Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology

Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology

About the Department

The Department was established as Department of Psychopharmacology towards the end of 1983. The Department’s name was rechristened as the “Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology” following the amalgamation of Neurotoxicology expertise with the department in 2018. The Department offices and laboratories are situated on the second floor of the Administrative Block of NIMHANS and in the second floor of the Neurobiology Research Centre.

The Department presently has two faculty members on its rolls:

  • Dr. Chittaranjan Andrade (Psychopharmacology)-Professor and Head
  • Dr. M.M. Srinivas Bharath (Neurotoxicology)-Professor

There is one vacant faculty position that is expected to be filled, shortly.

The Department conducts research in the following fields:

Psychopharmacology: Electroconvulsive therapy, Transcranial direct current stimulation, modern medicinal drugs, and herbal psychotropic agents. Whereas the psychopharmacology faculty were formerly also involved in basic science research, the current thrust is on clinical research in the listed fields.

Neurotoxicology: Animal models to understand neurotoxicology and CNS disease pathogenesis, Cellular models of CNS disease pathogenesis and neurotoxicology, Redox and mitochondrial dynamics in brain and muscle in health and disease

The Department conducts educational programs for postgraduate students and mental health professionals on subjects ranging from clinical psychopharmacology to brain stimulation to applied statistics and research methodology. The Department produces a free e-newsletter on psychiatry and the related neurological, psychological, and medical sciences. The Department also runs an e-Journal Club for postgraduate psychiatry students and academic psychiatrists across the country.