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National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad

National Institute of Nutrition
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Motto "To achieve optimal nutrition of vulnerable segments of population such as women of reproductive age, children, adolescent girls and elderly by 2020"
Established 1918 (Coonoor)
1958 (Hyderabad, Telangana, India)
Research type Public
Field of research
Director Thingnganing Longvah
Address Jamai-Osmania
Location Hyderabad, India
Campus Urban, Tarnaka
Affiliations Dr. N.T.R. University of Health Sciences
Operating agency

The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) is an Indian Public health, Biotechnology and Translational research center located in Hyderabad, India. The institute is one of the oldest research centers in India, and the largest center, under the Indian Council of Medical Research, located in the vicinity of Osmania University. The institute has associated clinical and pediatric nutrition research wards at various hospitals such as the Niloufer Hospital for Women and Children, the Government Maternity Hospital, the Gandhi Medical College and the Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad.

The National Centre for Laboratory Animal Science (to be integrated into the National Animal Resource Facility for Biomedical Research), and the Food & Drug Toxicology Research Centre, National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau are the other wings of NIN, for India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The institute also derives funding from the Indian Department of Biotechnology. The institute majorly conducts research in obesity, diabetes, food chemistry, dietetics, drug toxicology, and micronutrient deficiency in collaboration with centers such as the Rockefeller University, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Washington University, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the U.S.. and the University of Wollongong in Australia.

  • Assessed dietary intake of individuals, house holds and nutritional profiles of different communities through periodic surveys of NNMB in 10 states.
  • Suggested strategies to identify high risk pregnancies in rural areas of India. These were included in the National Reproductive and Child Health Program.
  • Demonstrated TheraCyte Pancreatic Islet Transplantation technology in Primates and Rodents.
  • Commercially delivered double fortified Salt - Tata Salt Plus, priced at an economical rate of Rs 20 per kg, is an iodine plus iron fortified salt, developed by double fortification technology. This technology was offered to Tata Chemicals under a long-term MoU after due studies on bio-availability across the population strata conducted and published by NIN.
  • Exploded the protein myth and highlighted calorie gap as the major bottleneck for healthy growth of childrem.
  • Developed simple and sensitive biochemical indicators for assessment of vitamin nutritive and pathogenic mechanisms of various nutritional deficiency syndromes.
  • Established growth norms for Indian children.
  • Emphasized the importance of growth monitoring for early diagnosis and appropriate management of protein energy malnutrition.
  • Generated database on nutritive values of over 650 Indian foods, which is used by various national organizations, planners and academic research institutions
  • Formulated Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for Indians.
  • Developed food based Dietary Guidelines for Indians.
  • Developed National Nutrition Surveillance system (NSS-Triple A cycle of Assessment, Analysis and Action) to serve as an early warning system about nutrition problems.


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