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अखिल भारतीय आयुर्विज्ञान संस्थान, नई दिल्ली
All India Institute Of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

Dr. Atul Ambekar

Dr. ATUL  AMBEKAR

Professor,

MBBS, MD (Psychiatry)

 

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NOMINATED MEMBER OF:

  • Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Dependence: World Health Organization, Geneva
  • Strategic Advisory Group (IDU and HIV): United Nations
  • National Technical Resource Group, IDU: National AIDS Control Organisation, Govt. of India
  • Drafting Committee for National Policy for Alcohol Control: Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India
  • National Steering Committee on Alcohol Control and Health, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India
  • National Consultative Committee on Drug Demand Reduction and Rehabilitation (NCCDDR): Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India
  • National Convenor: Addiction Psychiatry – Speciality Sub Section: Indian Psychiatric Society
  • Technical Advisory Group on Alcohol Control: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India (2012-2014)
  • National Task Force on Drug Demand Reduction and Capacity Building: Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India (2011-12)
  • International Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of the Community Action on Harm Reduction (CAHR): International HIV/AIDS Alliance (2011-2014)

 

MEMBERSHIP OF EDITORIAL AND ADVISORY BOARDS OF ACADEMIC JOURNALS:

 

FIELDS OF INTEREST

 

  • Training and human resource development in the area of substance use
  • Prevention of HIV related to substance use – Harm Reduction
  • Epidemiology of drug use and HIV
  • Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST)
  • Management of substance use in diverse settings: Community, prisons, workplace etc.
  • Community based research to facilitate access to services
  • Public Health Issues related to Drug Use
  • Use of Information and Communication Technology in addiction-related issues 
  • Drug Policies and Programs

 

 

Total Number of Publications till date: 83

 

PUBLICATIONS In Peer Reviewed Journals (2010 onwards)

 

