Senior Research Associate – Global Cardiovascular Health
Telephone: +44 (0) 1223 748675
Rajiv is a qualified physician who was trained in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the University of Cambridge through an MPhil in Epidemiology (as a Commonwealth Scholar),and subsequently a PhD in Public Health with the support of a prestigious Gates Cambridge scholarship. Following completion of his PhD in 2013, Rajiv embarked on his current position of Senior Research Associate in Global Cardiovascular Health within this department. 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 in 2011.
Rajiv’s research interests are in evaluating individual and combined roles of environmental (foods and toxic metals), blood based (vitamin D, bone minerals and fatty acids), and their associated genetic factors that may influence the risk of cardiovascular disease in various ethnic groups. He also has a focused interest in global health involving low and middle income regions (such as South Asia) where he intends to set up large-scale collaborative epidemiologic and intervention studies. Rajiv is the lead PI of two pioneering collaborative research projects in Bangladesh: The Bangladesh Risk of Acute Vascular Events (BRAVE, a 10k participant case-control study) andBangladEsh Longitudinal Investigation of Emerging Vascular Events (BELIEVE, a more recent 25k prospective cohort study). He currently leads the Global Cardiovascular Health component of this Unit and also 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 Economist, The Guardian), fatty acids and stroke (NY Times, The Times, The Independent, 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, as well as leads the Global Health module which he founded in 2011. Additionally, Rajiv has given keynote lectures on concepts of Individual Participant Data (IPD) Meta-analysis, Global Health and Environmental Epidemiology in various universities and scientific workshops internationally (such as European Society of Cardiology and British Nutrition Society). Besides teaching, Rajiv enjoys academic web networking (he is the founder of an online discussion platform for epidemiologists and public health practitioners, with >50k current worldwide members).
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Sajjad A, Chowdhury R, Felix JF, et al. A systematic evaluation of stroke surveillance studies in low- and middle-income countries. Neurology 2013;80(7):677-84
Chowdhury R, Stevens S, Ward H, et al. Circulating vitamin D, calcium and risk of cerebrovascular disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur J Epidemiol.2012;27(8):581-91
Roy SK,….then 6 co-authors...and Chowdhury R. Zinc supplementation in children with cholera in Bangladesh: randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2008;336(7638):266-8.
* Contributed equally to the paper