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Located in the Union Territory of Pondicherry, JIPMER (previously Ecole Médecine in erstwhile French India) is an Institute of National Importance, running autonomously under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. JIPMER ranks among the top medical colleges in India, and is one of the largest super-specialty tertiary care hospitals in South India.


The Department of Psychiatry at JIPMER, has an out-patient and inpatient psychiatric acute care facility. The department has a patient base from Pondicherry and the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu.

InvestigatorProfessionContact InformationPublications
Dr. Vikas MenonAdditional Professor,
Dept of Psychiatry
JIPMER, Pondicherry
drvmenon@gmail.comGoogle Scholar
Dr. Ravi Phillip RajkumarAdditional Professor,
Dept of Psychiatry,
JIPMER, Pondicherry
ravi.psych@gmail.comGoogle Scholar


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.