National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore
National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences Bangalore
Hailing from Thirthahalli, a small town in Shivamogga district of Karnataka, I completed my MBBS from Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, Karnataka. During my medical education I had developed keen interest in Clinical Research and was determined to pursue a career as Clinical Researcher. With the golden opportunity to learn MD in Psychiatry from the premier institute - National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore, I could nurture both by clinical and research interests.
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) which is a wonder treatment in psychiatry attracted my inquisitive mind. This paved the way for my thesis work during my MD wherein I modified the electrical parameter and looked at efficacy and cognitive adverse effects of ECT in patients with schizophrenia. I got the opportunity to present the findings of my Research work in some of the National and International conferences.
Even though ECT is considered the most effective treatment in the field of psychiatry for all severe mental illnesses, mechanism of its action still remains enigmatic. With this fellowship I aim to take a step closer as a clinician to predict the response to ECT among schizophrenia patients. This fellowship would also allow me to learn newer modalities in research like functional neuro-imaging, Diffusion Tensor Imaging. During this fellowship I aspire to assimilate the techniques of both research methodologies and use of imaging in psychiatric research with the auspices of my mentors - Dr B.N. Gangadhar, Dr Jagadisha T.and Dr Rose Dawn Bharath.