Dr. Dias is an epidemiologist and geriatrician by training and works as the assistant professor at the department of Preventive and Social Medicine at Goa Medical College for the last two decades. He is currently the chair of ADI’s Nominations committee and an active member of ARDSI. He is the founder secretary of the dementia society of Goa and the founder member of the TIES dementia research group. His research aims at making dementia services accessible and affordable to the people by involving lay health counselors to bridge the treatment gap.
Dr. Dias completed his MD at Goa Medical College and pursued his DTM&H and MSc in Clinical Trials at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in the UK. He was one of the authors of the Dementia India report that was presented to the Government of India. He is also part of the COPE (Care of Older People) study in Goa and on the guideline development group for the iCOPE programme of the WHO. His research on interventions for families of people with dementia won the prestigious Foundation Médéric Alzheimer and the Alzheimer Disease International prize for being the best evidence based psychosocial research in 2010. He is the recipient of several fellowships and awards including the Commonwealth and the FEMTO scholarship.
He has been associated with several research projects on a range of health conditions affecting the nervous system such as rabies, Japanese encephalitis, iodine deficiency disorders, polio, depression and dementia. He was invited as the guest speaker for various conferences across the globe. He has edited and written chapters in several books and has several scientific publications in national and international peer reviewed journals to his credit. He has been awarded a fellowship in Public Health Leadership at the Emory University, USA.
He is currently working on psychosocial interventions for prevention of depression in late life and the use of technology to address multiple problems associated with aging. He was the former chairperson of Sangath, an NGO dedicated to promoting mental health, and under his leadership, they were awarded the WHO Public Health Champions award for innovation in health. Dr. Dias is the nodal officer for Telemedicine and the National Knowledge Network at GMC and is keen on harnessing the potential of technology to reach out to people with dementia. He was recently invited to deliver the TEDx talk on building dementia friendly communities and was part of the Salzburg Global Seminar on innovations and dementia friendly communities.