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Research

The Centre for Addiction Medicine, NIMHANS, has intensely focused on research since its inception. The research directions have been shaped by its location as the Regional Resource Centre for South India, as well as the research interests of the individual faculty.
A significant direction has been the study of the prevalence and patterns of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in India. This has included initiating some of the first enquiries in the country on patterns of use, economic consequences and social cost of alcohol, normative use of alcohol among women and substance use in special risk groups, which have contributed to the growing acceptance of substance use especially alcohol as a critical public health problem in India.
The other significant direction has been the study of genetic and neurobiological factors which underlie the susceptibility to addiction, especially in young people. Several studies have examined pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for persons with substance abuse problems. 

Projects

Prof. Prabhat Chand

Dr Prabhat Chand is a psychiatrist with special expertise in addiction medicine, currently a Professor of Psychiatry at the Centre for Addiction Medicine of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore. He holds an MD in Psychiatry from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh and a Diplomate of National Board (DNB) Psychiatry from the National Board of Examination in New Delhi. His professional work involves clinical patient care, academic pursuits, and addiction and mental health research.

With a strong background in public health, Dr. Chand completed a fellowship in telehealth for capacity building using technology at the ECHO Institute, University of New Mexico Health Science Centre, USA. Dr. Chand is vital in establishing a “Knowledge Network” through the NIMHANS Digital Academy (NDA) ECHO Hub. , utilising digital technology to manage addictive disorders. NIMHANS ECHO is an innovative capacity-building programme that uses a HUB and SPOKE knowledge-sharing network, led by expert teams from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore, to provide training and telementoring to healthcare professionals working in remote and rural areas of India, South East Asia, and Africa. The ‘Hub’ and ‘Spoke’ model links an interprofessional specialist team at the NIMHANS academic centre of expertise (the Hub) with healthcare providers (spokes). Since 2014, his team has connected and mentored more than 10,000 doctors, counsellors, nurses, and educators, ensuring the provision of best practices in addiction and mental health care. This initiative has been awarded by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as one of the innovations in health care.

He has mentored NIMHANS ECHO such as the Gujarat Digital Academy for Mental Health, Ahmedabad, Odisha Digital Academy for Mental Health, Cuttack, LGBRIMH Digital Academy, Tezpur, Digital Academy at AIIMS Deoghar, Institute of Mental Health at Pt BD Sharma Medical College Rohtak. More details can be found on the nimhansecho.in website.

In 2023, his team developed an eLearning platform, nimhanselearning.org, where anyone can access a short certificate module in addictive disorder anytime.

Having served as the former Officer in Charge for the Centre for Addiction Medicine and NIMHANS Digital Academy. He is the principal investigator for Quitline NIMHANS and runs a Tobacco Cessation clinic at NIMHANS.  

He has developed the “Addiction Rx for Physicians” mobile app, available on both the Play Store and App Store. This mobile app, an assistance tool for clinical decisions for a doctor, has been available worldwide since 2022 and has been downloaded more than 3000 times in 92 countries. 

He is involved in the development of the “Quest app” for relapse prevention of patients with alcohol use disorder and “Quitbot” for tobacco cessation. 

Digital Tools developed

Year

Name

Access

Purpose

(Democratising Knowledge)

2014

NIMHANS ECHO

nimhansecho.in

Case based learning and mentoring the health providers in Addiction and Mental health. Uses digital blended learning model

2023

Addiction Champions

champs.vknnimhans.in

A repository of addiction champions and any person can locate, connect for help

2022

Addiction Rx app

 

Addiction Rx : play store

Addiction Rx: app store

A mobile app to assist physician and practitioners in screening, understanding and managing addictive disorders

2023

Primer series: Any time elearning on a short specific area

nimhanselearning.org

The factual knowledge before one joins the more intensive case based NIMHAN ECHO platform

2024

Quit bot

quittobacco.in

Any one can access the bot which will assist in quitting tobacco

2023

NAMAH NIMHANS

namahnimhans.in

Mental health and well being of health care providers

He can be reached by email at chand@nimhans.ac.in and prabhat@vknnimhans.in

He has >80 publications & > 15 projects

Website: vknnimhans.in and nimhanselearning.org

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=nFtzLeUAAAAJ&hl=en

Orcid: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8807-5610

App: Addiction Rx and NIMHANS ECHO

Dr. Arun Kandasamy, Officer-in-Charge, CAM

S.No 

Title of project

Funding agency

Role 

Status of project

1

Himachal Pradesh Medical officers training programme on Management of Substance Use Disorders

National Rural Health Mission, Himachal Pradesh (HP)

Co-Investigator

Completed

2

Efficacy and safety of Baclofen GRS for treatment of Alcohol Dependence: A randomized, double blind, Placebo controlled, comparative, parallel groups, multi-centric, 12 week study protocol No. CLR_09_23

Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company Ltd (SPARC)

Co-investigator

Completed

3

Stigma experience and related barriers of help-seeking in psychosis, depressive disorders and alcohol use disorders: An exploratory study

