Dr Marko Kerac


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


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44(0) 207 958 8143

+44(0) 207 958 8111

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 (MRCPCH) 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.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Population Health


Centre for Evaluation
Centre for Global Chronic Conditions
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


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.


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:

  • Management of Acute Malnutrition in Infants aged <6 months (MAMI) - Projects in Malawi and now just starting in Bangladesh are building on work colleagues and I first started in 2008. Our highlight to date is contributing to the WHO "Nutrition and Growth Advisory Group" that led to infants <6m, for the first time, being included in 2013 WHO Guidelines for the Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition
  • Chronic disease outcomes following Severe Acute Malnutrition (ChroSAM study) - Following a cohort of children first admitted to "Moyo" nutrition ward, Malawi in 2006/7.
  • Improving the treatment of acute malnutrition - A number of projects including ones on: new formulation F75 milk; use of films in health; nutritional assessment and new assessment tools.


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 Area
Child health
Clinical guidelines
Clinical trials
Public health
Adolescent health
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
Chronic disease
Mental health
Least developed countries: UN classification
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Research Priorities to Improve the Management of Acute Malnutrition in Infants Aged Less Than Six Months (MAMI).
Angood, C. ; McGrath, M. ; Mehta, S. ; Mwangome, M. ; Lung'aho, M. ; Roberfroid, D. ; Perry, A. ; Wilkinson, C. ; Israel, A.D. ; Bizouerne, C. ; Haider, R. ; Seal, A. ; Berkley, J.A. ; Kerac, M. ; MAMI Working Group Collaborators, . ;
PLoS Med
Interpretation of World Health Organization growth charts for assessing infant malnutrition: a randomised controlled trial.
Ahmad, U.N. ; Yiwombe, M. ; Chisepo, P. ; Cole, T.J. ; Heikens, G.T. ; Kerac, M. ;
J Paediatr Child Health
The interaction of malnutrition and neurologic disability in Africa.
Kerac, M. ; Postels, D.G. ; Mallewa, M. ; Alusine Jalloh, A. ; Voskuijl, W.P. ; Groce, N. ; Gladstone, M. ; Molyneux, E. ;
Semin Pediatr Neurol
Follow-up of post-discharge growth and mortality after treatment for severe acute malnutrition (FuSAM study): a prospective cohort study.
Kerac, M. ; Bunn, J. ; Chagaluka, G. ; Bahwere, P. ; Tomkins, A. ; Collins, S. ; Seal, A. ;
PLoS One
Prevalence of wasting among under 6-month-old infants in developing countries and implications of new case definitions using WHO growth standards: a secondary data analysis.
Kerac, M. ; Blencowe, H. ; Grijalva-Eternod, C. ; McGrath, M. ; Shoham, J. ; Cole, T.J. ; Seal, A. ;
Arch Dis Child
Probiotics and prebiotics for severe acute malnutrition (PRONUT study): a double-blind efficacy randomised controlled trial in Malawi.
Kerac, M. ; Bunn, J. ; Seal, A. ; Thindwa, M. ; Tomkins, A. ; Sadler, K. ; Bahwere, P. ; Collins, S. ;
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