National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru

B N Gangadhar has been serving as the Director (since January 2016) and Professor of Psychiatry at NIMHANS. He completed his MBBS in 1978 (Bangalore Medical College), MD Psychiatry in 1981 (NIMHANS), DSc (Doctor of Science) from SVYASA University for research work of Yoga and Mental Health in 2012. He has served as Honorary Dean, Life Sciences at SVYASA Yoga University, Bangalore (from 2013), Adjunct faculty on Consciousness at National Institute of Advanced Studies (from 2014); President of the Indian Psychiatric Society, Karnataka Chapter (2012–13); Visiting Fellow (IBRO), Vienna, Austria (1987–88); Consultant to WHO for inspection of Tsunami relief projects 2008. He is presently on the expert committees of DST and on the national AYUSH committee for integrative medicine. He is the recipient of the coveted Sir CV Raman Award and Doctors Day Award from the Government of Karnataka. He has also shared over 25 awards with other primary recipients. B N Gangadhar was elected Fellow in 2019.


SESSION 2B – Inaugural Lectures by Fellows/Associates

Rajiva Raman

Neuroscience of yoga in psychiatry: Treatment of depression View Presentation

Therapeutic applications of yoga have come to stay in Psychiatry, albeit not universally used. Individual components of yoga have demonstrable neurophysiological effects of deactivating certain emotional centres [limbic grey matter] in healthy subjects. The speaker postulates a theoretical model as follows.