  • Piyali Mandal, Arpit Parmar, Sumedha Therthani, Atul Ambekar. “Profile of women substance users seeking treatment at tertiary care treatment centre in India: A retrospective chart review study”, Journal of Substance Use (Accepted for Publication)
  • Qureshi R, Jain R, Ambekar A, Mishra AK, “Association of ANKK I polymorphism with co-morbid alcohol and nicotine dependence: A pilot study from a tertiary care treatment center in North India”. Indian Journal of Medical Research, (Accepted for Publication)
  • Swati Kedia Gupta, Atul Ambekar, Anju Dhawan, Manju Mehta (2017): “Personality profile of alcohol and injecting opioid users: A comparative study from India”, Asian Journal of Psychatry, 25: 142-146
  • Piyali Mandal, Arpit Parmar, Sumedha Therthani & Atul Ambekar (2016). “Profile of elderly women seeking treatment for substance use disorders at a tertiary care treatment center”, Journal of Substance Use, DOI: 10.1080/14659891.2016.1217092
  • Bhad R, Dayal P, Kumar S and Ambekar A, “The drug ketamine: a double edged sword for mental health professionals” J Subst Use (2015); DOI: 10.3109/14659891.2015.1040092
  • Rao R, Mandal P, Gupta R, Ramashankar P, Mishra AK, Ambekar A, Jhanjee S, Dhawan A. “Factors affecting drug use during incarceration: a cross-sectional study of opioid-dependent persons from India”, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (2015): DOI:10.1016/j.jsat.2015.08.009
  • Varshney M, Ambekar A, Lal R, Yadav D, Rao R, Mishra AK, “Brief Interventions for harmful alcohol use in opioid-dependent patients on maintenance treatment with buprenorphine: A prospective study from India”, Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment, (2015); doi: 10.1097/ADT.0000000000000076
  • Ambekar A, Rao R, Agrawal A, Mishra AK, Kishore K, Mukherjee D, Albertin C, “Pattern of drug use and associated behaviours among female injecting drug users from northeast India: a multi-centric, cross-sectional, comparative study”, Substance Use and Misuse, (2015); DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2015.101313  
  • Bhad R, Ambekar A, and Dayal P, “The lizard: an unconventional psychoactive substance?”, Journal of Substance Use, Early Online: 1–2, DOI: 10.3109/14659891.2014.987836
  • Sathya Prakash, Atul Ambekar, Prabhu Dayal, “Occasional alcohol use, relapse to opioids and the role of disulfiram”, Journal of Substance Use, 2015, DOI: 10.3109 / 14659891. 2015. 1029024
  • Ramdurg S, Ambekar A, Lal R. “Co-relationship between sexual dysfunction and high-risk sexual behavior in patients receiving buprenorphine and naltrexone maintenance therapy for opioid dependence". Ind Psychiatry J 2015;24:29-34
  • Dhawan A, Chopra A, Ambekar A, Ray R. “Treatment seeking behavior of inhalant using street children: Are we prepared to meet their treatment needs”. Indian J Psychol Med 2015;37:282-7
  • Ambekar A, Rao R, Mishra AK, Agrawal A, “Type of opioids injected: Does it matter? A multicentric cross-sectional study of people who inject drugs”, Drug Alcohol Rev. 2014 Oct 10. doi: 10.1111/dar.12208
  • Shrigopal Goyal, Atul Ambekar, Rajat Ray. “Ketamine Dependence in an Anesthesiologist: An Occupational Hazard?” Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, Jul - Sep 2014; Vol 36; 3
  • Prasad P, Ambekar A, Vaswani M, Case–control association analysis of Dopaminereceptor polymorphisms in alcohol dependence:a pilot study in Indian males, BMC Research Notes 2013, 6:418
  • Rizwana Quraishi, Raka Jain, Atul Ambekar (2013), “The Use of Dried Blood Spot Samples in Screening Drugs of Abuse” Pharmacology & Pharmacy, 2013, 4 (2); 152
