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Anantha Shekhar

School of Medicine

Expert Bio

Dr. Anantha Shekhar, principal investigator for the IU Grand Challenge Precision Health Initiative, leads the Indiana University School of Medicine’s research enterprise and is founding director of Indiana’s largest statewide research organization, the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He is also IU associate vice president for university affairs; executive vice president of academic affairs for clinical research at IU Health; and the August M. Watanabe Professor of Medical Research and a professor of psychiatry, neurobiology, and pharmacology and toxicology at the IU School of Medicine.

The Indiana CTSI is a statewide institute within the Indiana University School of Medicine supported by a CTSA grant from the National Institutes of Health. It was established in 2008 as a joint partnership of Indiana University, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame and numerous life sciences businesses and community organizations. to assist in the rapid translation of new discoveries into novel treatments.

Shekhar conducts numerous foundation-supported studies, including being the principal investigator of the longitudinal study of disease risk factors in Indiana population, supported by the Fairbanks Institute of Indiana. His translational research work has centered on developing novel treatment targets for major psychiatric disorders in patients with panic disorder and schizophrenia. He also has been director of the Neuroscience Clinical Research Center at Indiana University School of Medicine, a fully staffed inpatient psychiatric research unit, for the past eight years. Many novel early-phase psychopharmacology discovery and drug development studies are conducted at the center, in partnership with the pharmaceutical and biotech industry.

Shekhar holds several leadership posts at IU and IU Health and was named executive associate dean for research affairs in August 2015, overseeing all research-related activities at the IU School of Medicine. He is one of six executive associate deans who make up the school’s executive leadership team with the dean, Dr. Jay L. Hess.

Areas of Expertise

Basic and clinical research on the effects of stress, stress-induced psychiatric and medical conditions, clinical psychopharmacology.

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