Tiffin Talk: The causes of cardiovascular disease in underprivileged regions of India: do they differ from other settings? By Professor Amanda Thrift

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06 September 2012 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

Australia India Institute 147-149 Barry St Carlton, Vic, 3053

It is currently assumed that cardiovascular diseases are caused by just 10 risk factors. However, the evidence for this assumption comes from studies conducted in high income countries or from urban regions of low to middle income countries. Indeed, little is known about the causes of cardiovascular disease in those living in poverty in rural regions of low to middle income countries, such as India. People in these regions are exposed to overcrowding and high rates of infection and these factors may predispose these populations to cardiovascular diseases. In our research program we aim to investigate the role of these novel risk factors on the later development of cardiovascular diseases. In this Tiffin Talk, Professor Amanda Thrift will discuss the evidence for a role of nutritional deficiencies in mothers on later development of cardiovascular disease in offspring. The talk will also provide details of the progress that we have made in establishing a cohort of babies to further assess the role of nutritional deficiencies in mothers and offspring on later development of cardiovascular disease.

Professor Amanda Thrift is Head of Epidemiology and Prevention at the Stroke & Ageing Research Centre, Monash University and is the Immediate Past President of the Stroke Society of Australasia. She gained her PhD in epidemiology from Monash University in 1995. Her interests are in the field of epidemiology of stroke and vascular disease. Professor Thrift has led the North East Melbourne Stroke Incidence Study since its inception in 1995, the largest epidemiological study of stroke conducted in Australia. She also leads two major epidemiological studies of hypertension and vascular disease in rural India, and contributes to studies of stroke in Iran and Vietnam.

Professor Amanda Thrift and Nathan Grills of the NOSSAL institute

Professor Thrift's handmade map of a village in the Rishi Valley where her study took place