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Karnataka Lingayat Education Society was established in 1916 by seven dedicated teachers — the “Saptharishis” or Seven Seers — with the starting of an anglo-vernacular school. The visionary leadership of its Chairman, Dr. Prabhakar B. Kore, since 1983, has enabled the society to grow into a multi-faceted organization imparting quality and value based education in all fields. KLE today has more than 16,000 dedicated staff working in 250 institutions catering to the needs of over 125,000 students and has the unique distinction of being permitted to start the first deemed-to-be-university in the health sciences and the first private technological university in North Karnataka. KLE University is placed in Category A by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and accredited at the A level by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.

KLE University’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum established in 1963 has emerged as an outstanding center of excellence in medical education, health care services and community based research for testing evidence-based interventions to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes. JNMC has forged research collaborations with a number of national and international universities /institutions and conducted research with support of World Health Organization, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research, other NIH agencies, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, American Academy of Pediatrics, Gynuity Health Projects, Thrasher Research Fund and the UK Medical Research Council. The research areas relate to: postpartum haemorrhage; active management of third stage labour; skilled birth attendance; home-to-hospital continuum of emergency obstetric and newborn care; factors influencing adverse pregnancy outcomes including hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and preterm birth; preconception maternal nutrition and fetal growth; HPV-HIV association in cervical cancer; management of birth asphyxia; infant nutrition; and early home-based education for optimizing childhood growth and development. It has also implemented a population-based Maternal Newborn Health Registry to monitor mortality/morbidity trends over time. The results of these research studies have impacted public health policy, both nationally and globally.

International Conference on Maternal and Newborn Health Research- A KLE Centenary Event (March 5- 6, 2016)

An International conference on Maternal and Newborn Health Research was organized to commemorate the Centenary of the KLE Society. The conference has brought together leading experts from around the world to debate priority research areas besides providing evidence from a number of completed and ongoing research projects focused on reducing maternal and newborn mortality/morbidity from postpartum hemorrhage, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, birth asphyxia, and preterm birth. It has provided  an opportunity to review the regulatory environment pertaining to the conduct of clinical research as well, the results of which can have a global impact on the health of women and children. We would like to thank all for making this conference a huge success.

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