PROF Christos Pantelis

PROF Christos Pantelis


  • Neurobiology of schizophrenia, psychotic disorders and other severe mental disorders (early psychosis; neurodevelopment; brain maturation; structural imaging; neuropsychology)
  • Neuroimaging and neuropsychological approaches to understanding psychiatric disorders
  • Normal and abnormal brain maturation
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder



  • Professor Christos Pantelis is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, Foundation Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Scientific Director of the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre at The University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health. He holds an Honorary Professorial Fellow position at the Florey Institute for Neuroscience & Mental Health and heads the Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit at Sunshine Hospital. He is an Honorary Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Neural Engineering (CfNE), Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University of Melbourne. He leads a team of over 60 clinical and research scientists and students that have been undertaking neuroimaging and neuropsychological work in schizophrenia and psychosis, and other psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders since 1993 in Australia. His work has focused on brain structural and functional changes during the transition to psychosis. His group was the first to describe progressive brain structural changes at psychosis onset, with a seminal paper published in The Lancet in 2003. He has published over 500 papers and chapters, including papers in high-profile international psychiatry, neurology, radiology and medical journals. He published one of the first books on the neuropsychology of schizophrenia, a recently published book on “Olfaction and the Brain” and a book on “The Neuropsychology of Mental Illness”. He has established a unique resource of over 5,000 multimodal brain scans in patients with schizophrenia and other neuropsychiatric disorders, including longitudinal imaging. Recent work focuses on early developmental disorders, including children with schizotypal features and autism. Professor Pantelis has won a number of NHMRC grants, including four recent international collaborative EU-NHMRC grants and was a CI on a national NHMRC Enabling Grant to establish the Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank (ASRB). He was co-Chief Investigator on a NHMRC Program Grant, which commence   


Member of

  • Royal College of Psychology. Member 2004 -


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Additional Grant Information

  • Prof Pantelis has attracted > $30 million in principal and collaborative research funding (since 1998), including: o 2 NHMRC Program Grants (2005-2013); o 14 NHMRC Project Grants o NHMRC Enabling Grant (ID: 386500) supported by further funding from The Pratt Foundation (2006-2010) o Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals Grant for study of Bipolar Disorder (2007-2010) o Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative(2006) o Stanley Research Centre Grant for study of Schizophrenia (2003-2005) o establishment funding for Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre (2000-2009)   


Education and training

  • Hon MD, University of Athens 2015
  • MD, University of Melbourne 2005
  • MBBS, University of Melbourne 1979

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 1999
  • Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1987



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