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Sachin R. Atre, PhD
Sachin Atre is a medical anthropologist and has 16 years of experience in public health research. Since November 2015, he serves as the Study Coordinator for NIH/NIAID funded project on “Impact of diabetes on TB treatment outcomes” which is in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University USA, BJ Medical College, India and Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Pimpri, Pune, India. He coordinates activities for Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre site. Additionally, he is also coordinating activities for miDOT, which is testing video-based observation of treatment among TB patients. He also leads infection control efforts (implementation of Ultra Violet Germicidal Irradiation, shortly known as UVGI) that are underway at BJ Medical College Pune.
Dr. Atre’s doctoral research work was focused on understanding biosocial determinants of drug-resistant TB among patients in urban and rural areas of Maharashtra. During Sept. 2013-Sept. 2014, he was awarded with Fulbright-Nehru Post doc Fellowship at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. The work at Harvard was focused on addressing policy needs for multidrug-resistant TB management and control in India involving a systematic review of studies on MDR-TB prevalence in India. The manuscript is recently accepted for publication in an international journal and will soon be published. During Sept. 2014-15, he served as a technical consultant for the Global TB Program of the World Health Organization, Geneva. A manuscript based on this work is in the process of revision.
Before going to Harvard on Fulbright fellowship, Dr. Atre has worked with the Foundation for Research in Community Health (FRCH) for 12 years and for a half year for Maharashtra Association of Anthropological Sciences-Centre for Health Research and Development (MAAS-CHRD). His work encompassed a wide range of areas such as tuberculosis, diabetes, access to medicines, ageing, nutrition, leprosy, family planning etc. which have cross-cutting interests of social sciences and public health. He also served for a consulting firm at New Delhi on two different projects, one focusing on ‘IDRC’s (Canada) Strategic Evaluation of Research Excellence,’ and the other an evaluation of the ‘Awahan Project’ funded by the Gates Foundation. Dr. Atre has presented his work at international conferences and/meetings in 10 countries for which he received scholarships/grant support. He has served as an invited reviewer for reputed journals such as WHO Bulletin, International Journal of TB and Lung Disease, BMC Public Health etc. So far he has 13 publications (in which he contributed as a lead author) in international peer-reviewed journals and a few more are in the pipeline. Dr. Atre received a PhD from the University of Pune.