  • Singh RR, Ambekar A, “Opioid substitution treatment in a public health setting: A collaboration between hospitals and NGOs in the Punjab”. International Journal of Drug Policy, 23 (2012) 169– 171
  • Ravindra Rao, Atul Ambekar, Seema Yadav, Hem Sethi, Anju Dhawan, “Slow-release oral morphine as a maintenance agent in opioid dependence syndrome: an exploratory study from IndiaJournal of Substance Use, 2011; Early Online:1–7
  • Larance B, Ambekar A, Azim T, Murthy P, Panda S, Degenhardt L, Mathers B, “The availability, diversion and injection of pharmaceutical opioids in South Asia”, Drug Alcohol Rev. 2011 May;30(3):246-54.
  • Ramdurg S, Ambekar A, Lal R, “Sexual Dysfunction among Male Patients Receiving Buprenorphine and Naltrexone Maintenance Therapy for Opioid DependenceJ Sex Med. 2011 Mar 2. doi: 10.1111
  • Sood M, Ambekar A, “Giving ‘fresh fruit juice’ to patient as a metaphor for giving care by family members / care takers”. National Medical Journal of India, 24 (6), 2011: 375
  • Bradley M Mathers, Louisa Degenhardt, Hammad Ali, Lucas Wiessing, Matthew Hickman, Richard P Mattick, Bronwyn Myers, Atul Ambekar, Steffanie A Strathdee, HIV prevention, treatment, and care services for people who inject drugs: a systematic review of global, regional, and national coverage, LANCET, Published online March 1, 2010 DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60232-2
  • Prasad P, Ambekar A, Vaswani M, Dopamine D2 receptor polymorphisms and susceptibility to alcohol dependence in Indian males: a preliminary study, BMC Med Genet. 2010 Feb 11;11:24
  • Atul Ambekar, Vijeta Kushwaha. Book Review: James Whitney Hicks, 50 Signs of Mental Illness. National Medical Journal of India, 22 : 2009
  • K. Jain, Atul Ambekar, “Client satisfaction and addiction severity in opiate dependent males in treatment” Indian Journal of Psychiatry, April 2009, vol./is. 51/6 SUPPL. 1(S131),
  • Atul Ambekar, Ravindra Rao. Book Review: Robert R. Perkinson, Chemical Dependency Counseling: A Practical Guide. National Medical Journal of India, 21 : 2008

·         Pooja Patnaik Kuppili, Roshan Bhad, Ravindra Rao, Prabhu Dayal, Atul Ambekar, “The mis-adventurous use of prescription opioids in chronic non-cancer pain”, National Medical Journal of India (2016); DOI: 10.3109/14659891.2015.1040092

·         Rao R, Ambekar A, Agrawal A, Pawar AK, Mishra AK, , Khandelwal S. “Evaluation of a five-day training programme on opioid substitution therapy in India”, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy (2016): DOI: 10.3109/09687637.2016.1167166

·         Atul Ambekar, Ravindra Rao, Anan pun, Suresh Kumar, Kunal Kishore (2013), “The trajectory of Methadone Maintenance Treatment in Nepal”, International Journal of Drug Policy 2013 Jul 8. doi:pii: S0955-3959(13)00094-7. 10.1016/j.drugpo.2013.06.001

·         Atul Ambekar, Ravindra Rao, Alok Agrawal (2013). “India’s National Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Policy 2012: A 20th Century Document in 21st Century.” International Journal of Drug Policy 2013 Jul;24(4):374-5

·        Rao R, Agrawal A, Kishore K, Ambekar A (2013). “Delivery models of opioid agonist maintenance treatment in South Asia: A good beginning.” Bulletin of the World Health Organisation, Volume 91, Number 2, February 2013, doi: 10.2471/BLT.12.111815

·         Atul Ambekar, Aditya Pawar, “Low Dead-Space Syringes for HIV prevention among people who inject drugs: Interesting, but a much stronger case is required.” International Journal of Drug Policy,. 2012 Nov 2. pii: S0955-3959(12)00149-1. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2012.09.009.

