Brigadier (Dr) A S Kasthuri VSM, is a veteran of the Indian Army Medical Corps. As Head of Medicine at the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, apart from teaching and training, he was a member of many policy making bodies. His stress was in ethical practice, basic research, preventive and promotive medicine. After retirement he taught in civil medical colleges and also contributed to the development of Karnataka Physicians Association. He motivated would be doctors to utilize the emerging influence of information technology in patient management. He is a mentor to junior doctors and medical teachers.
Dr. A. S. Arvind served as Chief Operating Officer of Clinigene, a subsidiary of Biocon Ltd. from 2000-2010 and was instrumental in planning, initiating and conducting clinical studies, clinical trials, biomarker identification studies and drug development, regulatory compliance both for in house as well as for domestic and multinational pharmaceuticals and biotech companies. Prior to joining Clinigene, Dr. Arvind served as a Consultant Physician at West Wales General Hospital, Wales UK from 1996-2000. He also worked as a Medical Director of Mallya Hospital, Bangalore from 1990 to 1996 and was involved from concept to completion and running of this state of the art tertiary referral hospital. Dr. Arvind was trained in the UK and India in internal medicine and gastroenterology at St. Bartholomew Hospital London, Broadgreen Hospital Liverpool and Victoria, St Martha’s and St. John’s Medical College and Hospital in Bangalore. Currently he is a senior adviser to a number of multinational and domestic companies in the healthcare industry.
Prof. Geetha Upadhayaya, OBE. is a MD specialised in metabolic medicine, and a Ph.D in Cancer and Trace Elements from the Madras University, India. She was an examiner for medical under graduates and post graduates in Malaysia and India, and was a consultant chemical pathologist and the Head of Metabolic Medicine at Guy’s Hospital, London, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and later at the Hull Royal Infirmary. She gained valuable knowledge and expertise in the area of hospital administration, creating innovative teaching learning programmes, devising long distance learning packages and international elective programmes. Dr. Upadhyaya also worked at the Drug Dependency Services, National Health Service, Bradford. Her research interests are in cancer, metabolic conditions especially in BME communities. She has made presentations and also has publications in these areas. Dr. Upadhayaya was conferred the prestigious OBE – Officer of the British Empire – for her dedication to South Asian Arts in the United Kingdom, and is a Professor at Leeds Beckett University.