Doctors

About Me:

I am Dr. Hrishikesh Kumar, senior neurologist and Vice-chairman of Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata (INK). Our institute is the largest single speciality teaching hospital and research centre of Eastern India. In addition to my general administrative role, I serve my institution as the chief of Neurology department and the Director of the Research center. My primary area of interest and training aligns with a sub-field of neurology which deals with patients of movement disorders (like Parkinson's disease, gait disorders and tremor). I am trained in this discipline from top universities of UK (UCL, London) and Canada (University of Western Ontario). I am fortunate to contribute in my discipline and represent India in the global platform as the general secretary of the apex body called – Movement Disorder Society of India. I am also representing India in the Asia-Oceanian chapter of global Movement Disorder Society as the member of their education committee. I returned to my own country after my training to chase a dream of developing an institution which will provide the finest level of patient care at an affordable cost, and also promote academics and research in India. Today my dream came true and Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata is now an established model for delivering a state of art health-care facility at an affordable cost to the huge population of Eastern India and harbouring countries. In addition to it, the academics and research at this institution has fetched several national and international recognition. I am extremely proud to be associated with this endeavour from its inception and actively contribute in its growth trajectory.I am the acting-chairman of the Institute for last two years since the chairman honourable Prof. R P Sengupta is away from India due to the unprecedented covid-situation. I am the founding member of the movement disorder society of India (MDSI) as well as the founder president of Parkinson’s disease Patients Welfare Society Kolkata (PDPWSK).I received the prestigious Patricia Harris award for best studentship in London. I was also attached with historical Sobell’s Department of Movement Disorders and Motor Neurosciences at the Institute of Neurosciences, Queens Square, London, UK. I have more than sixty publications to my credit in a number of national and international journals which have been cited by many renowned scientists all across the world. I have written several book chapters including multiple chapters for the text book of Indian Academy of Neurology. I receive frequent invitations from academic bodies for lectures from around the world. I am chief editor of Indian edition of two reputed international journals (Headache, Movement Disorders in Clinical Practice) and member of the editorial board of other international and national journals. I am passionate about research and development at all sectors, as I trust this can transform a country from‘developing’ to ‘developed’. To support my belief on promoting research in our country, I took the responsibility of heading the research wing at the Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata and I am glad to supervise a team of 25 doctoral candidates, post-doctoral fellows of neurology, and research interns. I am mainly interested in investigating the neurophysiology and neuropsychiatry of movement disorders and their walking patterns along with various electrophysiological recordings. Myself and my team regularly organizes the Kolkata Forum of the Movement Disorder meeting every three months. We also organize the International conference of Movement Disorder held every two years at our institute. I am an international trainer for Botulinum toxin workshops across the world. I am a busy neurologist- probably among the busiest in city. My OPD is fully booked for next 4-5 months. Even with his overflowing OPD I make sure to patiently attend every patient until they are completely satisfied. I am also actively involved in the philanthropic activities at several NGO’s and other forums. Through these organisations, I try to spread awareness about Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions. As the founder president of Parkinson's disease Patient Welfare Society of Kolkata (PDPWSK), I organize a weekly program in Kolkata where the patients and their care givers share their sorrow and joy. The aim of this program is to foster camaraderie amongst patients’doctors and care givers. For my professional contribution to the state, Government of West Bengal has awarded me Vishishtha Chikitsa Samman in 2019. The award was handed over by Honorable Chief Minister of West Bengal in a solemn ceremony on the occasion of Doctors day. During pandemic, I led the team of doctors, nurses and healthcare workers in my hospital. I was in –charge of all Covid patients admitted in our hospital. Numbers were huge and it was terrible time but I derive satisfaction of contributing when it really mattered. I was also able to mobilize donation and funds to support Covid treatment (for beds, oxygen plant, medications, supporting poor patients and for Covid satellite center. I have varied hobbies and interests. I have been a long-distance marathon runner – my personal best for half marathon (21.1K) was 1 hour 42 minutes and personal best time for full marathon (42.2Km) was 4 hour one minute. I have run full marathons across the globe- Chicago, Toronto, Berlin and USA, Great Wall of China were the pick. I am reasonable good at Badminton and Chess and have continued to pursue the passion albeit not as frequently as I would have liked. I have been avid trekker – my last trek was Kuari trek in December 2020 when we went up to 14000 meters during peak winter and deep snow. Travelling and reading are my other hobbies- I find myself interested in modern history of Europe. I keep on taking new hobbies and challenges- Tennis and Violin have been my latest muses.

