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Debasish Kar


Senior Clinical Researcher

  • Academic General Practitioner

General Practitioner and Academic

I am involved in primary care research for over 15 years.

My first research study was on exploring the effectiveness of capsule endoscopy in detecting the source of bleeding in people with undiagnosed iron deficiency anaemia when the luminal endoscopy was normal. After interpreting 140 cases of people with normal luminal endoscopy, capsule endoscopy could detect angiodysplasia in most of the cases. This detection allowed to cauterise the bleeding vessels and stopped overt GI bleeding. The research paper was accepted for the British Society of Gastroenterology annual conference in 2005.

After coming to General Practice in 2005, I signed up for Clinical Research Network (CRN) and recruited patients in NIHR portfolio studies. I worked as the local PI for multiple primary care studies and received CRN funding to expand my research activities.

In 2016, I completed my MSc in Diabetes and Vascular Medicine with a distinction in research. My research project was exploring the relationship between cardiometabolic parameters in non-smokers, current and ex-smokers in diabetes. The paper was published in a high impact peer reviewed medical journal and widely cited. I have also contributed as a joint first author in a review article examining the advances in diagnosis and strategies to prevent diabetic peripheral neuropathy for the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. 

Currently, I am writing the final chapter of my MD from Sheffield School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield. My research theme is characterising the cardiorenal risk factors associated with albuminuria in people with prediabetes and diabetes based on smoking status. 

I work as a Senior Clinical Researcher in the Department of Clinical Informatics and Health Outcomes Research Group at the University of Oxford. I have contributed to developing a revised Cambridge Multimorbidity Score for vaccine research, covid vaccine effectiveness and thrombotic thrombocytopenic syndrome (TTS) studies. I am also working with the OPTIMSE-X trial team.

My future aspiration is to develop health data as actionable clinical informatics and use them for  intervention to improve health outcomes.