Dr Marko Kerac BSc MBBS DTM&H MRCPCH MPH MFPH PhD RNutr

Assistant Professor Public Health Nutrition & Course Director, Nutrition for Global Health MSc

Background

I joined LSHTM in September 2014 as a clinical lecturer in public health nutrition. I am a medical doctor by background and have long been interested in global health. Early experiences included undergraduate projects in Yugoslavia, Guyana, and India (in and around Delhi; my first RCT in a Calcutta street clinic); post-qualification work in Serbia, Bosnia and UK.

I initially trained in paediatrics in Plymouth and London before leaving the NHS in 2003 to work at the College of Medicine, Malawi. Most of that life-changing year I spent on “MOYO” ward, Queen's Hospital, Blantyre, one of Africa’s biggest and busiest nutritional rehabilitation units. Following a 2004-5 LSHTM MSc (PHDC) I returned to Malawi from 2005-8 to work on a PhD - again combining clinical work and teaching alongside research.  

From 2009-2014 I was a specialty registrar in public health in London. Academic posts, initially at UCL IGH and later as a NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer at the UCL Leonard Cheshire Disability & Inclusive Development Centre allowed me to maintain and develop my international work.

Affiliation

Centres

Teaching

I am Course Director for 'Nutrition for Global Health' MSc and coordinate the ‘Nutrition in Emergencies’ module in term 2.

I particularly enjoy supervising student projects and like to encourage policy/practice-relevant work which leads to experience presenting and publishing - adding to the far too sparse evidence-base underpinning my areas of research interest.

Research

My focus is on acute malnutrition. I was especially fortunate to enter the field when it was undergoing major changes from a clinically-focused to a more public-health-orientated model of care, Community Management of Acute Malnutrition. I was then, and still remain, inspired by the many individuals and organizations behind those changes: developing the evidence using good quality operational research as well as more 'formal' studies; encouraging effective research-policy-practice dialogue; pursing what’s realistic as well as idealistic; being aware that ‘the best’ can too easily become be the enemy of 'the good’.

My main recent and current projects include:

 

I am keen to explore interventions working across different disciplines (nutrition, health, mental health, social science, community & development work; behaviour change): viewing malnutrition not so much as a disease, but as a symptom of more complex underlying process and problems - at the level of the individual; within the carer-child relationship; within the wider family and community; within and between societies and countries.

Research areas

  • Adolescent health
  • Child health
  • Clinical guidelines
  • Clinical trials
  • Public health

Disciplines

  • Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Operational research

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Chronic disease
  • Disability
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Malnutrition
  • Mental health

Regions

  • Least developed countries: UN classification
  • South Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Countries

  • Bangladesh
  • Malawi

Other interests

  • Behavioural And Cultural Change
  • Breastfeeding
  • Child Development
  • Cohort Studies
  • Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition
  • Evidence-informed health policy making
  • Faith
  • Food And Agriculture
  • Growth
  • Member Of MARCH
  • Multidisciplinary
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