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Professor Shantini Paranjothy

Professor Shantini Paranjothy

Professor of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine. Population Health Theme Lead, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences

School of Medicine

+44 (0)29 2068 7245
Neuadd Meirionnydd, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4YS


I am the Scientific Lead for HealthWise Wales, a national initiative funded by health and Care Research Wales to engage large numbers of people in Wales with health and social care research.

My research is focused on perinatal and infant health inequalities at Cardiff University. In 2008 I set up the Welsh Study of Mothers and Babies (WOMBS) to study the significance of ultrasound markers detected during pregnancy for the health of the baby (funded by MRC/WORD Health Research Partnership Award). The study recruited 30,000 mothers from all maternity units in Wales, with consent to follow up their children in future studies. The first of a series of planned follow-up studies with this cohort, to study renal diseases during childhood, will started in October 2013 and will report outcomes for children in the cohort up to age 5 years.

I am an executive member of the Farr Institute@CIPHER and have led a number of large-scale epidemiological analyses using record-linked data from routinely collected health and social data. One example was an analysis of birth outcomes for women who have had treatment for cervical abnormalities. This study used linked anonymised electronic records from a cohort of 174,325 women aged 20-39 years in Wales and reassuringly found that surgical treatment for pre-cancerous lesions did not increase the likelihood of premature birth or low birth-weight babies.

I lead the research theme on vulnerable babies in the Wales Electronic Cohort for Children (WECC), the first complete population e-cohort in the UK of 800,000 children, aimed at investigating the widest possible range of social and environmental determinants of child health and social outcomes by exploiting the potential of routinely collected datasets.

I am a contributor to the Cochrane Collaboration Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, and have authored three reviews relevant to the management and care of women during pregnancy and labour. I am also a Non-Executive Director at Public Health Wales NHS Trust.


Education and qualifications

  • MB ChB Medicine, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, 1995
  • MSc Medical Statistics (Distinction), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2000
  • DLSH&TM, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2000
  • Diploma Faculty of Family Planning & Reproductive Health, Faculty of Family Planning & Reproductive Health, 2000
  • PhD Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2005
  • Fellow Faculty of Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians, 2010

Career overview

2016 - present: Mansel Talbot Professor of Preventive Medicine, Co-director Division of Population Medicine, Cardiff University School of Medicine

2015 - present: Population Health Research Theme Lead, College of Biomedical & Life Sciences, Cardiff University

2015 - present: Scientific Lead, HealthWise Wales

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians

Academic positions

2009 - 2016: Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health Medicine,  Cardiff University School of Medicine

2007 - 2009: Walport Clinical Lecturer in Public Health Medicine,  Cardiff University School of Medicine

2000 - 2004: Clinical Research Fellow, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Committees and reviewing

  • 2016 - present: Member of School of Medicine Board
  • 2015 - present: Member of BLS College Research Committee


























I lecture on the Cardiff University MPH Epidemiology module and the Intercalated BSc in Clinical Epidemiology Research Methods module; supervise MPH dissertation projects; deliver small group tutorials on epidemiology and study design to Year 2 and Year 3 medical students on the Health in Society module.

I am an academic mentor to undergraduate medical students, and an academic supervisor to specialty registrars on the Public Health Training Scheme in Wales .

My Research interest include:

  • Perinatal epidemiology
  • Birth defects
  • Gastroschisis
  • Record–linkage studies
  • Inequalities
  • Systematic reviews.

Areas of expertise

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