Clinical Research Training Program

The Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) fellowship is embedded as a part of the DBT/Wellcome Trust-funded STOP-Epilepsy clinical research centre. This program aims to train clinicians/physician scientists in public health research in mental health and neurological disorders. Additionally, the CRTP curriculum will emphasize public health aspects of neurological and mental health disorders commensurate with the expertise of the lead investigators and include cross-disciplinary inputs from the named experts in the project.

Through a competitive and rigorous selection process, four CRTP fellows have been enrolled in the program. The fellows will undergo individualised training based on targeted needs assessment. Furthermore, fellows will work in various studies conducted within the Clinical Research Centre spanning research topics in mental health, neurology, and public health in the partnering institutes.

Mr Utpal Kumar Gogoi, B Optom, MPH
CRTP fellow, Dayanand Medical College Hospital, Ludhiana

“My core area of interest is in interventional research in the field of Health economics and financing, particularly that may involve cost evaluation techniques like cost effectiveness, cost benefit and cost utility analysis. In addition to my interest in economics and finance, I am also interested in research in the fields of Mental Health, Global infectious disease epidemiology, Community eye health, and One health.”

Dr Hemant Kumar Tiwari, BDS, MPH
CRTP fellow, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

“I am a public health master graduate with research experience in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Prevention of Mental and Neurological Disorders. My primary research interest is in the area of Epilepsy related Stigmatization and the Imperative of Communication. Through my research, I would like to focus on the communication strategies that are essential to enhance the provider-patient interactions and thereby reduce stigma and the huge treatment gap of epilepsy.”

Dr Usha M Khanapur, MBBS, PGDFM, MPH
CRTP fellow, The George Institute for Global Health, New Delhi

“My research interest is in public health research related to Neuroscience and mental health. The key areas of interest are Epilepsy, Stroke, Dementia and mood disorders. As a CRTP Fellow in the STOP-Epilepsy project, I will be able to contribute towards the most relevant and needed area of my research interest. I believe that my research in the key field adds value to the health care services in India and beyond. I aim to see the benefits of this knowledge in prolonging and achieving quality life.”

Dr Mayank Sharma, BDS, MPH
CRTP fellow, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

“I am a public health professional with research interests in non-communicable diseases, particularly epilepsy. My research aims to address the public health aspects of epilepsy, specifically reducing treatment gap in epilepsy by strengthening health systems. I believe primary and secondary levels of care should be strengthened to provide adequate clinical management. Earlier, I’ve worked to improve provision of palliative care services.”