Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative

Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative (BBNC) is a foundation-supported program (Duggan, Fawzi, Kurpad, Kuriyan) established in 2009 to create a partnership between nutrition scientists at SJRI, and colleagues at HSPH and Tufts University in Boston for nutrition research and training. Funded by a grant from an anonymous Boston-based foundation, the program has developed a two week short-course in Nutrition Research Methodology taught in Bangalore each January by faculty mentors at SJRI, HSPH and Tufts.

The Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative has successfully conducted 2 week short course in International Nutrition Research Methods over the past five years.

The Course:

Course Objectives:

  • Explore the role of nutritional factors and health outcomes, through critical evaluation of the scientific literature and exploration of demographic, epidemiological, biological, social, political, and economic determinants
  • Gain substantive knowledge in topic areas related to public health nutrition research, including: clinical nutrition, physiology, biochemistry, and molecular nutrition
  • Enhance methodological skills in areas of nutritional, infectious disease, and chronic disease epidemiology, with emphasis on clinical, research, and laboratory areas
  • Discuss the latest findings from epidemiologic studies on the role of nutrition in the prevention, care, and treatment of health outcomes – including interpretation and synthesis of research findings, potential mechanisms, study design limitations, and public health implications – and integrate research findings to inform public health recommendations and program design and implementation, based on current evidence.

Who can Apply:  Potential candidates may be currently involved in nutrition, clinical, research, program, policy, or laboratory work, including medical students, physicians and allied health professionals. Junior faculty in medicine, nursing, and public health at academic institutions throughout India are also invited to participate in this training program. Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to public health practice and/or research.

Course Fee: There is no course fee. The candidates will be selected on competitive selection method. The candidates will be provided with the course manual (including background reading material and handouts), and relevant books.

Accommodation: Food and stay arrangements at St. Johns will be made by Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative (BBNC). Travel costs (train) will be reimbursed to the participants.

To Apply: Link to application is available on the homepage announcement.
Didactic lectures and small group practical sessions will be given on the following topics:
Human Nutrition
Nutritional Physiology
Molecular Nutrition
Nutritional Assessment
Nutritional Biochemistry
Health Policy and Nutrition
Micronutrient Interventions
Ethics in Nutrition and Global Health
Nutrition in Humanitarian Emergencies
Principles of Biostatistics
Survey Methods and Data Analysis
Epidemiologic Research Methods
Nutritional Epidemiology
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Obesity & Chronic Disease Epidemiology
Scientific Manuscript & Proposal Development
Using Internet to Extract Evidence

For more information, please visit the St. John’s Research Institute website.

Related publication:

Innovations in nutrition education and global health: the Bangalore Boston nutrition collaborative

Authors : Kuriyan R, Griffiths JK, Finkelstein JL, Thomas T, Raj T, Bosch RJ, Kurpad AV, Duggan C

Publication Year: 2014