President, India Diabetes Research Foundation, India
Dr Ambady Ramachandran is President of India Diabetes Research Foundation (IDRF) and Chairman of Dr A Ramachandran’s Diabetes Hospitals. He has contributed extensively for diabetes care and epidemiological research in India for more than three decades.
He was qualified in Medicine at JIPMER, Pondicherry, India. His postgraduate medical qualifications include MD – General Medicine Madras Medical College, Chennai, Post- Doctoral Fellowship in Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Nebraska Medical Centre, USA, PhD at University of Madras, DSc at Dr MGR Medical University, and Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, London and Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh.
IDRF has been established by Dr Ramachandran based on his extensive experience as a scientist and researcher in the field of diabetology. He has published more than 300 research papers till date.
The Indian Diabetes Prevention Programme conducted by him has contributed significantly to the understanding of the preventive methodologies specifically effective in the Indian population. Series of urban and rural epidemiological studies taken up by Dr Ramachandran and his team have resulted in a wealth of knowledge on various aspects, the pathogenesis, risk factors and temporal changes in the prevalence of diabetes, pre-diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors in India.
He was the recipient of the best investigator award by World India Diabetes Foundation (WIDF) based in US (2011). He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for his research into diabetes prevention in India by South Asian Health Foundation (SAHF), UK (2011). He was awarded as Thomson Reuters Research Excellence–India Citation Award (2015) in Medicine.
He is Visiting Professor in the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom. He is also Regional Editor of Diabetic Medicine (UK) and serves on the Editorial Board for Diabetes Care (USA), Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease and Practical Diabetes International.