Senior Lecturer in Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology

Sanjay Kinra's Background

I am a Clinical Epidemiologist trained in Paediatrics, Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine. I work mainly in India and the UK.

My research in India is mainly epidemiological and focussed on a) understanding the drivers of the non-communicable disease epidemic, in particular, the role of early life risk factors (both undernurtition and overnutrition in pregnancy and childhood), and b) studying the role of lifestyle changes associated with urbanisation and migration. More recently I am moving towards development and evaluation of appropriate public health interventions. I am also involved in building capacity for public health research and training in India, particularly through my role as the Scientific Director (UK) of the Wellcome Trust funded grant to enable faculty development at the Public Health Foundation of India. 

In the UK my research is directed towards improving the assessment and management of overweight children, both from a clinical and public health perspective. The clinical research program is based at the Weight Management Clinic at the University College London Hospitals Trust (where I practice as a Honorary Consultant in Paediatrics), while the public health research program (to improve the assessment, referral and management of overweight children in primary and secondary care) is spread across London and more widely. Along with my research, I supervise masters, doctoral and post-doctoral students at the London School of Hygiene & University College London Hospital. I also teach on the Masters degree program in Epidemiology, which I used to direct previously (2006-08).          


Sanjay Kinra's Affiliation

Research areas

  • Adolescent health
  • Behaviour change
  • Child health
  • Clinical trials
  • Complex interventions
  • Global Health
  • Globalisation
  • Health promotion
  • Migration
  • Mobile technologies
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Schools
  • Social and structural determinants of health
  • Systematic reviews


  • Epidemiology
  • Life-course epidemiology
  • Medicine

Disease and Health Conditions

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


  • East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
  • South Asia
  • World


  • Brazil
  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Other interests

  • Adolescence
  • Adolescents
  • Asia-Pacific region
  • Behavioural And Cultural Change
  • Biomarkers & Surrogate Markers
  • Body Composition
  • Cohort Studies
  • Developing countries
  • Ethnicity And Health
  • Medical research
  • Obesity,adolescent Health
  • Paediatrics
  • Public health
  • Southeast Asia
  • children
  • clinical epidemiology
  • complementary therapies
  • diabetes
  • epidemiology
  • global
  • global health
  • itegrative medicine
  • nutritional epidemiology
  • obesity comorbidities
  • preventive cardiology
  • yoga
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