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2022 Varshney Visiting Scholar Public Lecture – Dr. Prabhakaran Dorairaj – the Right Diet and Lifestyle for a Healthy Heart

May 30, 2022, 2022


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Heart diseases, diabetes and their risk factors are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. Some ethnicities such as South Asians have high propensity to develop heart diseases and diabetes as compared to other populations. These diseases are potentially preventable or can be postponed to an older age so that premature death can be avoided by following the right lifestyle and diet. However tremendous confusion abounds regarding the right diet. This talk will clarify the right diet and lifestyle for a health heart.

Professor Prabhakaran Dorairaj is an internationally renowned cardiologist, epidemiologist and researcher. His initial training was from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences and McMaster University. He is currently the Vice President-Research & Policy, Public Health Foundation of India; Executive Director of the Centre for Chronic Disease Control, New Delhi, India; and Professor (Epidemiology) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, with multiple visiting professor appointments including Harvard School of Public Health, McMaster and Emory Universities. Recognising his contribution to Indian Science, he was elected as a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, the highest science academy of India. His work has led to understanding the underlying mechanisms for the high propensity of diabetes and heart disease among Indians.

Dr. Prabhakaran Dorairaj is a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at SFU, and his appointment here was made possible through the Hari and Madhu Varshney Visiting Scholars Program in Indian Studies.

About the Varshney Visiting Scholars Program
The Visiting Scholars Program in Indian Studies was first established by Simon Fraser University and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and was named the Hari and Madhu Varshney Visiting Scholars Program in Indian Studies in recognition of the Varshney’s generous investment. The program will foster and strengthen cultural relations by hosting world-class Indian scholars from a wide range of disciplines such as international studies, contemporary arts, business and world literature.

This public lecture is organized by SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences and funded through an endowment provided by the Hari and Madhu Varshney Visiting Scholar in Indian Studies program.

Attend in person or online
Doors Open: 6:30pm
Lecture and Q&A: 7:00-8:30pm
Light refreshments will be served before and after the lecture.

There are a limited number of tickets to attend in person at the Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre (Room 1900) at SFU Harbour Centre.

This lecture will also be livestreamed on YouTube for online audiences. A link to access the livestream will be available here before the event.


May 30, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


SFU Harbour Centre
515 W Hastings St
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada


SFU Faculty of Health Sciences
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