Lata Medical Research Foundation (LMRF) is based in Nagpur, India and is focused on conducting studies on improving outcomes in childhood pneumonia and neonatal sepsis, improving infant nutrition using cell phone counseling and community and hospital mobilization to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality by integrating and improving Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care. The site is conducting large population-based research and provides the data for numerous training opportunities and the conduct of additional observational studies and clinical trials. Dr. Patricia Hibberd at BU and LMRF Program Director Archana Patel have collaborated for over 20 years and currently co-lead the NICHD Global Network’s agenda on Indoor Air Pollution (IAP) and its effect on the pregnant woman and her baby. They also have been conducting a Joint Working Group NIH/CDC/ICMR funded study to evaluate introduction of improved biomass stoves and its effect on biomarkers of IAP. LMRF has hosted several U.S. based researchers over the past several years.
The Site-based Director
Dr. Archana Patel, Program Director, Lata Medical Research Foundation; Professor and Head of Department of Pediatrics, Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Mayo Hospital, Nagpur India.
Akash Bang, Professor of Pediatrics at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
Dr Akash Bang, MD (Pediatrics), DNB (Pediatrics), PGDMLS (Symbiosis, Pune) worked as Medical Officer at Shri Saibaba Sansthan’s Shirdi Hospital for two years. He has special interest in Pediatric Intensive Care, Pediatric Hematology, Epidemiology and Research Methodology, Infant and Young Child Feeding, Medico legal issues.
Prabhir Kumar Das, Country Coordinator, LMRF
Amber Prakash, Senior Statistician and Data Manager