Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta has many research interests. He leads large research groups based in Toronto, Karachi and Nairobi with a special interest in research synthesis, scaling up evidence-based interventions in community settings and implementation research in health systems. In particular, his work with community health workers and outreach services has influenced integrated maternal and newborn outreach programs for marginalized populations around the world.
In addition to his long-standing research interests in newborn and child survival, maternal and child undernutrition, early childhood development and micronutrient deficiencies, Professor Bhutta’s current research on adolescent and reproductive health has led to several major contributions to the evidence base, including publications in the Journal of Adolescent Health and The Lancet.
As well, Dr. Bhutta’s research has expanded to include trauma and injuries, studies of neglected tropical diseases such as typhoid fever and soil-transmitted helminths, and reviews on health in humanitarian crisis settings given the increase in refugee and displaced populations globally.