V. Senthil Kumar Reddi, MD

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Fogarty Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Hometown: Bangalore, India
Research Interests: Emergency psychiatry, consultation liaison psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, catatonia, suicide
Long-term career goals: Given my areas of interest in emergency psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, clinical neuroscience, and consultation liasison psychiatry, I hope to systematically evaluate, understand, and contribute to a better understanding of various aspects of the same. I plan to particularly explore and investigate the neurobiological underpinnings of complex phenomena that are most often encountered in the above settings, namely suicide and catatonia.
What philosophy guides your education? A saying by Anton Chekov that I abided by is, “Wisdom comes not from age, but from education and learning.” Whilst something that’s always motivated me as a young student is to “be strong,” which I continue to use nowadays, albeit, I say it more often to “my Internet network.”
What do you see as the most pressing public health problems facing the world today? Poor awareness about, as well as, the impact of suicide and mental illness in the communities with associate existing stigma has led to a problem that is of epidemic proportions – a “silent epidemic.” The need of the hour is a systematic integrated multi-sectoral and multi-dimensional collaboration of healthcare, education, and leaders of industry and community that is initiated early in life and is locally tailored to address the needs of a particular population.