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 continue to do work for NICE International and support research and teaching at LSHTM.


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


Global Non-Communicable Diseases


I currently provide informal support to colleagues at LSHTM, examine PhD theses, and am exploring the role of the Cuban approach to medical education with a new medical school to be established at University of Lincoln, UK.


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
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Complex interventions to improve physical function and maintain independent living in elderly people: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Beswick, A.D.; Rees, K.; Dieppe, P.; Ayis, S.; Gooberman-Hill, R.; Horwood, J.; Ebrahim, S.;
Alcohol dehydrogenase type 1C (ADH1C) variants, alcohol consumption traits, HDL-cholesterol and risk of coronary heart disease in women and men: British Women's Heart and Health Study and Caerphilly cohorts.
Ebrahim, S.; Lawlor, D.A.; Shlomo, Y.B.; Timpson, N.; Harbord, R.; Christensen, M.; Baban, J.; Kiessling, M.; Day, I.; Gaunt, T.; Davey Smith, G.;
A common variant in the FTO gene is associated with body mass index and predisposes to childhood and adult obesity
Frayling, T.M.; Timpson, N.J.; Weedon, M.N.; Zeggini, E.; Freathy, R.M.; Lindgren, C.M.; Perry, J.R.B.; Elliott, K.S.; Lango, H.; Rayner, N.W.; Shields, B.; Harries, L.W.; Barrett, J.C.; Ellard, S.; Groves, C.J.; Knight, B.; Patch, A.M.; Ness, A.R.; Ebrahim, S.; Lawlor, D.A.; Ring, S.M.; Ben-Shlomo, Y.; Jarvelin, M.R.; Sovio, U.; Bennett, A.J.; Melzer, D.; Ferrucci, L.; Loos, R.J.F.; Barroso, I.; Wareham, N.J.; Karpe, F.; Owen, K.R.; Cardon, L.R.; Walker, M.; Hitman, G.A.; Palmer, C.N.A.; Doney, A.S.F.; Morris, A.D.; Smith, G.D.; Hattersley, A.T.; McCarthy, M.I.
C-reactive protein and its role in metabolic syndrome: mendelian randomisation study.
Timpson, N.J.; Lawlor, D.A.; Harbord, R.M.; Gaunt, T.R.; Day, I.N.; Palmer, L.J.; Hattersley, A.T.; Ebrahim, S.; Lowe, G.D.; Rumley, A.; Davey Smith, G.;
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