Towards modern standards of care in psychiatry

11th International Conference of the SAARC Psychiatric Federation 16th Academic Sessions of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists Colombo - Sri Lanka


International faculty

Prof Dinesh Bhugra 
Prof Mohan Isaac
Prof Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
Dr Rupert McShane
Prof Nirmal Lamichhane
Prof Gautam Saha
Prof Raju
Prof  O. P. Singh
Prof Muhammad Iqbal Afridi 
Dr Sandeep Grover
Dr Rajeev Tandon
Dr E Mohandas
Dr Russel D Souza
Dr John P John
Brigadier Prof Rana 
Prof Arun Ravindran
Prof T iS S Rao
Dr Avinash D Souza
Dr Anukant Mittal
Prof Nimesh Deshai
Dr Henal  Sha

Prof Dinesh Bhugra

Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London and and honorary consultant at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
He is the President Elect of the British Medical Association and was the past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and past President of the World Psychiatric Association for a three year term. He also sits on the Education Committee of the European Psychiatric Association, and is the recipient of over 10 honorary degrees. He has authored/co-authored over 400 scientific papers and 32 books. He is also the Editor of three journals (International Journal of Social Psychiatry, International Review of Psychiatry and International Journal of Culture and Mental Health). 





Prof Russell D’ Souza

Professor Russell Dsouza is the current Head and Chair of the Asia Pacific Division of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, Directorate of the Asia Pacific Division, Melbourne Australia. Prof Dsouza is the current Director of Education of the International Program
UNESCO Chair in Bioethics University of Haifa. Based at the Directorate of the Asia Pacific Division in Melbourne Australia
Professor Dr. Russell D’Souza is currently the Dean and Executive Director Global and Professor of Organisational Psychological Medicine of the International Institute of Organizational Psychological Medicine (IIOPM) based at Port Melbourne Australia,
Melbourne Florida USA and Doncaster South Yorkshire UK.  





Dr. Rupert McShane


Dr. Rupert McShane leads the ECT and ketamine service at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and is the chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists special committee on ECT and related treatments. His work on ECT includes creation of internet resource of 140 video clips of people talking about their experience of ECT on HealthTalk.  He ran the first international conference on ketamine treatments for psychiatric disorders in March 2018 ( and he is previously the coordinating editor of Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group.






Dr. Gautam Saha 


Dr. Gautam Saha is the director, Clinic Brain Neuropsychiatric Institution and Research Centre , Barasat. He is also the immediate past Honorary General Secretary (2016-18) of the Indian Psychiatric Society. He is the editor  of the  Indian Association of Private Psychiatry and is the chairperson of the CME Committee , Indian Association for Geriatric Mental Health. Dr Saha has several publications and has contributed to several books.






Prof. O. M. Prakash Singh


Dr. Singh, former professor and head of NRS Medical College is the current editor of  Indian Journal of  Psychiatry and is the Honorary General Secretary of Indian Association for Geriatric Mental Health. He has held many positions in the Indian Psychiatric Society. 








Dr. R. K. Mahendru


Dr. Mahendru is a former Professor and Head Psychiatric Division, GSVM Medical College, Kanpur. He was the first to obtain MD in Psychiatry in 1971 from K.G’s Medical College Lucknow. He has won Indian Psychiatric Society, Central Zone Oration Award in 1986 and has been the President and Secretary of Central Zone Branch of Indian Psychiatric Society. He has published nearly 35 scientific papers in various national and international journals and written several articles on psychiatry and mental health in various magazines and news papers. 







Prof Roy Abraham Kallivayalil 


Prof Kallivayalil is the President of the World Association of Social Psychiatry. He is also the Secretary General, World Psychiatric Association.











Dr Philip John

Dr. Philip John is a Senior Consultant in psychiatry in Kochi, Kerala, India for the past 35 years and also has regular consultations at Child Guidance Clinic (CGC), Sharjah, United Arab Emirates(UAE). Graduated in Medicine from Medical College, Trivandrum and holds MD in Psychiatry from the prestigious National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (NIMHANS), the premier institute for neurosciences in Asia. Dr. Philip John is a Senior Consultant in psychiatry in Kochi, Kerala, India for the past 35 years and also has regular consultations at Child Guidance Clinic (CGC), Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Graduated in Medicine from Medical College, Trivandrum and holds MD in Psychiatry from the prestigious National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (NIMHANS), the premier institute for neurosciences in Asia.







Prof Muhammad Iqbal Afridi 



Prof Afridi is the dean of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical  Centre, Karachi, Pakistan and Jinnah Sindh Medical University. He is also the Chairman, Faculty of Psychiatry, JSMU, Karachi and head of the department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Sciences, JPMC. Prof Afridi is the President of Pakistan Psychiatric Society.









Prof Mohan Isaac


Mohan Isaac is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UWA Medical School, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia and Consultant Psychiatrist in charge of the “Early Interventions in Psychosis” (EIP) Team and the “Assertive Community Treatment” (ACT) Team at Fremantle Hospital, Fremantle, Australia. He was formerly Professor and Head of the oldest and largest academic Department of Psychiatry in India at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore, where he is currently a Visiting Professor. 








Dr G. Prasad Rao 

He is immediate Past President, Indian Psychiatric Society and is Secretary General – Education, Asian  Federation of Psychatric Associations ( AFPA ). His primary interest is Depressive disorders, Bipolar disorder and Neuro Imaging studies and the understanding of Psychopharmacology evolving new concepts.  His interests are also in the adolescent Schizophrenia and Anxiety disorders.
He has more than 160 Published articles in the peer reviewed National and International Journals of Psychiatry.








Dr Moinak Banerjee

Dr. Moinak Banerjee works on genetics, immunogenetics, pharmacogenetics, and epigenetics of complex diseases. He worked in AIIMS, New Delhi and CCMB Hyderabad. He received his advanced short term training fellowship in CSHL, New York and RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Tokyo and is also a JSPS fellow.








Prof Arun Ravindran

Prof Arun Ravindran is a full Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto (UofT), and Director of its Global Mental Health and the Fellowship programs. He is a Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and a full member of the Institute of Medical Science UofT. Dr. Ravindran’s clinical and research interests are in mood and anxiety disorders and in global mental health. He has held/currently holds grant funding from several national and international agencies, and has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles. He has been honored with the Donald A. Wasylenki Award for international partnerships, education and social responsibility; and the Mary Seeman award for Clinical Excellence from the University of Toronto.








Prof Mowadat Hussain Rana

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Dr Mowadat Hussain Rana, MBBS, MCPS, FCPS, DCPS-HPE, MCPS-HPE, D-CBT (Oxford), MRCPsych (UK), FRCPsych (UK), a gold medalist graduate of the pioneer batch of Army Medical College, is the Chief Editor of the Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society, Chairman, The Healing Triad-Pakistan, the Honorary Chair of Department of Behavioural Sciences, and Adjunct Professor at University of Health Sciences, Lahore. Dr Rana is the Patron EMDR Pakistan and the founding Secretary General of EMDR Asia. He is an Honorary Professor at Robert Gordon University, United Kingdom, and a Consultant to World Health Organisation.  





Prof Sandeep Grover 

Prof Grover has 456 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 52 book chapters. He has edited 4 books. He is the Editor, Journal of Geriatric Mental Health (2013 onwards), Associate Editor of Indian J Psychiatry (2009-onwards), Associate Editor, Indian J Psychol Med (2018), Editor, Journal of Mental Health and Human Behaviour (2018 onwards)