The ISCEP Council


Current Council members

D Prabhakaran


Professor Prabhakaran is a cardiologist and epidemiologist by training. He is an internationally renowned researcher and is currently the Executive Director of Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC). He is also the Director of the NHLBI-UnitedHealth funded Centre of Excellence in Cardio-metabolic Risk Reduction in South Asia (CoE-CARRS) at the Public Health Foundation of India which is one of the 11 centres worldwide supported under the Global Health Initiative of NHLBI, USA. His research work spans from mechanistic research to understand the causes for increased propensity of cardiovascular diseases among Indians, to developing potential solutions for CVDs through translational research and human resource development. Professor Prabhakaran is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, UK, Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India and also holds an Honorary Professorship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an Adjunct Professorship at the Emory University. He is a member of executive council of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and Chairman of the International Society of CVD Epidemiology and Prevention (ISCEP). He has mentored over 40 post-doctoral and doctoral students so far. He is the lead editor of the Cardiovascular Disease volume of the latest Disease Control priorities Project.

Neil Poulter

Past chair

Neil Poulter is Professor of Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, National Heart & Lung Institute at Imperial College London, co-Director of the International Centre for Circulatory Health, co-Director of the Imperial Clinical Trials Unit, and an accredited general physician with the Royal College of Physicians. Professor Poulter trained in general medicine at St Mary's Hospital, London, and in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is an Honorary Consultant Physician and Epidemiologist at the Peart-Rose (Hypertension) Clinic based at Hammersmith Hospital, London, where he is actively involved in the treatment of patients with hypertension and related problems. He was President of the British Hypertension Society from 2003-2005, elected as one of the Inaugural Senior Investigators of the NIHR in UK, and elected as a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Professor Poulter is currently a Member of the Executive Board and President Elect of the International Society of Hypertension, in addition to Past chair of the ISCEP committee.

Wayne Rosamund


Wayne Rosamund is Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. His research interests are in cardiovascular disease epidemiology, community surveillance, and medical care quality improvement.

Steven Allender


Professor Allender is Co-Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Obesity Prevention. He has an ongoing program of research on the burden of disease and obesity prevention. Recent work has seen a particular interest in the emerging burden of chronic disease in developed and developing countries and the possibilities for using complex systems approaches for community-based intervention.

Kay-Tee Khaw

Seminar co-ordinator

Kay-Tee Khaw is Professor of Clinical Gerontology in the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge. Professor Khaw is a fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, UK, and received a National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator award. Professor Khaw trained in medicine at Girton College, University of Cambridge and St. Mary’s Hospital, London, and in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with subsequent clinical and academic posts in the University of London and University of California San Diego. Her research interests are the maintenance of health in later life and the causes and prevention of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis, with a focus on nutrition and hormones. She is a principal investigator in the European Prospective Investigation in Cancer in Norfolk, part of a ten-country, half million participant research collaboration.

Erika Froelicher

Council member

Erika Froelicher is Professor in the Deptartment of Physiological Nursing, University of California San Francisco School of Nursing. Professor Froelicher works in primary, secondary and tertiary (rehabilitation) prevention through nursing interventions to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors (exercise, blood pressure, lipid, obesity, smoking cessation and relapse prevention) as well as depression and social isolation. She has a strong interest in physiological, psychosocial, and economic issues relevant to cardiovascular disease prevention and control, and has expertise in methods, design, and epidemiology. Professor Froelicher is participating in the Enhancing Recovery in Coronary Heart Disease (ENRICHD) project at the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also works on the Women's Initiative for Nonsmoking (WINS), a randomized clinical trial to test the short- and long-term efficacy of a nurse-managed smoking cessation and relapse prevention program for women smokers, hospitalized for cardiovascular disease (CVD). The WINS intervention is based on social learning theory ad a relapse prevention model and is predicated on maintaining abstinence from tobacco after hospitalizations of at least 48-72 hours.

Habiba Ben Romdhane

Council member

Habiba Ben Romdhane is a professor of Preventive Medicine and director of the Epidemiology and Prevention Research Department of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) at the University of Tunis. Dr. Ben Romdhane has previously served as the Tunisian Minister of Health and the Chief Executive Officer for the National Board of Family and Population. Dr. Ben Romdhane was elected through Distinction as a Fellow in the Faculty of Public Health at the Royal College of Physicians in the UK. Dr. Ben Romdhane has coordinated several epidemiological studies on non communicable diseases (NCDs) and implemented the Healthy Urbanization Project in Tunisia. She led the implementation of the first Tunisian CVD Registry. She currently leads several European Union funded projects such as the Epidemiological Transition & Health Impact in North Africa, TAHINA and MedCHAMPS and RESCAP-MED projects. Dr. Ben Romdhane is a co-founder and chair of the Tunisian Society of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine; co-founder and member of the board of the Maghreb Network on Research on Health System (RESSMA); and cofounder and chair of the National Observatory of Health Equity. In 2001, she was awarded the Maghreb Medical Science Society Award for her work on CVD Epidemiology & Prevention.

Bruce Neal

Council member

Bruce Neal is Senior Director of the Food Policy Division at the George Institute for Global Health, Chair of the Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health, and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Imperial College London. He is a world-renowned expert in the design, conduct and analysis of large-scale clinical trials and meta-analyses who leads a program of clinical research in cardiovascular disease and diabetes. He also established and leads the George Institute’s internationally reputed Food Policy Division that houses a WHO Collaborating Centre in salt reduction, where he conducts innovative food policy research and advocacy. Professor Neal's research focuses on cardiovascular disease and diabetes, including the environmental determinants of high blood pressure and poor cardiovascular health. His research focuses on two major themes: (a) clinical research in cardiovascular disease and diabetes and (b) research related to food policy and the dietary determinants of ill health.

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