Dr. Dias is an epidemiologist and geriatrician by training and has worked 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 Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI). He is the founding 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 counsellors 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 Fondation 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 has been 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.