Institutional Review Board

 At Sangath, we place great emphasis on ensuring the highest standards of ethics in research. The IRB fullfils the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines and is approved by the US Office of Human Research Participants Protection.

    As far as possible, research participants are offered free health care relevant to the research: for example, participants who have symptoms of mental disorder are referred to a Sangath professional. Independent Trial Steering Committees, Data Monitoring and Ethics Committees oversee our trials, and we seek ICMR approval for all our international collaborative research projects. 


ANANT BHAN
ANANT BHAN

 Anant Bhan is a physician with a masters in health science in bioethics from University of Toronto in Canada. He works as a researcher and trainer in the field of public health/ global health and bioethics, and is based in Pune. He has published in both national and international journals and is the associate editor for Public Health Ethics, an Oxford University Publication. 

DR ABHIJIT NADKARNI
DR ABHIJIT NADKARNI

Dr. Abhijit Nadkarni is an addiction psychiatrist conducting research aimed at developing and evaluating interventions for alcohol use disorders in low resource settings. He was a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK and is currently based in Sangath, Goa where he leads the Addictions Research Group. Having completed his medical degree and a specialized degree in psychiatry in Goa, India; he further pursued his post graduate training in General Adult and Addictions Psychiatry under the South London and Maudsley training scheme in UK. He then earned a Masters in Mental Health Services Research from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College, London and did his doctoral studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His research interests encompass global mental health, and particularly alcohol use disorders. Having recently completed one of the largest cohort study exploring the progression of alcohol use disorders in India, he is currently leading programmes to develop and evaluate a lay counsellor delivered complex intervention for alcohol dependence in low resource settings and to develop a supportive psychosocial intervention for family members of people with alcohol problems. He is actively involved in the capacity building of mental health researchers and lay health workers. He teaches on the Global Mental Health MSc course at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Leadership in Mental Health course in Goa and a similar course hosted by the World Health Organisation-Eastern Mediterranean Region Office.  

VISHRAM GUPTE
VISHRAM GUPTE

 Vishram Gupte is a double graduate, one in commerce and another in legislative law. He has also acquired a masters degree in philosophy. He has served as the Chairperson of Sangath. He is a creative writer and has produced two novels, one of which has bagged two prestigious awards in Maharashtra, India.      He also has an award-winning Marathi translation to his credit. He has permanently settled in Goa with his gynaecologist wife and two sons, both of whom are avid nature lovers.

DR VIKRAM PATEL
DR VIKRAM PATEL

 Dr Vikram Patel is a psychiatrist and a Professor of International Mental Health and a Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.      He is a founder and past Chairperson of Sangath, and barring a gap of six months, has been a member of its Managing Committee since it was started in 1996. He has a number of publications to his credit including scientific papers, book chapters as well as a book.      He was an editor of the recent Lancet Series on Global Mental Health (2007) and is editor of a forthcoming Lancet Series on Health for All in India.

DR SHEELA GUPTE
DR SHEELA GUPTE

 Dr Sheela Gupte is a senior consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist with a special interest in fetal medicine - a super speciality  that endeavors to prevent and manage birth defects in unborn babies. A graduate in Medicine and Surgery from Nagpur, she earned her MD in the year 1983.     In 2003, she earned the Ian Donald Diploma in Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound. She has the distinction of being certified by the Fetal Medicine Foundation, UK, for early screening of chromosomal defects like Down's syndrome. Her name figures in the list of sonographers certified for performing the Nuchal Translucency Scan onwww.fetalmedicine.com

DR NEERJA CHOUDHARY
DR NEERJA CHOUDHARY

Neerja, a psychiatrist at Sangath, has been involved in a randomised controlled trial integrating the treatment of depression in primary care in Goa. She has also been involved in a community-based programme providing mental health support to people with HIV and their caregivers.    Through her work, she has gained experience in planning programmes to improve access to mental health care in low resource settings as well as in developing and conducting training for lay health counsellors in the delivery of mental health interventions.    Her experience in humanitarian settings includes coordinating the IMC psychosocial programme in Chad and the training of Ministry Of Health doctors in Kabul.

DR AMIT DIAS
DR AMIT DIAS

Dr Amit Dias is an epidemiologist who has also specialised in geriatrics and infectious disease. He works as a lecturer in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the Goa Medical College.     He has received the prestigious Fondation Médéric Alzheimer and Alzheimer Disease International award for the best evidence-based research on interventions for people with dementia. He is the Chairperson of Sangath.  

GRACY ANDREW
GRACY ANDREW

 Gracy, a clinical psychologist by profession, has been associated with Sangath since 1997. She has worked extensively in the area of adolescent mental health and was the moving force behind setting up Sangath’s centre in Raia, South Goa.      She has previously served as secretary and chairperson of Sangath’s Managing Committee and until recently was the Executive Director of Sangath. At present she works as country manager for CorStone, an organisation that has developed a children’s resilience programme for girls that is being spread to various parts of India through partner organisations.      She continues to provide consultancy services to Sangath. As the mother of two growing adolescents, Gracy claims motherhood to be the most exciting and challenging of all her roles.    

LARISSA RODRIGUES
LARISSA RODRIGUES

Larissa holds a M.Sc. Home Science (Human Development) and Dip.HRM degree, Worked with Research on Street Children for 3 years, Lecturer in Human Dev. since 2006, Currently Asst. Professor (Human Development), Goa College of Home Science. Teaching Experience of 10 years. Presented research papers at state-level, national, and international conferences.

RAJ VAIDYA
RAJ VAIDYA

Raj is a practising community pharmacist for more than two decades and a partner and chief pharmacist at the Hindu Pharmacy in Panjim. He has held a number of professional positions at various levels while also being actively involved in various health education activities and campaigns.     He is associated with a number of social, child, and health NGOs. While being an active board member of the Pharmacy Associations in Goa and India for nearly 20 years, he also writes for news publications.