Nayak, Uma, Ph.D.

NayakInstructor, Public Health Sciences
Ph.D., Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswavidyalayam, India

P.O. Box 800717
Tel: +1 434-982-3749
Fax: +1 434-982-1815
UHW/MSB, Room 6131 L

Research Interests:
Assist in design and conduct of clinical trials in research areas that have significant Public Health relevance in the US and developing countries

Research Description:

My experience in the fields of operational research and field based clinical research management, began in India, and spans 24 years. My research focus has been in the area of infant and maternal nutrition that has significant Public Health relevance, particularly understanding the complex relationships between malnutrition and infections. I was able to test and implement innovative methods to improve nutrition-related behavior that may have great influence on the nutritional status of the community. Recent research experience includes managing and coordinating phenotypic data for large scale International collaborative trials such as NIH supported multi-centric clinical trials to prevent transmission of HIV from Mother to Infant in India, Ethiopia and Uganda; NIE funded Age-related eye diseases study; Malnutrition and Enteric Diseases study in Bangladesh; NHLBI-funded ACCORD project to study the renal biomarkers in Type 2 diabetic participants and NIH-supported research on type 2 diabetes in African Americans living in the Sea islands of coastal South Carolina and Georgia. In this capacity, I act as a liaison between on-site study personnel and data coordinating centers in the US, in order to effectively implement the study procedures and data management.

As a member of the research faculty at the Center, I am involved in management of study procedures and data for the ongoing research study to understand and identify the “Biological markers associated with nutritional deficiency, susceptibility to infectious diseases and performance of vaccines among young infants” currently underway in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Kolkata, India. In collaboration with the Biomedical Informatics department at Public Health Sciences, I am assisting in developing an Electronic Data Capture and Data Management Module to promote a secure web-based data entry system to allow online review of data quality, study progress and generate summary reports.

Selected Publications:

  • Harjot K Singh, Gupte, N., Kinikar, A., Bharadwaj, R., Sastry, J., Suryavanshi, N., Nayak, U., Tripathy,S., Paranjape, R., Jamkar, A., Bollinger, R. Gupta, A and Swen India Study Team (2011) “High Rates of All-cause and Gastroenteritis-related Hospitalization Morbidity and Mortality among HIV-exposed Indian Infants”, BMC Infectious Diseases, 11:193.
  • Six Week Extended-Dose Nevirapine (SWEN) Study Team. (2008). “Extended-dose nevirapine to 6 weeks of age for infants to prevent HIV transmission via breastfeeding in Ethiopia, India and Uganda: an analysis of three randomized controlled trials”. Lancet 372: 300-313.
  • G Sinha, Choi, J., Nayak, U., Gupta, A., Nair, S., Gupte, N., Bulakh, P.M., Sastry, G., Deshmukh, S.S., Khandekar, M.K., Bhore, A.V., Melinkeri, R.R., Kulkarni V.P., Bhosale R.A., Naphade, P.R., Bharucha, K.E., Phadke, M.A., Kshirsagar, A.S., Bollinger, R. (2007) “Clinically-significant anemia in HIV-infected pregnant women in India is not a major barrier to zidovudine use for prevention of maternal-to-child transmission. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 45(2): 210-217.
  • A Gupta, Gupte, N., Bhosale, R., Kakrani, A., Kulkarni, V., Nayak, U., Thakar, M., Sastry, J., Bollinger, R. (2007) “ Low Sensitivity of Total Lymphocyte Count as a Surrogate Marker to indentify AntePartum and PostPartum Indian Women who require Antiretroviral Therapy. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 46 (3): 338-342.

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