Leader shares research innovations into schizophrenia

Schizophrenia affects more than 24 million people worldwide

Schizophrenia affects more than 24 million people worldwide

A new international collaboration will help develop strategies to combat schizophrenia, a disease affecting more than 24 million people worldwide.

Warwick University's Professor Swaran Singh, is in Melbourne this week for the first collaborative research visit to Monash University by a Warwick academic since an alliance was established between the institutions in early 2012.

He will discuss collaborative opportunities with colleagues at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) before sharing the latest research innovations into schizophrenia and psychotic disorders at a free public forum in Melbourne on Friday.

Director of the MAPrc, Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, said Professor Singh and his team of psychiatry researchers would find ‘kindred spirits’ in researchers at the centre.

“Professor Singh and I share a mutual approach for schizophrenia, conducting broad, integrative clinical research into this complex disease," Professor Kulkarni said.

“Through this alliance with Warwick University, we hope to develop new treatments and understanding of a disease that can severely impair people's lives.”

Professor Singh said he looked forward to discussing opportunities for collaboration as part of the Monash-Warwick alliance.

“I was pleased to learn that some of the work of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre similarly focused on schizophrenia and psychotic disorders.

“By collaborating with Monash University, we are approaching this field of research from a new aspect and together our complementary strengths may yield significant outcomes.”

Professor Singh will present data from recent studies into the high rates of schizophrenia and psychotic disorders in ethnic minority groups in the UK.

The public forum, Biological Psychiatry Research at Warwick University – a Collaboration with Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre will be held from 12.10pm on Friday 25 May at AMREP Lecture Theatre, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne.

For further information or to register visit the Monash University website.