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Konasale M. Prasad, M.D.










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Dr. Prasad obtained his medical school and psychiatry residency training in India and then obtained membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, UK. He further completed Psychiatry Residency and NIMH Research Fellowship at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has been working in the field of neuroimaging and molecular genetics. His primary interests are to examine gene-environment interactions associated with pathophysiology of schizophrenia, especially those that affect cognition.

Dr. Prasad is closely involved in research on the neurobiology and genetics of schizophrenia. In addition to the adult schizophrenia, he is also focused on studying persons at an elevated risk for developing psychotic disorders. He is using a convergent approach of neuroimaging and molecular genetics to elucidate the underlying neurobiological differences associated with variations in risk genes and environmental factors. His research is supported by the NIMH Career Development Award, the Young Investigator Award of the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD), the American Psychiatric Institute of Psychiatric Education and Research, and the Stanley Medical Research Institute. He has received several awards including the NIMH Outstanding Resident Award and Young Investigator awards of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Indian Psychiatric Society, the World Psychiatric Association and the International Congress of Schizophrenia Research. He has published more than 50 original research papers in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals. He works as an attending psychiatrist at the Services for Treatment of Early Psychoses (STEP) at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.



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