Professor Sanjay Kinra
MBBS MD MRCP MSc PhD FFPH
Head of Department
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 (http://apcaps.lshtm.ac.uk/). I am also involved in UK policy making through my membership of the NICE (UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence; http://www.nice.org.uk/) committee for appraisal of new medicines.
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 (http://apcaps.lshtm.ac.uk/).
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 (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/promise).