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Professor Suresh Sundram is the Head, Department of Psychiatry, School of Clinical Sciences, Monash University and Director of Research, Mental Health Program, Monash Health.

He has been investigating the molecular pathology of schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders using pharmacological, neurochemical and neuropathological approaches. These inter-related methods have been applied to parse components of the disorder such as treatment resistance and suicide to better understand their neurobiological substrates. He undertook his doctoral and post-doctoral studies at the Mental Health Research Institute in Melbourne before establishing his laboratory there and subsequently at the Florey Institute and concurrently establishing a clinical research laboratory undertaking clinical trial and biomarker research in psychotic disorders. He then transferred to, and integrated his research program at Monash University and Monash Medical Centre. Together, this has permitted rapid and seamless translational research between molecular and clinical approaches. The work has resulted in more than 150 published scientific articles, books, book chapters and conference abstracts. He has presented as plenary and invited speaker at international and national conferences, served as deputy editor for the Asian Journal of Psychiatry and is an advisor to the UN, national and state governments.

Education/Academic qualification

Psychiatry, PhD, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 31 Dec 2001

Psychiatry, MMed, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 31 Dec 1999

Medicine, MBBS, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 31 Dec 1988

Research area keywords

  • Schizophrenia Disorders
  • Neurosciences
  • molecular neuroscience
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychosis
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Traumatic stress
  • Refugee Health

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Research Output

Early signs monitoring to prevent relapse in psychosis and promote well-being, engagement, and recovery: Protocol for a feasibility cluster randomized controlled trial harnessing mobile phone technology blended with peer support

Gumley, A., Bradstreet, S., Ainsworth, J., Allan, S., Alvarez-Jimenez, M., Beattie, L., Bell, I., Birchwood, M., Briggs, A., Bucci, S., Castagnini, E., Clark, A., Cotton, S. M., Engel, L., French, P., Lederman, R., Lewis, S., Machin, M., MacLennan, G., Matrunola, C. & 18 others, McLeod, H., McMeekin, N., Mihalopoulos, C., Morton, E., Norrie, J., Reilly, F., Schwannauer, M., Singh, S. P., Smith, L., Sundram, S., Thomson, D., Thompson, A., Whitehill, H., Wilson-Kay, A., Williams, C., Yung, A., Farhall, J. & Gleeson, J., 1 Jan 2020, In : JMIR Research Protocols. 9, 1, 19 p., e15058.

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Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

The Impact of Childhood Adversity on Cognitive Development in Schizophrenia

Wells, R., Jacomb, I., Swaminathan, V., Sundram, S., Weinberg, D., Bruggemann, J. M., Cropley, V. L., Lenroot, R. K., Pereira, A. M., Zalesky, A., Bousman, C., Pantelis, C., Weickert, C. S. & Weickert, T. W., Jan 2020, In : Schizophrenia Bulletin. 46, 1, p. 140–153 14 p.

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Cognitive reserve attenuates age-related cognitive decline in the context of putatively accelerated brain ageing in schizophrenia-spectrum disorders

Van Rheenen, T. E., Cropley, V., Fagerlund, B., Wannan, C., Bruggemann, J., Lenroot, R. K., Sundram, S., Weickert, C. S., Weickert, T. W., Zalesky, A., Bousman, C. A. & Pantelis, C., 9 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Psychological Medicine. p. 1-15 15 p.

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3 Citations (Scopus)

Evaluation of an alternative model for the management of clinical risk in an adult acute psychiatric inpatient unit

Harrington, A., Darke, H., Ennis, G. & Sundram, S., Oct 2019, In : International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 28, 5, p. 1102-1112 11 p.

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Raloxifene recovers effects of prenatal immune activation on cognitive task-induced gamma power

Schroeder, A., Nakamura, J. P., Hudson, M., Jones, N. C., Du, X., Sundram, S. & Hill, R. A., 1 Dec 2019, In : Psychoneuroendocrinology. 110, 12 p., 104448.

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