Diabetes researcher listed as top ethnic minority health leader

A Leicester-based professor known as ‘Mr South Asian diabetes’ has been named as one of England’s most prominent individuals from an ethnic minority background making a profound difference in the NHS.

Professor Kamlesh Khunti CBE has been listed in the Health Service Journal’s (HSJ) top 50 most influential Black, Asian and minority ethnic people in health list after recently being ranked as the world’s top researcher in Type 2 diabetes.

Professor Khunti is a Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester and the Co-Director of the Leicester Diabetes Centre (LDC) – an international centre answering the global challenge of Type 2 diabetes and long-term conditions through world-leading research, education and innovation. Professor Khunti is also the Director of the Leicester-based Centre for Ethnic Health Research, where he has contributed significantly to improving the health of the ethnic minority community. He is also the Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East Midlands.

He said: “Being recognised as one of England’s top individuals from an ethnic minority background is a tremendous honour. It reaffirms the importance of diversity in healthcare and underscores the progress our research group has made in our national work in championing equitable and inclusive healthcare systems.”
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