort study. To evaluate the feasibility of examining the effects of glucose levels in pregnancy on the risk of adverse infant outcomes, especially in predicting the risk of chronic diseases in infants.
  2. Giridhara R Babu (PI). The World Bank. 03/18/13 to 11/31/13. Development of Manual for health professionals- Non-Communicable Diseases and Standard Treatment Guidelines for Karnataka. The goal was to develop the guideline for health workers at different levels in the Karnataka State Health System.
  3. Giridhara R Babu (Co-PI), Government of Karnataka, 03/18/13 to 11/31/13, Human Resources in Health for Karnataka state. The goal was to provide the roadmap for management of health systems and reorganization of human resources required for the Karnataka State Health System.
  4. Giridhara R Babu (Co-PI), Government of Karnataka, 01/05/13 to 04/05/ Universal Health Coverage in Karnataka, Visioning UHC, Government of Karnataka. The goal of this study was to provide technical consultancy and assistance for rolling out of Universal Health Coverage in the pilot districts of Karnataka.
  5. Giridhara R Babu (PI), Ashoka Innovators for the Public, 06/01/13 to 11/31/13. Nutritional status in Karnataka. A state of the art review. The goal of this study is to review of existing national and state-specific program guidelines for conceptualization, designing, development and review the status of nutrition programs in Karnataka
  6. Giridhara R Babu (Co-I), World Health Organization. Participation for local action; Implementation research with indigenous communities in southern India for local action on improving maternal health services. The goal of the study is to facilitate contextualization of the safe motherhood program in remote areas with the indigenous population by bringing together various stakeholders to achieve inclusive and locally adapted implementation at the end of one year.

A list of projects is provided in this link

Public Health Practice

A detailed page about Public Health Practice can be found in this link. Only selected exerpts are listed here.

Media articles and Mentions

A detailed page about articles in Media and mentions can be found in this link. Only selected exerpts are listed here.

Conferences and Workshops

  1. Giridhara R Babu, Association of quality of life and job stress in occupational workforce of India: A cross sectional study in software professionals. IEA regional Conference, Pokhara, Nepal.
  2. Giridhara R Babu, Tanmay Mahapatra, Roger Detels. Job Stress and Hypertension in Young Software professionals. South-East Asia Regional Public Health Conference. IPHACON 2013, Kolkotta. 1st-3rd February 2013
  3. Giridhara R Babu, Tanmay Mahapatra, Roger Detels. Sexual behaviour and association with occupational stress among software professionals of Bengaluru, India. Southeast Asia Regional Public Health Conference. IPHACON 2013, Kolkotta. 1st-3rd February 2013
  4. Giridhara R Babu, Jotheeswaran A Thiagarajan, Tanmay Mahapatra, Sanchita Mahapatra, Roger Detels. Job stress and hypertension: A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. South-East Asia Regional Public Health Conference. IPHACON 2013, Kolkotta. 1st-3rd February 2013
  5. Giridhara R Babu. Job stress and hypertension: A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. PHFI Research symposium, 5th January 2013.
  6. Giridhara R Babu. Sexual behaviour and association with occupational stress among software professionals of Bengaluru, India. PHFI Research symposium, 4th -5th January 2013.
  7. Giridhara R Babu. Job Stress and Hypertension in Young Software professionals’ PHFI Research symposium, 4th -5th January 2013.
  8. Giridhara R Babu, Keynote address on scope of public health and social work in India. Public Health and Social work in International settings. International conference on Global Public Health and Social work- DYUTI 2013. 4 January 2013
  9. Giridhara R Babu, Social Determinants of Health, Right to Health & Health Equity. International conference on Global Public Health and Social work- DYUTI 2013. 5 January 2013
  10. Giridhara R Babu, Analysis of Universal Health Coverage and Pointers for Future”. 3rd November 2012. 24th Annual Conference of KACH. Karnataka Association of Community Health Professionals. Bagalkote, India.
  11. Giridhara R Babu, Public Health Cadre in the state of Karnataka, Indian Public Health Association Annual Conference, Kochi, 13-14th February, 2012.
  12. Ghosh, P, Arah, OA, Talukdar, A, Sur, D, Giridhara R Babu, Sengupta, P, Detels, R. Factors associated with HIV infection among Indian women. In: Translation Research on HIV and AIDS in India (TRAI); 2011, 13th – 14th January; Panaji, India.
  13. Giridhara R Babu, Strengthening Public Health Education in India – Epidemiology Training, organized by Public 
health foundation of India and Deakin University, IIPH-Delhi.
  14. Giridhara R Babu Public Health Foundation of India. 7th March 2011. Preliminary results on
study of Job Stress and Hypertension in IT professionals. Research symposium, Hyderabad, 2012.