Academy honour for anaemia researcher

Academy honour for anaemia researcher

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December 2022
WEHI’s Professor Sant-Rayn Pasricha has been honoured by the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences for his pioneering contributions to preventing and treating anaemia around the world.

Photo of Professor Sant-Rayn Pasricha
Professor Sant-Rayn Pasricha has been awarded
the Jian Zhou Medal by the Australian Academy
of Health and Medical Sciences.

Professor Pasricha received the Academy’s Jian Zhou Medal for his work leading the largest program of international trials for iron interventions in children and pregnant women in Bangladesh and Malawi.

The World Health Organization has translated Dr Pasricha’s research into health policies in more than 50 countries, in its efforts to halve the global prevalence of anaemia by 2025.

Anaemia affects two billion people worldwide, mainly in low and middle-income countries, where the condition remains one of the most avoidable causes of illness and death.

“I’m very grateful for this recognition of the public health, translational and discovery work of my team, which is working hard to improve health outcomes for the billions of people worldwide impacted by or at risk of anaemia,” he said

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Clinical worker with trial participant

Professor Sant-Rayn Pasricha and his team are undertaking a program of large randomised controlled trials in rural Bangladesh and Malawi to assess new solutions for anaemia control with the goal of improving maternal and child health, including pregnancy outcomes, maternal wellbeing, infection risk and child growth and development.

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WEHI’s anaemia research spans laboratory studies and international clinical trials.

Photo of mother and baby participating in a trial in Bangladesh

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated WEHI as the WHO Collaborating Centre for Anaemia Detection and Control, in recognition of WEHI researchers’ expertise in combatting anaemia.

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