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The Government Hospital for Mental care, Visakhapatnam was started as Lunatic Asylum in British India in 1863 with 94 beds. Renamed in 1977, the hospital’s outpatient facility registers over 70,000 patients annually, and treats about 4000 patients in its 300-bedded inpatient facility. It is the only dedicated psychiatric institute in the entire state of Andhra Pradesh, and offers services also to the neighboring states Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.

Co-InvestigatorProfessionContact Information
Himakar Pedapenki, MD, DPMProfessor & Head of Department,
Government Hospital for Mental Care,
Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam,
Andhra Pradesh 530017
Prof S. Radharani, DPM DNB(Psy)Superintendent & Head of Unit II, Dept of
Prof Ramanand Satpaty, MDHead of Unit III, Dept of
Prof V. Padma, MDHead of Unit IV, Dept of

Prof D. Vijayalaxmi, MDHead of Unit

Prof K. V. Ramireddy, MDHead of Unit VI, Dept of
Dr B.J.P. Mallika, MDAssistant Professor, Unit I, Dept of
Dr K. Sarada, MD Assistant Professor, Unit II, Dept of Psychiatry
Dr Prabhath, MD Assistant Professor, Unit III, Dept of
Dr Suneeta, MD Assistant Professor, Unit IV, Dept of
Dr Ravikumar, MDAssistant Professor, Unit V, Dept of
S. Kiran Kumar, MDAssistant Professor, Unit VI, Dept of
Ravi Kumar, MDAssistant Professor, Unit VI, Dept of


Previous/ Ongoing Research Collaborations

c-VEDA  (Consortium on Vulnerability to Externalizing Disorders & Addictions)

  • An ICMR - MRC grant and its main papers
  • Comprises of  >14.000 participants aged 0-25 years who have been genotyped
  • Participants include those with high risk for substance misuse and population-based individuals from different social and environmental (rural and urban) backgrounds.

Collaborating Sites:

  • NIMHANS Bangalore,
  • PGIMER, Chandigarh; 
  • RIMH, Tezpur,
  • Mysore

ADBS (Accelerator Program for Discovery in Brain Disorders using Stem Cells

  • Funded by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India
  • Study of multiplex families with severe mental illnesses
  • Whole exome sequencing for 300 multiplex-affected families and population controls


Wray et al. (2018) in Nature GeneticsGenome-wide association analyses identify 44 risk variants and refine the genetic architecture of major depression.


Howard et al. (2019) in Nature NeuroscienceGenome-wide meta-analysis of depression identifies 102 independent variants and highlights the importance of the prefrontal brain regions.