Dr. P. Ram Manohar, received BAMS and MD (Ay) degrees from Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore and Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru respectively.
He was the Principal Investigator on the Indian side of the National Institutes of Health, USA sponsored research study to scientifically evaluate the efficacy of Ayurveda in rheumatoid arthritis which was conducted in collaboration with the University of Washington, Seattle, University of California, Los Angeles and AVP, Coimbatore under the leadership of Daniel Furst. The outcomes of this study was published in Annals of Rheumatic Diseases and Journal of Clinical Rheumatology and won Excellence in Integrative Medicine Research Award from the European Society of Integrative Medicine. This study was recommended as a blue print for future studies on CAM by Dr. Edzard Ernst. Ram Manohar has spearheaded the clinical documentation program called RUDRA and also established the first online indexing service for Ayurveda research papers called DHARA. He has served as Principal Investigator on projects granted by the Department of AYUSH, Indian National Science Academy and the Coconut Development Board.
To his credit 20 research papers were published in peer reviewed indexed research journals apart from contributions in other journals and chapters for books. Under his editorial leadership, Ancient Science of Life became the largest PubMed indexed research journal in the field of Ayurveda. He serves in the Editorial Board of the Indian Journal for History of Science published by the Indian National Science Academy. He is also the Chief Editor of Abhinava Dhanvantari, the new edition of the first journal for Ayurveda from Kerala published in the early part of the 20th Century. Ram Manohar is presently serving as Director and CSO with AVP Research Foundation, Coimbatore and also Research Director at Amrita Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda (ACARA). He is an approved guide for the PhD program in Ayurveda at Amrita University. Furthermore, he serves as a member of Scientific Advisory Group of Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Government of India and was a member of Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), Government of India and as Research Advisor for Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Government of India.