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Department of Epidemiology and Research

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Department undertakes various epidemiological studies for estimation of prevalence of CVD and its various risk factors in Bangladeshi population and clarification of their impact on CVD in this population. Department also provide assistance to clinical departments for conduction of clinical research studies. Faculties and staff of the department have provided technical support to other institutes for conduction of national surveys such as Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2009, National NCD risk factor Survey (2010), National Eye Disease Survey (2012-13). List of research projects and programs are given in the table below. Collaborative studies have been done with University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, USA, Shiga University of Medical science, Japan etc.


Grants received for Research, Education & Training Program:

Sl. No. Project Title Principal Investigator / Coordinator Grant Authority
01. Prevalence of Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease in a rural population of Bangladesh (2006-2007) Dr. Sohel Reza Choudhury World Health Organization, Country Office for Bangladesh
02. Surveillance of risk factors for non communicable diseases in a semi urban population of Bangladesh (2007) Dr. Sohel Reza Choudhury World Health Organization, Country Office for Bangladesh
03. Community based CVD registry at a rural population (2007-2008) Dr. Sohel Reza Choudhury Bangladesh Medical Research Council
04. Engaging physicians in tobacco control advocacy in Bangladesh ( 2010-2013) Dr. Sohel Reza Choudhury Bloomberg Philanthropy & Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, USA
05. Association between smokeless tobacco use and coronary heart disease (2011) Dr. Md Azizur Rahman (PI)

Dr. Sohel Reza Choudhury (Co PI)
University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Adelaide
06. Estimation of dietary salt intake by measuring 24-hour urinary sodium excretion in urban and rural Bangladeshi population ( 2011-2013) Dr. Sohel Reza Choudhury Ministry of Science and Technology, Government, Bangladesh
07. Relationship between smokeless tobacco and CHD in women undergoing coronary angiogram at NHF hospital (2011) Dr. Sohel Reza Choudhury (Co PI) National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh
08. Knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) and risk perception on smoking and smokeless tobacco among female garment workers in Dhaka city ( 2011) Dr. Sohel Reza Choudhury Ministry of Science and Technology, Government, Bangladesh
09. DHAKA Urban Health And Cardiovascular Risk Assessment (DHAKA) Study ( 2012- till date) Professor Fazila-Tun-Nesa Malik

Professor Sohel Reza Choudhury )
National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh

Bangladesh Medical Research Council
10. Hypetension in indigenous people of Bangladesh ( 2012-2013) Professor RK Khandakar National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh
11. United Forum Against Tobacco-Mobilizing Physicians in Tobacco Control Policy advocacy in Bangladesh ( 2013 – 15) Dr. Sohel Reza Choudhury Bloomberg Philanthropy & Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, USA
12. Establishment of clinic and community based tobacco cessation program ( 2011-till date) Professor Sohel Reza Choudhury World Health Organization, Country Office for Bangladesh, & SEARO
13. “DELiverability of the Resolute Integrity Stent In All-Comer Vessels and Cross –OvER stenting” (DELIVER STUDY) Professor Fazila-Tun- Nesa Malik Dept. of Cardiology, NHFH&RI
14. “Urban Bangladeshis Acute Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology Study (URBANE) study Professor Fazila-Tun-Nesa Malik Department of Cardiology, NHFH&RI
15. Dhaka Urban Cardiovascular Disease & Risk Factors Study (DUCVD)” Professor Dr. Sohel Reza Choudhury Dept. of Epidemiology & Research, NHFH&RI.
16. Global SYMPLICITY Registry. Professor Fazila-Tun- Nesa Malik Dept. of Cardiology, NHFH&RI
17. Associations of Smoking and Chronic Conditions among patients undergoing a Coronary Angiogram in a Cardiac Hospital in Bangladesh. Professor Sohel Reza Choudhury
CC: Dr. Jakir Hossain Bhuiyan Masud
Dept. of Epidemiology & Research, NHFH&RI.
18. National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh conducted a research study in collaboration with BCCP, Bangladesh. Dr. Shamim Jubayer Research Fellow Dept. of Epidemiology & Research, NHFH&RI.
19. A collaborative study of National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh, Dept. of Public Health and informatics, BSMMU and Department of Public Health & Health System, Nagoya University, Japan.
Title of the study: “Non-communicable Diseases Metabolic and Social Risk Factors among the Urban Poor in Bangladesh”
Professor Sohel Reza Choudhury Department of Epidemiology & Research, NHFH&RI.
20. A collaborative study of National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh with Cambridge University, UK.
Title of the study:“Bangladesh Longitudinal Investigation of Emerging Vascular Events (BELIEVE) Study
Professor Sohel Reza Choudhury Department of Epidemiology & Research, NHFH&RI.
21. A collaborative study of National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh with Cambridge University, UK.
Full phase of the research project entitled “The BangladEsh Longitudinal Investigation of Emerging Vascular and nonvascular Events (BELIEVE) study: Full phase of a prospective population based investigation of characterize iron deficiency and other potential determinants of major chronic non-communicable diseases in South Asia.
Professor Sohel Reza Choudhury Department of Epidemiology & Research, NHFH&RI.
22. National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh conducted a research study in collaboration with Monash University School of Marketing and Vital Strategies, Australia.
Title of the study: Evaluation of the media campaign on “Graphic Health Warnings” in Bangladesh
Professor Sohel Reza Choudhury Department of Epidemiology & Research, NHFH&RI.
23. Collaborative study by NHFH&RI and Duke Kunshan University of China. “Combating NCD in Asia by engaging Community Health Workers in the management and prevention efforts: Strategies, approaches and practice (The COACH Study). Professor Sohel Reza Choudhury Department of Epidemiology & Research, NHFH&RI.
24. “Association between personal exposure to air pollution and adverse health consequences in South Asians: a feasibility study. It is an ancillary study of BELIEVE collaborative study by NHFH&RI and University of Cambridge, U.K Professor Sohel Reza Choudhury Department of Epidemiology & Research, NHFH&RI.
25. “Master DAPT trail” at NHFH&RI. The trail sponsored by European Cardiovascular Research Institute, which is Netherlands based organization. Professor Fazila-Tun- Nesa Malik Department of Cardiology, NHFH&RI