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Dr Chittaranjan Andrade, Professor and HOD


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Chittaranjan Andrade M.D. is a psychiatrist with over three decades of experience in his field. He is the Professor and Head of the Department of Psychopharmacology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore.

His academic record comprises 25 prizes in pre-collegiate education, 4 prizes during collegiate education (including the 4th rank in the State of Karnataka), 9 prizes and gold medals in medical college (including the best outgoing student award in the university), and the gold medal for standing first in the university in the postgraduate examinations.

He has received 3 international awards, 10 national awards (including all the major awards of the Indian Psychiatric Society and the Indian Association of Private Psychiatrists) and 8 state and other awards in recognition of his research. He has published 19 books, about 40 chapters in various texts, and around 500 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

His main research interests lie in the field of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and, more recently, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). He is a member of the editorial boards of both The Journal of ECT and Brain Stimulation. He received the ECT Investigator of the Year Award at San Francisco in 2003. In early 2010, he guest-edited a special issue of the Journal of ECT on the practice of ECT in Asia. He was a member of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry Task Forces on ECT and on Brain Stimulation.

Besides ECT, Dr. Andrade is involved with research and training on neuropsychiatric medications. He is also involved in the research and development of herbal psychotropic medicinal substances. He has completed a large number of studies in animal models as well as in human subjects in both alternative medicinal and modern medicinal fields.

Dr Andrade is also the Field Editor for Clinical Therapeutics for the journal Bipolar Disorders. He serves on the editorial boards of several other overseas and national journals, as well, including the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, International Journal of Bipolar Disorders and Indian Journal of Psychiatry. He is and has been a member of various other boards, committees, and task forces at both national and international levels.

Dr Andrade is an experienced research methodologist with additional expertise in statistical methods. He is also a committed educator. He publishes an independent, thrice-weekly electronic newsletter, the Synergy Times, which, since 2001, has been reaching psychiatrists across the world. Dr Andrade also runs the e-Journal Club India initiative under the aegis of the Indian Psychiatric Society; this initiative provides education and guidance on issues related to research to postgraduate students and academic psychiatrists in the country.

Dr Andrade has also published various print newsletters down the years; these had an extensive national circulation among psychiatrists and physicians, and a small international circulation, as well. Presently, Dr Andrade publishes a monthly, indexed column in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and a Critical Readings in Psychiatry book series, the 8th volume of which was recently released.

Dr. Andrade is an active freelance journalist with a crossword column that ran for 6 years. He has published three books for children and around 800 articles in various newspapers and magazines. He has played 4 musical instruments for several orchestras and musical groups in Bangalore. He composes music, has written the anthems of two schools and one college, and has featured often in radio and television broadcasts. He has been a mountaineer and has scaled 6 peaks in the Himalayas. He continues to be an active rock-climber and a state-level middle-distance athlete. He has taken up professional magic and juggling as recent interests.