Dr. Chittaranjan Andrade, Senior Professor
Chittaranjan Andrade M.D. is a psychiatrist with nearly four decades of experience in his field. He is a Senior Professor in the Department of Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neurotoxicology 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, 11 national awards (including all the major awards of the Indian Psychiatric Society) and 8 state and other awards in recognition of his research. He has published more than 20 books, about 40 chapters in various texts, and around 500 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. His work has received nearly 6000 citations in the scientific literature.
His academic and research expertise lies in clinical psychopharmacology and especially in electroconvulsive therapy and ketamine therapy. He 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 a member of the editorial boards of both The Journal of ECT and Brain Stimulation. He is also the Field Editor for Clinical Therapeutics for the journal Bipolar Disorders. He serves on the editorial boards of several other journals, including the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Asian Journal of Psychiatry, International Journal of Bipolar Disorders, Indian Journal of Psychiatry, and Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine. 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 which 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, he publishes a monthly, indexed column in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (running since 2012), and a Critical Readings in Psychiatry book series, the 12th 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 state-level middle-distance athlete, a rock-climber, and a mountaineer; he has scaled 9 peaks in the Himalayas, as well as Mount Kilimanjaro, which is one of the Seven Summits of the World. He has taken up stage and close-up magic as additional interests.