|Professor Suresh Sundram at Monash Health|
Prof Sundram plans to establish a psychiatric neuroscience research program in the Department of Psychiatry at SCS, focussing on psychotic disorders. “I have a particular interest in schizophrenia, with a broad translational approach,” he says.
“We study cellular and molecular aspects of post-mortem human and animal brain relevant to psychotic disorders; animal behaviour studies using transgenic models of psychosis; and biomarker studies in clinical samples using genetic, protein and electrophysiological measures.”
Prof Sundram will also establish a clinical trials research group evaluating new treatments for these disorders. He says, “I hope to build a unique translational research program in psychotic disorders that utilises clinical and biomarker data to understand the molecular bases of psychotic disorders, and in turn generate novel treatments and diagnostics for this patient group".
Of his decision to join Monash, Prof Sundram says, “It was the opportunity to integrate my research vision into one space and the exceptional platform technologies that are available through the Monash Health Translation Precinct.”
Beyond his research and clinical work, Prof Sundram has a strong interest in asylum seeker mental health and mental health service system development in low and middle income countries. “In addition to running a pro bono psychiatric clinic for asylum seekers, I provide and have provided expert advice to national governments and human rights and non-government organisations.”
Prior to joining Monash Health and Monash University, Suresh was Director of Clinical Services for Northern Area Mental Health Services, Head of Molecular Psychopharmacology and the Psychotropic Drug Advisory Service at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and the Director of the Northern Psychiatry Research Centre.
Prof Sundram will be speaking at the Central Clinical School's Translational Research Symposium Wednesday, 30 September 2015, on the topic of "Evidence for biomarker development in schizophrenia sub-groups".
All welcome, see details:
- Time: 8.00 am registration for 9.00 am start. Drinks and canapes from 6-8 pm
- Venue: AMREP Lecture Theatre, adjacent to the BakerIDI Institute at 85 Commercial Road, Melbourne 3004, 200 metres east of the main Alfred Hospital entrance. See map.
- Cost: Free
- RSVP by Friday 25 September for catering purposes
- Enquiries: Catherine.Wong@monash.edu ph +61 3 9903 0640