Ananya Mandal

Ananya Mandal

Feature Writer

MD

Medical Doctor, Clinical Pharmacologist

Ananya is a medical doctor, having achieved her MBBS degree in 2002 from Calcutta National Medical College & Hospital, followed by an MD in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics from The Institute of Post graduate Medical Education and Research, West Bengal.

At present she works as an Associate Professor at a Government Medical College in West Bengal, teaching Pharmacology to second year MBBS students and also post-graduate students pursuing an MD.

Ananya has been writing research articles and synopses of complex studies for many years, making things easier and simpler for students and other academic professionals to understand.

Ananya is passionate about bringing health science to people from non-science backgrounds, and has been writing  health and drug related articles for the general public for over a decade.

She is a consultant for most of her colleagues and friends, not only when it comes to health and wellness issues but also about medications, and possible drug-drug and drug-food interactions. It is this enthusiasm for helping people that will one day lead to consultation being a part of her career.  

She is a passionate advocate of good new born care, breastfeeding, child rearing practices and hopes to reach out to new mothers in remote locations with little access to good healthcare, dispelling myths and superstitions.

Ananya also freelances as a medical writer for the pharmaceutical industry, preparing scientific and authentic drug promotional literature. She prepares study material for practitioners for CMEs, focussing on rational drug prescribing and therapeutics. In this capacity, she has worked with some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical establishments, writing on newly launched drugs, vaccines and drug combinations.

Ananya is the co-ordinator for the Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Centre (AMC) for her college. She and her team routinely visit the different wards and out-patient departments, gathering information on side effects and therapeutic misadventures and reporting them to the central department of Pharmacovigilance under the National Pharmacovigilance Programme (PvPI).

From the centre in New Delhi, these reports are directly sent to Uppsala, Sweden, to their databases. She feels passionately about constant vigilance regarding new and serious adverse events related to medication use.

She has experience with drug prescribing challenges in children and in the elderly population and has several research activities and publications related to rational drug prescribing even in the remotest of health centres of her region.

Another area of Ananya’s work includes advancement of Medical education technology among existing medical teachers. She is the Joint co-ordinator of the Medical Education Unit (MEU) of her college and routinely hosts workshops and speaks at training sessions, panel discussions and symposiums for her colleagues and fellow teachers.

At these events, delegates discuss the implementation of new and more advanced methods of effective medical education. She has published numerousresearch papers and has several ongoing research activities related to medical education and its challenges in today’s society.

One of her key areas of interest is development of effective ethical and communication skills among medical students. She believes in effective ethical practice and communication with the patients to be the foundation for good clinical practice. Here, she focuses on methods of communication of various health and drug related issues to the general public by fresh medical graduates to minimize doctor-patient conflicts and to improve therapeutic outcomes and satisfaction.

Ananya’s continued attachment to the online platforms where she writes, is an attempt to make correct medical information accessible to the general public. She believes in patient education and awareness and preventive medicine along with rational therapeutics and hopes to fulfill her role as an educator and teacher as well as a Clinical Pharmacologist.

Articles from Ananya

Vaping among kids and teens a growing concern

Vaping among kids and teens a growing concern

Transcatheter mitral-valve repair in patients with heart failure

Transcatheter mitral-valve repair in patients with heart failure

Australia's HIV diagnoses hit seven year low

Australia's HIV diagnoses hit seven year low

13 of nutrition behaviour expert Brian Wansink’s papers retracted

13 of nutrition behaviour expert Brian Wansink’s papers retracted

Old letters provide insight into Spanish flu pandemic horror

Old letters provide insight into Spanish flu pandemic horror

Under the sea, in an octopus' garden on ecstacy - neuroresearch

Under the sea, in an octopus' garden on ecstacy - neuroresearch

Alzheimer’s diagnosis might become simpler with new brain imaging method

Alzheimer’s diagnosis might become simpler with new brain imaging method

Infant walkers lead to thousands of emergency visits for babies

Infant walkers lead to thousands of emergency visits for babies

Zika virus could become a weapon against brain cancer

Zika virus could become a weapon against brain cancer

Sandalwood mimicking odorant could stimulate hair growth in humans

Sandalwood mimicking odorant could stimulate hair growth in humans