Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan, PhD, FNASc, FNAMS
National Research Professor – Ayush, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 411007 INDIA

Former Vice-Chairman, University Grants Commission. Member of several academic committees and policy-making bodies such as WHO Geneva, Planning Commission, NITI Aayog. Fellow, National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medical Sciences (India). Founder Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Ayurveda & Integrative Medicine, Elsevier. Recipient of several orations, awards and holds 8 Indian Patents, 2 US Patents, over 150 publications, and 10,500 citations.

Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan has over 40 years of experience in higher education, scientific research, and institutional governance. He is one of the top-cited biomedical scientists who is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medical Sciences India. Until March 2021, He was Vice Chairman, University Grants Commission, and Chairman additional charge Indian Council of Social Science Research, Government of India. Currently, he is Chairman of the Interdisciplinary R&D Taskforce on Covid-19, and a member of an advisory committee constituted by the Ministry of AYUSH. He is on the task force for the proposed WHO Global Center for Traditional Medicine, a member National Board of Examination, and Lancet Citizen's Commission. Earlier, he was Professor and Director at the Savitribai Phule Pune University; Director, Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Bengaluru; Vice-Chancellor, Deemed University in Pune, and Visiting Professor at a few reputed Universities. He has worked on Boards of several Universities and member of important national committees of the Ministry of AYUSH, Ministry of Education, CSIR, DST, DBT, ICMR, and policy-making committees and Taskforces of NITI Aayog, National Knowledge Commission, Planning Commission, United Nations Organizations, UNESCAP, World Bank and temporary consultant to the WHO Geneva. He has made original contributions in evidence-based Ayurveda, especially in Ayurvedic biology, ethnopharmacology, natural product drug development, and integrative approaches to improve the public health system. He is a recipient of many orations and awards including the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Award 2021, Waldemar Haffkine Oration 2014, Sir Ram Nath Chopra Oration 2013, just to mention a few. He has extensively traveled worldwide to deliver invited lectures. He has authored many books and chapters with reputed publishers including Elsevier, Academic Press, Wiley. His scholarly books 'Integrative Approaches for Health' and 'Innovative Approaches to Drug Discovery' both published by Academic Press Elsevier have received excellent reviews. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine published by Elsevier and is on the Editorial Boards of many other reputed Journals. He has contributed significantly to creating awareness regarding academic integrity and predatory publishing and was Chairman of the Consortium for Academic Research Ethics known as UGC-CARE. His World View article on predatory journals published in NATURE is widely appreciated. It is noteworthy that his 25 articles have been cited more than 100 times. He has received several research grants, has guided 20 PhD students, and holds 8 Indian Patents, 2 US Patents with over 10,500 citations he remains the most cited author in the area of evidence-based Ayurveda.