Research Interests: Global Health, Planetary Health, Climate Change, Cardiometabolic and other Non-Communicable Disease, Modifiable Lifestyle factors, COVID-19, Epidemiology, Nutrition, Oral Health, Health Promotion, Pregnancy outcomes, COVID-19.
Kaumudi Joshipura joined Ahmedabad University as the Dean of the School of Public Health and the Susmita and Subroto Bagchi Professor in Public Health in 2023. Professor Joshipura is also an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH). She served as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Endowed Chair and as Director of the Center for Clinical Research and Health Promotion (CCRHP) at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus.
Professor Joshipura has a Master's degree in Biostatistics and a Doctorate in Epidemiology from Harvard University (completed in a record time of two years). Her research (H-index 66) has focused on evaluating lifestyle factors, microbial and inflammatory markers, and other modifiable risk factors for cardiometabolic and other non-communicable diseases. Her recent work includes hurricane preparedness and COVID-19. She has mentored numerous students and faculty and led several NIH-funded projects, including cohort studies, a randomised controlled trial, and a mentoring grant.
She has served on several editorial boards and is currently the inaugural Chief Editor for an open-access Frontiers journal, now PubMed and Scopus indexed with over 1000 editors/reviewers. At HSPH, she developed and taught methodological and substantive courses, co-directed training grants. She is on the steering committee for the Master of Public Health programme in Epidemiology. She has served as an advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Association of Periodontology (AAP), and the World Health Organization (WHO). She is serving on the American Public Health Association advisory committee on Climate and Health Equity.
She focuses on identifying and promoting preventive measures that are free, low-cost, or cost-saving, and that can be adopted widely and globally. To this end, she founded a global public movement, "VMove" (read "We Move" https://www.vmovement.org/), to help individuals and organisations incorporate physical activity throughout the day. VMove, launched at a TEDx talk, aims to reduce the risk of several chronic diseases by promoting "CreActivity" (creative physical activity) in different settings to enable people to overcome barriers, change norms and move more throughout the day in a fun manner, and encouraging everyone to help spread and lead the movement. She has also written songs to translate research into action (to reduce sedentary time and single-use plastic). She is passionate about improving both human and planetary health and promoting wellness.
Professor Joshipura has established interdisciplinary research teams and projects and has been continuously funded by NIH and other agencies since 1993. Her recent research projects as Principal Investigator include the following:
Her publications have made a global impact, as evidenced by news coverage from CNN, Newsweek, Prevention, Forbes, UK Telegraph, and others.
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