 

Publications: BOOKS / MONOGRAPHS / CHAPTERS (AUTHORED / EDITED)

 

  • Atul Ambekar, Swati Kedia, et al. Standard Policy and Practice Guidelines for counselling for substance use disorders. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Government of Nigeria: Lagos (under publication)
  • Atul Ambekar, Shrigopal Goyal (2016), “Clinical Practice Guidelines for treatment of Amphetamine Type Stimulants”, in Basu D, Dalal PK (eds),  Clinical Practice Guidelines on Newer and Emerging Addictive Disorders in India, New Delhi: Indian Psychiatric Society
  • Atul Ambekar, Ravindra Rao, Alok Agrawal, Ashwani Mishra, Rajesh Kumar, Manish Kumar (2016) Punjab Opioid Dependence Survey, SPYM and NDDTC, AIIMS, New Delhi
  • Alok Agrawal, Manish Kumar, Ravindra Rao, Atul Ambekar (2015). QUALITY ASSURANCE IN IMPLEMENTATION OF HARM REDUCTION SERVICES: A field manual for supervising and mentoring Targeted Interventions and OST centres working with Injecting Drug Users and their spouses under the National AIDS Control Programme. National AIDS Control Organisation, India, New Delhi.
  • Atul Ambekar, Aditya Pawar (2015), “Epidemiology of Substance Use in India: Emerging insights”. Souvenir published on the occasion of Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, 2015 (ANCIPS-2015), Hyderabad
  • Atul Ambekar, Shrigopal Goyal  (2015), “Clinical Practice Guidelines for treatment of Opioid Use Disorders”, in Basu D, Dalal PK (eds),  Handbook - Clinical Practice Guidelines for Substance Use Disorders, New Delhi: Indian Psychiatric Society
  • Paakhi Srivastava, Manju Mehta, Atul Ambekar, Rajesh Sagar (2015), “Depression” in Mehta M, Sagar R (eds), A Practical Approach to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Adolescents, Springer India: New Delhi
  • Ravindra Rao, Alok Agrawal, Atul Ambekar (2014), Opioid Substitution Therapy under National AIDS Control Programme: Clinical Practice Guidelines for treatment with Buprenorphine, National AIDS Control Organisation, India, New Delhi.
  • Atul Ambekar (2014), “Management of Substance Use in India: Where we are and where do we need to go?”. Souvenir published on the occasion of Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, 2014 (CEZIPS-2014), Department of Psychiatry, Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh
  • Atul Ambekar, Shrigopal Goyal  (2014), “Clinical Practice Guidelines for treatment of Opioid Use Disorders”, in Basu D, Dalal PK (eds),  Clinical Practice Guidelines for Substance Use Disorders, New Delhi: Indian Psychiatric Society
  • Atul Ambekar, Viswanathan Arumugam, Umesh Sharma, Rajkumar Raju, Shalini Singh (2014), Drug Use Patterns among Clients Receiving Services from Targeted Interventions for People Who Inject Drugs: Findings from Bihar, Haryana, Jammu and Uttarakhand, New Delhi: India HIV/AIDS Alliance, 2014.
  • Anju Dhawan, Ravindra Rao, Atul Ambekar, Anita Chopra, Raka Jain, Deepak Yadav, Rajat Ray, (2014). Methadone Maintenance Treatment in India: A Feasibility and Effectiveness Report, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for South Asia, New Delhi
  • Atul Ambekar, Ravindra Rao, Alok Agrawal, Rajat Ray, Anju Dhawan (2013), Quality Assurance for OST Programmes: A Field Guide for Mentors, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and National AIDS Control Organisation, India
  • Atul Ambekar, Ravindra Rao (2013), Substance Use Disorders: A Manual for Facilitators, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • Lal R. Ambekar A (Eds), (2013), Substance Use Disorders: A Manual for paramedical professionals, (NDDTC, AIIMS, WHO-India and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)
  • Atul Ambekar, Koushik Sinha Deb, (2013). “Import of Narcotics for Clinical Trial Supplies”, in Kshirsagar N, Kulkarni T, Desai A, Shah J (eds), Regulatory requirements for Drug Development and Clinical Research, New Delhi: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
  • Atul Ambekar, “Pharmacotherapy for opioid dependence”, in Rakes Lal, Ramandeep Pattnayak (eds), Substance Use Disorders: Handbook for Physicians (2013), National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • Atul Ambekar, Shrigopal Goyal, “Methadone Maintenance Treatment” in in Dhawan A, Jhanjhi S (eds) Manual for Long-term pharmacotherapy of alcohol and opiate dependence (2013), National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • Atul Ambekar, S. Kattimani, Anti-craving medications for long-term treatment of alcohol dependence, in Dhawan A, Jhanjhi S (eds) Manual for Long-term pharmacotherapy of alcohol and opiate dependence (2013), National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • Hamid Dabholkar, Atul Ambekar, Vivek Benegal, “Psychiatric Emergencies in Substance Abuse” in Thara R, Vijayakumar L (eds), Emergencies in Psychiatry in Low and Middle Income countries, (2012), Manipal: Byword Books
  • Atul Ambekar (2012), Capacity Building Needs Assessment in the context of IDU Interventions in India, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for South Asia, and National AIDS Control Organisation, New Delhi
  • Atul Ambekar (2012),  Factors Influencing the performance of Targeted Interventions among IDUs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for South Asia, and National AIDS Control Organisation, New Delhi
