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Senior Lecturer

I am a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology. I teach Pharmacology, Pathophysiology and Therapeutics on many graduate courses related to allied health including MPharm. 

I gained an MSc (Pharmacology) from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India and PhD (Medical Pharmacology) from The Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidhyanagar, India.

I have actively taught in the academic field since 1989 and was nominated as a Member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, India in 2000. The award is considered an honor as an acknowledgement of one’s achievement in his/her profession. Members are permitted to add the suffix MAMS after their name.

During my career I have taught at Pramukswami Medical College, Karamsad, Gujarat, India, Shrimati B.K. Shah Medical Institute and Research Centre, Wagodia, Gujarat.

I authored a popular and well recognised book entitled “MCQ`s in Pharmacology” which was published in 2000 in India and is available worldwide. The book is used by students of the medical and allied health profession to date.

I have taught at the University of Sunderland since 2006.


Teaching and supervision

MPharm

I am module leader for:
Diseased Systems: Central Nervous and Musculo-Skeletal Systems
Drug and Pharmaceutical Products Registration 

I have supervised one PhD student (Mr Thomas Cherian) who completed his PhD entitled 'A functional study of the ureter: Relevance of myogenic and neurogenic functions and the role of post-synaptic alpha1 and alpha 2  adrenergic receptors in ureteral motility' and was awarded the PhD by Existing Published Works in 2014 by the University of Sunderland.

Research interests for potential research students

Research inclination towards cardiovascular, central nervous system and autonomic pharmacology (receptor up and down regulation) in relation to various disease state conditions.

Research

Having worked in the field of pharmacology for several years, I have developed a research inclination towards cardiovascular, central nervous system and autonomic pharmacology (receptor up and down regulation) in relation to various disease state conditions.

I have developed expertise in experimental pharmacology, molecular pharmacology (cell culture, study of intracellular Ca2+ fluxes) and biochemical pharmacology which is justified by my research publications, presentations and awards.

For my research work, I was invited to the Institute of Cardiovascular Research, St Boniface Hospital and Research Centre, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada as a Visiting Scientist on Fellowship for one year (September 2000 to August 2001).

Publications

Number of items: 11.

Article

West, Sophie and Bhugra, Praveen (2015) Emerging drug targets for Aβ and tau in Alzheimer's disease: a systematic review. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 80 (2). pp. 221-234. ISSN 0306 5251

Bhugra, Praveen (2004) Time for change: Preconference Workshop, annual conference and IJP. Indian Journal of Pharmacology, 36 (1). pp. 45-47. ISSN 0253-7613

Joshi, A and Bhugra, Praveen (2004) Body Mass Index and Central Obesity in Hypertensive Patients. Gujaret Medical Journal, 61 (3). pp. 33-36.

Bhugra, Praveen, Xu, Y-J, Aziz, P and Arneja, A S (2003) Potential role of lysophosphatidic acid in hypertension and atherosclerosis. Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 19 (13). pp. 1525-1536. ISSN 0828282X

Bhugra, Praveen, Xu, Y-J, Rathi, S S and Dhalla, N S (2003) Modification of intracellular free calcium in cultured A10 vascular smooth muscle cells by exogenous phosphatidic acid. Biochemical Pharmacology, 65 (12). pp. 2091-2098. ISSN 00062952

Bhugra, Praveen, Xu, Y-J, Rathi, S S and Zhang, M (2002) Mechanism of the positive inotropic effect of lysophosphatic acid in rat heart. Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 7 (2). pp. 109-115. ISSN 10742484

Bhugra, Praveen and Gulati, O D (2001) The influence of chronic treatment of rats with isoprenaline and calcium channel blockers on the response of the isolated right ventricle to noradrenaline. Indian Journal of Experimental Biology, 39. pp. 272-275. ISSN 00195189

Book Section

Rathi, Satyajeet S, Bhugra, Praveen and Dhalla, Naranjan S (2002) Molecular and Pharmacological Aspects of the Developing Heart. In: Cardiac Development. Progress in Experimental Cardiology (4). Springer. ISBN 978-1-4613-5328-7

