In search of the genetic code and psychiatric disorders

In search of the genetic code and psychiatric disorders

Christos Pantelis is a Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Scientific Director of the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre. He is also head of 80 researchers, teamed up to elaborate on psychiatric research, mainly on schizophrenia and psychoses.

In 2013, Pantelis received the prestigious Robert Sommer Award from the German Justus Liebig University for his outstanding achievements in the field of psychiatric research.

He has authored 3 books, one among the first to refer to the neuropsychology of schizophrenia, and has also published 380 scientific papers and chapters on schizophrenia, depression, autism and other relevant issues. In 2012, partnered with Professor of Nano-Electronics Stan Skafidas, Pantelis attempted to decipher the genetic code of autism. They both managed to develop a test, sending out a positive message about the early diagnosis of autism and possibly the diagnosis of schizophrenia, and also about the potential of a young person to belong to high risk groups most likely to develop these health conditions.

According to Prof. Christos Pantelis, the test is preventive and gives an opportunity for physicians to use it in conjunction with other tests for early diagnosis.