Professor Shanthakumar Rajaratnam

Professor Shanthakumar Rajaratnam


Academic Head, School of Psychological Sciences; Deputy Director, Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health
Monash University
Elected in 2022
Citation on election

Professor Shantha Rajaratnam’s research has taken circadian neuroscience into new clinical approaches: melatonin agonist (to FDA approval), light therapy and digital applications. He has published more than 165 peer-reviewed papers and two edited books, and he has led the peak body for sleep health and medicine (Australasian Sleep Association). He currently leads the Sleep Health Foundation.

Professor Rajaratnam was a Program Leader for the Alertness CRC (>$90 million), and a Chief Investigator on two NHMRC Centres for Research Excellence. At Monash, he established a multi-disciplinary sleep research program (now with nine labs), and a sleep research network across the university and six affiliated hospitals.

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