Curriculum Vitae

PERSONAL DETAILS
BIOGRAPHY


Dr Benedict Francis is a psychiatrist at the University Malaya Medical Centre. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya and was selected for the Brightsparks scholarship to pursue his Masters in Psychological Medicine at his alma mater, the University of Malaya. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship program in Aged Healthcare Services at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, in 2019. Dr Benedict is a keen researcher and is involved in several international, multi-centre clinical trials involving novel antipsychotics and antidepressants. He has also published in several international and regional peer-reviewed journals and presented in international congresses.

 

 He was part of the Ministry of Health’s  National Advisory Board committee that drafted the guidelines for prescribing and dispensing Esketamine, a novel adjunct antidepressant treatment. He is currently the vice president of the Early Career Psychiatrist chapter of the Malaysian Psychiatric Association. Dr Benedict’s passion is in the mental health of older adults, particularly with regards to psychosocial interventions to combat the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.


ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES
(Role),(Level),(Duration)
  • Department Quality Manager , Faculty, 06/09/2019 to 31/12/2021
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION
(Qualification),(Field),(Institution),(Year)
  • MPM, PERUBATAN PSIKOLOGI, UNIVERSITI MALAYA (UM)
  • MBBS, PERUBATAN DAN PEMBEDAHAN, UNIVERSITI MALAYA (UM)
MEMBERSHIPS
(Organisation),(Role),(Duration),(Level)
  • Malaysian Medical Association , Member, 2021 to 2021 (National)
  • Malaysian Psychiatric Association , Committee Member, 2021 to 2021 (National)
  • Early Career Psychiatrist Association , 1st Vice President, 2021 to 2021 (National)
SPECIALIZATION
(Area)
Area of Expertise
  • PSYCHIATRY (Psychogeriatrics, Old Age Psychiatry )
  • TEACHING
    (Course Title),(Level of Study),(Institution),(Academic Session)
    Teaching
  • NA - Tutorial Posting G, Stream 1, Bachelor, University of Malaya (UM) (2021 - 2)
  • Case conference : Bipolar Disorder, Bachelor, University of Malaya (UM) (2021 - 1)
  • - - Postgraduate and colloqium, Master, University of Malaya (UM) (2021 - 1)
  • NA - Case conference :Bipolar Disorder, Bachelor, University of Malaya (UM) (2021 - 1)
  • Teaching Activity
  • - - MPM, Master, University Malaya (2021)
  • UMMP - UNIVERSITI MALAYA MEDICAL PROGRAMME, Bachelor/First Degree, University Malaya (2021)
  • PUBLICATIONS
    (Title of publication in APA style)
    WoS
    2021
    • Nair, P., Gill, J. S., Sulaiman, A. H., Koh, O. H., & Francis, B. (2021). Mental Health Correlates Among Older Persons Residing in Malaysian Nursing Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Asia-Pacific journal of public health, 33(8), 940-944. doi: 10.1177/10105395211032094
    • Loh, H. H., Francis, B., Lim, L. L., Lim, Q. H., Yee, A., & Loh, H. S. (2021). Improvement in mood symptoms after post-bariatric surgery among people with obesity: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetes-Metabolism Research and Reviews, 37(8), 12. doi: 10.1002/dmrr.3458
    • Kumar, PR; Yee, A; Francis, B; Danaee, M (2021). Adaptation and Validation of a scale to Assess Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceptions of Healthcare Workers Towards Alcohol Withdrawal and Its Detection, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION. (), . doi:10.1007/s11469-021-00562-7
    • Kumar, PR; Yee, A; Francis, B (2021). Impact of alcohol withdrawal training program on knowledge, attitude, and perception among healthcare providers in a hospital setting, JOURNAL OF SUBSTANCE USE. (), . doi:10.1080/14659891.2021.1897696
    • Zaini, S., Sulaiman, A. H., Huri, H. Z., Koh, O. H., Gill, J. S., Francis, B., . . . Guan, N. C. (2021). Patient-Centred Communication in the Use of Antidepressants among People with Depression: A Scoping Review. Sains Malaysiana, 50(1), 161-170. doi: 10.17576/jsm-2021-5001-16
    • Chow, S. K., Francis, B., Ng, Y. H., Naim, N., Beh, H. C., Ariffin, M. A. A., . . . Sulaiman, A. H. (2021). Religious Coping, Depression and Anxiety among Healthcare Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Malaysian Perspective. Healthcare, 9(1), 15. doi: 10.3390/healthcare9010079
    • Francis, B., Ken, C. S., Han, N. Y., Ariffin, M. A. A., Yusuf, M. H. M., Wen, L. J., . . . Said, M. A. (2021). Religious Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Gender, Occupational and Socio-economic Perspectives Among Malaysian Frontline Healthcare Workers. Alpha Psychiatry, 22(4), 194-199. doi: 10.5152/alphapsychiatry.2021.21185
    2020
    • Francis, B; Rizal, AJ; Sabki, ZA; Sulaiman, AH (2020). Remote Psychological First Aid (rPFA) in the time of Covid-19: A preliminary report of the Malaysian experience, ASIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY. 54(), . doi:10.1016/j.ajp.2020.102240
