Dr Narendra Kumar Arora
Executive Director, International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN) Trust International, New Delhi, India
Professor Arora is a pediatrician extensively involved in policy-making, programme planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programmes at national and international level. He has been the Principal Investigator/co-investigator in over 60 major research projects funded by national agencies (Department of Science and Technology, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India, All India Institute of Medical Sciences) and international agencies (WHO, UNICEF, US Agency for International Development, World Bank, INCLEN).
Professor Arora has established SOMAARTH Demographic Developmental Environment Surveillance Site in Palwal district, Haryana, a cross-sectoral initiative to develop novel, innovative and real world solutions that help create healthier, more prosperous and sustainable communities.
He is the Principal Investigator of five sites, the ICMR Obesity Task Force, investigating the distribution of body fat in 6–18-year-old children and determinants of childhood obesity in India. The study will lead to development of reference curves to indicate body fat cut offs that could predict unacceptable cardio-metabolic risk factors in childhood.
Professor Arora is also Principal Investigator of the ICMR-Canadian Institutes of Health Research collaborative study ‘Brain to Society’ project in Palwal to contain the prevalence of chronic diseases through trans-disciplinary, trans-sectoral and networked approaches for healthy lifestyle and eating habits.
He is currently the Co-chair of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) and Scientific Advisory Group, Reproductive and Child Health Division of the ICMR, Member of the National Advisory Group on Immunization of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and South-East Asia Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group and the Chairperson of National Adverse Events Following Immunization Committee.
He has extensively contributed in the development of training and health education tools for primary health care, and has participated in various public health education programmes. He is the recipient of various prestigious awards and distinctions for academic excellence and research endeavours.