CHANDIGARH: Dr. Venkatesan Chakrapani, M.D., a PGI Research Fellow registered in the PhD programme under Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Professor and Head of the Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, has received a highly competitive and prestigious Senior Public Health Research Fellowship of the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance.
He is awarded this fellowship in support of his five-year public health research program on sexual and gender minorities that aims to identify how health inequalities are produced, and what can be done to reduce such health inequalities. The fellowship support for this five-year research program in three cities (Chandigarh, Mumbai and Chennai) will be about 4.7 crores.
Dr. Chakrapani’s research program will use new theoretical frameworks such as syndemics theory and intersectionality perspective to understand the health inequalities, especially HIV risk.
The research program will result in better understanding of health inequalities and contribute to reduction of health inequalities and HIV risk, key areas in public health field. Dr. Chakrapani is a medical doctor who completed his MD in Sexually
Transmitted Diseases from the Institute of Venereology in Madras Medical College in 2001. In collaboration with community agencies working with sexual and gender minorities, and people living with HIV in different parts of India, he has conducted several research projects that contributed to improving the health of these marginalised communities. He has authored/co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals, four bookchapters, and more than 50 research/policy reports.
Dr. Chakrapani’s studies among sexual and gender minorities have provided evidence base on: barriers to HIV prevention and treatment services; relation between social/sexual networks and
sexual risk; stigma/discrimination and structural violence; and impact of sexual/gender minority stigma on mental health and sexual risk.
His recently completed projects include an ICMR-funded intervention to reduce sexual risk among HIV-positive people,
and a CIHR-funded study to understand acceptability of new HIV prevention technologies including pre-exposure proph ylaxis.
He was the recipient of NIH Fogarty fellowship (2002/03) in Yale University, USA; and the Fund for Leadership
Development Fellowship (2003/05) of the John D. and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation.
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