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Coluthur Gopalan

Coluthur Gopalan

Dr Coluthur Gopalan FRS


Elected: 1987


Coluthur Gopalan had useful and important contributions to our knowledge of protein requirements of humans; the mechanism of famine oedema; the basic deficiency of kwashiorkor and marasmus; lactation in undernourished women; and food toxins. He showed that aflatoxin produces hepatic carcinoma in primates. His suggestion that amino acid imbalance may be one cause of pellagra has been supported by recent work. Coluthur played an outstanding part in building up the Indian National Institute of Nutrition since it moved to Hyderabad in training nutritional scientists and in applying advances in nutrition to India and other developing countries.

Dr Coluthur Gopalan FRS died on 3 October 2019.


  • Blackett and Jagdish Chandra Bose Memorial Lectures

    On 'The changing epidemiology of malnutrition in a developing society'.

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