Hyderabad: Dr. G Bhanuprakash Reddy, Scientist-G and Head of the Biochemistry Division of ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition has been elected as the Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Science (NAMS), New Delhi. The honor is in recognition of his significant research contributions in the area of Molecular nutrition.
NAMS is a pre-eminent medical science academy that fosters and utilizes academic excellence as its resource to meet the medical and social goals of the country.
Dr. Reddy's research devoted to molecular nutrition of chronic non-communicable disorders is evidenced by more than 190 scientific publications in journals of repute. His recent analysis on Vitamin A status among under-five children in India led to a revision of the current universal vitamin A supplementation (VAS) policy to targeted state-based VAS programs.
The scientist reported the prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies, identified the factors associated with the adequacy of micronutrient intakes and developed biomarkers for assessing the micronutrient status. His work revealed the role of micronutrients and their influence on molecular processes involved in complications of diabetes.
He identified novel bioactive molecules from functional foods against diabetic complications. He developed animal models for studying the biology of nutrition and diabetes/obesity-associated complications. Dr Reddy has provided new insights into the structure, function, and expression of small heat shock proteins under hyperglycemic conditions and their modulation by nutritional factors.
Previously, several organizations of repute like ICMR, Department of Biotechnology, Gates Foundation and Scopus have conferred awards on Dr Reddy in recognition of his contributions to nutritional biochemistry and molecular nutrition. He is a fellow of many national and international academies like the National Academy of Sciences India (NSAI), Telangana Academy of Science, AP Academy of Sciences and Royal Society of Chemistry, UK.