Tahmeed Ahmed, MBBS, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Clinical Sciences Division
Dr. Ahmed is the Head of the Nutrition Programme and Senior Scientist in the Clinical Sciences Division of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). For the last 25 years, he has worked on treatments and public health measures for childhood malnutrition, childhood tuberculosis, and diarrheal diseases and developed a treatment protocol which resulted in a 50 percent reduction in case fatality among children admitted to the hospital with severe acute malnutrition. Dr. Ahmed was the director of the baseline survey for the National Nutrition Program done in 2005 and recently completed the World Bank-supported large multi-country project known as Mainstreaming Nutrition Initiative. Currently he is the Bangladesh site principal investigator of the multi-country Malnutrition-Enteric Diseases (Mal-ED) Project. This study is investigating the association between malnutrition, enteric diseases and cognitive development. As a member of the Nutrition Task Group in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Ahmed advises the Ministry on various issues related to nutrition. He is a Professor of Public Health Nutrition at the James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University and also teaches at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. A prolific researcher, he has more than 80 papers published in international journals and books.