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Overview

I did my general medical training at Grant Medical College, Mumbai India beofre training in general psychiatry at Oxford & Leeds. I moved to Manchester in 2008 to specialise in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. I was awarded a research training fellowship by NIHR Bioedical Research centre in 2011-12 to study the behavioural phenotype of Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). My PhD thesis described for the first time, a high prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in NF1. This work has formed the basis for my research programme in NF1 autism. In August 2018 I was awarded the Francis Collins Scholarship in NF1 by NTAP (Neurofibromatosis Therapeutics Acceleration Program), at John's Hopkins University (http://www.n-tap.org/new-research-tools-for-neurofibromatosis-type-1-2-2-2/). This work will allow me to investigate the use of non-invasive brain stimulation for working memory deficits in NF1. 

Clinically I run the regional Social Development Clinic and a specialist NF1 liaison service at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Expert Adviser Panel, The National Institute for Health & Care Excellence

1 Feb 20171 Feb 2020

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Autism@Manchester

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