Professor Kalyanaraman Kumaran
MBBS, MSc, PG Cert, DM, FFPH
Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health
After completing my undergraduate medical degree in India, I was involved in the collaborative studies on the fetal origins of adult disease between the MRC Environmental Epidemiology Unit, Southampton and Holdsworth Memorial Hospital, Mysore between 1994 and 1998. I obtained a DM from the University of Southampton based on the work in Mysore. The success of the Mysore projects attracted funding for developing a new purpose built research centre. My interest in translating research into practice led me to undergo formal training in public health in the UK between 1999 and 2004. During this period, I obtained an MSc in Public Health, a postgraduate certificate in clinical education and the membership of the Faculty of Public Health, UK.
Between October 2004 and March 2012, I worked at consultant level in the UK for the Health Protection Agency, NHS Somerset and the Peninsula Medical School where my portfolio included clinical, management and teaching roles. I led on public health intelligence and clinical governance arrangements. I was involved in the development and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate public health teaching, and am an accredited service and academic public health trainer.
In 2012, I took up a post with the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, Southampton to be based mainly in India and work across the MRC and various Indian teams on collaborative projects relating to the developmental origins of health and disease. My role is to provide support to the setting up and management of teams for ongoing and future projects, and contribute to the development of future research strategy, acquisition of funding and translation of research evidence into public health practice and policy. I have since been closely involved in supporting a community-based pre-conceptional micronutrient supplementation trial to influence programming of diabesity in the next generation in Pune, and in the follow-up of children born in a pre-conceptional community-based supplementation trial of micronutrient rich food among slum dwellers in Mumbai. I am also the co- leader of a successful bid for a centre of excellence in Pune focussing on the ‘omics’ of fetal programming. In Mysore, I am involved in a multi-centre study examining environmental and genetic factors influencing externalising disorders, and in examining programming of stress responses in young adults. I am the Indian principal investigator of a multi-country longitudinal multi-faceted intervention study (the Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative), which involves nutrition, behavior change, hygiene and psychosocial interventions. My long-term interests include the application of multi-faceted, evidence-based population level interventions to improve fetal growth and long-term health using a lifecourse approach, and teaching and training initiatives.