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Prof. Pratap Sharan
Dr Pratap Sharan is currently working as Professor, Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. He is also Professor-in-Charge of Student-Welfare Services at AIIMS Delhi. He has worked as a Medical Officer at the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva (2002-2004). He is a Member of WHO International Advisory Group for the Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders (2009 – 2018) & International Advisory Group for Training and Implementation for ICD-11 Mental, Behavioural and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (2018 – onwards). He is also a member of the WHO Working Group on Eating Disorders for the Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders and the Field Studies Coordination Group. He has served as the President of the Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and as the Editor of the Association’s journal. He has conducted research in collaboration with World Health Organization, Geneva; World Health Organization – Southeast Asia Regional Office, New Delhi and Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi; and has authored over 200 papers, monographs, books and chapters. His field of interest are Public Mental Health, Psychometry, Psychotherapy, Cultural issues in Psychiatry, and classificatory systems of Mental disorders. He has received several awards including the
Poona Psychiatric Association – I Award of the Indian Psychiatric Society, 1996; Marfatia Award of the Indian Psychiatric Society, 1998; Balint Award of the Indian Association for Social Psychiatry, 1999; GC Boral Award – I of the Indian Association for Social Psychiatry, 2009; GC Boral Award of the Indian Psychiatric Society North Zone, 2014; Best Poster Award of the International Conference on Cognitive Behavioral
Interventions, 2015 & 2017. He is the Editorial Board Member for several national and international journals.
Dr. Ashwani Kumar Mishra
Dr Ashwani Kumar Mishra is presently working as the Additional Professor of Biostatistics, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India. His research domains are Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Research Methodology, Addiction Sciences. His field of interest are on quantitative aspects of survey methodology and regression techniques for understanding the determinants of drug dependence by various approaches such as genetic polymorphism, community based cross sectional surveys, Drug Abuse Monitoring System (DAMS) and psychometrics assessments. He has received several awards that includes World Bank Travel Grant (2007, 2014); Post Graduate Course Certification from Nordic School of Public Health, Goteborg, USA; and John Hopkin’s Certification for the course Mathematical Statistics and Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. He served as the Lead Biostatistician and National Investigatory for the first ever National Survey on Extent and Patterns of Substance Use in India, a commissioned study by the Ministry of Social Justice and Family Empowerment, Government of India. He has authored more than hundred peer review publications. He is the Editorial Board Member for Indian Journal of Nephrology, Tobacco and Regulatory Sciences and Frontiers in Public Health for the speciality Section Public Mental Health. He is also the reviewer for several national and international journals such as Indian Journal of Medical Research, Current Science, Substance Use and Misuse, BMC Genomics, Health. He is the Elected Member for the International Statistical Institute and International Society for Statistical Education. He is also the member of International Society for Clinical Biostatistics (ISCB) and has been recently selected as the Board Member for Education Subcommittee for ISCB.
Dr. Vivek Verma
Dr Vivek Verma is currently working as Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, Assam University, Silchar, Assam. He is recipient of several awards such as – DST-INSPIRE Senior Research Fellowship by Department of Science and Technology; DST-INSPIRE Junior Research Fellowship by Department of Science and Technology, Delhi; Gold Medal, The University of Burdwan; Certificate of Merit, by Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of West Bengal. He has to his credit about 35 research papers in various national and international journals.
Dr. Siddharth Sarkar
Dr Siddharth Sarkar is currently working as Associate Professor at the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India. He has been working in the field of addiction psychiatry and has authored more than hundred research papers in national and international journals. He has won several awards including the Young Psychiatrist Award of the Indian Psychiatric Society. His interests include genetics of addiction and physiological markers for substance use disorders. He has received funding for project on exploring barriers and facilitators of addiction treatment and on genetics of self-harm among substance use disorders. He has served in the editorial board of several journals in the field of psychiatry.
Dr. Rizwana Quraishi
Dr Rizwana is currently working as Associate Professor, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India. Her field of interest includes Standardization of techniques for health damage assessment, (treatment compliance and effectiveness studies), Genetic basis of addictive behaviours (pharmacogenomics), Biochemical and Neurological aspects of addiction (neurotransmitters & immunological response to drugs of abuse), Translational Research: Field applicable and patient friendly assessment techniques like dried blood assays. She has published about 35 research papers and two book chapters.
