Dr. Biju Soman
Professor
Phone :
+91 471 252 4230

DLSHTM (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 2012)

MSc Control of Infectious Diseases (University of London, 2011)

MD Community Medicine (University of Kerala, 1999)

DPH (University of Kerala,1996)

MBBS (University of Kerala, 1992

Professor (AMCHSS, SCTIMST, 2017 onwards)

Additional Professor (AMCHSS, SCTIMST, 2012-2017)

Associate Professor (AMCHSS, SCTIMST, 2008-12)

Assistant Professor (AMCHSS, SCTIMST, 2004-08)

Assistant Professor (Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, 2002-04)

Assistant Professor (KS Hedge Medical Academy, Mangalore, 2000-02)

Programme Officer - Health (Dept. of Rural Development, Govt. of Kerala, 1999-2000)

Data Analytics in Public health

Public Health Informatics (and its use in epidemiology & surveillance of infectious and non-infectious diseases)

GIS in Public Health, Telemedicine & Health Technology Assessment

Democratising and demystifying newer technologies for public health

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC-Trivandrum)

Dept of Health and Family Welfares Govt. of Kerala

Health Technology Assessment India (HTAIn)

Associate Dean(Health Sciences), SCTIMST

Member, Academic Standing Committee, SCTIMST

Chairperson, Boad of Studies(Health Sciences), SCTIMST

Undertake funded research programs
E.g., Mobile Telemedicine project in Wayanad to improve secondary health care service coverage in the tribal areas of Wayanad district, Action research on NCD risk factors in Kerala, sero-surveillance of Measles Rubella vaccination in the country, etc.

Teaches the following modules in the public health school
Database Management in Epidemiology
Public Health Technologies
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Public Health Biology

Conducts short-course trainings on
GIS in public health using R
Public Health Informatics
Bibliographic softwares
Health Technology Assessments

Other academic/research activities
PhD Guide
MPH students (Guides dissertations)
Reviewer of Journals (E.g., PLOS One, Applied Geography, Health Sciences, etc.)
Visiting Faculty (E.g., SOAHS, MAHE, School of Public Health, Nitte University, Mangalore, School of Social Work, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, etc.)

Executive Member, Health Action by People, NGO

Executive Member, Centre for Advancement in Global Health, NGO

Member, Research Advisory Committee, Centre for Environment Development, Trivandrum.

Member, Research Advisory Committee, State Health System Resource Centre, Trivandrum

Council Member, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences-India.

Member, Technical Committee, School of Health Policy and Planning, Kerala University of Health Sciences(KUHS)

Life member, Indian Medical Association

Life member, Indian Public Health Association

Life Member, Telemedicine Society of India(Kerala Chapter)

Regional Technical Resource Centre for HTA In; 2018-20; funded by DHR, Govt of India; Rs.16 lakhs, Role: PI.

Mobile Telemedicine Project; 2017-18; Rs. 5.64 crores; funded by DST; Role: Principal Investigator.

Portable Mobile Refrigerator for difficult to reach areas; 2019-20; funded by DST, Govt. of India, Role: PI (SCTIMST site)

TIMED FELLOWS for innovation in Ageing and Health; 2017-18, supported by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIREC) through their Social Innovation Programme for Products; Affordable and Relevant to Social Health (SPARSH); Rs.76 lakhs; Role: Co-Investigator.

NCD Risk factor Survey; 2016-20; funded by Govt. of Kerala; Rs. 4.96 crores; Role: Co-Investigator.

Secondary prevention of stroke survivors. 2017-2019; Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Kerala; Rs. 10 lakhs; Role: Co-PI.

Measles-Rubella sero-surveillance, 2017-2019; Rs. 26 lakhs; collaborative project with Indian Council of Medical Research; Role: Principal Investigator.(Kerala site)

GIS training for public health professionals; 2014-15; funded by DST, GoI; Rs. 2.5 lakhs; Role: Principal Investigator

Prevalence of NCD risk factors in the Kani Tribe in Trivandrum; 2013-14 funded by KSCSTE, GoK; Rs.15000/-; Role: Principal Investigator.

Geospatial mapping of reported Dengue cases to explore clustering and its association with climatic and Physio-environmental factors in Trivandrum (PI); 2013-14; funded by KSCSTE, GoK; Rs. 15000/- Role: Principal Investigator.

Capacity building of women health workers in Kerala; 2009-13; funded by DST through SCTIMST-WCP; Rs. 9.89 lakhs; Role: Principal Investigator.

Health impact of household technology in women: Soman B(PI); 2009-13; funded by DST through SCTIMST-WCP; Rs. 19.96 lakhs; Role: Principal Investigator.

Geospatial analysis of seasonality in pulmonary tuberculosis detection rate in India over a period of five years(2006-11; Role: MSc dissertation at LSHTM (No funding).

Psychosocial impact of Tsunami affected populations in Kerala; Johnson A(PI); 2006-09; A longitudinal study in collaboration with University of Southern California, USA; Funding from USC(USA); Rs.40 lakhs; Role: Co-Investigator.

