Sumantra Ray



Shumone is a Medical Doctor and Registered Public Health Nutritionist, with interests in nutrition, cardiovascular disease and medical education.

Since 2008 he has been Founding Chair and Executive Director of the NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health.

From 2010-2012 Shumone was an NIHR Public Health Fellow and Corfield Scholar at Selwyn College Cambridge. Following this from 2010-2018, he also held a Senior Clinician Scientist position with the Medical Research Council focussing on nutrition and vascular studies, in addition to functioning as UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey Lead Clinician (Public Health England).


In 2015 Shumone was elected as a governing body Fellow of Wolfson College and a Senior Clinical Tutor at the University of Cambridge. Also in 2015, 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. Also in 2017, he became Co-Lead of a University of Cambridge Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Flagship Project in India on education, empowerment and entrepreneurship leading to improved human nutrition, health and wellbeing.


In 2018 he was appointed as Course Director in Nutrition Science at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education. Also in 2018, Shumone became the Founding Co-Chair, along with the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Group, of BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health.


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.




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.


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