Meet the 2018 Medfest Committee

Dr Manraj Bhamra (Medfest Lead)

Dr Manraj Bhamra is an Academic Trainee in Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. He is fascinated by the interface between mental and physical health, and thus his clinical interests include Liaison and Old Age Psychiatry. His academic work focuses on biomarker discovery in various dementias. As a former King’s College London medical student, he is heavily involved in teaching and training, and hopes to inspire the next generation of doctors and psychiatrists. Outside of work, he is particularly fond of travelling, keeping fit and attending music festivals.

Dr Nidhita Singh

Dr Nidhita Singh is a Year 3 Core Trainee in Psychiatry on the Maudsley Training Programme. She will be pursuing a career in CAMHS, an attraction driven by the powerful implications of early intervention. This has led to her research interests in First-Episode Psychosis for which she has gained a visiting appointeeship with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences working as a Study Doctor on a clinical research trial examining the effect of Vitamin D supplementation in time to recovery in First-Episode Psychosis as well as contributing to research papers on related topics.

Dr Singh holds an intercalated BSc in International Health. Fascinated by anthropology and philosophy, in her dissertation, she explored the cultural construct of biomedicine by drawing upon Foucault’s notions of biopower and governmentality, and it’s global impact on health perception. She continues this passion for philosophy as a committee member of Reading the Mind, a Maudsley bimonthly book club focusing on non-fiction pieces related to psychiatry and philosophy.

Having completed an 8-week Mindfullness Based Cognitive Therapy programme as a partcipant, she is eager for you all to reap the rewards of meditative practice and thus invites you to fully yield to the experience of silence in our final screening at this year’s Medfest!

Dr Christian Schulz-Quach

Dr Schulz-Quach is a trained Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, as well as Existential-Phenomenological Therapy. He has received specialist training in Dignity Therapy and CALM therapy in Canada, two short-term focused intervention for people with life-limiting illnesses. He holds accreditation with the GMC, RCPsych and BACP in the UK and has full medical and psychotherapy accreditation in Germany. He consults in English and in German.Dr Schulz-Quach has an academic track record with a Doctorate in Neurobiochemistry from Germany and post-doc research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. Additionally, he is currently pursing a Doctorate in Existential-Phenomenological Psychotherapy in the UK. Dr Schulz-Quach is currently a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. He has published internationally in the field of palliative care psychiatry, psycho-oncology, medical education and psychotherapy. He has published 13 books in Germany. His most recent academic track record can be found here:

Dr Luke Vano

Luke is a first year core trainee with the Maudsley training programme. Since starting medical school he’s been passionate about using film to teach psychiatric phenomenology. Luke first explored this interest by leading psychiatry movie nights when he was co-president of the University of Southampton medical school psychiatric society. It was the fascinating discussions which led from these evenings which drove him to chair the Southampton 2014 Medfest event.
An avid teacher Luke is the 1st year lead for the Psychiatry Early Experience Programme (PEEP) at Kings College London, a programme which pairs medical students with psychiatry trainees for clinical experience. He has also received a commendation from the GKT school of medicine for the excellence of his medical student teaching. With researchers at the IoPPN Luke is currently investigating the variability of responses to antipsychotic treatment demonstrated by patients with schizophrenia.
Outside of psychiatry Luke is a member of the UK and Ireland’s first society of Plant-based Health Professionals. He is helping with the first UK conference to focus on the role of plant-based nutrition and promotes a vegan lifestyle.