South Asia research groups and projects


The South Asia Regional Advisory Group was set up to bring together academics working in different disciplines but with a shared interest in the South Asian region: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives. Below are some of the projects that group members are involved with.

Projects and collaborations

South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network
The South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN) aims to foster and coordinate a research partnership between South Asian and international research groups interested in infant and young child nutrition.

Institutions for Food Security
This Australian Research Council Discovery Project is concerned with how vulnerable rural populations in the developing world are navigating the global food crisis. The project involves a team of Australian researchers, including Sydney economic geographer Associate Professor Bill Pritchard, who is working with Indian partners to develop a framework that explains what causes risks to food security, and offers practical insights for policy-makers.

Molecular marker technologies for faster wheat breeding in India – Phase 2
This project is headed by Professor Richard Trethowan and provides a conduit between the developers of molecular marker technology and Indian and Australian wheat breeders. The new program, largely focussed on genomic selection, is jointly funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and the Indian Council for Agricultural Research, reflecting the importance of these collaborative arrangements to both countries.

Improving blood pressure (BP) control using a simplified treatment strategy
High blood pressure is a major contributor to heart disease and other related issues in India. Combining two or more blood pressure lowering drugs in a single tablet has been shown to be an effective treatment. This research project, led by Professor Anushka Patel from The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney, will investigate whether the use of a simplified three-in-one low dose pill can improve blood pressure control in patients with mild to moderate high blood pressure.