Dr. Nitya Wadhwa

Participant leader(s)

Dr. Nitya Wadhwa (Female): Dr Wadhwa is an Assistant Professor at the Translational Health Science & Technology Institute (THSTI) and Faculty In-charge of Clinical Development Services Agency. She was trained as a Pediatrician and is currently a clinical trialist. She has been engaged in clinical research for more than a decade. She works in the broad theme of maternal and child health with focus on finding solutions for reducing neonatal and young infant morbidity and mortality. Her research program is at the interface of interventions for early life infections and illnesses, micronutrients particularly zinc and host immune response. Her expertise lies in hospital based clinical studies especially clinical trials. She has been associated with several large multicentre clinical trials using zinc for treatment of various childhood illnesses, surveillance for H Influenzae B in tertiary hospitals, establishing a large cohort of pregnant women to find solutions for adverse pregnancy outcomes, and observational studies to understand the development and maturation of the neonatal and infant immune system. She is the Chief Investigator for a large multicountry multicentre clinical trial to test efficacy of adjunct zinc for treatment of young infant sepsis. She is credited with the development of revised guidelines for the management of diarrhoea in children for NRHM (2007). She was member of National Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) for Consensus Guidelines for treatment of Diarrhoea (2006) and Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (2006). She is instrumental in establishing the data management centre (DMC) at the Pediatric Biology Centre (PBC) of THSTI and runs the DMC for all studies being conducted and coordinated by PBC. She helped establish the Institutional Ethics committee for Human Research at THSTI and in the registration of the IEC with CDSCO. She was the founder member secretary of the THSTI IEC. She has authored many publications to her credit including one in Lancet and has co-authored chapters in text books.