Chittaranjan Yajnik

Dr Yajnik is the Director of the Diabetes Unit at the KEM Hospital and Research Centre in Pune, India. He specializes in clinical care, patient education and research in causes of diabetes in India. 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 intrauterine programming of diabetes and has demonstrated a role for maternal nutrition in its aetiology. He is the recipient of the Helmut Mehnert award of International Diabetes Federation (2009), and the David Barker medal (2011) of the Intrnational DOHaD society, and the Outstanding Investigator Award of the World India Diabetes Foundation (Mayo Clinic).