Sumantra (Shumone) Ray is a Licensed Medical Doctor as well as a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health), with special interests in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Medical Nutrition Education. He is a Governing Body Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.
Previously a Senior Clinical Research and Teaching Fellow at The Institute of Cardiovascular Research in Dundee, Scotland, Shumone also held a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Fellowship and was a Corfield Scholar at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge. In 2008 he became the Founding Chair of NNEdPro. Alongside this he also worked for 8 years at the Medical Research Council’s Elsie Widdowson Laboratory as Senior Medical Advisor (Head of the Volunteer Studies and Clinical Services Facility) and Senior Clinician Scientist (Principal Investigator for the Nutrition and Vascular Studies Platform) as well as UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey Lead Clinician (Honorary Consultant with Public Health England).
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In 2010, Shumone co-established the Nutrition Education Review/Research Interests Group at the Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine (responsible for Nutrition teaching across Years 3-6 of Undergraduate Medicine in Cambridge), where he was subsequently elected to the title of University of Cambridge Senior Clinical Tutor by the Faculty Board in recognition of contributions to Medical Nutrition Education. Shumone is also a Course Supervisor for the University of Cambridge taught MPhil degree in Public Health (MPH). Additionally, he is an Honorary NHS Senior Clinical Fellow at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge; a member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Royal College of Physicians and the Institute of Clinical Research; an elected Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the Royal Society for Public Health and the American College of Nutrition; a committee member of the American Society for Nutrition; a task force member of the British Nutrition Foundation; an Ambassador for the Nutrition Society; and a registration committee member of the Association for Nutrition (AfN) as well as co-chair of the Healthcare Specialism working group of the AfN. Shumone is a longstanding elected officer of the British Medical Association's Medical Academic Staff Committee, an Expert Committee Member under the National Research Ethics Service (England) and has been an external reviewer for the European Food Safety Authority as well as the World Health Organization.
In 2013, Shumone received the Josephine Lansdell award from the British Medical Association in support of work in the area of Nutrition and Cardiovascular Prevention. In 2014, he was elected to the award of Honorary Lifetime Associateship by the council of the British Dietetic Association (BDA). Shumone was also elected as Deputy Chairman of the 2015 BMA Conference of Medical Academic Representatives (COMAR). Under his leadership, the NNEdPro Group won the 2015 Complete Nutrition Outstanding Achievement Award and in the same year, Shumone also received an honorary appointment as Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo in Canada. In 2016 Shumone was awarded an Adjunct Senior Research Fellowship at Griffith University in Australia, and was also appointed as Visiting Professor in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London as well as Visiting Professor in the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) at Ulster University. Also in 2016, NNEdPro was a finalist and runner-up in the 2016 BMJ Awards and additionally, Shumone has published the Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Healthcare Research (Spring 2016) aimed at strengthening basic research skills across the global health-related workforce as well as becoming Programme Director for the Cambridge Summer School in Applied Human Nutrition (Summer 2016). Most recently, as a Visiting Professor, he delivered the 2017 commencement speech to graduands of the Cordia Group of Colleges (Punjabi University, India) and subsequently joined the college advisory board. In February 2017 Shumone was also appointed Vice-President (Academic) of the Remedy Clinic Study Group in India, working in conjunction with the Indian Academy of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Also in 2017, he was elected to the strategic advisory board of NICHE at Ulster University and was appointed as an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health at the University of Wollongong Australia. In 2017 NNEdPro won the Medical Nutrition Industry International (MNI) Award in conjunction with the European Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ESPEN). Also in 2017 Shumone was a successful co-applicant to a Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) grant >£7M awarded to the University of Cambridge and is Co-Lead of a GCRF Flagship Project in India on education, empowerment and entrepreneurship leading to improved human nutrition, health and wellbeing. In 2018 he became the Founding Co-Chair, along with the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Group, of BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health. Most recently Shumone has been appointed as Course Director in Nutrition Science at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.
From December 2018 to February 2019 Shumone is serving as a Consultant on special assignment to the Nutrition Directorate of the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva leading on the development of a strand of work in nutrition and healthcare capacity building within the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-25.