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  1. Pamela Y. Collins Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health, Maryland, USA.

    • Pamela Y. Collins
  2. Vikram Patel, Centre for Global Mental Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine UK, Sangath, Goa, India.

    • Vikram Patel
  3. Sarah S. Joestl, Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health, USA.

    • Sarah S. Joestl
  4. Dana March, Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health, USA.

    • Dana March
  5. Thomas R. Insel, National Institute of Mental Health, USA.

    • Thomas R. Insel
  6. Abdallah S. Daar, University of Toronto and McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, Toronto, Canada, and Chair, Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases.

    • Abdallah S. Daar
  7. Isabel A. Bordin is at the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil.

    • Isabel A. Bordin
  8. E. Jane Costello is at Duke University, USA.

    • E. Jane Costello
  9. Maureen Durkin is at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, USA.

    • Maureen Durkin
  10. Christopher Fairburn is at the University of Oxford, UK.

    • Christopher Fairburn
  11. Roger I. Glass is at the Fogarty International Center, USA.

    • Roger I. Glass
  12. Wayne Hall is at the University of Queensland, Australia.

    • Wayne Hall
  13. Yueqin Huang is at the Institute of Mental Health of Peking University and National Center for Mental Health of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China.

    • Yueqin Huang
  14. Steven E. Hyman is at Harvard University, USA.

    • Steven E. Hyman
  15. Kay Jamison is at Johns Hopkins University, USA.

    • Kay Jamison
  16. Sylvia Kaaya is at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania.

    • Sylvia Kaaya
  17. Shitij Kapur is at King's College London, UK.

    • Shitij Kapur
  18. Arthur Kleinman is at Harvard University, USA.

    • Arthur Kleinman
  19. Adesola Ogunniyi is at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

    • Adesola Ogunniyi
  20. Angel Otero-Ojeda is at Cayetano Heredia University, Peru.

    • Angel Otero-Ojeda
  21. Mu-Ming Poo is at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

    • Mu-Ming Poo
  22. Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath is at the Indian Institute of Science, India.

    • Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath
  23. Barbara J. Sahakian is at the University of Cambridge, UK.

    • Barbara J. Sahakian
  24. Shekhar Saxena is at the World Health Organization, Switzerland.

    • Shekhar Saxena
  25. Peter A. Singer is at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, Canada.

    • Peter A. Singer
  26. Dan J. Stein is at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

    • Dan J. Stein
  27. Warwick Anderson is at the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia.

    • Warwick Anderson
  28. Muhammad A. Dhansay is at the Medical Research Council, South Africa.

    • Muhammad A. Dhansay
  29. Wendy Ewart is at the Medical Research Council, UK.

    • Wendy Ewart
  30. Anthony Phillips is at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada.

    • Anthony Phillips
  31. Susan Shurin is at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, USA.

    • Susan Shurin
  32. Mark Walport is at the Wellcome Trust, UK.

    • Pamela Y. Collins
    • , Vikram Patel
    • , Sarah S. Joestl
    • , Dana March
    • , Thomas R. Insel
    • , Abdallah S. Daar
    •  & Mark Walport
  33. On behalf of the Scientific Advisory Board and the Executive Committee of the Grand Challenges on Global Mental Health.


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