Dr. Archana Patel is Professor and Head of the Department of Pediatrics at the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College in Nagpur, India. She is also Director of the Clinical Epidemiology Unit at the college and Vice President of the Lata Medical Research Foundation. She has been a post graduate and undergraduate teacher in pediatrics for 20 years and also heads the clinical unit in general pediatrics. She received many academic awards as a student. After receiving a MD in pediatrics and Diplomate in the national board, she completed her Masters in Clinical Epidemiology and a fellowship in clinical economics at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She has attended many workshops in epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and ethics at Tufts University and Georgetown University, and with the Office of AIDS research at NIH. She is now completing her PhD in community medicine and clinical epidemiology from the School of Medicine at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She has 60 international and national publications which include research interests with the highest impact on MDG 1 and 4 (Nutrition, diarrheal diseases, acute respiratory infection, neonatal health and environmental health). She has research grants funded from NICHD (site for the Global Network for maternal and child health research), Gates Foundation (Alive and Thrive), World Bank, WHO, UNICEF, USAID, AusAID, and the Wellcome Trust UK. Presently, she is working with the Indian Council of Medical Research, NIEH and the CDC in large intervention studies to assess and reduce the impact of indoor air pollution on maternal and child health. She is also a member of the International Pediatric Association (IPA) committee, recipient of IPA environmental health training and certified diplomat.
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