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Professor Sumantra Ray

Professor Sumantra Ray

MRC-EWL Senior Medical Advisor & Senior Clinician Scientist

Research Interests

Sumantra (Shumone) Ray is a Licensed Medical Doctor as well as a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health), with special interests in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Medical Nutrition Education. He works at the MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory as Senior Medical Advisor (Head of the Volunteer Studies and Clinical Services Facility) and Senior Clinician Scientist (Principal Investigator for the Nutrition and Vascular Studies Platform) as well as UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey Lead Clinician (Honorary Consultant in Nutrition with Public Health England). He is a Governing Body Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.

Previously a Senior Clinical Research and Teaching Fellow at The Institute of Cardiovascular Research in Dundee, Scotland, Shumone also held a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Fellowship and was a Corfield Scholar at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge. In 2008, he became the Founding Chair of NNEdPro and is responsible for the Nutrition/Hydration Education and Leadership for Improved Clinical/Public Health Outcomes (NELICO) initiative, now spanning a number of countries.

In 2010, Shumone co-established the Nutrition Education Review/Research Interests Group at the Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine (responsible for Nutrition teaching across Years 3-6 of Undergraduate Medicine in Cambridge), where he was subsequently elected to the title of University of Cambridge Senior Clinical Tutor by the Faculty Board in recognition of contributions to Medical Nutrition Education. Shumone is also a Course Supervisor for the University of Cambridge taught MPhil degree in Public Health (MPH). Additionally, he is an Honorary NHS Senior Clinical Fellow at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge; a member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Royal College of Physicians and the Institute of Clinical Research; an elected Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the Royal Society for Public Health and the American College of Nutrition; a committee member of the American Society for Nutrition; a task force member of the British Nutrition Foundation; an Ambassador for the Nutrition Society; and a registration committee member of the Association for Nutrition (AfN) as well as co-chair of the Healthcare Specialism working group of the AfN. Shumone is a longstanding elected officer of the British Medical Association's Medical Academic Staff Committee, an Expert Committee Member under the National Research Ethics Service (England) and is an external reviewer for the European Food Safety Authority as well as the World Health Organization.

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). Under his leadership, the NNEdPro Group won the 2015 Complete Nutrition Outstanding Achievement Award and in the same year, Shumone also received an honorary appointment as Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo in Canada. In 2016, Shumone was awarded an Adjunct Senior Research Fellowship at Griffith University in Australia, and was also appointed as Visiting Professor in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London and NNEdPro was a finalist and runner-up in the 2016 BMJ Awards. Most recently, Shumone has published the Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Healthcare Research aimed at strengthening basic research skills across the global health-related workforce.


Endocrinology ; clinical trials ; epidemiology

Key Publications

McCotter, L., Douglas, P., Laur, C., Gandy, J., Fitzpatrick, L., Rajput-Ray, M., Ray, S. (2016). Hydration education: Developing, piloting and evaluating a hydration education package for General Practitioners. BMJ Open.

Sayegh, M., Tsiountsioura, M., Page, P., Del Rio, D., Ray, S. National Safety Associates nutritional supplementation trial of fruit and vegetable extracts and vascular function (NNTV): Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial (2016) Trials, 17 (1), art. no. 67. Online

Bresciani, L., Calani, L., Cossu, M., Mena, P., Sayegh, M., Ray, S., Del Rio, D. (Poly)phenolic characterization of three food supplements containing 36 different fruits, vegetables and berries (2015) PharmaNutrition, 3 (2), pp. 11-19. Online

Ray S et al (2015). Can antioxidant-rich blackcurrant juice drink consumption improve photoprotection against ultraviolet radiation?British Journal of Dermatology

Ray S, Rajput-Ray M, Ball L, Crowley J, Laur C, Roy S, Agarwal S, Ray S. Confidence and Attitudes of Doctors and Dietitians towards Nutrition Care and Nutrition Advocacy for Hospital Patients in Kolkata, India. Journal of Biomedical Education. 2015 May 4; 2015.

Crowley, J., Ball, L., Laur, C., Wall, C., Arroll, B., Poole, P., & Ray, S. (2015). Nutrition guidelines for undergraduate medical curricula: a six-country comparison. Advances in medical education and practice, 6, 127.

Ray, S., Laur, C. & Golubic, R. (2014) Malnutrition in healthcare institutions: a review of the prevalence of under-nutrition in hospitals and care homes since 1994 in England Clin Nutr 33: 5, 829-835.

Ball, L., Crowley, J., Laur, C., Rajput-Ray, M., Gillam, S. & Ray, S. (2014) Nutrition in Medical Education: Reflections from an initiative at the University of Cambridge J Multidiscip Healthc 7: 209-215.


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