Professor Sanjay Kinra


Head of Department


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44(0)20 7927 2088

+44(0)20 7927 2282

I am a clinical epidemiologist. My research is aimed at understanding the risk factors of obesity, diabetes and heart disease in emerging economies such as India, and developing low-cost and scale solutions for prevention and management of these conditions in low-resource settings. A particular interest is in leveraging mobile and other digital technologies for data collection and disease managment. I currently have research projects in India, Thailand, Malaysia, Uganda and Brazil. In India, I direct a longstanding field site called the Andhra Pradesh Children and Parents Study, which is following a large cohort of individuals in rural and urbanising India to understand the biological and societal risk factors of chronic diseases and develop innovative solutions to address them ( I am also involved in UK policy making through my membership of the NICE (UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence; committee for appraisal of new medicines.




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

Selected Publications

Yoga programme for type-2 diabetes prevention (YOGA-DP) among high risk people in India: a multicentre feasibility randomised controlled trial protocol.
Chattopadhyay K; Mishra P; Singh K; Harris T; Hamer M; Greenfield SM; Lewis SA; Manjunath NK; Nair R; Mukherjee S
BMJ open
Effectiveness and safety of Ayurvedic medicines in type-2 diabetes management: a systematic review protocol.
Chattopadhyay K; Panniyammakal J; Biswas TK; Heinrich M; Lewis SA; Greenfield SM; Tandon N; Kinra S; Leonardi-Bee J
JBI evidence synthesis
Effect of supplemental nutrition in pregnancy on offspring's risk of cardiovascular disease in young adulthood: Long-term follow-up of a cluster trial from India.
Kinra S; Gregson J; Prabhakaran P; Gupta V; Walia GK; Bhogadi S; Gupta R; Aggarwal A; Mallinson PAC; Kulkarni B
PLoS medicine
Relative contribution of diet and physical activity to increased adiposity among rural to urban migrants in India: A cross-sectional study.
Kinra S; Mallinson PAC; Cresswell JA; Bowen LJ; Lyngdoh T; Prabhakaran D; Reddy KS; Vaz M; Kurpad AV; Davey Smith G
PLoS medicine
Childhood socio-economic conditions and risk of cardiovascular disease: results from a pooled sample of 14 011 adults from India.
Mallinson PAC; Lieber J; Bhogadi S; Kinra S
Journal of epidemiology and community health
Personal exposure to particulate air pollution and vascular damage in peri-urban South India.
Ranzani OT; Milà C; Sanchez M; Bhogadi S; Kulkarni B; Balakrishnan K; Sambandam S; Sunyer J; Marshall JD; Kinra S
Environment international
Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type-1 infection associated with sarcopenia: community-based cross-sectional study in Goto, Japan.
Yamanashi H; Nobusue K; Nonaka F; Honda Y; Shimizu Y; Kawashiri S-Y; Izumida M; Kubo Y; Tamai M; Nagata Y
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