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Prof Nishi Chaturvedi
170 Tottenham Court Road
Tel: 02076799431
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  • Professor of Clinical Epidemiology (Cardiometabolic Disease)
  • MRC Unit for Lifelong Hlth & Ageing
  • Population Science & Experimental Medicine
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
I obtained my first degree in medicine at London University in 1985, and then went on to specialist training in general medicine, public health and epidemiology.  My post-doctoral positions were held at the Department of Epidemiology at UCL.  I was appointed to a chair of clinical epidemiology in the National Heart & Lung Institute at Imperial College London in 2000.  I returned to a chair in clinical epidemiology in the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at UCL in 2014.  
Research Themes
Research Summary

My main areas of interest are the aetiology, mechanisms of disease and modes of prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, with a specific focus on ethnic minorities both in the UK and abroad. 


I lead the Southall and Brent REvisited (SABRE) study, a tri-ethnic population based cohort of Europeans, South Asians and African Caribbeans aged 40-69 years at inception between 1988-91.  This cohort has been followed for 25 years, funded by the Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, MRC and Diabetes UK.  This cohort identifies the 3-4 fold excess risks of diabetes in minority ethnic groups.  Both South Asians and African Caribbeans have elevated stroke risk compared to Europeans, and South Asians also have excess heart disease.  Paradoxically, heart disease rates in African Caribbeans are half that of the general population.  Re-study of the cohort includes detailed vascular imaging, including echocardiography, ultrasound and MRI, and metabolic phenotyping including metabolomics, epigenetic and genetic studies.  The focus of investigation now is disease and health in older age.  


I have a portfolio of activity of non-communciable disease in countries of origin of migrants to the UK, which includes aetiological and interventional work. 


I performed a leading role in the largest observational cohort of people with type 1 diabetes (EURODIAB), and in clincal trials to prevent or slow complications in diabetes (DIRECT and EUCLID).  




Teaching Summary
I have taught undergraduate and post-graduate students in the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and have supervised a number of PhD students
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