Dr.R.Guha Pradeepa is Senior Scientist and Head of Research Operations at the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF), Chennai, India. She completed her Post Graduate in Food Service Management and Dietetics from Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore in 1987 and was awarded her Doctor of Philosophy from Madras University, Chennai in 2008. Her research interests include diabetes and its complications in epidemiological studies.
She has undergone training in “Diabetes and Cardiovascular Epidemiology” at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, U.S.A and an Intensive course on ‘Non-communicable diseases’ at the Copenhagen School of Global Health, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She is a recognized supervisor for guiding students leading to the award of the Ph.D. degree in University of Madras, Chennai. She has published 127 research articles in peer reviewed journals including Lancet., Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, Diabetes Care, Diabetes Medicine, Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, Metabolism etc., as well as 23 chapters in Textbooks.
She is a reviewer in various national and international journals including The Lancet Global Health, International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries, Heart Asia, Indian Journal of Medical Research. She is also an Editorial Board Member of the ‘Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders’ section of BMC Endocrine Disorders and member of the Institutional Human Ethical Committee, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University and Institutional Animal Ethical committee, MDRF. She is the member of Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI) and All India Ophthalmological Society [AIOS].
Dr. Guha Pradeepa has been involved in large epidemiological studies such as the Chennai Urban Population Study (CUPS), Chennai Urban Rural Epidemiology Study (CURES), Prevention, Awareness, Counselling and Evaluation [PACE] Diabetes Project and Cardiometabolic Risk Reduction in South Asia (CARRS) surveillance study.
She is also National Co-Principal Investigator of the Indian Council of Medical Research – India Diabetes (ICMR-INDIAB) Study, a large epidemiological study with a total sample size of 124,000, which will, for the first time, provide representative, population-based data on the prevalence of diabetes and pre-diabetes in both urban and rural India. She is also currently coordinating the Lifestyle InterVention in Gestational Diabetes (LIVING) trials, which is a lifestyle intervention program for the prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus among South Asian women with gestational diabetes mellitus. Dr.Guha Pradeepa will be contributing to the Digital Health intervention component of the NGHRU project.
Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, India
Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF), a unique 100% non-profit foundation, is an outstanding research centre established in 1996 in Chennai, South India. It is committed to research on diabetes and other non-communicable diseases utilizing the most advanced technology available. MDRF is designated as ICMR Centre for Advanced Research on diabetes and, a WHO collaborating Centre for Non-Communicable Disease, Prevention and Control. The foundation performs state-of-the-art clinical and biochemical techniques and computing skills making it one of the most advanced centers for diabetes research in Asia.