Conference or Workshop Item

Bhugra, Praveen (2011) Relationship between alcoholism and the youth population (CPO58). In: British Pharmacological Society Winter Meeting 2011, 13-15 Dec 2011, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London. (Unpublished)

Book

Bhugra, Praveen (2012) MCQs in Pharmacology. New Central Book Agency, Calcutta. ISBN 978-8173817458

Other

Bohr, Stella, Hayes, Catherine, Fulton, John and Bhugra, Praveen The Postgraduate Health Sciences Dissemination Series: 'Effectiveness and Safety of Probiotics in the Treatment of Clostridium Difficile Infection in the U.K. And Other European Countries: A Systematic Review’. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Awards (Dr. Praveen Bhugra)

1) Jaipur Prize given by Indian Pharmacological Society for the best paper published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology 1985-1986

2) C.L. Malhotra Research Prize in Pharmacology and Allied Sciences 1994 given by Association of Physiologist and Pharmacologists of India received at the 40th Annual Conference of Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India held at Sri Devraj Urs Medical College, Kolar on 24 December 1994

3) Ahmedabad Branch Prize 1998 given by the Indian Pharmacological Society (Ahmedabad Branch) for the best research paper published from Gujarat State during 1996

4) Nominated as a Member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, India in 2000. Received the Degree in the 42nd Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (India) held at M.G. Medical College, Indore from September 5-7, 2003

5) Merit Certificate awarded as a co author for the R. K. Desai best paper for “Body mass index and central obesity in 132 consecutive hypertensive patients in a rurally based teaching hospital” at the 22nd Annual Conference of Association of Physicians of Gujarat, January 2001

6) Medal of Merit awarded at the XVII World Congress of ISHR held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 2001 for research in experimental cardiovascular pharmacology 

7) Ahmedabad Branch Prize 2001 given by the Indian Pharmacological Society (Ahmedabad branch) for the best research paper published from Gujarat State during 2001

Conference presentations

1. Bhugra P, Hemavathi KG, Gulati OD. A study of nitrogen oxide containing vasodilators on guinea pig trachea, a non-vascular smooth muscle. Presented at the Sixteenth Annual Conference of the Indian Pharmacological Society at JLN Medical College, Ajmer, December 1983.

2. Bhugra P, Gulati OD, Hemavathi KG. Apomorphine - induced inhibition of response to 5 - hydroxytryptamine in rat isolated anococcygenus muscle. Presented at the Asian Congress of Pharmacology at Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi, January 1985              

3. Bhugra P, Gulati OD. Interactions of calcium channel blockers with some agonists and antagonists on rat isolated ventricle. Presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the Indian Pharmacological Society held at CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, November 1993            

4. Bhugra P, Gulati OD. Modulation of some agonist responses by calcium channel blockers in rat isolated ventricle. Presented at the Decennial Conference, of the Indian Pharmacological Society, Gujarat Chapter at the Department of Pharmacology, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, January 1994         

5. Bhugra P, Gulati OD. Interaction of calcium channel blockers with noradrenaline and phenylephrine in aorta from normal and hypertensive rats. Presented at the 40th Annual Conference of Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India held at Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Kolar, November 1994            

6. Bhugra P, Gulati OD. Interaction of calcium channel blockers with different agonists in aorta from normal and diseased rats. Presented as a guest lecture in the Prize Session at the 40th Annual Conference of Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India held at Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Kolar, November 1994         

7. Bhugra P, Gulati OD. Interaction of calcium channel blockers with histamine and 5-hydroxy-tryptamine in aorta from normal and diseased rats. Presented at the 11th All Gujarat Annual Meeting of the Indian Pharmacological Society at the Department of Pharmacology, Govt. Medical College, Surat, July 1995         

8. Bhugra P, Gulati OD. Modulation of histamine and 5-hydroxytryptamine  responses by calcium channel blockers in rat isolated aorta. Presented at  the 28th Annual Conference of Indian Pharmacological Society held at Department of Pharmacological Sciences and Drug Research, Punjabi University, Patiala, November 1995              

