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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge


Nigel Unwin leads the Unit’s Global Public Health Research initiatives, and is also visiting Professor of Population Health Sciences at the Chronic Disease Research Centre, Tropical Medicine Research Institute, University of the West Indies.

Nigel is a public health physician, with track record in studying the burden, prevention and control of chronic non-communicable diseases, especially diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Much of this work has been in low and middle income country settings.



Current research includes: assessing the success and impact of policy measures for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) across 20 Caribbean countries and territories; investigating health inequities in the Caribbean, particularly related to diabetes and CVD; using systems thinking and modelling to inform policy decision making around diabetes prevention and control; evaluating the impact of fiscal measures on diet, such as the tax on sugar sweetened beverages in Barbados, and elsewhere; and the feasibility of a short low calorie diet to improve diabetes control and in some to achieve remission of diabetes.

Strategic Lead for Global Public Health Research
Professor Nigel  Unwin

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