Declaration of Interest

Cochrane South Asia is bound by the policy of Cochrane limiting the use of conflicted funds, especially from the pharmaceutical industry or sources that might have a conflict of interest in the production and dissemination of systematic reviews. Prathap Tharyan, Director, Cochrane South Asia, has the following declarations.

Designation: Professor of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore 632002,Tamil Nadu, India

Financial support received 

(includes grant, contract or gift, commissioned research, or fellowship from a related organisation to conduct research)

  • Indian Council of Medical Research [funding for core activities]
  • PRACTIHC (European Union via University of Leeds) [funding for a project evaluating quality of reporting of trials in low and middle income countries]
  • Organon Pharmaceuticals (via Quintiles, India) [for a drug trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of a novel antidepressant]
  • Christian Medical College, Vellore [for various research projects funded by the Fluid Research Fund of the institution]
  • Effective Healthcare Research Partnership Consortium [via DFID funds from the International Health Group, University of Liverpool,UK; to mentor systematic review authors]
  • The Cochrane Schizophrenia Group (via the Department of Health, UK and the University of Nottingham and the University of Leeds, UK) [for CSG satellite at Vellore]
  • The World Health Organization, Geneva [for travel and hospitality related to membership of the Scientific Advisory Group of the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform and the Expert Advisory Group on Clinical Trials Registration and Reporting]
  • The Cochrane Collaboration [for holding the exploratory meeting in 2004 and the Centre Director’s meeting in 2008]
  • John Wiley and Sons [for holding the exploratory meeting in 2004]
  • The University of Berkeley, California, USA (via the Cochrane HIV AIDS review group) [protocol development workshop in 2004]

For hosting the 2nd South Asian Regional Symposium on Evidence-Informed Healthcare held at CMC Vellore in April 2008

  • The Council for Scientific and Industrial Development- New Delhi, India
  • The Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, India
  • The Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, India
  • The Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, India
  • The Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, India
  • The Vellore Institute of Technology- University, Vellore, India
  • The World Health Organization- India Country Office- New Delhi, India John Wiley &Sons For hosting the 3rd South Asian Regional Symposium on Evidence-Informed Healthcare held at CMC Vellore in January 2010
  • John Wiley & Sons
  • The Cochrane Collaboration [travel for resource person]
  • ICICI Centre for Child Health & Nutrition
  • The Indian Council of Medical Research
  • The Christian Medical College, Vellore
  • The Australasian Cochrane Centre [travel for resource person]
  • The Effective Healthcare research Partnership Consortium
  • The Cochrane Schizophrenia group [travel for resource person]
  • Paid consultancies: Novartis Healthcare, India: for conducting a workshop [deposited in Centre account]
    MCH STAR (via USAID): for conducting a workshop [travel support]
  •  Received honoraria: 
    World Health Organization (travel support and hospitality)
    Indian Council of Medical Research (travel support and hospitality)
    The Cochrane Collaboration (travel support and hospitality)
    John Wiley & Sons (support for symposium)