Clinical Senior Investigator Scientist
Raj Lakshman has been working at the MRC Epidemiology Unit since January 2007, and leads the CEDAR Development and evaluation of interventions in infant feeding programme . She trained in Paediatrics in London and Sheffield and in Public Health in Cambridge. Raj’s research focuses on understanding the determinants of behaviours leading to childhood obesity and developing and evaluating interventions targeting these determinants with the aim of preventing childhood obesity.
She obtained her PhD from Cambridge University in March 2012 and her dissertation titled ‘Development of complex interventions to prevent childhood obesity’ describes the development and evaluation of two interventions- in the family setting and in the school setting. In October 2011 Raj became a Clinical Senior Research Scientist at the Unit, and since July 2013 Raj has also worked as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine (Healthcare Public Health) for Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.
Her current work includes:
- Chief Investigator on the Baby Milk Trial which is an Explanatory Randomised Controlled Trial of a multi-component, theory-based behavioural intervention to prevent excess weight gain during infancy. The Baby Milk trial is funded by the National Prevention Research Initiative to recruit 700 babies and their parents.
- Systematic Reviews of Determinants of obesity related dietary and physical activity behaviours in preschool children funded by the NIHR SfPHR (National Institute for Health Research School for Public Health Research).
- Development and pilot trial of an environmental intervention to improve diet and physical activity among preschool children (Creating a Healthy Environment for Children: CHECk).