Time magazine has named Dr. Vikram Patel, psychiatrist and professor at the International Mental Health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, among the Time annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Dr. Patel is a senior fellow at the UK-based Wellcome Trust, the co-Director of the Centre for the Control of Chronic Conditions at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and also co-founder of Sangath, a mental health research NGO based in Goa, India.
"Being named on this list is a recognition for the tireless efforts of so many people around the world to use science and advocacy to enhance the quality of life of people affected by mental health problems, easily the most neglected of all global health issues, in the poorest communities of the world," said Dr. Patel.
"Professor Patel was profusely lauded for his efforts in addressing the unmet needs of resource-poor countries and his life's inspiring and profound credo of mental health for all," said American psychologist Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen in Time.
Dr. Patel is well-known for his epidemiological research on mental disorders among people in low and middle income nations and proving a strong link between mental disorders and poverty. His studies have focused on the burden of mental disorders and suicide in young people, adolescent health, HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health.