Dr. Manjula Datta is a graduate of Stanley Medical College where she got her MBBS and DCH. She got her MD in Paediatrics from the Institute of Child health in Chennai. She later trained as Epidemiologist at McMaster University Canada where she secured a Masters in Design Measurement and Evaluation.. She is the first person from India to be trained in Clinical Epidemiology On return from the McMaster University, She established the Advanced Center for Epidemiology Research and Training in Both the Institute for Child Health and the Madras Medical College and facilitated the development of several research studies in these institutions. As a member of the INCLEN (The International Clinical Epidemiology Network) she was on the international coordinating team for the Leadership and Management Programme. Other international memberships are on child health at the CHNRI with the Global Forum for Health Research, and mentoring and partnership building at Canadian Coalition of Global Health Research (CCGHR). The Major part of her working career has been in the TRC, Now the National Institute for Tuberculosis Research. Her main interest is Tuberculosis and has worked on clinical trials, epidemiology, and program evaluation as well as HIV and TB. Her passion has always been Tuberculosis in children, and she has worked extensively on this. She has several award winning publications in TB . She established the Department of Epidemiology in the Tuberculosis Research Centre. (Now NIRT) She has been on the WHO Steering Committee on the Immunology of Tuberculosis. She now works as an independent consultant with the International Union against TB. She spent several years overseeing the Chingleput BCG Trial, and on completion of that project, converted the field unit into the department of Epidemiology of the TRC, which till this day remains a premium institution for Tuberculosis Epidemiology. After 27 years in the TRC, she was deputed to the Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University where she founded the Department of Epidemiology from scratch. This is mainly a research department, and works in the common problems of the peoples; but pays a lot of attention to building capacity in doing research. Through short courses in Research Methodology and critical Appraisal, she has trained over 800 doctors in research methods. She has also established Masters and doctoral programmes in Epidemiology. In her work with Non governmental 0rganizations a major achievement has been the community programme of the Kidney Help Trust which is an Evidence Based Inerventional Epidemiology programme. The programme builds on evidence from existing data and has developed a simple cost effective health care strategy for the community to prevent chronic kidney disease and other complications of Diabetes and Hypertension. ​ She has now set up an NGO devoted to Primary Health Care --- ASPIRE which stands for “A Society for Primary Health Care Intervention, Research and Education”. This NGO has completed a comprehensive health survey in 30 villages around the Nuclear Facility at Kalpakkam. They are now setting up model health care strategies for family based Primary care. A unit of ASPIRE is the Forum for TB Research which identifies unfilled gaps in TB. She is now an independent research consultant

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