Dr. Rachna Bhargava
Dr Rachna Bhargava is currently working as an Additional Professor in Clinical Psychology, at National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre & Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS, New Delhi. Earlier she worked in the Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College & Hospital (GMCH), Chandigarh as a faculty member for a decade (2003-2011), and served as a Psychology consultant in Child and adolescent Psychiatry Clinic at GMCH. She is involved in Child Guidance Clinic, Behavior Addiction Clinic & Adolescent Addiction Clinic at AIIMS. She is the recipient of several awards including the WHO Global Mental Health Scholar, Marfatia Award, GC Boral Award, VK Varma Award in national and zonal conferences. She is reviewer in several national and international journals and has several publications in peer reviewed national and international journals and books. Her areas of clinical and research work include child and adolescent mental health including drug use, behavioral addiction, psychological interventions, and disability.
Dr. Sumit Malhotra
Dr. Sumit Malhotra is presently working as Additional Professor at Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS, Delhi. He is part of the Clinical Research Unit. He has been a trainer of several research methodology courses and published widely in community-based research. He has led health systems-based projects evaluating performance of national health initiatives at district and block levels. He is also the nodal person for Innovation and Learning Centre and strengthening implementation of comprehensive primary health care in aspirational district Mewat of Haryana. He is currently the nodal person for organizing training and workshops on Operational Research as part of the Department of Health Research Scheme for Human Resource Development. He has also designed, along with a team of personnel from the World Health Organization, a course on programme management for district and block-based programme managers involved in implementation of national health programmes. He is also currently part of AIIMS technical support unit on cause of death ascertainment through verbal autopsy systems and Anaemia Mukht Bharat at Centre for Community Medicine. He has contributed to several national public health programmes. As a faculty, he currently guides MD, PhD and MSc nursing students in public health, epidemiology and operational research projects.
Dr. Ravindra Rao
Dr Ravindra Rao is presently working as Additional Professor, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. His areas of work includes substance use disorder. He in actively involved in clinical teaching. Dr Ravindra has completed his MD in Psychiatry from AIIMS, New Delhi. After his senior residency at AIIMS, he worked for three years in the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India to manage the HIV prevention programmes for Injecting Drug Users. He then worked as a Technical Officer (Drugs and HIV) at United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for South Asia, before joining as a faculty in AIIMS. He has assisted in initiation and scale-up of Opioid Substitution Therapy in India as well as other South Asian countries, including Nepal, Bangladesh, and Maldives. He has also authored clinical practice guidelines for OST implementation as well as standard operating procedures. His interests are in the area of substance use disorder in particular, injecting drug use, harm reduction and community-based treatment programmes. He is also interested in public health related to mental health and substance use. Recently he has developed a website for conducting online certification course for medical professionals working in the area of substance use disorder (SUDs), individuals seeking treatment for SUDs, or anyone interested in learning more about substance use disorders in general and the treatment provided. He has to his credit more than hundred research articles (articles, technical reports, practice guidelines, book chapters).
Dr. Vishal Diwan
Dr Vishal Diwan is presently working as Scientist ‘E’ at ICMR – National Institute for Research in Environmental Health, Bhopal. Dr. Diwan is heading division of environmental monitoring and exposure assessment (water and soil) at NIREH, Bhopal. Dr. Diwan education includes Master and PhD in Limnology, master’s in international health and Post-doctoral studies at Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Prior to joining ICMR-NIREH, Dr. Diwan was Professor of Public Health and Environment at R D Gardi Medical College, Ujjain. Dr. Diwan is public and environmental health researcher trained in quantitative and qualitative research methods, project administration and management. Dr. Diwan has more than 18 years of research experience in the area of health system research, antibiotic resistance, water and sanitation, use of low-cost technology in treating wastewater systems, follow-up studies focusing ‘one health’, Research capacity building, GIS. Dr. Diwan has undertook studies involving GIS mapping of formal and informal providers in Ujjain, health infrastructure mapping and mapping of maternal health facilities in Madhya Pradesh. His Current area of research/interests of are household waste segregation, micronplastics, development of interventions focussing on pro-environmental behaviour, WASH, antibiotic stewardship related to environment, exposure, and risk assessment in community focussing on water and soil. He has authored more than 80 articles published in national and international peer reviewed journals.
Dr. Yogesh Sabde
Dr. Yogesh Sabde is presently working as senior scientist and in-charge Epidemiology Section of ICMR-National Institute for Research in Environmental Health (ICMR-NIREH), Bhopal which is a permanent institution of Indian Council of Medical Research. He is master’s in social and Preventive Medicine and worked as faculty and post graduate guide at Medical University for nine years. He has spent over 12 years in public health academics and research carrier and has presented his research findings at international conferences and published his findings in journals of international repute (total publications 46). He has developed special expertise in innovative application of geographic information system (GIS) in health systems research.
