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Coluthur Gopalan

Coluthur Gopalan, Indian nutritional biochemist (Salem, Tamil Nadu 29 November 1918 - Chennai 03 October 2019)

Studied Grierson-Gopalan syndrome
Burning feet syndrome. Indian Medical Gazette 81:22-26,1946. 

Showed the importance of breast-feeding for infant growth and also the effect of maternal dietary intake and nutritional status on breast milk composition 

Showed the role of pantothenic acid in the burning feet syndrome and the role of fatty acids in phrynoderma

Demonstrated the link between aflatoxicosis and hepatic carcinoma

Suggested the amino acid imbalance may be one cause of pellagra


The etiology of phrynoderma. Ind. Med. Gaz. 82:16-20, 1947 

The lathyrism syndrome. RSTMH-T 44:333-8, 1950

Some cutaneous disorders related to malnutrition. Ind. J. Dermatol. Venereol. Leprol., p. 2311-8, 1957 

With B. Belavady. Chemical composition of human milk in poor Indian women. Ind. J. Med. Res. 45:234-45, 1959

With B. Belavady. Effect of dietary supplementation on the composition of breast milk. Ind. J. Med. Res. 46, 1960

Possible role for dietary leucine in the pathogenesis of pellagra. Lancet 1:697-9, 1959  

With S.G. Srikantia. Leucine and pellagra. Lancet 2: 954-7, 1960

With S.G. Srikantia. Kwashiorkor and mental development. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 21:844, 1968

With T.V. Madhavan. Effect of dietary protein on carcinogenesis of aflatoxin. Arch. Pathol. 85:133-7, 1968

With K.S.J. Rao & S.G. Srikantia. Plasma cortisol levels in protein calorie malnutrition. Arch.Dis. Child 43:365-7, 1968

With S.G. Srikantia & L. Vasantha. Biochemical changes in the skin in kwashiorkor. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 23(1):78-82, 1970

With B. Yadgiri, V. Reddy, P.G. Tulpule & S.G. Srikantia. Aflatoxin and Indian childhood cirrhosis. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 23(1):94-8, 1970

Pellagra in sorghum eaters. Proceed. First Asian Congress of Nutrition, Hyderabad, p.661-9, 1972

With M.C. Swaminathan, V.K.K. Kumari, D.H. Rao & K. Vijayaraghavan. Effect of calorie supplementation on growth of undernourished children. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 26:563-6, 1973 

With Y.G. Deosthale. The effect of molybdenum levels in sorghum (Sorghum vulgare Pers.) on uric acid and copper excretion in man. Brit. J. Nutr. 31:451, 1974

With K.S. Jaya Rao. Pellagra and aminoacid imbalance. Vitam. Horm. 33:505-28, 1975  

With T.V. Madhavan. Effect of dietary protein on aflatoxin injury in weanling rats. Arch. Pathol. 80:123-6, 1975

With K. Krishnawamy. Famine oedema. Progr. Food Nutr. Sci. 1(3):207-24, 1975 

Vitamin A and child mortality. Bull. Nutr. Found India 11:1-3, 1990 

Vitamin A deficiency and childhood malnutrition. Lancet 340:177-8, 1992  

Kwashiorkor and marasmus: evolution and distinguishing features. Natl. Med. J. India 5(3):145-51, 1992 


President, International Union of Nutritional Sciences (1975-9)

International Union of Nutrition Sciences Award (1989)