  • Atul Ambekar (2012), Association of Drug Use Pattern with vulnerability and service uptake among IDUs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for South Asia, and National AIDS Control Organisation,  New Delhi
  • Atul Ambekar (2012), HIV Prevention among IDUs and their female sex partners – Implementation Gaps and Barriers: A Study in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for South Asia, New Delhi
  • Rajat Ray, Anju Dhawan, Atul Ambekar (2011), Training on OST with Buprenorphine: A Training manual for service providers, National AIDS Control Organisation, India
  • Atul Ambekar (2010), Reaching out to female partners of  Injecting Drug Users: A Training manual for service providers, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for South Asia, New Delhi
  • Atul Ambekar, Deepak Yadav (eds), Problems of Substance Abuse (Block 1), MCFTE-003, Substance Abuse Counselling and Therapy, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi (2011)
  • Atul Ambekar, Deepak Yadav (eds), Therapeutic Interventions (Block 2), MCFTE-003, Substance Abuse Counselling and Therapy, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi (2011)
  • Atul Ambekar, Ravindra Rao, Swati Kedia, Debashish Mukherjee (2011), A manual for counsellors in the context of Injecting Drug Use – Targeted Intervention, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for South Asia, New Delhi and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
  • Tripathi B. M., Ambekar A (Eds), (2010), Minimum Standards of Care for Government De-addiction Centres, (NDDTC, AIIMS, WHO-India and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)
  • (Multiple contributors), Working with Injecting Drugs Users: A training manual for IDU TIs, 2009, National AIDS Control Organisation, New Delhi, India
  • Anne Bergenstrom, Dean Lewis, Jyoti Mehra, Kunal Kishore, M. Suresh Kumar, Atul Ambekar and Ravindra Rao IDU and HIV: India Country Advocacy Brief2010 United Nations Regional Task Force on Injecting Drug Use and HIV/AIDS for Asia and the Pacific, UNAIDS, Bangkok)
  • Atul Ambekar, Meera Vaswani, Drug Abuse-related HIV/AIDS Epidemic in India: Situation and Responses in, Browne-Miller A. (Ed) The Praeger International Collection on Addictions, Vol II, 2009: Praeger Publishers: Westport, CT
  • Meera Vaswani, Atul Ambekar, Ramandeep Patnayak Historical aspects of Alcohol Use in India: Role of Culture and Gender in, Browne-Miller A. (Ed) The Praeger International Collection on Addictions, Vol I, 2009: Praeger Publishers: Westport, CT
  • Koushik Sinha Deb, Atul Ambekar, B M Tripathi, Substance Use among Street Children: An Overview in B M Tripathi, Atul Ambekar (eds) Drug Abuse: News and Views, (March 2009, Substance Use among Street Children).
  • Ambekar A., Tripathi B M, Dzuvichu Bernice (2009), HIV Vulnerability among IDUs, their Spouses and Children, Society for Promotion of Youth & Masses, New Delhi and Plan International, India
  • Ambekar A. and Tripathi B. M. (2008) Size estimation of Injecting Drug Use in Punjab and Haryana (2008), UNAIDS, New Delhi
  • Atul Ambekar, B M Tripathi, Reducing harms related to alcohol use, in B M Tripathi, Atul Ambekar (eds) Drug Abuse: News and Views, (December 2008, Alcohol Use and Harm Reduction)
  • Tripathi BM, Ambekar A, Tripathi S, The Substance Use-related HIV-1/AIDS Epidemic in India: An Emerging Concern in Proceedings of the International Conference on Biotechnological Approaches to Neuroimmunomodulation and Infectious Diseases, Mohali India, December 2008
  • Tripathi BM, Ambekar A (2008) Sexual Behaviour and Sexually Transmitted Diseases.  In: Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS. ed. Sharma VK, New Delhi
  • Ambekar A, Agrawal A, Tripathi BM (2008) Harm Reduction: An overview, in Tripathi BM, Ambekar A (eds), Drug Abuse: News-n-Views, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, March 2008
  • Tripathi BM, Ambekar A (2008) Drug Related HIV in India, in Tripathi BM, Ambekar A (eds), Drug Abuse: News-n-Views, National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, March 2008
  • Ambekar A. Yadav D, Agrawal A (2007) Improving Extra-treatment support (including Peer-led Groups), in Murthy P (ed), Manual on Psycho-Social Interventions for Persons with Substance Abuse, NIMHANS, Bangalore
  • Atul Ambekar, YPS Balhara, Harm Reduction, in Lal A, Sandhya (eds) Substance Abuse: A Manual for Nursing personnel (2007), National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • Ambekar A. and Tripathi B. M. (2007) Size estimation of Injecting Drug Use at 300 sites in India (2007), SPYM, New Delhi
  • Tripathi B. M. and Ambekar A. (2006) Knowledge Attitude and Practices of Drug Users at 300 sites in India. Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses (SPYM), New Delhi
  • Atul Ambekar, Gary Lewis, P.V. Subba Rao and H. S. Sethi. South Asia: Regional Profile (Drugs and Crime), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for South Asia, New Delhi, 2005
  • Gary Lewis, Ashita Mittal, Atul Ambekar, P.V. Subba Rao and H. S. Sethi. Strategic Programme Framework, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for South Asia, New Delhi, 2005
  • H.S. Sethi, Atul Ambekar, S. Pant, and R. Ray. Reducing Risk Taking Behaviour among young drug users: Bridging the gap between drug users and service providers – Peer-Led Intervention Toolkit – Field manual, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for South Asia, New Delhi, 2005

