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Sumantra Ray

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Sumantra (Shumone) Ray is a Licensed Medical Doctor as well as a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health), with special interests in Nutrition Education in Health Systems and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention. Since 2008 he has been Founding Chair and Executive Director of the NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health. In 2018 he became the Co-Founder and Chair of BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health.

Shumone was cross-appointed in Cambridge as a Governing Body Fellow of Wolfson College (2015-2020) and Co-Lead for the Food, Nutrition and Education Work Package for the TIGR2ESS Programme in India (2017-21) led by the University of Cambridge and supported by UK Research and Innovation's Global Challenges Research Fund. Additionally, Shumone holds a fractional personal chair appointment as Professor of Global Nutrition, Health and Disease at Ulster University as well as several honorary/visiting professorial appointments more widely including Imperial College London in the UK. Over 2017-19 he was appointed as Course Director in Nutrition Science at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.

 

From 2008-10 Shumone was an NIHR Public Health Fellow and Corfield Scholar at Selwyn College Cambridge. Following this from 2010-18, he also held a Senior Clinician Scientist position with the Medical Research Council focussing on nutrition and vascular studies, heading up a dedicated experimental medicine facility for human nutrition studies and also functioning as the Lead Clinician for the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey (c/o Public Health England) as well as working clinically at Cambridge University Hospitals. From 2010-2018 Shumone led undergraduate Nutrition teaching in the Cambridge clinical/medical curriculum and he was a University of Cambridge Senior Clinical Tutor from 2015-18.

In 2013, Shumone received the Josephine Lansdell award from the British Medical Association in support of work in the area of Nutrition and Cardiovascular Prevention. In 2014, he was elected to the award of Honorary Lifetime Associateship by the council of the British Dietetic Association (BDA). Shumone was also elected as Deputy Chairman of the 2015 BMA Conference of Medical Academic Representatives (COMAR). In 2015 Shumone was elected as a governing body Fellow of Wolfson College. In the same year, NNEdPro won the Complete Nutrition Outstanding Achievement Award and Shumone was appointed as Adjunct Professor at University of Waterloo in Canada as well as receiving a Griffith University Visiting Fellowship from Australia. In 2016, Shumone was appointed as Visiting Professor at Imperial College London as well as Ulster University in Northern Ireland and NNEdPro was a finalist and runner-up in the 2016 BMJ Awards.

 

Also in 2016, Shumone published the Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Healthcare Research aimed at strengthening basic research skills across the global health-related workforce and became Programme Director for the Cambridge Summer School in Applied Human Nutrition. In 2017 Shumone was elected to an Honorary Professorial Fellowship at the University of Wollongong Australia whilst NNEdPro won the Medical Nutrition Industry International Award in conjunction with the European Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. In 2018, Shumone became the Founding Chair, along with the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Group, of BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health. He was also invited to lecture at the University of Brunei Darussalam under their 'Eminent Visiting Professorship' scheme in 2018.

 

In 2019, Shumone has also been appointed as a presidential Council Advisor at the University of Parma School of Advanced Studies on Food and Nutrition. Most recently, in 2019, he was appointed as Honorary International Dean to the Cordia Colleges in India and recognised through an invitation to speak as an 'International Visiting Professor' to the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. From December 2018 to July 2019 Shumone served part-time as a Consultant on a special assignment to the Nutrition Directorate of the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva leading on the development of a strand of work in nutrition and healthcare capacity building within the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-25.

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Recognitions & achievements

• Co-Founder, BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health

 

• Professor of Global Nutrition (Health & Disease), Ulster University, UK

 

• Project Co-Lead (INDIA) & Advisor (LATAM), UKRI Global Challenges (2017-2021)

 

• Lead Clinician, UK National Diet & Nutrition Survey (2013-2018)

 

• Senior Clinician Scientist & Senior Medical Advisor, Medical Research Council (2010-2018)

 

• Course Director, Human Nutrition, Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education (2018-19)

 

• Consultant, Nutrition Directorate, World Health Organization HQ in Geneva (2018-19)

 

• Lead Senior Clinical Tutor, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine (2015-18)

 

• Adjunct Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada (2015-19)

 

• Visiting Professor, Imperial College London, UK

 

• Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Wollongong, Australia

 

• Expert Member, Cambridge Central, National Research Ethics Service

 

• Honorary Consultant, Public Health England

Research Interests

 

The principal aim of Shumone's work is to improve nutrition-related health outcomes by training professionals, strengthening research, implementing solutions and addressing inequalities, in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and the Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025.

 

This includes:

 

• Developing, delivering and evaluating evidence-informed education and training in nutrition and health as well as capacity building and mentoring of tomorrow’s trainers.

 

• Undertaking primary nutrition research through basic science, human interventions, population studies and evidence syntheses to inform health policy and practice.

 

• Seeking implementation strategies to embed good nutrition practices into health systems across sectors through action-orientated research and solution-focused consulting.

 

• Closing the nutrition and health related inequalities gap through lean innovation and empowerment of marginalised populations with a focus on lower income settings.

 

• International Knowledge Application Network in Nutrition 2025

(I-KANN-25) to promulgate high quality and scalable medical nutrition education achieving sustained impact in global healthcare systems.

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Funding

 

Sumantra Ray has been involved in successful grant funding of approximately £28M either as a principal applicant, co-applicant or named advisor over a period of 15 years.