Dr Rashmi Patel (m. 2002) awarded Fulbright Scholarship
Congratulations to our alumnus Dr Rashmi Patel (m. 2002), who has been awarded an All Disciplines Fulbright Award to enable him to conduct research at the Digital Psychiatry Division of Harvard University.
Rashmi has been selected to work on a research project to develop a relapse prediction tool using electronic health record (EHR) and smartphone data from people who have experienced their first episode of psychosis.
Commenting on receiving the Award, Dr Patel said, “I am absolutely thrilled to have been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to visit Harvard. Psychotic disorders cause enormous suffering for affected individuals and a key challenge is preventing relapse. As a Fulbright scholar I will conduct research to predict relapse using smartphone and electronic health record data. Psychosis is a serious mental disorder which affects up to 3% of people worldwide. I hope that my work will contribute towards more effective relapse prediction and better treatment outcomes as well as foster increased collaboration between the US and UK in mental health research.”
Biography: Dr Rashmi Patel studied Medical Sciences at the University of Cambridge before completing his medical degree at the University of Oxford. He moved to London to train as an academic foundation doctor at North Middlesex Hospital and The Whittington Hospital. He is now an MRC UKRI Health Data Research UK Fellow in the Department of Psychosis Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London (UK). He has a particular interest in the neurobiology of psychotic disorders and the role of health data research techniques such as extracting data from free text electronic health records (EHRs) using natural language processing to predict clinical outcomes and develop more effective treatment strategies. In addition to research, he is an honorary consultant psychiatrist in the Psychosis Clinical Academic Group of King's Health Partners, a pioneering Academic Health Science Centre which combines world-class clinical research and mental healthcare for people with psychotic disorders.