 

SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATIONS (2011 onwards)

 

  • National Survey on Extent and Pattern of Substance Use in India: Methodology and Operational Issues, presented at the Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Raipur, 6 Jan 2017
  • Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances: Policy and Legal Issues, presented at the International conference of International Academy of Law and Mental Health, Bengaluru, 17 December 2016
  • Alcohol Use Disorders: Intervention strategies, presented at the Annual National Conference of Indian Society of Gastro-entrology (ISGCON-2016), New Delhi, 16 December 2016 
  • Abuse of Pharmaceutical Drugs in India. Presented at the training programme for law enforcement officers from Bangladesh, National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (NACEN), Faridabad, 8 December 2016
  • Behavioural Addictions: A Debatable Entity? Presented at the National CME on Addictions, Bengaluru, 6 December 2016
  • Management of Drug Dependence in India: Policy Issues. Presented at the MEDI-EXPO 2016, Govt. Medical College, Jabalpur, 20 November 2016
  • Management of Substance Use and co-morbid anxiety disorders, presented at the National Conference of Indian Association of Private Psychiatry, Kolkata, 6 November 2016
  • Innovative methods for capacity building in addiction treatment in India – online OST training, presented at the Annual conference of International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM2016), Montreal, Canada, 20 October 2016
  • Factors Associated with risk of transition to injecting among non-injecting opioid users in India: A multi-site study from North India, presented at the Annual conference of International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM2016), Montreal, Canada, 20 October 2016
  • Policy and Programme responses to Behavioural Addictions in India, presented at the International meeting on policy and programmes responses to excessive use of internet and other communication devices, WHO and Department of Health, Hong Kong, September, 2016
  • Substance Use: An overview. Guest lecture for the students and Faculty at Amity University, NOIDA, 15 September 2016
  • Behavioural Addictions: Nosology and Biology, presented at the Global Conference on Biological Psychiatry, Bangalore, August 2016
  • Pharmaceutical abuse in India, presented at the National Training workshop for Law enforcement officers, on Abuse of pharmaceutical drugs, NACEN, New Delhi, 14 July 2016
  • Delirium Tremens: Assessment and Management, presented at the PG development programme of IPS-Central Zone, Mussorie, 8 July 2016
  • Access to opioid medications for treatment of opioid dependence in India: A confused and convoluted policy response,  presented at the Annual Conference of Society for Study for Drug Policy (ISSDP2016), Sydney, 16 May 2016
  • Management of Dual Diagnosis: Personality Disorder and Substance Use Disorders, presented at the National Mid Term CME of IAPP, Amritsar, 7-8 May 2016
  • Policy and Legal issues in management of opioid dependence, presented at the Annual Conference of IPS-Punjab, Amritsar, 2-3 April 2016
  • Nature and extent of pharmaceutical abuse in India, presented at the National Seminar on Abuse of pharmaceutical drugs, Faridabad, 28 January 2016
  • Alcohol Use Disorders: Primary Health Care services (Panel Discussion), at the Workshop: Alcohol and Violence Against Women, organized by the International Center for Research on Women, New Delhi, 14 December, 2015
  • Community based services for substance use disorders. Presented at the CME, organized by the Telangana State Branch, Indian Psychiatric Society at Nizamabad, Telangana, 13 December, 2015
  • Pharmaceutical abuse in South Asia. Presented at the Drug Law Enforcement Training for officers from Bangladesh at National Academy of Customs, Excise & Narcotics (NACEN), Faridabad, 11 December 2015
  • Tackling Substance Abuse (Panel Discussion), at the Maidan Summit 2015, organized by the Magic Bus and Punjab University, Chandigarh, 10 December 2015
  • Nature and extent of pharmaceutical abuse in India. Presented at the Specialized course on drug law enforcement, organized by the National Academy of Customs, Excise & Narcotics (NACEN) at Faridabad, 4 December 2015
  • Policy and practice of harm reduction in India. Presented at the International Society of Addiction Medicine – Congress 2015 (ISAM2015), organized by the International Society of Addiction Medicine, at Dundee, Scotland, UK, 8 October 2015
  • Drug Use: A Bird’s eye overview. Presented at 'Speranza': Annual Youth fest of IIT Delhi, organized by the Board for Student Welfare (BSW), IIT, Delhi, 13 September 2015
  • Philosophy and Practice of Harm Reduction. Presented at the International Great Scholar Forum on Addictions, organized by the Korean Academy of Addiction Psychiatry at Seoul, South Korea, 27 August 2015
  • Behavioural Addictions in India. Presented at the International meeting on addictive disorders related to internet use, organized by the WHO (Geneva), Catholic University of Korea and Korean Academy of Addiction Psychiatry at Seoul, Korea, 25 August 2015
  • National Drug Scenario in India - Policies and Strategies. Presented at the National (Indian) Youth Forum on Drug Abuse Prevention, organized by the Colombo Plan – Drug Advisory Program and SPYM, New Delhi, 6 September 2015
  • Substance Use: The extent and pattern in India. Presented at the IIC – Mental Health Lecture Series, organized by the India International Centre, New Delhi, 21 July 2015
  • Scientific Evidence Base: Criminalization and De-criminalization of drugs. Presented at the National Consultation on De-criminalization of drug use, organized by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, New Delhi, 15 July 2015
  • Pharmacotherapy of substance use disorders. Lecture presented in the CME at Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society (Maharashtra State Branch), Mahalbaleshwar, 26 April 2015
  • Buprenorphine maintenance treatment, an Online Video conference Lecture delivered as a part of the Virtual Knowledge Network of NIMHANS, Bangalore, 27 January 2015
