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Kasturba Medical College, Manipal

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Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) is recognized as an Institute of Eminence by the Government of India. Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal, a constituent of MAHE, is a premier healthcare institution with more than 2000 beds in attached Kasturba Hospital, which has Accreditation from National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Health Care Providers (NABH) and ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14000:2004 certified. The Department of Psychiatry was established in KMC, Manipal, in 1974, and has been conducting MCI recognized postgraduate courses in psychiatry since 1985. It is actively involved in clinical services, teaching, research and community work. The Department has undertaken several collaborative research projects, including funded studies and drug trials.

InvestigatorProfessionContact InformationPublications
Samir Kumar Praharaj, MD, DPMProfessor & Head, Department of Psychiatry
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal,
Karnataka, INDIA - 576104
GSMC-FAIMER Fellow 2017
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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.