SCIENTIA PROFESSOR PERMINDER SACHDEV AM MD PhD FRANZCP

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Co-Director, CHeBA

Perminder Sachdev is Scientia Professor of Neuropsychiatry at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) and Clinical Director of the Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI), The Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, Australia.  He graduated from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in 1978 and completed his MD in Psychiatry in 1983 at that institution before migrating to New Zealand.  He then relocated to Australia where he completed his psychiatric training and PhD (1991) and went on to head the Neuropsychiatric Institute.

His doctorate was on the ethnopsychological concepts in Maori culture.  His early work in Neuropsychiatry was on drug-induced movement disorders, in particular akathisia, tardive dyskinesia and neuroleptic malignant syndrome.  His most recent work has been in dementia and pre-dementia syndromes, in particular relating to neuroimaging, neuropsychology, biomarkers and risk factors.  He has extensively examined the outcome of psychosurgery, and is currently involved in examining brain stimulation techniques (TMS, DCS, VNS and DBS) for psychiatric disorders. Dr. Sachdev is past-president of the International Neuropsychiatric Association and past-president of the International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology.  He is the inaugural Chair of the Section of Neuropsychiatry of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.  
 
He has published five books and over 350 papers in peer-reviewed journals.  His most recent books are ‘The Yipping Tiger and other tales from the neuropsychiatric clinic’ and ‘Secondary Schizophrenia’.  His Google Scholar H-index is 74, and total citations are over 18,000.  He was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2011 for his services to medical research in the field of neuropsychiatry. He was awarded the 2010 NSW Scientist of the Year for Biomedical Sciences.  
 

Current Positions

  • Clinical Director, Neuropsychiatric Institute, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney (1987-present)

  • Chief Medical Adviser to Alzheimer’s Australia (2014-present)

  • Visiting Fellow, Australian National University (2009-present)

  • Visiting Professor, National University of Korea, Seoul (2014-2018)

  • Member of the International Advisory Group for the Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders and the International Advisory Group for the Revision of ICD-10 Diseases of the Nervous System, WHO ICD-11 Expert Working Group on Neurocognitive Disorders, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department (2011-present)

  • Executive Member of the International Society of Vascular Behavioural and Cognitive Disorders (VASCOG) (2012-present)

  • Founding Executive Committee Member of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia (1989-present)

  • Scientific Advisory Committee Member of the Alzheimer’s Association of Australia (1995-present)

  • Committee Member on Psychotropic Drugs and Other Physical Treatments, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (1996-present)

  • Chair, Medical Advisory Committee of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia (1996-present)

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health & Medical Sciences (2015-present)

  • Fellow of the NHMRC Academy 2011 (2011-present)

  • Member of the NHMRC Assigner’s Academy (2012-present)

  • Invited Member, Task Force of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) Neuropsychobiology Commission (2011-present)

  • Editorial board for Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Treatment, Acta Neuropsychiatrica, Current Opinion in Psychiatry, Middle Eastern Journal of Ageing, Brain and Mind Matters, The Open Neuroimaging Journal, American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

Awards

1972 Sita Ram Jindal Gold Medal for second position in India in the order of merit, Central Board of Secondary Education, India

1973 Panjab University Gold Medal for first position in the pre-medical examination, Panjab University, India

1977 Diamond Jubilee Award for Best All Round Graduate for the Year at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi Medical Association

1972-78 Government of India National Scholarship for academic achievement

1995 Organon Senior Research Award, Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) for the best research by an Australian or New Zealand psychiatrist in the previous five years

2004 Presidential Lecture, 5th International Neuropsychiatry Congress, Athens, Greece; IAPA Outstanding Academician Award, Melbourne, Australia; Novartis Oration Award 2004 of the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research

2005 The Inaugural INA India Lecture Award at the Second INA-India Symposium, Chennai, India

2007 6th Appa Rao Endowment Lecture Award

2009 Scientia Professor, University of New South Wales (for outstanding achievements as a University Professor); Rotary Health Knowledge Dissemination Award (for the book “The Yipping Tiger and other tales from the neuropsychiatric clinic”).

2010 NSW Scientist of the Year in Biomedical Sciences

2011 Member of the Order of Australia (AM):  For service to medical research in the field of neuropsychiatry, as a clinician and academic, and to professional associations at a national and international level; Australian Society of Psychiatric Research (ASPR) Founder’s Medal

2012 International Distinguished Fellowship in the American Psychiatric Association (APA); NHMRC Honour Roll (http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants/peer-review/-nhmrc-academy)

2014 UNSW Medicine Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement (Academic) (UNSW)

2015 Fellowship of Australian Academy of Health & Medical Sciences

 

Research Interests

Neuropsychiatric disorders of older people and disorders of cognition, with a particular focus on Vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia of Lewy Body type, and Mild Cognitive Impairment; treatment of resistant psychiatric disorders with brain stimulation; drug-induced movement disorders (akathisia, tardive dyskinesia, NMS); neuroimaging; Tourette syndrome, and Adult ADHD.
 

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