  • Brief Intervention and motivation enhancement techniques: An overview, presented at the CME for doctors of AOD Hospital, Digboi, Assam, 20 January 2015
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines for MMT: Induction, Stabilization, Discontinuation in the Workshop: “How to Deliver Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT) for Opioid Dependence”, at the Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society (ANCIPS 2015), Hyderabad, 10 January 2015
  • Opioid Policies: Persistent Pain in the Neck. In the symposium: “Fifty Shades of Grey: Alcohol and Drug Policy Options for India”, at the Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society (ANCIPS 2015), Hyderabad, 10 January 2015
  • Sleep Problems during opioid Abuse and withdrawal: Can a sleeping pill improve it? In the symposium: “Doc ! I am not getting good sleep.: Is a sleeping-pill enough”, at the Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society (ANCIPS 2015), Hyderabad, 11 January 2015
  • Capacity Building, Monitoring, Mentoring and Quality Assurance of OST in South Asia: Role of Psychiatrists, invited presentation in the CME at the Conference of SAARC Psychiatric Federation, Lumbini, Nepal, 27 November 2014
  • Drug Use Pattern Assessment of clients receiving Targeted Interventions  for IDUs in Bihar, Haryana, Jammu and Uttarakhand, invited presentation at the National Consultation on Synergising Greater Access to Health & Rights for People Who Inject Drugs, New Delhi, 18 November 2014
  • Epidemiology of Substance Use in India: Changing Face, invited lecture in the CME at the National Annual Conference of Indian Association of Private Psychiatry (ANCIAPP 2014), Kochi, 13 November 2014
  • Management of Substance Use in India: Recent Scenario, invited lecture in the CME at the Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, East Zone, (CEZIPS 2014), Dibrugarh, 17 October 2014
  • Evolution of Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) in India, Online Video conference Lecture delivered as a part of the Virtual Knowledge Network of NIMHANS, Bangalore, 26 August 2014.
  • Policy and Legal issues related to treatment of Opioid Dependence, invited lecture in the CME organized by the Indian Association of Private Psychiatry (IAPP), Ludhiana, Punjab, 24 August 2014.
  • Monitoring, Mentoring, Capacity Building and Quality Assurance of Opioid Substitution Treatment for People Who Inject Drugs in the developing countries: A Primer, Workshop conducted at the International AIDS Conference, (AIDS 2014), Melbourne, Australia, July 2014
  • Screening and Brief Intervention: Strategies in the context of National Alcohol Control Policy, presented at the National Consultation  'Alcohol Control: A Public Health Perspective Moving Towards A National Alcohol Control Policy', New Delhi, April 2014
  • Capacity Building Needs Assessment of service providers in India, presented at the Learning and Sharing workshop, of Project HIFAZAT (GFATM Rd 9 India-HIV-IDU grant), Gangtok, Sikkim, March 2014
  • Alcohol Dependence: Long Term Pharmacological Treatment, Invited lecture presented at the CME for medical professionals, AOD Hospital, Digboi, Assam, Jan 2014
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines for Opioid Use Disorders, Symposium presented at the Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Pune, Jan 2014
  • National Scale-up of OST in India: The Journey so Far and the Road ahead, Symposium presented at the Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Pune, Jan 2014
  • Behavioural studies on Injecting Drug Users in India, Invited lecture at the event ‘Injection Drug Users: The simmering HIV epidemic’, The Population Council, New Delhi, June 2013
  • Principles and Practice of Harm Reduction, Symposium Conducted at Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Jan 2013, Bangalore, India
  • Drug Policies and the science of addiction: Do they talk to each other? Symposium Conducted at Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Jan 2013, Bangalore, India
  • Assessment and Diagnosis of Substance Use Disorders in Community, workshop conducted at Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society – NORTH ZONE, Oct 2012, Sri Ganganagar, India
  • Substance Use Situation in India: Role of Discipline of Psychiatry, CME Lecture presented at Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society – CENTRAL ZONE, August 2012, Agra, India
  • OST in Developing Countries, Workshop conducted at the International AIDS Conference, July 2012, Washington, DC
  • Harm Reduction Strategies to address drug problems, presented at the state level workshop for developing strategies to deal with drug abuse epidemic in Rajasthan, June 2012, Jaipur
  • Scale up of Harm Reduction services in India presented at the National Summit for Dissemination of National AIDS Control Programme III, New Delhi, April 2012
  •  Implementing Opioid Substitution Treatment, Workshop conducted at Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society, Jan 2012, Kochi, India
  • Drug Abuse and Dependence: An Overview (in context of law enforcement), Invited Lecture at Delhi Judicial Academy – Training Programme for Judges, February 2012, New Delhi, India
  • Alcohol Use: Public Health Issues, Invited lecture in Workshop on “Evolving Effective Strategies for Alcohol Advocacy & Prevention", Organised by the Indian Alcohol Policy Alliance (IAPA) and MSJE, Govt. of India March 2012, New Delhi
  • Quality Assurance for OST Programmes. Workshop conducted at International Conference on Addictions (Nov 2011), New Delhi (organised by WHO Collaborating centre, Univ of Adelaide, Australia (Anju Dhawan, Atul Ambekar)
  • OST: An Overview delivered at the State level Workshop on “Drug Dependence and HIV" (Bhopal) organized by the Departments of Health, Social Welfare, and MPSACS, Govt. of MP and DFID TAST Nov 2011
  • Networking: Use of Internet , delivered at  Meeting on Network of Service Providers (from Government, NGO and Private Sector), New Delhi , 2 Aug 2011
  • Harm Reduction including Substitution Treatment, Invited Lecture at National CME of Indian Psychiatric Society, Aug 2011, Ranchi, India
  • Long Term Management of Opioid Dependence Invited Lecture at CME of Indian Psychiatric Society, (North Zone) July 2011, Jalandhar, India

