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Dr Ponnusamy Saravanan

Ponnusamy Saravanan

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Associate Clinical Professor & Honorary Consultant Physician

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Metabolic & Vascular Health
Room 20091
Warwick Medical School
CSB, UHCW NHS Trust
Clifford Bridge Road
Coventry
CV2 2DX
Tel: +44 24 7696 8568
Fax: +44 24 7696 8653
Email: P.Saravanan@warwick.ac.uk  

 


RESEARCH PROFILE


Sara mainly pursues 2 themes of research:

  • Understanding and prevention of adverse metabolic programming: The PRiDE study explores the role of novel factors in early pregnancy on the risk of Gestational Diabetes and cardio-metabolic risk of the offspring (PRiDE study). In addition to the PRiDE study, he is conducting a number of clinical studies involving normal and diabetes pregnancies in the UK, India, Kenya and Saudi Arabia. He is actively involved in mechanistic studies delineating the molecular mechanisms of nutritional imbalance.
  • Application of research evidence into clinical practice: For example, how best to implement the multi-factorial intervention in Diabetes, in particular in South Asian diabetes. He also actively pursues on developing and implementing "systems" that drives and delivers high quality of individualised, integrated care in diabetes at low cost.

His other interests are:

  • Health inequalities in South Asians and other BME population - Role of diet, lifestyle, behaviour & psychological aspects in Diabetes.


BACKGROUND


Dr Ponnusamy Saravanan (known as Sara) was appointed as an Associate Clinical Professor and Honorary Consultant Physician in Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism in Feb 2007. He did his research in Bristol and his specialist training in Bristol & Exeter. For his PhD, he conducted the world's largest clinical trial on the effects of combined T4/T3 (thyroid hormone replacement). His thyroid work was instrumental in changing the combined guidelines issued by American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists & American Thyroid Association.

Currently, Dr Saravanan pursue his longterm interest of research in to the mechanisms of Gestational Diabetes and its ethnic variations. He passionately believes in 'primordial prevention' of metabolic disorders. To this end, he secured an MRC grant to establish an early pregnancy cohort of women at risk of Gestational Diabetes. Prevention of Gestational Diabetes has the potential to prevent Diabetes not only in the mother but also in her offspring.

He currently collaborates with 5 different institutions in the UK and India on various research projects.He strongly believes that understanding South Asian diabetes will help to identify new pathways of disease process thereby new treatment strategies, which will ultimately lead to prevention as well as individualising treatments for people with diabetes & cardiovascular diseases.



CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS


  • Role of B12 and Folate on Differentiation of adipocytes and myocytes, Funded by: George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Project Start Date: 01/04/2015 Project End Date: 31/03/2016
  • PRiDE - Additional funding for Research Fellows, Funded by: NIHR & George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Project Start Date: 01/03/2012 Project End Date: 31/03/2016
  • CRN strategic funding, Funded by: Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust - New Cross Hospital, Project Start Date: 26/03/2015 Project End Date: 25/03/2016

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PUBLICATIONS


View Dr Saravanan's Publications on the University of Warwick Publication service.

RESEARCH DEGREES SUPERVISED

  • Diabetes in pregnancy: A clinical & public health problem, Date of Completion: 2014
  • B12 insufficiency in Saudi women in pregnancy, Date of Completion: 2012
  • Role of Metformin in Gestational Diabetes
  • Role of GLP1 in Gestational Diabetes
  • Non-glycaemic factors in GDM
  • GDM screening strategy in the UK and China
  • Role of vitamin D in Saudi pregnant women at risk of Gestational Diabetes

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