Announcement: Dr. Lena Palaniyappan has been appointed as the Endowed Tanna Schulich Chair of Neurosciences & Mental Health

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Lena Palaniyappan has been appointed as the Endowed Tanna Schulich Chair of Neurosciences & Mental Health, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024.

Dr. Palaniyappan is an Associate Professor with the Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Biophysics and is a Scientist at Robarts Research Institute at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. He serves as the Director of the Prevention and Early Intervention in Psychoses Program and is a member of the Brain and Mind Institute at Western and a scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute.

Dr. Palaniyappan completed his MBBS at Stanley Medical College, Chennai, India followed by his PhD in Translational Neuroimaging at the University of Nottingham, UK.
The major emphasis of his research is on investigating the brain-based mechanisms of psychosis and depression. The clinical goal of this work is to modify the pathways of poor outcome in individuals with serious mental disorders and develop novel therapeutics.

His work identified the critical role of cortical salience processing networks in generating psychotic symptoms and now focuses on how the brain reorganizes itself in early stages of psychosis. He established the PROSPECT service specialized in identifying and intervening during the early onset of schizophrenia.

Dr. Palaniyappan has received many prestigious grants and awards including the Laughlin Prize form the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2007; a Welcome Clinical Training Fellowship in 2010; an Early Career Foundation grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 2017; a Young Investigator Award from the Canadian College of Neuropharmacology in 2018; and The Global Rising Star Award from Schizophrenia Research Society in 2018.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Palaniyappan on this appointment.

Davy Cheng
Acting Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Distinguished University Professor & EPICOR Research Chair
Western University, London, Canada