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Professor Prabhakaran Dorairaj is an expert in cardiology and epidemiology. He holds a distinguished position as the Vice President of Research and Policy at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). Concurrently, he serves as the Executive Director of the Centre for Chronic Disease Control in New Delhi, India, and holds a professorship in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK. Prof. Dorairaj leads the Center for Control of Chronic Conditions at PHFI, a collaborative initiative involving the Public Health Foundation of India, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, and Emory University. This centre focuses on groundbreaking research in the prevention of chronic diseases, particularly in India and the developing world.

His extensive research portfolio encompasses mechanistic studies aimed at understanding the heightened susceptibility of Indians to cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Prof. Dorairaj is actively involved in translational research and the development of human resources to address CVD challenges. Recognised for his expertise, he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in the UK, a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences in India, and an Adjunct Professor at Emory University. Additionally, he serves on the Executive Council of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and chairs the International Society of CVD Epidemiology and Prevention (ISCEP). Prof. Dorairaj has secured funding from prestigious entities such as NHLBI, Wellcome Trust, the European Commission, and various other international and national funding bodies.

With a commitment to education, Prof. Prabhakaran Dorairaj has mentored over 40 post-doctoral and doctoral students. His scholarly contributions include authorship of numerous chapters and more than 375 academic papers, reflecting an impressive H index of 61. Notably, he assumes the lead editor role for the Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Related Disorders volume of Disease Control Priorities, Third Edition.Find out more about Dr Prabhakaran Dorairaj here.

About the Show

Have you ever thought about the air you breathe and its impact on your health? Brace yourself for a revelation – air pollution isn’t just a smoggy inconvenience; it’s a silent instigator of major health issues, including cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. It’s time to take a deep breath and let Professor Prabhakaran Dorairaj shed light on this critical matter in this episode of “Health and Wellbeing.”

In this enlightening conversation, esteemed Professor Dorairaj, a renowned expert in cardiovascular health, demystifies the complexities surrounding heart health. He provides deep insights into why the South Asian community, particularly Indians, struggle with a higher predisposition to diabetes and heart diseases. Brace yourself to delve into the crux of the issue as he reveals the alarming prevalence of central adiposity, often manifested as that stubborn potbelly, which is disproportionately high among Indians.

But here’s the startling revelation: amidst the whirlwind of daily life, we often neglect a substantial risk factor lurking in the air we breathe. Air pollution, the silent assailant, plays a crucial role in escalating health concerns. While immediate action is necessary, policymaking is intricate, and changes occur progressively.

Be sure to tune in as Professor Dorairaj unravels the secrets to combating air pollution, both on a governmental level and through individual efforts. Discover the “Golden Rule of 80” that is key to a healthier, cleaner future. 

The air is charged with insights, and as you ponder the revelations, you may find yourself questioning the very breaths you take.

Produced by Global Indian Series for the Global Indian Network.
Script by Rajan Nazran
original idea: Rajan Nazran

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