Chittaranjan S Yajnik

Director Diabetes Unit

Diabetes Unit, King Edward Memorial Hospital and Research Centre, India



Dr. Chittaranjan S Yajnik (born 31st January, 1952) MD FRCP, is a Consultant Physician and Director of the Diabetes Unit at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Pune since 1985. He heads the Pankunwar Firodia Daycare Centre and the Kamalnayan Bajaj Diabetology Research Centre. He trained in Pune University and in Oxford, UK. He specializes in clinical care and patient education. His special interest is to investigate the high susceptibility of Indians to diabetes and related disorders. He is well known for his description of the ‘thin-fat’ Indian which describes the fact that though not obese by international criteria, Indians are adipose (high body fat percent). Dr Yajnik specializes in the investigation of intrauterine programming of diabetes and has demonstrated a dual role of maternal micronutrient imbalance and macronutrient excess in its aetiology. He is a founder member and the President of SNEHA- India (Society for Natal Effects on Health in Adults) and a founder member of the International DOHaD society (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease). He is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, Southampton, UK, a Visiting Professor at the department of Molecular Medicine, University of Exeter, UK and the Danish Diabetes Academy, Denmark, and a Visiting Scholar at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study in South Africa (STIAS) in South Africa. He has received many awards and honors in recognition of his outstanding contribution. He is the recipient of the Helmut Mehnert award of International Diabetes Federation (2009), the David Barker medal of the International DOHaD society (2011) and the Outstanding Investigator Award of the World India Diabetes Foundation (2016). He is advisor to many national and international health organisations. Dr. Yajnik’s specialty is to set up multigenerational cohorts with high retention rates and collect extensive phenotypic information. His bio-bank dates back to samples collected from 1987. He has facilitated transfer of many research technologies to India from the wide range of collaborators across different specialties. Dr. Yajnik has published over 250 scientific papers, reviews and chapters in prestigious journals and books.