Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
"I think we risk becoming the best-informed society that has ever died of ignorance." Rubén Blades
Nabarun Dasgupta is a quantitative epidemiologist who studies the utilization of medicines and their attendant negative reactions, with a focus on controlled substances. He has worked with and for diverse groups on reducing the adverse consequences of medicine use, including at the World Health Organization, non-profit organizations, local health departments, and the pharmaceutical industry.
Nabarun understands the need to connect surveillance data to commensurate and practical actions by industry or government actors. Early in his career he was a contributing founder of a nationwide surveillance system for prescription drug misuse, abuse and diversion (The RADARS System radars.org). He then co-founded Project Lazarus (projectlazarus.org), a prescription drug overdose prevention project in North Carolina, after realizing that there was a disconnect between data and intervention. Drawing from these experiences, as the Chief Data Scientist at Epidemico (epidemico.com) Nabarun insists on only designing data collection systems that are synchronized with the downstream actions of data users.
He is on the research faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he conducts applied research on the utilization of opioid analgesics (pharmacoepidemiology) and overdose (injury) prevention.