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The academic life is a tough and often lonely one. For Fumiaki Imamura, a nutritional epidemiologist who studies diet and its impact on our health, it’s only in the past few years that he feels he has finally found his feet. Since 2002, he’s lived in the U.S. and the U.K. and his research has taken him from Bangladesh to Guatemala.

Now a senior investigative scientist at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, one of Imamura’s main research projects is studying the links between diet and diabetes, to better understand how diet influences the risk of diabetes and what it means for different societies.

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