Dr Mohammed Hudda is a Senior Research Fellow in Medical Statistics within the Population Health Research Institute at St George’s, University of London with research interests in childhood obesity, health inequalities and statistical methods for clinical risk prediction.
His primary research has focused on improving the assessment of body fatness and obesity in the childhood population, with a particular focus on those of South Asian and Black African origin. Body Mass Index (BMI), the most widely used measure of obesity, does not provide accurate assessment of body fatness for UK children especially amongst those of South Asian and Black African origin. This is of particular concern due to the elevated risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular diseases in these two ethnic minority groups. Accurate assessments of body fat are crucial for the prevention, diagnosis and management of childhood obesity, a major public health challenge.
Mohammed has developed and validated a novel method for assessing childhood fat mass levels, which is only based upon routinely available measures of height, weight, sex, age and ethnicity (if available).
Mohammed completed his MSc in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2013 and worked at the University of Cambridge before joining St George’s in 2015. He initially joined as a Research Fellow to work on a British Heart Foundation funded project investigating the assessments of body fatness, overweight and obesity in UK children. He was awarded a British Heart Foundation PhD Studentship in the summer of 2017 and completed his PhD from SGUL in 2021.
Mohammed has received a number of awards for his research achievements including; a prize for an oral presentation at The Lancet Public Health Conference in 201, a Travel Grant to present ongoing work at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes conference in 2019, and the Faculty of Public Health Sam Ramaiah prize for his work seeking to improve the health of ethnic minority groups.