Professor Shah Ebrahim BM BS MSc DM FRCP

Honorary Professor Public Health


I studied medicine at Nottingham University (1970-5), including an inter-collated degree in community medicine, and obtained an MSc in epidemiology from LSHTM in 1981, and a DM in 1985, holding a Wellcome Trust fellowship in clinical epidemiology during this time.  I trained in primary care and subsequently in geriatric medicine and have held chairs in geriatric medicine (London & Barts 1989-92), clinical epidemiology (Royal Free, 1992-1998), and epidemiology of ageing (University of Bristol, 1998-2005). I am a visiting fellow at the University of Bristol and visiting professor at University College London.  I am co-editor of the International Journal of Epidemiology and  coordinating editor of the Cochrane Heart Group.  I chaired the Wellcome Trust Populations & Public Health funding committee (2005-7) . I was a non-executive board member of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) (2005-8) and am a member of the NICE Internatinoal advisory committee. In 2008 moved to New Delhi following awards of Wellcome Trust grants to work with Public Health Foundation of India to build capacity for public health activities and to establish a South Asia Network for Chronic Disease research. I joined LSHTM in October 2005.  I retired in May 2014 and continue to edit the International Journal of Epidemiology, do work for NICE International and support research and teaching at LSHTM.




I currently teach extended epidemiology and public health courses when I am in London.


I set up the British Women's Heart & Health Study, a cohort of over 4000 women in 23 British towns, in 1998 which mirrors the design of the British Regional Heart Study of men, on which I also work. This study has generated a large body of work on the life-course determinants of insulin resistance, and with George Davey Smith, I am currently using Mendelian randomization designs to examine the unconfounded effects of environmental factors on risk of common diseases. I am also interested in the ways migration influences the development of cardiovascular risk factors. I ran a large Wellcome Trust funded capacity building programme in India in conjuction with the Public Health Foundation of India from 2008 to 2014. 

Research areas

  • Ageing
  • Public health
  • Systematic reviews


  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Life-course epidemiology
  • Medicine

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Non-communicable diseases


  • South Asia


  • India
  • Singapore
  • Thailand

Other interests

  • mHealth
  • migration and health
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