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SIOG has two National Representatives in India: Joyita Barnejee and Ravi Mehrotra.

Joyita Banerjee

Dr Joyita Banerjee is a MBBS, PG (Dip) Geriatric Medicine, PhD, at present employed as clinical scientist in Department of Geriatric Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India , New Delhi. She is a retired Major from the Indian Army where she worked as a short service commissioned medical officer.
She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Utkal University, Orissa in India and a Doctorate from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. Her area of interest is Geriatric Oncology and palliative care.
Her research work focuses on the development of appropriate assessment tools for the older person with malignancy and interventions including palliative and supportive care. She is a certified Palliative care Physician from Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) and a volunteer in Non-Government Palliative Care Organization for cancer patients and older patients requiring palliation for various life limiting ailments –CanSupport. She is also involved in basic science research dealing with biomarkers of aging and cancer.
Dr Banerjee holds the post of Project Manager  from AIIMS, New Delhi  in a National Institute of Health(US) funded, multi-centric project, Harmonized Diagnostic Assessment of Dementia for Longitudinal ageing study in India- (LASI-DAD). This is a nationally representative, novel study of its kind dealing with late life cognition and dementia and is a  part of an international research collaboration  and similar sister studies in different countries.

 

Ravi Mehrotra

Prof Ravi Mehrotra is the CEO of the India Cancer Research Consortium (ICMR) and an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins Institute of Public Health, Emory Univ. Atlanta, GA. He is a Member of the Scientific Council of the  WHO-IARC. Earlier he led the ICMR-National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research as well as the WHO-FCTC Global Hub on Smokeless Tobacco. He is interested in cancer prevention, tobacco control,  cancer translational research,  and implementation science.
In addition to his stint in academia various medical schools, Dr Mehrotra has led successful programs in epidemiology. Over and above his expertise in cancer prevention, epidemiology and pathology, Prof Mehrotra has a wealth of experience leading large multi-disciplinary teams, overseeing operations, shaping and implementing national-scale strategic plans, fostering key institutional partnerships and using evidence to influence policy. Has extensive experience collaborating with leaders in government, academia, private and not-for-profit sectors and has facilitated collaborative projects with well-known international institutions such as the US National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Health Research, UK, The Union and the World Health Organization- Framework Convention for Tobacco Control. He is an impactful researcher with nearly 300 peer-reviewed publications, including The Lancet, BMJ, JAMA and Nature, numerous books/chapters and technical reports, he sits on the editorial board of 8 medical journals and is the Principal Investigator of over 10 national and international research grants. He is the winner of many prestigious awards, including the prestigious Dr P.N.Wahi and Dr Lachman award in Cancer prevention as well as the Ernest Fernandes Award of the Indian Academy of Cytologists, in addition to being its’ past President. Dr Mehrotra holds degrees in Medicine from the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune; MD and DPhil from the University of Allahabad as well as the Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathology.