Manipal Academy of Higher Education

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Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, is an Institute of Eminence, as designated by the Government of India, and is ranked as the seventh best university in the country, by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), Ministry of Education, Govt. of India. MAHE understands the importance of research and development, evidence synthesis and evidence-informed practice and has always promoted and supported the different research centres and researchers in the institution. Many of the faculty, staff and researchers are already involved in generating Cochrane evidence. Additionally, the South-Asian satellite of Cochrane Public Health group, known as the Public Health Evidence South Asia (PHESA), is operational in the University since 2012. PHESA, MAHE, has been working with Cochrane for nearly a decade in various activities such as capacity building, evidence synthesis, methodology development, dissemination of evidence for the community and policy makers, and networking with the various centres for Evidence Synthesis across the globe. The centre is equipped with infrastructure and experienced staff in the area of Systematic reviews and has published at least 25 Cochrane systematic reviews and 50 systematic reviews in the last decade. More than 50 national and international workshops, including certificate courses in Evidence Synthesis, have been completed by the centre, and it has assisted researchers by providing training, consultancies and internships. The Cochrane Affiliate Centre at MAHE, is currently placed at Prasanna School of Public Health (PSPH), MAHE. The activities of the centre are coordinated by Public Health Evidence South Asia (PHESA), PSPH, MAHE and are led by Prof. H. Vinod Bhat, Director, MAHE Cochrane Affiliate Centre. The new centre continues to carry out the above mentioned activities and plans to promote Cochrane authors and other researchers from within the scientific community of MAHE, to streamline their research/evidence synthesis activities. With this background and support from MAHE, the centre aims to focus further on the area of Evidence Synthesis with the following priorities:

  1. Evidence Synthesis- including two components:
    1. Capacity building by organising and conducting regular certificate courses and workshops on evidence synthesis, with a focus on Cochrane review methods.
    2. Evidence generation: Conducting high quality Cochrane systematic reviews in range of trans-disciplinary topics, needed by various stakeholders, and encouraging clinicians and professionals to become authors for Cochrane reviews.
  2. Evidence dissemination/outreach: Conducting workshops for disseminating the generated evidence, writing blogs and write-ups for local evidence dissemination, evidence dissemination via social media platforms.
  3. Evidence advocacy: Involving stakeholders at different levels by organising stakeholder engagement workshops and meetings. Creating a network of evidence synthesis hubs across the South-Indian states.

Administrative Structure

Prof. H. Vinod Bhat

Center Director

Prof. H. Vinod Bhat

Executive Vice President,

MAHE, Manipal.

Dr. Bhumika T V


Dr. Bhumika T V

Assistant Professor and Coordinator,

PHESA, Department of Health Information, PSPH, MAHE, Manipal.

Faculty and staff

S. No.NameDesignation
1.Dr. Eti RajwarResearch Officer, PHESA, PSPH, MAHE
2.Dr. Shradha S. ParsekarResearch Officer, PHESA, PSPH, MAHE
3.Dr. Prachi PundirResearch Officer, PHESA, PSPH, MAHE
4.Dr. Jisha B KrishnanResearch Assistant, PHESA, PSPH, MAHE
5.Dr. Vijay Shree DhyaniResearch Assistant, PHESA, PSPH, MAHE
6.Ms. Flavita D’SouzaSupport staff, PHESA, PSPH, MAHE

Working team members

S. No.NameInstitution
1.Prof. Helmut BrandPrasanna School of Public Health, MAHE, Manipal, India
2.Dr. Asha KamathPrasanna School of Public Health, MAHE, Manipal, India
3.Dr. Sreekumaran NairDepartment of BiostatisticsJawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) (Institution of National Importance Under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India)
4.Dr. Suma NairDepartment of Community Medicine,Kasturba Medical College, MAHE , Mangalore
5.Dr. Unnikrishnan BDepartment of Community Medicine,Kasturba Medical College, MAHE, Mangalore
6.Dr. B. ReshmiHealth Information ManagementSchool of Allied Health SciencesMAHE, Manipal
7.Dr. Manthan D. JanodiaDepartment of Pharmacy Management, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, MAHE, Manipal
8.Dr. Bharti Chogtu MagazineDepartment of Pharmacology, Kasturba Medical College, MAHE, Manipal
9.Dr Anju SinhaDivision of Reproductive Biology, Maternal and Child Health, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, India.
10.Dr.Veena Laxminarayan Karanth KDepartment of Surgery, Kasturba Medical College, MAHE, Manipal
11.Dr. Leslie Edward S LewisDepartment of Paediatrics and Neonatology, Kasturba Medical College, MAHE, Manipal.
12.Dr. RavishankarDepartment of Biostatistics, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest institute, University of Delhi-110007
13.Dr. Kiran ChawlaDepartment of Microbiology, Kasturba Medical College, MAHE, Manipal
14.Ms. Ratheebai VSchool of Communication, MAHE, Manipal.

Contact us

Dr. Bhumika T V
Public Health Evidence South Asia (PHESA)
1st floor, near KMC Greens, Department of Health Information
Prasanna School of Public Health, MAHE, Manipal, 576104
Phone no: 0820-2923449

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