NCD risk factor sentinel surveillance project; Thankappan KR(PI); 2004-06; ICMR funded multi centric Research study; Rs.25 lakhs; Role: Co-Investigator.

Capacity building of elected local leaders; 2004-06; Funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; Rs. 5.6 lakhs; Role: Principal Investigator.

ICMR sponsored 'RF/RHD Registry Project; 2000-04; Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology, Kochi; funded by ICMR; Rs.30 lakhs; Role: Co-Investigator.

Geospatial mapping of Noolpuzha Grama Panchayat; 2017-18; institute funding through IDRC project; Rs. 3.5 lakhs; Role: Principal Investigator.

Advances in Research on Globally Accessible Medicine (AROGYAM); 2013-2016; funded by ICSR, Rs. 21.6 lakhs; Role: Co-Investigator.

Closing the gaps: Health Equity Research Initiative in India; 2014-18; funded by IDRC, Canada; Role: Team Member.

Dr Anand N (PhD Scholar)

Dr Antony Stanley (PhD Scholar)

Dr Gurpreet Singh (PhD Scholar)

Dr Mathew Valamparampil (PhD Scholar)

Ms Joanna Sara Valson (PhD Scholar)

Dr Hisham Moosan (PhD Scholar)

Mr Sabu KU (PhD Scholar)

Dr Lekshmi Bala V (Junior Medical Officer)

Ms Agnes Lovely KS (Research Nurse)

Ms Soumya PS (Research Nurse)

Er Aparna Krishnan (Project Scientist)

Er Saranya A (Research Associate)

Er Priya Abraham (Data Entry Operator)

Ms Kavya R Nair (Project Assistant)

Mr Krishna Raj PC (Driver)

Mr Vinod P Prabhakaran (Driver)

Article

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Valson, J.S., Kutty, V.R., Soman, B., Jissa, V.T, Spatial Clusters of Diabetes and Physical Inactivity: Do Neighborhood Characteristics in High and Low Clusters Differ?, Asia Pac J Public Health, 2019, , https://doi.org/10.1177/1010539519879322
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Babu, A.N., Niehaus, E., Shah, S., Unnithan, C., Ramkumar, P.S., Shah, J., Binoy, V.V., Soman, B., Arunan, M.C., Jose, C.P., Smartphone geospatial apps for dengue control, prevention, prediction, and education: MOSapp, DISapp, and the mosquito perception index (MPI), Environ Monit Assess, 2019, 191,393, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-019-7425-0
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2. Sarma, P.S., Sadanandan, R., Thulaseedharan, J.V., Soman, B., Srinivasan, K., Varma, R.P., Nair, M.R., Pradeepkumar, A.S., Jeemon, P., Thankappan, K.R., Kutty, R.V., Prevalence of risk factors of non-communicable diseases in Kerala, India: results of a cross-sectional study, BMJ Open, 2019, PMID: 31712329 (corresponding author), https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027880
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Sajeev, P., Soman, B.,, Prevalence of noncommunicable disease risk factors among the Kani tribe in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala, Indian Heart Journal, 2018, PMID: 30392494 (corresponding author), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ihj.2018.01.022
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Valson, Joanna Sara; Soman, Biju, Spatiotemporal clustering of dengue cases in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala, Indian Journal of Public Health, 2017, 61;74 (corresponding author), 10.4103/ijph.IJPH_26_16
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Panicker, Rani Oomman; Soman, Biju; Saini, Gagan; Rajan, Jeny, A Review of Automatic Methods Based on Image Processing Techniques for Tuberculosis Detection from Microscopic Sputum Smear Images, Journal of Medical Systems, 2016, 40;17, http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s10916-015-0388-y
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Panicker, Rani Oomman; Soman, Biju; Gangadharan, K. V.; Sobhana, N. V., An adoption model describing clinician?s acceptance of automated diagnostic system for tuberculosis, Health and Technology, 2016, 1;1-11, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12553-016-0136-4
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Palafox, Benjamin; McKee, Martin; Balabanova, Dina; AlHabib, Khalid F.; Avezum, Alvaro Jr; Bahonar, Ahmad; Ismail, Noorhassim; Chifamba, Jephat; Chow, Clara K.; Corsi, Daniel J.; Dagenais, Gilles R.;, Wealth and cardiovascular health: a cross-sectional study of wealth-related inequalities in the awareness, treatment and control of hypertension in high-, middle- and low-income countries, International Journal for Equity in Health, 2016, 15;199, http://equityhealthj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12939-016-0478-6
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Valson, Joanna Sara; Soman, Biju, Dengue fever and climate: Analysis in Thiruvananthapuram, Proceedings of IRF International Conference, 2015, 1;1-14, http://iraj.in/up_proc/pdf/168-14386634321-4.pdf
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Sreelakshmi, Pr; Nair, Sanjeev; Soman, Biju; Alex, Rani; Vijayakumar, K; Kutty, VRaman, Maternal and neonatal outcomes of gestational diabetes: A retrospective cohort study from Southern India, Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, 2015, 4;395-398, http://www.jfmpc.com/text.asp?2015/4/3/395/161331