Preeti Sinha, MD

Fogarty Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

Hometown: Bangalore, India
Research Interests: My most important research interest revolves around geriatric psychiatry, particularly looking into their cognitive functions and apathy-empathy functions of older adults. It spans from normal elderly to those with dementia. The other area of research which gels with this interest is brain-stimulation techniques in psychiatric and cognitive disorders. Here, it pertains to the effect of brain stimulation, particularly electroconvulsive therapy on cognition and use a brain stimulation such as tDCS and other techniques to improve cognition in both normal elderly and those with dementia.
Long-term career goals: My long-term career goals are to do substantial work in the area of geriatric psychiatry towards improving the treatment outcomes of cognitive disorders in older adults through research as well as increasing man-power by providing very specialized and large-scale basic training for handling geriatric neuropsychiatric disorders.
What philosophy guides your education? Dedicated and sustained effort can bring results only if it is mindful. Hence, there’s a need of combination of proper training and zeal of learning to turn one’s efforts into success.
What do you see as the most pressing public health problems facing the world today? With the increase in longevity and efforts on population control for the last few decades, the population of older adult is on the rise and hence, the various health issues in this group. One of them is cognitive impairment which results not only from neurodegeneration but also from comorbid physical and psychiatric illness, and their associated pharmacotherapies. This problem becomes much more problematic due to the fact that there is no significant treatment available,
thereby making it at least one of the most pressing health problems facing today’s world.