The University of Cambridge’s (UoC) mission is to contribute “to society through the pursuit, dissemination, and application of knowledge” and study “sustainability and the relationship with the environment”. CAPABLE builds on the Cambridge Public Health Research Network that draws together researchers from many faculties. Co-investigators are from: Anthropology (Prof Nicholas Mascie-Taylor), Chemistry (Prof Roderic Jones), Engineering (Prof Dick Fenner), Pathology (Prof Jim Ajioka), Public Health/Primary Care (Prof John Danesh, Dr Chowdhury, Dr Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Prof Simon Griffin, Prof Stephen Sutton), Sociology (Prof Lawrence King). University College London (UCL)-Institute for Global Health will be responsible for policy and gender studies (Prof Sarah Hawkes). The University of Aberdeen’s Environmental Chemistry Group (Trace Element Speciation Laboratory, TESLA) (Prof Jorg Feldmann) will provide expertise and measurements on environmental exposure.
The icddr,b: Centre for Health and Population Research, Bangladesh: The icddr,b is world-renowned for its research on public health problems in resource-poor settings. Since 2010 Dr Sohel Chowdhury, Dr Emanuele Di Angelantonio and Prof John Danesh have collaborated with the icddr,b (and the Bangladesh National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases) to establish the ~16,000-participant BRAVE study, the largest myocardial infarction study in Bangladesh. Co-investigators Dr Rubhana Raqib (icddr,b) and Prof Jorg Feldmann (University of Aberdeen) are measuring lipids and arsenic, respectively. Key contributions of icddr,b to CAPABLE includes collaboration to establish a rural NCD sub-cohort (Dr Al Fazal Khan, Head, Matlab Hospital), nutritional science (Dr Rubhana Raqib, Head, Immunobiology, Nutrition, and Toxicology), social science (Dr Ruchira Naved, Senior Social & Behavioural Scientist), and informatics (Dr Azizur Rahman, Head, Matlab Health Research Centre, & PI, eRegistry project).
National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh: NHF is a leading cardiovascular research organisation in Bangladesh. Since 2014, Dr Rajiv Chowdhury, Dr Emanuele Di Angelantonio and Prof John Danesh have collaborated with the NHF to create BELIEVE, a ~35,000-participant household-survey in the Mirpur region of Dhaka, the capital city. Co-investigator Prof Choudhury at the NHF is conducting haematological measurements. In a pilot study funded by the EPSRC, Prof Roderic Jones (Chemistry, UoC) is using innovative sensors to measure household air pollution. A key contribution of the NHF to CAPABLE includes collaboration to establish the urban non-slum NCD sub-cohort and diet/lifestyle expertise (Prof Sohel Choudhury, Head, Department Epidemiology & Research, Prof Fazilatunnesa Malik, Head, Academic Affairs & Clinical Cardiology).
Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research: An organisation within the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare responsible for disease surveillance, epidemiological research and outbreak investigation/response, IEDCR’s work extends to NCDs, eg: creation of a mobile phone-based national Disease Surveillance System, and the first nationwide community based behavioural risk factor and NCD surveillance survey. Key contributions of IEDCR (Prof Meerjady Sabrina Flora, Institute Director, Dr Aminur Rahman, Senior Research Fellow) to CAPABLE include expertise in behavioural science, remote technologies, and leadership in research training.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University: BSMMU, the only Postgraduate Public Medical University of Bangladesh, plays a major national training role. Key contributions of the BSMMU (Prof Sirajul Islam, Head, Public Health Informatics Department, Dr Md Khalequzzaman, Assistant Professor/Training Director) to CAPABLE will include environmental science expertise (eg, household air pollution) and collaboration to establish an urban slum sub-cohort.