HONORS

  • Elected as MDS-AOS Education Committee member for 2019-2021 term
  • Bishista Chikitsha Samman from Govt of West Bengal in 2019
  • Selected for India Academy of Neurology Queen Square fellowship (2006-2007)
  • Received Patricia Harris award for best studentship (2006-2007)

GRANTS RECEIVED:

1. Newton Bhabha PhD Placement Fellowship 2020-21- Joint supervisor of Akash Roy:

Funding agency: Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India & British Council, UK
Project Title:Drug Repurposing to re-activate impaired mitophagy: A novel approach towards therapeutics of Parkinson’s Disease. Year received: 2020-21
Year received: 2020

2. Indian Academy of Neurology Research Grant Scheme-2020.

Funding agency: The Indian Academy of Neurology Research Grant Scheme
Project Title: “ Effect of Noninvasive Cervical Vagus Nerve Stimulation on Levodopa Induced Dyskinesia - A Crossover Randomized Controlled Trial”
Year received: 2020

3. DST WOS-A fellowship - Mentor of Banashree Mondal:

Funding agency: Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India Women Scientist Scheme A from DST, India
Project Title: “ Effect of Non-Invasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation in Oxidative Stress and Freezing of Gait in Parkinson’s Disease Patients
Year received: 2018

4. DST Inspire Fellowship- Joint supervisor of Akash Roy:

Funding agency: Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India
Project Title: Biomarkers of Parkinson’s disease: A Translational Approach and Identification of its clinical implications
Year received: 2017

5. Co investigator in Prof Stuart Bakers grant:

Funding agency: MRC Concept Grant
Project Title: Stop Signal Reaction Time in movement disorders
Year received: 2019-20

6. Genome Wide Association Study:

Funding agency: One of the Centre of a multicentre study funded by MJ Fox Foundation
Project Title: Genome Wide Association Study in Parkinson’s Disease
Year received: 2019

Clinical Trials

Funding agency: NOVARTIS
Project Title: A prospective, 16 week, phase IV study to evaluate safety, tolerability and effectiveness in patients with severe dementia of the Alzheimer’s type exposed to rivastigmine (Exelon) 15 cm2 transdermal patch
Year received: 2021
Funding agency: KASHIV BIOSCIENCES LLC, USA
Project Title: An open-label, parallel, single ascending dose (SAD) study investigating the pharmacokinetics, dose proportionality, and safety of K102 in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD).
Year received: 2020
Funding agency: Pharmazz India Pvt. Ltd
Project Title: A Prospective, Multi-Centric, Randomized, Double-Blind, Parallel, Phase-III Clinical Study to Assess Efficacy of PMZ-1620 along with Standard Treatment in Patients of Acute Ischemic Stroke.
Year received: 2020
Funding agency: Macleods Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Project Title: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-Controlled Proof-of-concept to study the clinical efficacy and safety of L-seriene supplement along with standard treatment in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease
Year received: 2020
Funding agency: Novartis Healthcare Pvt Ltd (NHPL)
Project Title:A 12-week double-blind, randomized, multi-center study comparing the efficacy and safety of once monthly subcutaneous AMG 334 against placebo in adult episodic migraine patients (EMPOwER).
Year received: 2019
Funding agency: Bioxcel Corporation US & India
Project Title:A Randomized, Blinded, Prospective, Placebo Controlled, Investigator Initiated Study to Evaluate Efficacy and Safety of Dexmedetomidine Injection in the agitated subjects with Mild Probable Alzheimer’s Disease.
Year received: 2018
Funding agency: AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical Company
Project Title:A Randomised, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, International, Multicentre, Phase III Study to Investigate the Efficacy and Safety of Ticagrelor and ASA Compared with ASA in the Prevention of Stroke and Death in Patients with Acute Ischaemic Stroke or Transient Ischaemic Attack
Year received: 2018

SOCIAL INTERACTIONS

  • Delivered various talksfor the awareness of Parkinson’s disease at various NGOs & clubs like Bengal Rowing Club, LION’s club, Rotary club etc.
  • Under the umbrella of I-NK, clinicians and researchers of the institute have started a society for welfare of patients with Parkinson's Disease and for their care-givers. We organize weekly program at two centers of Kolkata (one each in North and South). The program is aimed to foster camaraderie among patients and their care givers. It gives them a platform where they share their joy and sorrow. The program is monitored by trained professionals who teach patients and their care-givers about the various aspects of living with Parkinson's Disease and includes sessions of physiotherapy, dance therapy, psychological support. Renowned dancer Mrs. Alakanada Roy is regularly helping us in incorporating dance movements as a part of rehabilitation in patients with Parkinson's Disease.
  • I-NK organizes a larger monthly program in its seminar hall where clinicians, rehab specialists and psychologists mingle with patients and their care-givers in a semi-formal setting. Every month we have participation of more than 100 patients and care-givers. These programs invigorate the patients and their family members and provide them zeal to live well and with optimism.
  • I-NK also organizes yearly program on World Parkinson's Disease day on the 11th of April every year. Apart from patients and care-givers people, from various strata of society participate in the program.
  • The patients of PD attending the clinics at I-NK have formed a cultural and choir group and they perform at various functions regularly.
  • Every year PD patients coming to I-NK along with the doctors participate in Tata Steel marathon to create awareness about the disease in general public.