Professor Sanjay Kinra


in Clinical Epidemiology & Consultant Paediatrician (Childhood Obesity)


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44(0)20 7927 2088

+44(0)20 7927 2282

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 (

b) Member of the Drugs and Technologies Appraisals Committee of NICE (UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence;

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 (

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




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


Centre for Global Chronic Conditions


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 (

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 (


Research Area
Health promotion
Social and structural determinants of health
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Mobile technologies
Life-course epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
Cardiovascular disease
Chronic disease
Non-communicable diseases
United Kingdom
United States
Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
North America
South Asia

Selected Publications

Health Information Technology in Screening and Treatment of Child Obesity: A Systematic Review.
Smith, A.J.; Skow, Á.; Bodurtha, J.; Kinra, S.;
The impact of childhood obesity on morbidity and mortality in adulthood: a systematic review.
Park, M.H. ; Falconer, C. ; Viner, R.M. ; Kinra, S. ;
Obes Rev
Is relative leg length a biomarker of childhood nutrition? Long-term follow-up of the Hyderabad Nutrition Trial.
Kinra, S.; Sarma, K.V.; Hards, M.; Smith, G.D.; Ben-Shlomo, Y.;
Int J Epidemiol
Association Between Urban Life-Years and Cardiometabolic Risk: The Indian Migration Study.
Kinra, S.; Andersen, E.; Ben-Shlomo, Y.; Bowen, L.; Lyngdoh, T.; Prabhakaran, D.; Reddy, K.S.; Ramakrishnan, L.; Bharathi, A.; Vaz, M.; Kurpad, A.; Smith, G.D.; Ebrahim, S.; Indian Migration Study Group, .;
Am J Epidemiol
The effect of rural-to-urban migration on obesity and diabetes in India: a cross-sectional study.
Ebrahim, S.; Kinra, S.; Bowen, L.; Andersen, E.; Ben-Shlomo, Y.; Lyngdoh, T.; Ramakrishnan, L.; Ahuja, R.C.; Joshi, P.; Das, S.M.; Mohan, M.; Davey Smith, G.; Prabhakaran, D.; Reddy, K.S.; Indian Migration Study group, .;
PLoS Med
Sociodemographic patterning of non-communicable disease risk factors in rural India: a cross sectional study.
Kinra, S.; Bowen, L.J.; Lyngdoh, T.; Prabhakaran, D.; Reddy, K.S.; Ramakrishnan, L.; Gupta, R.; Bharathi, A.V.; Vaz, M.; Kurpad, A.V.; Smith, G.D.; Ben-Shlomo, Y.; Ebrahim, S.;
Metformin for obesity in children and adolescents: a systematic review.
Park, M.H.; Kinra, S.; Ward, K.J.; White, B.; Viner, R.M.;
Diabetes Care
Effect of integration of supplemental nutrition with public health programmes in pregnancy and early childhood on cardiovascular risk in rural Indian adolescents: long term follow-up of Hyderabad nutrition trial.
Kinra, S.; Rameshwar Sarma, K.V.; Ghafoorunissa, .; Mendu, V.V.; Ravikumar, R.; Mohan, V.; Wilkinson, I.B.; Cockcroft, J.R.; Davey Smith, G.; Ben-Shlomo, Y.;
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