Professor Shah Ebrahim


Honorary Professor
Public Health

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

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 stopped editing the International Journal of Epidemiology in 2016. I am a member of the Joint Global Health Trials funding committee and of the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance clinical and public health fellowship committee. I chair the Scientific Advisory Committee for the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, University of Bristol.


Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Centre for Global Chronic Conditions


I currently provide informal support to colleagues at LSHTM, examine PhD theses, and am exploring the role of the Cuban approach to medical education. I contribute to the new LSHTM Executive Programme for Global Health Leadership as a mentor.


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 pioneered 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. I am currently a co-investigator on a Wellcome, MRC, DfID Global Trials Initiative grant that is evaluating the effect of using non-physician health workers to provide hyertension servivces in rural Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. I am also an investigator on a DfID policy research programme grant exploring the competencies of South African doctors trained in Cuba and now returning to South Africa.

Research Area
Public health
Systematic reviews
Life-course epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
Cardiovascular disease
Non-communicable diseases
Sri Lanka
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)