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Shweta Khandelwal PDF Print

Research Scientist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, PHFI


shwetakhandelwal Shweta Khandelwal, a trained public health nutritionist, has a doctorate in Human Nutrition from the University of Delhi as well as a second Master’s degree in Public health (distance learning) from LSHTM, UK. Shweta has also completed a 2 year NIH sponsored D43 postdoctoral fellowship (Evaluation Grade: A/Excellent) from Emory University, Atlanta and Centre for Chronic Disease (CCDC), New Delhi. At PHFI she has significantly contributed to the development and supervision of the online academic initiative in Public Health Nutrition for the last 4 years (March 2010- March 2014). She is involved in curriculum development, upgradation and teaching (Major areas: Nutrition epidemiology, Health promotion). As a part of capacity strengthening (in nutrition) initiatives, Shweta has been the Course Director of the International Training seminar on Nutrition Epidemiology series (http://www.ccdcindia.org/nutriepitraining.php) in New Delhi for the past four years. She is also the Lead, capacity building arm, as a part of the DFID-funded international project (of which PHFI is one of the 7 partner institutions) called “Transform Nutrition” (www.transformnutrition.org/). She is the recipient of Government of India, Dept of Science and Technology’s Young Scientist Award to examine the impact of prenatal Docosahexanoic acid (DHA) supplementation on newborn anthropometry. Additionally, she has served as a co-investigator on a couple of research projects (salt intake in India, trans fats, diet and inflammation, etc).

She is a UGC-NET qualified researcher who received Junior and Senior research fellowships to complete her doctoral thesis by the Delhi University. Her thesis work revolved around analyzing the effect of dietary factors (in particular, omega 3 fatty acids and plant sterol-esters) on the cardiovascular risk factors. She graduated from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar and later went to the SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai where she got her Masters’ degree in Food Science and Nutrition with high academic honours.

Shweta has been conferred many prestigious awards like the “Significant Contribution Award” from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (Jan 2014), Young Scientist Award 2009 in Experimental Nutrition (by the Nutrition Society of India, NIN), Dr. K.U. Naram Award for securing first rank in the M.H.Sc. in 2004-2005 from S.N.D.T. University, Mumbai, Dr. Dhirajlal Dhanjibai Shah Memorial Prize (First prize) for securing the highest G.P.A. in the Foods and Nutrition Deptt in M.H.Sc. in 2005, The Association of Scientists and Technologists (India) Bombay Chapter Prize for standing first in 2004-2005 in Post Graduate Deptt of Foods and Nutrition, S.N.D.T. University, Mumbai. She has recently been selected as a part of the first cohort of World Heart Federation’s Ëmerging Leaders Programme for global CVD prevention.

Areas of Interest:

  • Life-course nutrition epidemiology especially investigating the role of early life nutrition in adult life non-communicable diseases.
  • Capacity building in public health nutrition in developing countries

Select Publications:

  • Trichopoulou, A, Martinez-Gonzalez, MA, Tong, TY, Forouhi, NG, Shweta Khandelwal, Prabhakaran, D, Mozaffarian, D, de Lorgeril, M. Definitions and potential health benefits of the Mediterranean diet: views from experts around the world. BMC Med. 2014; 12:112.
  • Shweta Khandelwal and Anura Kurpad. Nurturing Public Health Nutrition Education In India. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2014 Mar 19. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2014.42 Web link: http://www.nature.com/ejcn/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ejcn201442a.html
  • Shweta Khandelwal, Tanusree Paul, Lawrence Haddad, Surbhi Bhalla, Stuart Gillespie, Ramanan Laxminarayan. Postgraduate Education in Nutrition in South Asia: A Huge Mismatch Between Investments and Needs. BMC Medical Education 2014, 14: 3 Web link: http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1472-6920-14-3.pdf
  • The WCRF International (Shweta Khandelwal listed as a co-author). Food, nutrition, diet and non-communicable diseases: Key reasons to consider NCDs in policies to address major nutritional challenges. WCRF Nov 2013.
  • Shweta Khandelwal and K Srinath Reddy (2013) Eliciting a policy response for the rising epidemic of overweight-obesity in India. Obesity Reviews 2013; 14 (suppl 2): 114-125.
  • Shweta Khandelwal, Karen Siegel and KM Venkat Narayan. “Nutrition Research in India: Underweight, stunted or wasted? Global Heart 2013, 8(2):131-137.
  • Shweta Khandelwal, R. Malik, D. Prabhakaran, K.S. Reddy. Impact of omega-6 fatty acids on cardiovascular outcomes: A review. Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 2013, 2(3), 325-336.
  • Shweta Khandelwal, R. Shidhaye, Isabelle Demonty, Ramakrishnan Lakshmy, Ruby Gupta, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, and Kolli Srinath Reddy. Impact of omega-3 fatty acids and/or plant sterol supplementation on non-HDL-cholesterol levels of dyslipidemic Indian adults. Journal of Functional Foods 2013, 5(1), 36-43
  • Shweta Khandelwal, R. Shidhaye, D. Prabhakaran, K.S. Reddy. Impact of plant sterols, fish oil omega-3s and their combination on HDL-C in Indian adults. Circulation 2012, 125(19), e912.
  • Shweta Khandelwal, Radhika Dayal, Meenakshi Jha, Sanjay Zodpey and K Srinath Reddy. Mapping of Nutrition teaching and training initiatives in India: Need for Public Health Nutrition. Public Health Nutrition 2012, 15(11): pp 2020 2025
  • Shweta Khandelwal, Mark Huffman, Seema Shah, Sandeep Kishore and Karen Siegel (2011). Non-Communicable, Chronic Disease Training and Education Needs in India: Perspectives from Young Professionals. Global Heart 2011, 6(4), 195-99
  • Shweta Khandelwal, I. Demonty, P. Jeemon, R. Lakshmy, R. Mukherjee, R. Gupta, U. Snehi, D. Niveditha, Y. Singh, H.C.M. van der Knaap, SJ. Passi, D. Prabhakaran, K.S. Reddy. Independent and interactive effects of plant sterols and fish oil omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids on the plasma lipid profile of mildly hyperlipidemic Indian adults. British Journal of Nutrition 2009; 19: 1-11.
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