Prof. Suresh Sharma
Dr Suresh Sharma is currently working as Professor, Department of Statistics Punjab University Chandigarh, India. He was also the Coordinator, Centre for Systems Biology and Bioinformatics from 2010 to June 2018. His areas of interest include Biostatistics, Ranking and Selection, Statistical Inference, Statistical Modeling, Bioinformatics and Statistical Genetics. Many projects like Public Health and Pollution Control in Asia (PAPA Project) in collaboration with Health Effects Institute (HEI), Boston, USA, National Environmental Health Profile, sanctioned by Ministry of Environment, Forest and climate change, India, Extent and Determinant of Cost of Acute Poisoning in Tri-city of Chandigarh-An Exploratory Study (ICMR, India) etc. have been taken by him. He is also working on six other projects with WHO (World health Organization) and ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) in collaboration with PGIMER and GMCH, Chandigarh, India. He has more than 120 Research Papers in National/International Journals of repute. He has attended and delivered talks in more than 35 International conferences abroad and delivered more than 650 Invited talks in India. He has written several chapters in books. Recently, he has written a book a book on Medical Statistics which has been launched by International Medical Olympiad, Greece. He is the recipient of several awards and honours such as – Best Research Award 2003 (AIIMS New Delhi, India); Jacob Wolfowitz Award 2003, USA; S.G. Gaur Award 2010, Best paper in Environmental Health; Anil Malhotra Award in 2018; Shiksha Rattan Award, 2011; Best Citizen of India Award, 2012; Visiting Professor, National Institute of Health (NIH), Bethesda, USA, April-August, 2015; Appointed Ambassador, Asian Council of Science Editors (ACSE), 2016; Advisor, International Medical Olympiad Association in Greece, Nov 2017; Best Paper Award: In the area of Meta-Analysis, Conference at BHU in Nov 2017; Appointed as Chief Statistician: Global Harmony Project (GHA), Sweden and Russia. He has recently developed two websites on Cancer PDF: A repository of cancer-associated peptidome found in human biofluids and Dis-Face (Developing full face from half face using the approaches of Bioinformatics approach?)
Prof. K Thennarasu
Prof K Thennarasu is currently working as Professor and Head, Department of Biostatistics, NIMHANS, Bangalore. After receiving his Doctor of Philosophy from IASRI, New Delhi Fogarty International Post-Doctoral Fellowship program at Washington University, School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 2005-2006. He possesses patent for his work TOP2A INHIBITION BY TEMOZOLOMIDE USEFUL FOR PREDICTING GLIOBLASTOMA PATIENT’S SURVIVAL. He has more than three hundred research publications in various national and international journals. His research work is widely cited (total citation: 5455, h-index: 40, i10-index-129). He is the recipient of numerous awards – Recipient of Fellow of Indian Society for Medical Statistics (FSMS) from Indian Society for Medical statistics (ISMS); 25th Business School Affaire & Dewang Mehta National Education Award regional round for the year 2017 under the category Best Professor in Biostatistics; Editor of ISMS Bulletin, which is an official Bulletin of the Indian Society for Medical Statistics (ISMS); Awarded Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) from IASRI, New Delhi. India; Senior Research fellowship (SRF) from IASRI, New Delhi. India. He is also the “Executive Committee Member of the Indian Society for Medical Statistics”; was a Member of Award Committee, Indian Society for Medical Statistics (ISMS); awarded SWAN-NaThaM award for best field-based article published Journal of School Social work for the year 2008-2009; Member of JIPMER Scientific Advisory Committee; Technical consultants to Govt. of Kerala, Health department/NRHM, for various research on Mental Health Survey in the state of Kerala.
Prof. Rajesh Sagar
Dr Rajesh Sagar is currently working as Professor, Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS, New Delhi. He is MD from NIMHANS, Bangalore. He has received Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) from Specialist Training Authority of the Medical Royal Colleges (UK) and General Medical Council, UK. Appointed as the Chairman of the Technical Committee on India-Australia Community Mental Health Development Project for Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India, 2013-15. Currently, he is member, Central Mental Health Authority (CMHA), Govt. of India, however served as secretary of the same (2005-2018) and Honorary Advisor for mental health to Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. He has been an Expert/advisory member for several organizations including expert member of 5 various National Task forces on COVID by ICMR and of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. He possesses many awards – Membership of National Academy of Medical Sciences and fellowship of International Medical Science Academy; Fellowship of Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh, UK). He is Honorary Professor in department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Australia & University of Leicester, UK. Chair, Mental health group of Global Burden of Disease-India; Received several awards and honours including Outstanding Researcher award as country’s Topmost researcher in psychology/mental health based on research output in SCOPUS. He has to his credit more than 500 research papers, chapters, books.
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