Sanjeev Jain Professor of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru
did his graduate studies at the University of Delhi (Maulana Azad Medical College) and postgraduate studies at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore. He was a Commonwealth Fellow at the Cambridge University, UK, where in addition to learning research methods in genetics, he developed an interest in the history of psychiatry. He is a clinician and a teacher, researches the genetic correlates of psychiatric and neurological disease, and heads the molecular genetics laboratory at NIMHANS. He is also an adjunct faculty at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (part of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research), Bangalore. He has been involved in volunteer work with both governmental organisations and NGOs, and was a member of the committee for drafting the Mental Health Policy document for India. He has been researching the history of mental health services in India, from the colonial period to the contemporary times. This work has helped understand the interface between science and medicine, and social responses to mental illness in India.