Mahesh Jayaram


Mahesh is a consultant psychiatrist working with the Leeds Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds. Apart from his clinical work as a community general adult psychiatrist and work with the CSG, he is involved in developing collaborative trials of SMS message prompting to reduce non-attendance rates in outpatient clinics, pilot study of reducing readmissions to hospital, appraising rapid tranquillisation guidelines across English speaking countries and working on a project looking at gender differences for age of first onset of schizophrenia. He also continues to be actively involved in developing mental health services in Zambia and co-ordinates medical student electives in low and middle income counties.

Stefan Leucht


Stefan studied medicine at the Ludwig-Maximillian Universität München. Since then he has worked as a doctor at the Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie of the Technische Universität München, Germany, with an interim stay at the Zucker Hillside Hospital in New York and the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Oxford. Beside his contributions to the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group he is carrying out randomised controlled trials about clinical aspects of schizophrenia treatment, he is conducting research on methodological aspects of clinical trials and has interests in compliance, medical decision making and pharmocogenetics. He is also honorary Professor of Evidence-based psychopharmacological treatment at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

Prathap Tharyan


Prathap Tharyan is Professor of Psychiatry at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India, and Coordinator of the South Asian Cochrane Network. Is an editor with the Cochrane Schizophrenia  Group, a reviewer and co-reviewer with other Cochrane collaborative review groups, and Coordinator of the  South Asian Cochrane Network. These are not paid posts, but he has received funding from Cochrane and from John Wiley and Sons to host a meeting of the South Asian Cochrane Network and from Cochrane to  attend annual colloquia. He also has a great singing voice.

Chunbo Li


Chunbo studied medicine at Shanghai Tiedao Medical College, Shanghai, China. He obtained his M.D. at Shanghai Second Medical University. He works as a psychiatrist and a researcher in Shanghai Mental Health Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. Besides his work with Cochrane Schizophrenia Group, he is carrying out studies on successful ageing, schizophrenia and anxiety disorder. His other interests include clinical epidemiology, outcome measure of psychiatry service, etc.

Marianna Purgato


Marianna is a clinical psychologist currently working at the Department of Mental Health of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. She obtained her doctoral degree in psychological and psychiatric sciences at the University of Verona and during her research training she spent a period at the University of Nottingham, Cochrane Schizophrenia Group. Marianna's research interests include methodology of data aggregation and synthesis in the format of standard systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and individual patient data meta-analysis.

Lorna Duggan

Lorna works as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in Developmental Disabilities in an independent hospital (Vista Healthcare) in Hampshire, UK. She runs two single   sex low secure units for adults with mild/borderline learning disability.

Adib Essali


Adib obtained his MD from Damascus University in 1979, PhD from London University in 1990, and the MRCPsych from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK in 1992. Adib has been a consultant psychiatrist at the Waikato District Health Board, New Zealand since July 2014. Prior to that he had always worked in Damascus, with the excemption of eight years (1985 - 1993) in the UK, and a fellowship at  John Hopkins University (1995-1996). Adib's interest in systematic reviews and in evidence-based medicine began in the late 1980s. He was a founding member of the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group and established the Arabic Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in 1999. 

Mark Fenton


Mark will not be providing editorial support for the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group in 2015.

 Maritta Välimäki


Maritta, MSc, PhD (University of Turku) holds an academic appointment as Professor at the University of Turku, Faculty of Medicine. She is also Nursing Director at Turku University Hospital. She has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at St. George's University, London (Faculty of Health and Social Care) and Adjunct Professor at Tongji University, China. Maritta's early research focused on ethical issues amongst mental patients and other vulnerable patient groups, and she has recently published articles including a user-driver design related to information technology. Maritta has gained specialised knowledge in evidence based practice at the University of Oxford, and mental health economics at Kings College, UK.

Rebecca Syed


Since graduating in medicine from Oxford University, Rebecca has lived and worked in clinical and research capacities in Melbourne, London, Bogota and Sarajevo. Whilst in Bogota she gained a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (in Spanish) and conducted a survey of trials in mental health from low and middle income countries. She completed her training as a psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry in London where she led a project to successfully introduce mental health training in Somaliland. She is now a researcher at the Australian National University and works as a psychiatrist in Canberra.

Vivek Furtado


Vivek is our Mental Health Economic Editor and deals with economic issues surrounding Cochrane systematic reviews of schizophrenia trials. He is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Warwick and Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at the Tamarind Centre, a medium secure unit within the West Midlands. He completed his Masters in Health Policy and Financing from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Vivek is currently a co-applicant of an NIHR SDO funded project looking at length of stay of forensic psychiatric patients in high and medium secure settings. He is also a member of the EU-COST project which aims to collaborate across EU countries in bringing expertise in long term care of forensic psychiatric patients. His main areas of interest include forensic psychiatric research, health economics, service provision and old age forensic psychiatry.

John Davis


John's research interests include the Drug treatment of schizophrenia, mania, depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder; biology of major mental illnesses and meta-analysis. He is at present the Gilman Professor of Psychiatry and Research Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago. He is widely involved with many Editorial Boards and National Advisory Committees in the United States and his achievements include being a Tele Award Finalist 1976 for an educational video on Movement Disorders. (Somewhat similar to an Emmy award for TV or Academy Award for Film but for the category of educational-industrial film.) It is a great honour to have John involved with CSG.

Ranganath Rattehalli (Associate Editor)


Ranga is a Consultant Psychiatrist working for the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. In addition, he is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds, UK. He has been involved in developing several collaborative research projects on rapid tranquillisation, recovery pathways in chronic psychosis and meta-analysis on depot antipsychotics for first episode psychosis. He has a special interest in the field of ECT, has worked on projects looking at heart rate during ECT, EEG monitoring for ECT and is now working on a project looking at pulse width.

Christopher Jones (Associate Editor)

Edoardo Giuseppe Ostinelli (Associate Editor)

Javier Ortiz (Associate Editor)