Professor Moffat Nyirenda

Head of NCD Phenotype Programme

Prof. Moffat Nyirenda is a Diabetologist/Endocrinologist and Professor of Medicine (Global Non-Communicable Diseases) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

Before joining MRC/UVRI Unit, Moffat was Director of Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (previously known as the Karonga Prevention Study. He holds a BSc in Immunology (University of London), MBBS (“hybrid” training between University of London and University of Malawi), and PhD in Molecular Medicine (University of Edinburgh). Having trained/worked in Edinburgh for over 15 years (where he was supported by a prestigious MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship), in 2010 Moffat returned to Malawi to take up the position of Professor of Research at the College of Medicine and Associate Director of Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme. Moffat’s research interests lie in mechanistic understanding (clinical and laboratory phenotyping) of the aetiology of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including i) investigating the association between early environmental insults and the risk of obesity, diabetes and hypertension in adulthood; ii) using cross-cutting approaches to examine the interactions between infection and NCDs; iii) contributing to genomics studies of NCDs in sub-Saharan Africa. Moffat has particular interest in research capacity building in Africa, and was Director of the Southern Africa Consortium for Research Excellence (SACORE), funded through the Wellcome Trust’s African Institutions Initiative.

He serves on a number of committees, including being chairman of Scientific Advisory Board for GSK Africa NCD Open Lab, member of the Wellcome Trust Public Health and Tropical Medicine Interview Committee, member of MRC Global Health NCD Working Group, member of Awards Assessment Panel for Africa Research Excellence (AREF), member of WHO Working Group on integration of NCDs in other programmatic areas, member of the Lancet Commission on Diabetes in Africa, and member of the Non-Communicable Disease Technical Advisory Committee to Malawi Minister of Health.