Homan Lab Zurich

Mental health research

Guest Seminar: Lena Palaniyappan, MD, PhD


We are very excited to host Lena Palaniyappan as the first speaker in 2020 in our remote seminar series. Lena is an expert in first episode psychosis and has just published a series of exciting papers on the heterogeneity problem in schizophrenia. The seminar will take place on January 10, 2020, at 3:30 pm CET at the PUK Zurich, Z105.


The major emphasis of Lena's work is on applying brain imaging to investigate symptom burden, treatment response and prognostic accuracy both in psychotic disorders. The clinical goal of this approach is to understand the pathways that lead to poor long-term outcome in certain individuals with serious mental disorders. His group concentrates on understanding the intrinsically organized, largescale brain networks in psychosis.

About the speaker

Lena is an associate professor in the Departments of Medical Biophysics and Psychiatry and a Scientist at Robarts Research Institute. He is a clinician-scientist with a training background in psychology, neuroimaging and systems approach in neuroscience. He trained as a physician and psychiatrist in India and the UK and serves as the Director of the Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychosis at the London Health Sciences Centre. Lena is one of the leaders in the field in first episode psychosis and was named a Rising Star by the Schizophrenia International Research Society in 2018.


  • Date: 01/10/20
  • Time: 3:30 PM CET
  • Location: PUK Zurich, Z105
  • Host: Philipp Homan