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Prasanna  Nair

Prasanna Nair M.B.B.S., M.P.H.

Academic Title: Professor Emeritus
Primary Appointment: Pediatrics
Location: 737 W. Lombard Street, 116
Phone: (410) 328-2533
Fax: (410) 706-0653
Cell: (410) 932-2580 (pager)

Personal History:

  • Completed medical education (MBBS) and one year postgraduate training at Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi University
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP)
  • Masters of Public Health (MPH) at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Director of the UMMC Community Pediatric Center from 1975-1985
  • Director of SPICE clinic (for HIV exposed Infants) from 1986 to the present
  • UMMC Pediatric Clerkship Director from 1986-2001

Research Interests:

  • Pediatric HIV
  • Mother to infant transmission
  • Prenatal drug exposure and developmental outcome

Clinical Speciality:


Grants & Contracts:

  • Children & Youth Project, 606A (Title V) Community Pediatric Center: 1975 - 1985
  • National Center on Child Abuse & Neglect (NCCAN)(HSS) Prevention of Abuse and Neglect in Infants of Chemically Dependent Mothers, 1987 - 1993
  • National Institutes of Drug Abuse: (RO1 DA-07432) (PI) Enrichment Program for Drug Abusing Women and Their Infants, 1991 - 2003
  • Co- Investigator: National Institutes of Drug Abuse: (RO1 DA-021059)  Adolescent Brain and Behavioral Development, 2005- 2011 
  • Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study Initiative (PHACS) SMART (Surveillance & Monitoring of Anti-Retroviral Toxicity), 2006- 2010


Nair P, Schuler, M.E, Black MM, Kettinger, LA., Harrington, D.: (2003) Cumulative Environmental Risk in Substance Abusing Women: Early Intervention, Parenting Stress, Child Abuse, and Child Development. Child Abuse & Neglect. 27:997-1017.

Nair P, Black MM, Keane V, Schuler M. (2005) Cognitive and Academic Performance: Six to Seven years after Prenatal Heroin and Cocaine Exposure. Poster presentation Pediatric Academic Societies, April 22, 2005.

Nair P: (2006) Child Maltreatment: A Clinical Guide and Reference; Comprehensive Photographic Reference Identifying Potential Child Abuse (Book Review). JAMA,  295: 564 - 566.

Nair P;  Black MM; Ackerman JP; Schuler ME; Keane VA. (2008) Children's Cognitive-Behavioral Functioning   at Age 6 and 7: Prenatal Drug Exposure and Caregiving Environment. Ambulatory Pediatrics 8 (3):154-162.

Ackerman,JP,  Llorente,AM, Black,MM, Ackerman,CS, Mayes, LA, Nair P (2008). The Effect of Prenatal Drug Exposure and Caregiving Context on Children's Performance on a Task of Sustained Visual Attention. J Dev Behav Pediatr 29:467-474.

Nair P, Black,MM, Candelaria M, Early Predictors of Resilience in School age Children of Drug Abusing Women, presented at the Poster presentation Pediatric Academic Societies, May 4 2009..

Mayes L., Candelaria, M, Ackerman, J, Nair P, Black M. (2008) A latent construct of the caregiving emotional environment among substance using mothers. Poster presentation Society of Behavioral Medicine's Annual conference March. 

DeBoer T, Kurup P, Salmeron B J, Ernst M,  Schweitzer J, Nair P, Black M. (2008) fMRI reveals long-term effects of prenatal drug exposure on visuospatial working memory during adolescence. Accepted for presentation at the APS Annual Convention in Chicago.

Nair, P.P., Kamra,A., Kessie, G., Chen, J., Fasano,A., Nair,P. (2011) : Markers of Inflammation and Lineage on Exfoliated Colonic Cells in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Gastrointestinal & Digestive System S8-001: 1-6.

Schweitzer,J.B., Riggins,T, Liang,X.,Gallen,C., Kurup,P.K. Ross,T.J., Black,M.M., Nair, P. , Salmeron, B.J. (2013) Prenatal Drug Exposure to Illicit Drugs Alters Working Memory-Related Brain Activity and Underlying Network Properties in Adolescence. Neuropsychopharmacology, submitted 12-2013