9. Bhugra P, Gulati OD. The influence of chronic treatment of rats  with   isoprenaline and calcium channel blockers on response of the isolated  right  ventricle to noradrenaline. Presented at the 12th Gujarat State Conference of Pharmacologist held at Pharmacy Department, M. S. University of Baroda, Baroda, March 1996              

10. Bhugra P, Gulati OD. Modulation of cardiac responses to noradrenaline by chronic treatment of rats with isoprenaline and calcium channel blockers. Presented at the 29th Annual Conference of Indian Pharmacological Society held at Deccan College of Medical Science Hyderabad, December 1996     

11. Bhugra P, Gulati OD. Modulation of beta agonist responses by atenolol in rat isolated ventricle. Presented at the 13th Annual Conference of the Indian Pharmacological Society (Gujarat Chapter) held at K.B. Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research, Gandhinagar, March 1977             

12. Bhugra P, Gulati OD. Interaction of atenolol with beta agonist in rat isolated ventricle. Presented at the Tridecennial Annual Conference of Indian Pharmacological Society held at Government Medical College, Jammu, November 1997            

13. Bhugra P. A preliminary report on awareness of AIDS in people of Anand District. Presented at the VI Annual Conference of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (Gujarat Chapter) at Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, July 1998             

14. Bhugra P. Unbiased preliminary survey of  the  teaching  faculty  of Pharmacology in the Medical Colleges and Pharmacy Colleges of the Gujarat state: To study the knowledge and skills needed in Pharmacology by the  graduates and postgraduates in employment. Presented at the 15th Annual Conference of the Indian Pharmacological Society (Gujarat Chapter) held at Ahmedabad, August 1999          

15. Bhugra P. Knowledge and skills needed in Pharmacology by the    graduates and postgraduates: survey of the teaching faculty of Pharmacology in Medical and Pharmacy colleges of the Gujarat state.   Presented at the International Congress on Frontiers in Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the 21st century held at New Delhi, December 1999       

16. Joshi A, Bhugra P, Lakhani JD, Desai SV, Kaila B,  Khumari T. Body mass   index and central obesity in 132 consecutive hypertensive patients in a rurally based teaching hospital. Presented at the 22nd Annual Conference  of Association of Physicians of Gujarat, held at Sardar Patel Memorial Auditorium, Karamsad, January 2001         

17. Bhugra P, Xu Y-J, Rathi S, Dhalla NS. Effect of exogenous phosphatidic acid on vascular smooth muscle cells. Presented at the XVII ISHR World  Congress of the International Society for Heart Research held at Winnipeg, Canada, July 2001           

18. Xu Y-J, Bhugra P, Rathi S, Dhalla NS. Mechanism of the in vivo positive   inotropic effect of lysophosphatidic acid in rats. Presented at  the XVII  ISHR World Congress of The International Society for Heart Research held at Winnipeg, Canada, July 2001             

19. Bhugra P, Xu Y-J, Rathi S, Elimban V, Dhalla NS. The effect of exogenous phosphatidic acid in vascular smooth muscle cells. Presented at the 34th  Annual Conference of Indian Pharmacological Society held at Nagpur, January 2002.

20. Bhugra P, Rastogi S, Xu Y-J, Rathi S, Dhalla NS. Protein phosphatase alteration during ischemic preconditioning in rat heart. Presented at the 36th Annual Conference of Indian Pharmacological Society Delhi, December 2003

21. Joshi AS, Bhugra P, Desai SV, Lakhani JD.  A study on the   antihypertensive drug prescribing pattern and impact of antihypertensive on quality of life (QOL) in hypertensive patients at a tertiary care teaching hospital, Karamsad. Presented at the 18th Annual Conference of Indian  Pharmacological Society (Gujarat Chapter) held at Anand, February 2004

22. Hawley -Jones ET, Bhugra P: Relationship between alcoholism and the youth population. Presented at the British Pharmacological Society Winter Meeting 2011 at London, December 2011    

Societies

  • Member of British Pharmacological Society, UK
  • Member of Health Action International, Europe 
  • Life member of the Indian Pharmacological Society, India
  • Life member of the Indian Society of Hypertension, India

Last updated 11 June 2019

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