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Professor Chakravarthi Rajkumar

Prof Rajkumar

Professor Chakravarthi Rajkumar (MBBS, MD, PhD, FRCP, FBHS)

Chair of Geriatric Care and Stroke Medicine
T: +44 (0)1273 523361
Location: Audrey Emerton Building, Room 127, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 5BE

DA: Marie Shelton

T: +44 (0)1273 523360

Areas of expertise:Geriatric care and stroke medicine
Research areas:Clinical trials in the very elderly; hypertension; vascular compliance; living wills and hospital acquired infections in the elderly; project on arterial compliance and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in a very large multi-centre trial called HYVET (Hypertension in the Very Elderly Trial)


Professor Chakravarthi Rajkumar was appointed as the Chair of Geriatric and Stroke Medicine, in the Faculty of Medicine, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, in January 2005. To date he has been actively involved in research in the field of Geriatrics and Stroke medicine. He is the Divisional Lead for Cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes, metabolic and endocrine, renal disorders for the NIHR Clinical Research Network, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

He has a wide range of research interests which includes clinical trials in the very elderly, hypertension, vascular compliance, living wills and hospital acquired infections in the elderly. He has published over 300 abstracts, peer reviewed papers and book chapters and written a book on hypertension in the elderly. He also holds offices in a number of national and international research organisations. As chairman, heris involved in the project on arterial compliance and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in a very large multi-centre trial called HYVET (Hypertension in the Very Elderly Trial). He is currently actively involved in developing clinical research at BSMS.

Chakravarthi has been awarded a number of research grants from various charitable organisations such as British Heart Foundation, Dunhill Medical Foundation, NIHR(Research for Patient Benefits), PPP Healthcare etc. In 1994 he was awarded the Postgraduate Medical Research Scholarship by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. He also worked at the prestigious Baker Medical Research Institute in Melbourne Australia on cardiovascular adaptations in ageing and he was awarded a PhD from Monash University for this work. Chakravarthi was recently awarded the fellowship of the British Hypertension Society.


  • Cardiovascular laboratory-based research into the ageing process of arteries
  • Epidemiology research into hypertension and ethnic differences in cardiovascular risk factors
  • Hospital-based research focusing on the use of probiotics in the prevention of hospital acquired infections in the elderly
  • Research focusing on adverse drug events in the elderly
  • Reviewing living wills and end of life decisions for the elderly


Chakravarthi is particularly interested in developing young people's interest in elderly care and geriatric research. He wants them to see the extent to which research can make a significant difference to this area of medicine. He aims to illustrate how important it is to focus on improving the quality of people's lives rather than just prolonging them.

Selected publications

Fantin F, Bulpitt C, Zamboni M, Cheek E, Rajkumar C. Arterial compliance may be reduced by ingestion of red wine. J Hum Hypertens. 2015;30(1):68-72.

Benetos A, Rossignol P, Cherubini A, Joly L, Grodzicki T, Rajkumar C et al. Polypharmacy in the Aging Patient. JAMA. 2015;314(2):170.

Ghezzi P, Rajkumar C. Is frailty in the elderly linked to inflammation?. Age and Ageing. 2015;44(6):913-914.

Islam J, Taylor A, Rao K, Huffnagle G, Young V, Rajkumar C et al. The role of the humoral immune response to Clostridium difficile toxins A and B in susceptibility to C. difficile infection: A case–control study. Anaerobe. 2014;27:82-86.

Tangiisuran B, Scutt G, Stevenson J, Wright J, Onder G, Petrovic M et al. Development and Validation of a Risk Model for Predicting Adverse Drug Reactions in Older People during Hospital Stay: Brighton Adverse Drug Reactions Risk (BADRI) Model. PLoS ONE. 2014;9(10):e111254.

Smith E, Ford M, Tomlinson L, Bodenham E, McMahon L, Farese S et al. Serum Calcification Propensity Predicts All-Cause Mortality in Predialysis CKD. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2013;25(2):339-348.

van der Cammen T, Rajkumar C, Onder G, Sterke C, Petrovic M. Drug cessation in complex older adults: time for action. Age and Ageing. 2013;43(1):20-25.

Bulpitt C, Beckett N, Peters R, Staessen J, Wang J, Comsa M et al. Does White Coat Hypertension Require Treatment Over Age 80?: Results of the Hypertension in the Very Elderly Trial Ambulatory Blood Pressure Side Project. Hypertension. 2012;61(1):89-94.

Beckett N, Peters R, Fletcher A, Staessen J, Liu L, Dumitrascu D et al. Treatment of Hypertension in Patients 80 Years of Age or Older. New England Journal of Medicine. 2008;358(18):1887-1898.