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Department of Psychiatry, at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh was established in 1963. It has been a WHO collaborating center for research and training in mental health. Faculty members of the department have completed numerous funded projects supported by national and international agencies. The faculty members and other professionals from the department have won prestigious national and international awards and have served in advisory capacity to the Govt. of India and numerous national and international organizations. 


The Department runs MD (Psychiatry), DM (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry) and Fellowship (Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry) courses. Besides providing care to adult patients, the department also runs various clinics, viz., Lithium Clinic, Marital and Psychosexual Clinic, Mental Disability Clinic, Geriatric Clinic, Autism Clinic, Intellectual Disability Clinic, Dual Diagnosis Clinic and Oral Substitution Therapy Clinic. Besides these department provides consultation liaison psychiatry services to all the inpatient units of the hospital and at the emergency. Department also runs Electroconvulsive therapy services, Biofeedback services and repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Services. The department also runs community psychiatry services.

On an average, about 15,000 new patients are evaluated in the department and there are about 1,00,000 old patients visits to the adult psychiatry outpatient services

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Dr Sandeep GroverProfessor, Department of
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Dr Subho Chakrabarti
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Dr Swapnajeet SahooAssistant Professor,
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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.