Bhushan Patwardhan

University of PuneIndia

Professor Bhushan Patwardhan has over 40 year experience in higher education, scientific research and institutional governance. He is one of the top cited biomedical scientists who is Fellow of National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medical Sciences India. Until March 2021, He was Vice Chairman, University Grants Commission, and Chairman additional charge Indian Council of Social Science Research, Government of India. Currently, he is Chairman of the Interdisciplinary R&D Taskforce on Covid-19, and member, advisory committee constituted by the Ministry of AYUSH. He is on the taskforce for the proposed WHO Global Center for Traditional Medicine, member National Board of Examination and Lancet Citizen’s Commission. Earlier, he was Professor and Director at the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, and the Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Savitribai Phule Pune University. He has worked as academic head of Manipal Education Group; Director, Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Bengaluru; Vice Chancellor, Deemed University in Pune, and visiting Professor at Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla. He has worked on Boards of several Universities and member of important national committees of Ministry of AYUSH, Ministry of Education, University Grants Commission, Council for Scientific & Industrial Research, Department of Science & Technology, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Council of Medical Research Central and Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences. He has worked on several policy making committees and Taskforces of National Knowledge Commission, Planning Commission, NITI Aayog, United Nations organizations, UNESCAP, World Bank and temporary consultant to the WHO Geneva. He has made original contributions in evidence-based Ayurveda especially in Ayurvedic biology, ethnopharmacology, natural product drug development and integrative approaches to improve public health system. His pioneering contributions on novel concepts such as Therapeutic Adjuvants, AyuSoft™, AyuGenomics™,. Reverse Pharmacology, Network Pharmacology are widely recognized. He is recipient of many orations and awards including Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Award 2021, Dr. R.P.Devadas Oration 2020, V K Joag Best Teacher Award 2017, Waldemar Haffkine Oration 2014, Harihar Mukherjee Award 2015, Gopaldas Parikh Award 2015, Sir Ram Nath Chopra Oration 2013, Dr P.K. Devi Oration 2011, Dr C. Dwarkanath Oration 2008 just to mention a few. He has extensively travelled worldwide and delivered invited lectures at many national and international platforms including the United Nations, World Health Organization, American Chemical Society, National Institutes of Health USA, University of California, Pennsylvania, Penn State, Illinois, South Florida, George Washington University, Purdue, Johns Hopkins, SUNY, MIT, Harvard, Indian National Science Academy, Indian Pharmacological Society, Indian Pharmaceutical Congress, among many others. He has authored many books and chapters with reputed publishers including Elsevier, Academic Press, Wiley, Pharma Press, InTech and Research Signpost. His recent scholarly books ‘Integrative Approaches for Health’ and ‘Innovative Approaches to Drug Discovery’ both published by Academic Press Elsevier have received excellent reviews. He is founder Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine published by Elsevier. He is on Editorial Boards of many other reputed Journals including Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Evidence based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He remains the most cited author in the area of evidence-based Ayurveda. He has contributed significantly to create awareness regarding predatory publishing and was Chairman of the Consortium for Academic Research Ethics known as UGC-CARE. His World View article on predatory journals published in NATURE has been widely appreciated. It is noteworthy that his 25 articles have been cited more than 100 times. He has received several research grants, has guided 20 PhD students and holds 8 Indian Patents, 2 US Patents with over 10,200 citations.

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