NIMHANS

Co-investigator

Completed

4

Regional Technical Training Centre (RTTC) for NACO run Opioid Substitution Centre

Global Fund for AIDS, Tobacco Round 9 (GFATM Rd9) India HIV-IDU

Co-Principal investigator

Completed

5

Development, implementation and evaluation of a training program in Mental Health Care for Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

Co-investigator

 

Completed

6

Pattern and prevalence of Axis I Psychiatric Co-morbidity in patients with Substance Use Disorders – [PsyCoSUD]

NIMHANS

Principal investigator

Completed

7

Consortium on Vulnerability to Externalizing Disorders and Addictions [c-VEDA]

ICMR- MRCUK

Co-Investigator

Completed

8

Accelerator program for Discovery of Brain Disorders (ADBS)

Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India

Co-investigator

Completed

9

National Survey on Extent and Pattern of Substance Use in India

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India and AIIMS, New Delhi

Regional Principal Investigator

Completed

10

Improving Outcomes in Mental and Physical Comorbidity and Developing Research Capacity (IMPACT) in South Asia

National Institute of Health Research, UK & University of York

Co-Investigator

Completed

11

Implementing a Settings Based Health Promotion Intervention for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

AXA Business & Public Health Foundation of India

Principal Investigator

Completed

12

National Survey On Focussed Themes: Substance Use among Prison Population

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India and AIIMS, New Delhi

Regional Principal Investigator

Completed

13

National Survey On Focussed Themes: Substance Use among Transport Workers

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India and AIIMS, New Delhi

Regional Principal Investigator

Completed

14

National Survey On Focussed Themes: Substance use Treatment Experience survey

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India and AIIMS, New Delhi

Regional Principal Investigator

Completed

15

National Survey On Focussed Themes: Substance Use among School children

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India and AIIMS, New Delhi

Regional Principal Investigator

Completed

16

National Survey On Focussed Themes: Substance use among Female Sex Workers

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India and AIIMS, New Delhi

Regional Principal Investigator

Completed

17

National Survey On Focussed Themes: Substance use among Homeless population

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India and AIIMS, New Delhi

Regional Principal Investigator

Completed

18

National Survey On Focussed Themes: Substance use among Hijra/TG population

Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India and AIIMS, New Delhi

Regional Principal Investigator

Completed

19

Behavioural Activation for Comorbid Depression in Non-communicable Disease (BEACON) study

National Institute of Health Research, UK

Principal Investigator

Completed

20

Cannabis initiation, normative beliefs, expectancies and identity development among young adults studying in college: a national study.

Indian Council of Social Science Research

Co-Principal Investigator

Completed

21

A survey to map resources for drug demand reduction in Karnataka

National Health Mission, Karnataka Health & Family Welfare Society (KH&FWS)

Principal Investigator

Ongoing

22

National mental health Survey: Metrocities Survey

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI

Co-Investigator

Ongoing

23

National Mental Health Survey- Phase II

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI

Co-Investigator

Ongoing

24

Development and feasibility of a digital intervention for common mental health problems among older adults

Indo-Sweden (ICMR and FORTE) program

Principal Investigator-NIMHANS site

Ongoing

Dr. Shreedevi, Assistant Professor, Psychiatric Social Work

Name of the project

Funding Agency

Amount (INR)

Years (Start-completion)

Principal Investigator 

 

Mental health profile and Substance use pattern among Waste-pickers in Urban Bangalore- An Exploratory Study

Indian Council for Medical Research, New Delhi.

 

89,59,778

Received Approval

 

Etiological factors (Social) leading to substance use among Adolescents and Youth

 

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, New Delhi.

1,64,325

Nine months

November 2022 – July 2023 

(Completed)

Residential capacity building training program on addiction management for social workers working in IRCA from Karnataka

 

National Institute of Social Defence

(NISD), Government of India, 

New Delhi

3,50,000

Six months;

February 2020 – July 2020

(Completed)

Co-investigator

 

A Descriptive Mixed-Methods Study

of PWID using Tapentadol in Bengaluru

National Fund for Control of Drug Abuse grant,

Department of Revenue, Government of India

6,26,761

15 months

June 2023 – September 2024

(On-going)

Psychosocial Assessment for persons with Tuberculosis in Community Engagement Program

Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT),

Bengaluru.

10,78,000

August 2023 (ongoing)

Neuropathy in Alcohol Use Disorder: A study of prevalence, profile, determinants and pathobiological substrates

Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, Delhi.

60,81,240

April 2020 –   March 2023

(Completed)

Prevention of Drug Use in Schools; Capacity Building for Peer Educator Volunteers 

(A Pilot Programme)

Social Justice Department, Government of Kerala

10,45,000

7 months: January 2021 – July 2021

(Completed)

Anti-Drug Awareness, Counselling and Peer Education Among Youth –       A Training to Excise Officers, Government of Kerala, India

Kerala State Excise Department and Vimukthi Mission, Government of Kerala

96,000

Two months                        November 2021 – December 2021