Sydney Moirangthem, PhD

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Fogarty Postdoctoral Fellow

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

Hometown: Imphal, Manipur, India
Research Interests: Bipolar disorders along with its epigenetic regulation keep my attention focused on it. In addition, I am also interested in emergency and forensic psychiatry, telemedicine, and information technology (IT) applications in mental health care delivery systems.
Long-term career goals: My long-term career goals will be to develop and epigenetic cohort of bipolar disorder with my training here. This will help in better understanding of drug-environmental interaction, disease outcomes, and better service delivery for the person in need. With a keen interest in IT, I would like to use technology for better patient outreach in the community and plan for better management. Cost-effective service delivery models, which are suitable for resource-limited settings, are some of the things I would like to work upon.
What philosophy guides your education? “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again this time, more intelligently.” – Henry Ford.
What do you see as the most pressing public health problems facing the world today? The inequitable distribution of health care resources with a gap between the have and have-nots along with difficulty in access to basic primary health are some of the most pressing public health issues. From a disease standpoint, the emergent mental health problems like depression and suicide along with an ever-growing list of chronic and lifestyle diseases, runs the risk of overwhelming the health care delivery system in all economic settings.