National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, India
Latrobe Regional Hospital, Victoria, Australia
NIMHANS, Bengaluru, India
I received my MBBS from Mysore Medical College and MD (Psychiatry) from NIMHANS. At NIMHANS, I was lucky to be mentored by Prof. B N Gangadhar and seniors like Dr. Venkatasubramanian. The training at NIMHANS inculcated an interest in the neurobiology of Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.
A period of work in Australia from 2005 – 2007 broadened my worldview and enabled me to understand that psychiatric disorders though universal, are colored to a significant extent by societal norms and environmental influences. On my return from Australia to join as a faculty at NIMHANS, I continued work on neurobiological factors in Schizophrenia, particularly soft neurological signs. I am currently working as an Additional Professor of Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS.
I also developed an inclination for studying the use and mechanisms of action of Yoga as a therapeutic tool in neuropsychiatry. At the NIMHANS Yoga Centre, we have evaluated the therapeutic potential for yoga in psychiatric disorders and also attempted to critically evaluate and improve existing paradigms in yoga research with a view to bring it into the mainstream of medicine. Our studies on the effect of yoga in depression, mild cognitive impairment, and in particular psychosis, have been path breaking and well-recognized.
The Wellcome Trust/DBT Intermediate Fellowship seemed an ideal pathway for me to pursue my twin interests in the neurobiology of Schizophrenia as well as the use of Yoga in psychiatric disorders, and will hopefully provide scientific evidence for the neuroplastic effects of yoga in this enigmatic disorder.