Valsamma Eapen is a Professor and the Chair of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. After graduating in Medicine from India, she continued her postgraduate training in India and UK. She started her academic career at the University College London Medical School, UK, and was subsequently a Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine, UAE University. Professor Eapen’s research interest has included epidemiological, genetic, and clinical aspects of neurodevelopmental disorders including Tourette Syndrome and Autism. In honor of the community-oriented research projects undertaken in the UAE, she was awarded the Sheikh Hamdan Medical Research Achievement Award (2002–2004), Distinguished Performance in University and Community Services Award (UAE University, 2005), and Sheikh Hamdan Award for Medical Sciences for original research paper in UAE (2006). She currently serves on several professional committees including the Executive Committee of the International Neuropsychiatric Association (INA); the Member of the Australasian Autism Research Collaborative (AARC), Obsessive Compulsive Foundation Genetics Collaborative, International Homozygosity Mapping Collaborative for Autism; Scientific Advisor to Rett Syndrome Association, India; Reviewer, McMaster Online Rating of Evidence; and a Member of many professional societies. She has served as the Publicity and Medical Liaison Officer for the UK Tourette Syndrome Association; Expert Member, Mental Health Network, World Federation for Mental Health; Member of the Governing Council of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO); President of the UAE Neuroscience group and Chair, International Neuroscience Conference, Al Ain (2005).
Biography Updated on 27 September 2009