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Anand Ahankari

Postgraduate Research Student, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences




  • Graduated in Dentistry (BDS), and then studied Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the University of Nottingham, UK.
  • Anand has successfully completed his PhD studies (PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health), and will graduate in December 2017. Research focus: 1) anaemia in adolescent girls and pregnant women in central India, 2) sex-ratio analysis to study female feticide, 3) Validation of non-invasive haemoglobin technology in Indian population.
  • Anand has a valuable experience of working across all stages of a research project (concept development, grant application, research proposal design, ethics, data collection, analysis and publication).
  • He handled a team of 4 full-time staff, and 34 healthcare workers, and also worked in both developing and developed country environments (total full-time work experience: 4 years).
  • Published 18 papers since 2012. Of those, 7 papers are from PhD dataset published in the first 40 months of the study period.
  • Awarded '2016 Tri-Campus Postgraduate Research Award' (Mr Andrew Henry Prize) following his contribution during PhD studies.
  • Total personal scholarship awards received: 57,600 GBP
  • Total project grants secured: 385,630 GBP
  • Previous honorary appointments (Research Fellow Panel-co lead and Scientific Advisor) with the NNEdPro, Cambridge (October 2015 to February 2017).

Teaching Summary

Anand's research interests involves maternal health, child health, adolescent health, tobacco control, and systematic review methods. He was selected for two teaching placements in 2015-16, and was… read more

Research Summary

Anand has submitted his PhD thesis and expected to secure the award in the next 2 months.

Project title: An Investigation of factors associated with adolescent health and pregnancy-related outcomes in women from Maharashtra state, India.

The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence (International) by the University of Nottingham funded the PhD tuition fees, and additional data collection cost was sponsored by the Maharashtra Foundation, USA. Halo Medical Foundation (HMF), India provided access and support for data collection activities. The aim of the proposed research is to identify factors associated with adverse pregnancy-related and reproductive health outcomes among women living in Marathwada region of Maharashtra state. The project used a prospective observational approach to investigate individual and community risk factors for being diagnosed with anaemia in population of pregnant women and adolescent girls living in 34 villages of Maharashtra state. Additionally, the study collected the birth registry records of Maharashtra state to analyse temporal changes in sex ratio at live birth over a period of last 32 years. The project setting was in an area within which, the non-governmental organisation, HMF coordinates a number of different health and social development program, and will thus was integrated in HMF's work specifically with the Anaemia Control Program (ACP).

The PhD was supervised by Dr Andrew Fogarty, Dr Puja Myles and Dr Laila Tata, based at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Recent Publications

Anand's research interests involves maternal health, child health, adolescent health, tobacco control, and systematic review methods. He was selected for two teaching placements in 2015-16, and was involved in academic teaching. He also participated in developing a pandemic health module at the university to understand opportunities to develop an interdisciplinary learning methods. He has experience of teaching and other support activities, where he was involved in the capacity of teaching assistant in 2012. He has contributed in 3 MPH dissertation projects between 2013 and 2016 (all published in peer reviewed journals).

Past Research

Previously Anand has worked on a systematic review to study effects of maternal hemoglobin on birth weight. On completion of MPH, he worked as a Research Associate on the project titled 'the epidemiological characteristics and infection dynamics of Clostridium difficile infection. He was further involved in conducting systematic review on maternal smoking and the risk of stillbirth in 2013. He also worked as a primary investigator for 'Flu India' (pilot project), implemented in Sholapur city, central India in collaboration and support with the University of Nottingham in 2014. He completed 'Maharashtra Anaemia Study' where 7 papers were published in the first 40 months of the PhD programme. He also contributed for publications with the NNEdPro, Cambridge where he had honorary appointments (October 2015 to February 2017). Through MPH student projects, he was involved in analysing large datasets from India on household air pollution and health issues of older population in the country.

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University of Nottingham
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