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Prominent international psychiatrist and neuropathologist Professor Ian Everall has been appointed as the new Cato Chair and Head of the University of Melbourne’s Department of Psychiatry based at Melbourne Health, Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Professor Everall’s research expertise is investigating the cellular and molecular neuropathology of disorders related to psychiatry including schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder and the effects of HIV on the brain.

Professor James Angus, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science, says: “We are delighted Professor Everall will be the new Cato Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. He is a genuine world-leader who will bring exceptional experience and skills to this prestigious national role and ensure that we continue to be at the forefront in all areas of mental health research, teaching and patient care.”

Professor Everall will be only the third Cato Chair of Psychiatry since its establishment in 1964 when it was created from an endowment in honour of the prominent philanthropist Mr Frederick John Cato. The first appointee Professor Brain Davies held the position for 26 years until 1990 and was succeeded by Professor Bruce Singh. 

Associate Professor Alex Cockram, Director of NorthWestern Mental Health (NWMH), says, “We are very excited about the appointment of Professor Everall to the Cato Chair, which has a close relationship with the clinical services of NWMH.”

“Professor Everall has an outstanding record both as a researcher and as a clinical leader. His research interests are particularly focused on the neuropsychiatry of HIV, schizophrenia, epilepsy and autism, and will fit very well with existing clinical research in Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, the departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at RMH and the Orygen Research Centre.

“NWMH will also benefit from Professor Everall's experience and success as a director of a large clinical service and from his impressive record in innovation and service improvement," Associate Professor Cockram says.

Professor Everall has made significant breakthroughs in the field of HIV and neuroscience where he identified that HIV infection of the brain resulted in neuronal death. With colleagues at the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center, University of California San Diego, he explained the pathological changes of cognitive impairment.

He has also investigated the neuropathological changes associated with schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorder. In addition, he has been undertaking human studies of the cellular effects and genetic associations of responses to antidepressants and antipsychotic medication.

Beginning his medical education at Leicester University School of Medicine, Professor Everall trained in psychiatry at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospitals in South London.  In 1993 he was appointed Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Kings College School of Medicine London, and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at The Maudsley Hospital to run an HIV Liaison Psychiatry Service.

In 1999 he was appointed Professor of Experimental Neuropathology and Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. In 2003 he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. In 2004 he was appointed Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. He has continued his outstanding research in the US over the past five years with funding from the US National Institutes of Health and has established a leading research training program for Psychiatrists at early career stage.