 

RESEARCH PROJECTS Completed / Ongoing:

 

As Principal Investigator

  • ‘National Survey on Extent and Pattern of Substance Use in India’, funded by  Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India, 2016 – ongoing
  • ‘Punjab Opioid Dependence Survey (PODS)’, Project supported by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India and Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses (SPYM), New Delhi:  2015 – 2016 (completed)
  • ‘Development of an online training programme on Opioid Substitution Therapy’, Project supported by Public Health Foundation of India: 2014 – 2016 (completed)  
  • ‘Post Marketing Surveillance of Methadone in India’, Multisite Project funded by Rusan Pharmaceuticals: 2013 – 2015 (completed)
  •  ‘Workplace intervention for Drug and Alcohol use at Indian Oil Refinery, Digboi, Assam’, (2010-ongoing)
  • ‘Outcome of Opioid Dependent Patients Maintained on Buprenorphine-Naloxone Combination – A Chart Review’ (Non funded) 2012- ON-GOING
  • Development of a web-based portal for Alcohol Use Disorders (http://www.alcoholwebindia.in/ ) (project of WHO, Geneva), 2010 -  ON-GOING
  • ‘Drug Use Pattern Assessment in Bihar, Haryana and Uttarakhand’, project supported by India HIV/AIDS Alliance and NACO: 2013 – 2014
  • ‘Opioid Substitution Therapy under the National AIDS Control Program: A situation Assessment’, supported by GFATM Round 9 grant and NACO: 2012
  • ‘Risk of Transition to Injecting Drug Use among non-injecting opioid users’, A Multi-site study in Northwest India,  Supported by the RRTC-North, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India: 2012
  • ‘A pilot study of feasibility and efficacy of Brief intervention compared with Simple Advice when linked to the Brief ASSIST  for Substance Use Disorders in Primary Health Care and Community Settings’: Project of University of Adelaide, WHO Collaborating Centre: 2011-12

 

 

As Co-Investigator

 

  • Mapping and Size Estimation of Drug Using street children in Delhi. Project of Dept. of Women and Child Development, Govt. of NCT of Delhi 2015-2016 (completed)
  • National Drug Use Survey in Maldives’. Project of UNODC, Maldives Project Office (2011-2012) (completed)
  • Methadone Maintenance Treatment in India: A multi-site feasibility and effectiveness study’. Project supported by the UNODC ROSA (Investigators: Anju Dhawan, Atul Ambekar, Rajat Ray, Deepak Yadav, Anita Chopra, Raka Jain) 2011 – 2014 (completed)
  • “OST program in Government health-care settings: treatment compliance and retention”, Deepak Yadav, Atul Ambekar, Anju Dhawan, Alok Agrawal, Jyoti Mehra, Hem Sethi, report submitted to DFID TAST and NACO, Government of India (2011-12)
  • ‘Mapping and size estimation of High Risk Groups in Jammu and Kashmir and Tripura’, in collaboration with Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses, New Delhi, conducted for and report submitted to National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), New Delhi, 2008
  • ‘A Rapid situation assessment of inhalant use among street children in Delhi’, Investigators: Rajat Ray, Anju Dhawan, Atul Ambekar, Deepak Yadav, Anita Chopra, AIIMS, New Delhi, funded by the World Health Organisation (India), 2008-2009
  • ‘Development of intervention for inhalant use among street children in Delhi’, Investigators: Rajat Ray, Anju Dhawan, Atul Ambekar, Deepak Yadav, Anita Chopra, AIIMS, New Delhi, funded by the World Health Organisation (India), 2008-2009
  • ‘Developing community-based drug treatment services at four districts in the country – Mandsaur, MP, Bilaspur, Chattisgarh, Meerut, UP and Morigaon, Assam’, Investigators: Rajat Ray, Atul Ambekar, Rakesh Lal, Deepak Yadav, Anita Chopra, AIIMS, New Delhi, funded by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, (India), 2008
  • ‘A Rapid situation assessment of drug use in Meerut, UP and Morigaon, Assam’, Investigators: Rajat Ray, Atul Ambekar, Rakesh Lal, Deepak Yadav, Anita Chopra, AIIMS, New Delhi, funded by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, (India), 2009

Theses supervision as Guide:

DM (Addiction Psychiatry):

1

MD (Psychiatry):

2

 

Theses supervision as Co-guide:

MD (Psychiatry):

15

PhD (Clinical Psychology):

3

MsC (Psychiatry Nursing):

4

PhD (Anatomy):

3

MD (Anatomy)

1

MPH:

1

 

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS / Others

 

International consultancies / participation

 

  • Providing consultancy services to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Development of standard policy and practice guidelines on counselling and training manual for the counsellors working with National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Government of Nigeria (2015 – ongoing)
  • Provided consultancy services to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for “Review of country data, estimation methodology, and HIV service coverage for South Asia” (2013-2014)
  • Participated in WHO Expert Group Meetings on Disorders due to excessive use of Internet and Communication Devices: Seoul (August 2015) and Hong Kong (August 2016)
  • Participated in WHO Expert Group Meetings on Field Studies for ICD-11 (Substance Use Disorders): Abu Dhabi (March 2015)
  • Leading the team behind “Alcohol Web India”: https://www.alcoholwebindia.in/  Web-portal and internet based intervention for problematic alcohol use, a multi-country project initiated by the WHO (Geneva), 2010-ongoing
  • Training on Methadone Maintenance Treatment for service providers from Nepal and Bangladesh. Consultancy for UNODC, ROSA (2010)
  • Conducted Review of OST Programme of Nepal. Consultancy for UNODC, ROSA (2010)

 

National level activities  

 

 

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