• Affiliate Professor, Global Health
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Dr Tahmeed Ahmed is a clinician with a PhD and is the Senior Director of Nutrition & Clinical Services Division of icddr,b in Bangladesh. For the last 30 years he has been working on the management of childhood malnutrition, childhood tuberculosis, and diarrheal diseases. He developed a protocol for management of children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and diarrheal diseases, the implementation of which resulted in a 50 percent reduction in case fatality among hospitalized children. He has developed ready-to-use food from local food ingredients that can be used to prevent and treat severe malnutrition.

He was a member of the writing team for the Lancet nutrition series in 2008 and 2013. He is the Bangladesh site principal investigator of the multi-country Malnutrition-Enteric Diseases (MAL-ED) Project. This study investigates the association between malnutrition, enteric diseases and cognitive development. He is also leading a unique study called the BEED study that will validate non-invasive biomarkers of environmental enteric dysfunction with upper GI histology.

Dr Ahmed works closely with the Ministry of Health of Bangladesh, WHO, UNICEF and the International Atomic Energy Agency in research and training on nutrition. He has more than 200 papers published in international journals and books.

  • PhD (University of Tsukuba (Japan))
  • MBBS (Mymensingh Medical College)
Country Affiliations 
  • Bengali
  • English
Health Topics 
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition, Clean Water, and Food Security
  • Operations Research
  • TB

Ahmed T, Auble D, Berkley JA, Black R, Ahern PP, Hossain M, Hsieh A, Ireen S, Arabi M, Gordon JI. An evolving perspective about the origins of childhood undernutrition and nutritional interventions that includes the gut microbiome. Ann N Y Acad Sci 2014 Aug 12. [Epub ahead of print]

Ahmed T, Choudhury N, Hossain I, Tangsuphoom N, Islam MM, de Pee S, Steiger G, Fuli R, Sarker SA, Parveen M, West KP, Christian P. Development and acceptability testing of ready-to-use supplementary food made from locally available food ingredients in Bangladesh. BMC Pediatr 2014 Jun 27;14:164.

Subramanian S, Huq S, Yatsunenko T, Haque R, Mahfuz M, Alam MA, Benezra A, DeStefano J, Meier MF, Muegge BD, Barratt MJ, VanArendonk LG, Zhang Q, Province MA, Petri WA Jr, Ahmed T, Gordon JI. Persistent gut microbiota immaturity in malnourished Bangladeshi children. Nature 2014 doi:10.1038/nature13421.

Chisti MJ, Graham SM, Duke T, Ahmed T, Faruque ASG, Ashraf H, Bardhan PK, Shahid ASMSB, Shahunja KM, Salam MA. Post-discharge mortality in children with severe malnutrition and pneumonia in Bangladesh. PLoS One 2014 Sep 16;9(9):e107663

Hsiao A, Ahmed AMS, Subramanian S, Griffin NW, Drewry LL, Petri WA Jr., Haque R, Ahmed T, Gordon JI. Members of the human gut microbiota involved in recovery from Vibrio cholerae infection. Nature 2014 Sep 17. [Epub ahead of print]