Dr.N.Retnakumari, (Professor of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry and Clinical Epidemiologist) was born on 31st May 1957 at Kollam in Kerala (India). She has been currently serving as Principal, of pioneer Government Dental College in Kerala State located in the Capital city, Trivandrum, now affiliated to the Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS). She was graduated from Government Dental College, Trivandrum, affiliated to the University of Kerala in 1979 and joined the Government Dental College, Trivandrum as faculty in April 1980. She was deputed by the Government of Kerala for undergoing MDS Degree in Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry and she secured the Degree in1986 from the College of Dental Surgery, Manipal, affiliated to University of Mangalore . She acquired her M.Phil degree in Clinical Epidemiology in 1999 by undergoing the coursework at Government Medical College, Trivandrum affiliated to University of Kerala, under the financial support from Rockefeller Foundation, USA. Dr.N.Retnakumari was the first Dental Professional in Kerala to secure M.Phil degree in Clinical Epidemiology. In addition to her services as Professor of Pediatric Dentistry in Government Dental Colleges in Kerala for more than 20 years, she served as Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at Garyonious Government University, Benghazi, Libya for one year during 2009-10. She has published 41 Research articles in various International and National Journals and authored two books in local language with a view to creating public dental health awareness. She has authored several popular articles published by the leading dailies and periodicals in Kerala. She was able to secure the merit award and trophy for the Best Research Paper presented in the National Conference of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry(1988); merit award and trophy for the e Best Scientific Article published in Kerala Dental Journal (2002); and the Star Pedodontics award of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
Early childhood caries, preventive dentistry, pediatric endodontic, restorative materials pulpotomy medicaments, root canal filling materials ,clinical epidemiology.