Professor Ranga Krishnan
Former Dean, Duke-NUS Graduate School of Medicine and Chairman, National Medical Research Council, Singapore

K. Ranga Rama Krishnan, MB ChB, is the Former Dean at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS).

He was appointed Professor and, was the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina for eleven years, until June 30, 2009. His department of psychiatry had more than 490 faculty members, conducted more than 270 human-subject studies a year and a similar number of in-vitro and in-vivo animal studies, and received approximately US$40 million of research funding annually.

Dr. Krishnan earned his medical degree and completed a rotating internship at Madras Medical College in Madras (now Chennai), India. He then completed his residency and held a fellowship in neurobiology at the Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Krishnan has created a translational research center for depression in the elderly, the only such center in the United States funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Krishnan is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine – the world’s foremost national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on human health issues. As a further recognition of his contributions to biomedical science, Dr. Krishnan received the 2007 Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. More recently, Dr. Krishnan was the 2008 recipient of the C. Charles Burlingame Award, which recognizes his outstanding leadership and lifetime achievement in psychiatric research and education. In 2010, Dr. Krishnan was presented with the Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry by The American College of Psychiatrists.

He has also received multiple awards – the Rafaelsen Award from the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum, the Laughlin Award from the American College of Psychiatry, the Distinguished Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression and, the Klerman Award from Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. He has over 400 peer reviewed publications and numerous books and book chapters. Dr. Krishnan serves or has served on many editorial boards of scientific journals and on multiple research review panels for the National Institutes of Health. He has also written an ebook on ‘Future Skills: Future of Learning’ which includes further details of the ideas raised in this talk.