Reader in Clinical Epidemiology

About Sanjay Kinra

Searching ways to help individuals and communities to prevent and better manage obesity, diabetes and heart disease.


I am a Clinical Epidemiologist with education and work experience in Paediatrics, Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine. I work mainly in India (Public Health Foundation of India) and the UK, dividing my time between the two. I have emerging collaborations in Brazil (Bahia University) and USA (Duke and Stanford Universities), where I am a Visiting Faculty. I am also clinically active (Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Obesity) at the University College London Hospital, where I work with a team of colleagues to help very overweight children and adolescents to manage their weight and live healthier lives.

My research is focussed on finding innovative low-cost and sustainable solutions to help individuals (education and behaviour change interventions) and communities (local environmental change through community mobilisation) to prevent and/or better manage nutrition and lifestyle related diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. I am particularly interested in understanding the potential of mobile/information technology and web 2.0 in delivery of such interventions.

In addition to my academic and clinical responsibilities, I hold a number of leadership positions, notably:

a) Director of the Andhra Pradesh Children and Parents Study, which is a large community based household cohort study in rural India that seeks to understand the biological and societal determinants of chronic diseases in urbanizing India and develop innovative solutions to address them (http://apcaps.lshtm.ac.uk/).

b) Member of the Drugs and Technologies Appraisals Committee of NICE (UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence; http://www.nice.org.uk/).

c) Scientific Director of the PHFI (Public Health Foundation of India)-UK Universities Consortium Program funded by the Wellcome Trust to build research capacity at PHFI (http://wtp-india-ukc.com/).

d) Director of the Research Degrees Program for LSHTM's Department of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology.






I teach on the Masters Degree Program in Epidemiology and supervise doctoral students interested in research in the areas of nutrition and lifestyle related diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Those interested in aetiological and intervention research are particularly encouraged, as are those interested in the applications of technology.



My research is focussed on understanding the individual and societal drivers of nutrition and lifestyle related diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart diseases, and to use that knowledge to help individuals and communities to prevent and better manage these conditions. I am increasingly interested in developing innovative solutions aimed at helping the individuals directly (behaviour change interventions) and through their communities (mobilisation for local environment change). I enjoy the challenge of developing low cost and sustainable solutions for resource-limited settings, and to that end, I am currently trying to explore the potential role of mobile/information technology and web 2.0. I believe in holistic approach to medicine and seek ways to integrate western medicine with traditional therapies such as Yoga and Ayurveda.

Some examples of my current research include:

a) A community based cohort study in rural India aimed at understanding the biological and societal drivers of chronic diseases in urbanizing India and developing appropriate interventions to tackle them (http://apcaps.lshtm.ac.uk/).

b) Multicenter randomized clinical trials of yoga-based cardiac rehabilitation in India and the UK to investigate whether yoga can provide a low cost solution to rehabilitation of patients after heart attacks and prevent further attacks and deaths

c) Programme of research aimed at finding solutions to prevent and treat childhood and adolescent obesity in the UK (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/promise).


Research areas

  • Adolescent health
  • Behaviour change
  • Health promotion
  • Mobile technologies
  • Social and structural determinants of health


  • Epidemiology
  • Life-course epidemiology
  • Medicine
  • Nutrition

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic disease
  • Diabetes
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Obesity


  • Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
  • Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
  • North America
  • South Asia


  • Brazil
  • India
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Other interests

  • Adolescents
  • Behavioural And Cultural Change
  • Cohort Studies
  • Community Mobilisation
  • Health Technologies
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • NCDs-Intervention Research
  • Neighborhood effects; built environment;
  • Paediatrics
  • Southeast Asia
  • Web-Based Health Education
  • Wellcome Trust
  • brazil
  • built environment
  • children
  • clinical epidemiology
  • complementary therapies
  • diabetes
  • epidemiology
  • evidence into policy
  • itegrative medicine
  • mHealth
  • nutrition
  • nutritional epidemiology
  • obesity comorbidities
  • preventive cardiology
  • social entrepreneurship
  • yoga
  • young people
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