Role: Group leader
Department: Public Health and Primary Care, Department of
Organisation: University of Cambridge
I am broadly interested in evaluating the interplay between various environmental (eg, foods and dietary contaminants), blood based (eg, vitamin D and fatty acids) and genetic factors to confer subsequent risk of cardiovascular disease. I have a special interest in international public health involving low- and middle income countries. I am the lead PI of the 16,000-participant BRAVE case-control study of acute MI in Bangladesh, the 100,000-participant population-based BELIEVE study in Bangladesh, the 10,000-participant population-based SHINES study in Sri Lanka, and more recently, the 5,000-participant MAVERIK case control study of acute MI in Malaysia (underpinned by a MRC/Newton Fund grant). These studies, among other aspects, are investigating potential roles of environmental factors and their health consequences. Comprehensive evidence expected from these large-scale studies should contribute importantly to scientific understanding, to the development of locally appropriate public health strategies to prevent and control the disease, and to the efficient use of scarce health resources for vascular prevention in low-income countries. I also established and currently lead a Global Public Health module within Department of Public Health and Primary Care in Cambridge.