University Lecturer in Global Health
Telephone: +44 (0) 1223 748675
Rajiv is a qualified physician who was trained in Epidemiology at the University of Cambridge through an MPhil in Epidemiology (as a Commonwealth scholar), and subsequently a PhD in Public Health (as a Gates Cambridge scholar). Following completion of his PhD in 2013, Rajiv joined this department and has embarked on a position of University Lecturer in Global Health (in Cambridge-equivalent capacity of Assistant Professor) and now co-leads the Global Health theme of the CEU. Rajiv has also received advanced training in Nutritional Epidemiology at the Imperial College London, in Genetic Epidemiology at the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences (as an Erasmus Fellow) and in Clinical Trials at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was elected a Fellow of the UK Royal Society for Public Health.
Rajiv’s research interests are in evaluating individual and combined roles of environmental (diet and toxic metals), biomarkers (bone minerals and fatty acids), and their associated genetic factors that may influence the risk of chronic non-communicable diseases in various ethnic populations. Rajiv has set up large-scale collaborative studies in low- and middle-income nations. He is the lead PI of several research projects in South Asia: The Bangladesh Risk of Acute Vascular Events (BRAVE, a 16k participant case-control study), BangladEsh Longitudinal Investigation of Emerging Vascular Events (BELIEVE, a 50k prospective cohort study), and Sri Lanka Health Intervention and Noncommunicable Events Study (SHINES, a recent health intervention study in Sri Lanka). He currently serves as a Country Expert in the Global Burden of Disease study. Rajiv has received significant global media attention for his research on the fatty acids and heart disease (BBC, CNN, NY Times, Time Magazine, The Guardian), fatty acids and stroke (NY Times, The Times, The Australian, CBC News), vitamin D and mortality (Reuters, NY Times) and Global Health initiatives (Dhaka Tribune, BDnews24, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, FAPESP Brazil). In 2013, Rajiv received the Bill Gates Senior Award for contributions to global health.
Rajiv sits on the departmental Admissions and the Management Committees for the MPhil courses in Epidemiology and Public Health in Cambridge, as well as leads the Global Health module which he founded in 2011. He also leads the Global Health Summer Course in Erasmus Medical University in the Netherlands and the Chronic Non-communicable Disease module in German Institute of Tropical Medicine in Berlin (Charité). Additionally, Rajiv has given keynote lectures on concepts of Epidemiology, Individual Participant Data Meta-analysis, and Global Health in various universities and scientific workshops internationally. Besides teaching, Rajiv enjoys academic web networking (he is the founder of an online discussion platform for epidemiologists and public health practitioners, with >30k current worldwide members).
Top 20 Publications
- Myocardial Infarction Genetics and CARDIoGRAM Exome Consortia Investigators (2016). Coding variation in ANGPTL4, LPL, and SVEP1 and the risk of coronary disease. N Engl J Med, 24;374(12):1134-44.
- Franco, O. H., Chowdhury R, Koromani, F., et al. (2016). Association between use of plant-based therapies and menopausal symptoms. JAMA, 315(23):2554-2563
- Vos, T., Barber, R. M., Bell, B., ………, Chowdhury, R. et al. (2015). Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 301 acute and chronic diseases and injuries in 188 countries, 1990-2013: A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet, 386(9995), 743-800.
- Zanoni, P., Khetarpal, S. A., Larach, D. B., ………, Chowdhury, R, et al. (2016). Rare variant in scavenger receptor BI raises HDL cholesterol and increases risk of coronary heart disease. Science, 351(6278), 1166-1171.
- BP Exome+ Consortium. (2016). Trans-ancestry meta-analyses identify novel rare and common variants associated with blood pressure and hypertension. Nat Gen 2016 (in press)
- Newton, J. N., Briggs, A. D., Murray, C. J., ………, Chowdhury, R. et al. (2015). Changes in health in England, with analysis by English regions and areas of deprivation, 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013.. The Lancet, 386(10010), 2257-2274.
- Forouzanfar, M. H., Alexander, L., Anderson, H. R., ………, Chowdhury, R. et al. (2015). Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 79 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks in 188 countries, 1990-2013: A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet, 386(10010), 2287-2323.
- Chowdhury, R., Alam, D. S., Fakir, I. I., et al. (2015). The Bangladesh Risk of Acute Vascular Events (BRAVE) Study: objectives and design. Eur J Epidemiol, 30(7), 577-587.
- Chowdhury, R., Harshfield, E., Harhay, M. N., Bergquist, H., & Harhay, M. O. (2015). Association of hypertension and hyperglycaemia with socioeconomic contexts in resource-poor settings: the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey. Int J Epidemiol, 44(5), 1625-1636.
- Sajjad, A., Chowdhury, R., Felix, J. F., et al. (2013). A systematic evaluation of stroke surveillance studies in low- and middle-income countries. Neurology; 80(7):677-84
- Chowdhury, R., Baena, C. P., Schio, N. A., et al. (2013). Ischaemic heart disease deaths in Brazil: Current trends, regional disparities and future projections. Heart, 99(18), 1359-1364.
- Chowdhury, R., Kunutsor, S., Vitezova, A., et al. (2014). Vitamin D and risk of cause specific death: systematic review and meta-analysis of observational cohort and randomised intervention studies. BMJ, 348, g1903.
- Chowdhury, R., Warnakula, S., Kunutsor, S., et al. (2014). Association of dietary, circulating, and supplement fatty acids with coronary risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med, 160(6), 398-406.
- Chowdhury, R., Stevens, S., Gorman, D., et al. (2012). Association between fish consumption, long chain omega 3 fatty acids, and risk of cerebrovascular disease: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ, 345, e6698.
- Chowdhury, R., Di Angelantonio, E., Sarwar, N., et al. (2010). Chronic kidney disease and risk of major cardiovascular disease and non-vascular mortality: prospective population based cohort study. BMJ, 341, c4986.
- Chowdhury, R., Khan, H., Heydon, E., et al. (2013). Adherence to cardiovascular therapy: a meta-analysis of prevalence and clinical consequences. Eur Heart J, 34(38), 2940-2948.
- Chowdhury, R., Stevens, S., Ward, H., et al (2012). Circulating vitamin D, calcium and risk of cerebrovascular disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur J Epidemiol, 27(8), 581-591.
- Shroufi, A., Chowdhury, R., Anchala, R., et al. (2013). Cost effective interventions for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in low and middle income countries: a systematic review. BMC Public Health, 13, 285.
- Jaspers, L., Colpani, V., Chaker, L., ………, Chowdhury, R. et al. (2015). The global impact of non-communicable diseases on households and impoverishment: a systematic review. Eur J Epidemiol, 30(3), 163-188.
- Muka, T., Imo, D., Jaspers, L., ………, Chowdhury, R. (2015). The global impact of non-communicable diseases on healthcare spending and national income: a systematic review. Eur J Epidemiol, 30(4), 251-277.