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Shweta Khandelwal, a nutrition epidemiologist, has a doctorate in nutrition (University of Delhi) and two post-graduation degrees (SNDT Mumbai and LSHTM, UK). She is currently pursuing her Wellcome-DBT Alliance fellowship (Dec 2015-2020) assessing the role of pre- and post-natal omega-3 supplementation in improving offspring neurodevelopment in India (DHANI trial).
At PHFI, Shweta led the development, roll-out and supervision of the online academic initiative in Public Health Nutrition (2010-2014). Her current postgraduate teaching includes courses on public health nutrition, nutrition epidemiology and health promotion. As a part of capacity strengthening initiatives, Shweta has been the Course Director of the International Training seminar on Nutrition Epidemiology series for the past several years. Shweta has also served as the Lead, capacity building arm, as a part of the DFID-funded Transform Nutrition project (2011-2015). Shweta has been awarded several other research fellowships and grants in the past including NIH-sponsored D43 postdoctoral fellowship (2010-2012), Dept of Science and Technology’s Young Scientist Award (2013); Wellcome Trust funded Career Development Research Fellowship (2014-2015) and Emerging leader in the area of cardiovascular prevention by the World Heart Federation (2014). Shweta is and has served on expert panels of FSSAI and taskforces of Ministry of health on public nutrition issues. (2015, 2017, 2018). She has contributed about 40 peer reviewed publications. Shweta regularly advocates about public nutrition via op-eds, blogs or interviews in leading media platforms.
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 as well as Dr. Dhirajlal Dhanjibai Shah Memorial Prize for stellar academic records.
2018 Member, Task Force on Identifying Cost Effective Interventions for addressing leading causes of DALYs
2018 Member, Task Force on “Balanced and Healthy Diets” under Implementation Framework for National Health Policy, 2017
2017 Member, Expert group on reducing high fat, sugar and salt foods (HFSS) by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), GoI
2015 Member, Expert Group on the Salt, Sugar and Fats panel constituted by FSSAI, MoHFW, GoI
Research Summary and Interests
Dr Shweta Khandelwal is a trained public health nutritionist and her current research (as Fellow, India Alliance) is focused on exploring the role of prenatal omega-3 fatty acids (DHA) supplementation on neurodevelopment of Indian infants. Shweta is also interested in studying the nutrition epidemiology of cardiovascular disease risk factors among the Indian population. Shweta is also very passionate about capacity building in Public Health Nutrition (PHN) in India.
Areas of Expertise
- Public Health Nutrition
- Non-Communicable Diseases(NCDs) and Injuries
- Clinical Trials
- Research Methods
- Qualitative Research
- Systematic Reviews
Other Areas of Expertise