Panel Discussion – 1

What do we mean by the quality of medical research?

Dr. Suneela Garg
Dr Suneela Garg is a Professor of Excellence and Head of Community Medicine at Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi. She is also the Chair of the Programme Advisory Committee of the National Institute of Health & Family Welfare.
Dr Garg is the National President of the Indian Association of Preventive & Social Medicine and the National President of Organized Medicine Academic Guild. She is the Coordinator of Swastha Bharat Task Force. She has been the Principal Investigator of several national and international projects and has published around 200 papers. She comes with considerable experience of assessing and conducting quality research.

Dr. Piyush Gupta
Dr. Piyush Gupta is a renowned academician, teacher, researcher, author and editor with 30 years’ experience in the field of Child Health and Care, Medical Education, Research, and Publishing. He is now Principal of the Delhi University College of Medical Sciences. He has edited/authored 40 books, 300 book chapters, and 270 publications in indexed journals. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Indian Pediatrics for 6 years. He is a member of World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and has been a member of the International Editorial Board of The Journal of Pediatrics, USA (2016-2018).

Dr Abhaya Indrayan
Dr Abhaya Indrayan is a Biostatistics Consultant at Max Healthcare and Former Professor and Head of Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics Delhi University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi. He is the President, Biostatistics Consortium.
He is the only biostatistician in the country to be elected as the Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, besides several other fellowships of learned academies/societies

Dr. Rahul Naithani
Dr. Rahul Naithani is a Hematologist at Max Healthcare. He is a young and energetic clinician and has set-up the Hematology & Bone Marrow transplant program at Max Healthcare. He is deeply involved with scientific research and has to his credit more than 100 scientific publications in national and international medical journals. He is an Editor of Indian Journal of Hematology and Blood Transfusion.

Dr Dheeraj Shah
Dr Dheeraj Shah is the Director-Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University College of Medical Sciences. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of Indian Pediatrics from 2014 to 2019, and is currently the Dean of Indian College of Pediatrics. He has been a Visiting Fellow of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), London; and a Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences and Indian Academy of Pediatrics. Dr Shah is an avid researcher with over 150 papers in internationally reputed journals and over 50 chapters in various textbooks, including Nelson’s Textbook of Pediatrics, besides authoring five books. He is currently the Associate Editor of Annals of National Academy of Medical Sciences and BMC Pediatrics. He is in the reviewer board of several medical journals, including Lancet, Lancet Global Health, BMJ, BMJ Global Health, Pediatrics, Journal of Pediatrics, Indian Journal of Medical Research, and BMC group of journals. Thus, he comes with invaluable experience of assessing the quality of articles.