    • Damodaran, I., Hui, K. O., Nordin, A. S. A., Yee, A., Gill, J. S., Francis, B., . . . Sulaiman, A. H. (2020). An Open-Label, Head to Head Comparison Study between Prucalopride and Lactulose for Clozapine Induced Constipation in Patients with Treatment Resistant Schizophrenia. Healthcare, 8(4), 13. doi: 10.3390/healthcare8040533
    • Sulaiman, A. H., Sabki, Z. A., Jaafa, M. J., Francis, B., Razali, K. A., Rizal, A. J., . . . Ng, C. G. (2020). Development of a Remote Psychological First Aid Protocol for Healthcare Workers Following the COVID-19 Pandemic in a University Teaching Hospital, Malaysia. Healthcare, 8(3), 11. doi: 10.3390/healthcare8030228
    • Kaur, K., Sulaiman, A. H., Yoon, C. K., Hashim, A. H., Kaur, M., Hui, K. O., . . . Gill, J. S. (2020). Elucidating Mental Health Disorders among Rohingya Refugees: A Malaysian Perspective. International journal of environmental research and public health, 17(18), 22. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17186730
    • Loh, H. H., Yee, A., Loh, H. S., Kanagasundram, S., Francis, B., & Lim, L. L. (2020). Sexual dysfunction in polycystic ovary syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Hormones-International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, 19(3), 413-423. doi: 10.1007/s42000-020-00210-0
    2019
    • Francis, B., Gill, J. S., Han, N. Y., Petrus, C. F., Azhar, F. L., Sabki, Z. A., . . . Sulaiman, A. H. (2019). Religious Coping, Religiosity, Depression and Anxiety among Medical Students in a Multi-Religious Setting. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(2), 13. doi:10.3390/ijerph16020259
    • Abd Rashid, R., Kanagasundram, S., Danaee, M., Majid, H. A., Sulaiman, A. H., Zahari, M. M. A., . . . Su, T. T. (2019). The Prevalence of Smoking, Determinants and Chance of Psychological Problems among Smokers in an Urban Community Housing Project in Malaysia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(10), 9. doi:10.3390/ijerph16101762
    Refereed Journals
    2021
    • Chow, SK; Francis, B; Ng, YH; Naim, N; Beh, HC; Ariffin, MAA; Yusuf, MHM; Lee, JW; Sulaiman, AH 2021. Religious Coping, Depression and Anxiety among Healthcare Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Malaysian Perspective. HEALTHCARE (WoS)
    • ZAINI S, SULAIMAN AH, HURI HZ, HUI KO, GILL JS et al. Patient-Centred Communication in the Use of Antidepressants among People with Depression: A Scoping Review. Sains Malaysiana 50(1)(2021): 161-170 (WoS)
    • Kumar, P. R., Yee, A., & Francis, B. (2021). Impact of alcohol withdrawal training program on knowledge, attitude, and perception among healthcare providers in a hospital setting. Journal of Substance Use, 1-6. doi: 10.1080/14659891.2021.1897696 (WoS)
    • Loh, H.H., Francis, B., Lim, L. L., Lim, Q.H., Yee, A. and Loh, H.S. (2021), Improvement in mood symptoms post bariatric surgery among people with obesity: A systematic review and meta analysis. Diabetes Metab Res Rev (WoS)
    2020
    • Francis, B., Rizal A.J., Zuraida A.S, and Sulaiman A.H. (2020). Remote Psychological First Aid (rPFA) in the time of Covid-19: A preliminary report of the Malaysian experience. Asian journal of psychiatry. (WoS)
    • Sulaiman, AH; Sabki, ZA; Jaafa, MJ; Francis, B; Razali, KA; Rizal, AJ; Mokhtar, NH; Juhari, JA; Zainal, S; Ng, CG 2020. Development of a Remote Psychological First Aid Protocol for Healthcare Workers Following the COVID-19 Pandemic in a University Teaching Hospital, Malaysia. HEALTHCARE (WoS)
    • Kaur, K; Sulaiman, AH; Yoon, CK; Hashim, AH; Kaur, M; Hui, KO; Sabki, ZA; Francis, B; Singh, S; Gill, JS 2020. Elucidating Mental Health Disorders among Rohingya Refugees: A Malaysian Perspective. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH (WoS)
    • Francis, B., Petrus, C. F., & Wong, H. H. (2020). Electroconvulsive therapy in a 91-year old Asian lady with late onset bipolar mania. Asian journal of psychiatry, 50, 101986. (WoS)
    • Loh, H. H., Yee, A., Loh, H. S., Kanagasundram, S., Francis, B., & Lim, L.-L. (2020). Sexual dysfunction in polycystic ovary syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Hormones. doi: 10.1007/s42000-020-00210-0 (WoS)
    • Damodaran, I; Hui, KO; Nordin, ASA; Yee, A; Gill, JS; Francis, B; Azhar, FL; Sulaiman, AH 2020. An Open-Label, Head to Head Comparison Study between Prucalopride and Lactulose for Clozapine Induced Constipation in Patients with Treatment Resistant Schizophrenia. HEALTHCARE (WoS)
    2019
    • Francis, B; Gill, JS; Han, NY; Petrus, CF; Azhar, FL; Sabki, ZA; Said, MA; Ong Hui, K; Guan, NC; Sulaiman, AH 2019. Religious Coping, Religiosity, Depression and Anxiety among Medical Students in a Multi-Religious Setting. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH (WoS)
    • Rusdi Abd Rashid, Sharmilla Kanagasundram, Mahmoud Danaee, Hazreen Abdul Majid , Ahmad Hatim Sulaiman, Muhammad Muhsin Ahmad Zahari, Chong Guan Ng, Benedict Franci , Wan Azlinda IrneeWan Husin and Tin Tin Su. The Prevalence of Smoking, Determinants and Chance of Psychological Problems among Smokers in an Urban Community Housing Project in Malaysia .Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1762; doi:10.3390/ijerph16101762 (WoS)
    • Francis, B., Ng, C. G., & Abousheishaa, A. A. (2019). The use of agomelatine in anxiety : A review. Current topics in pharmacology, 23. (SCOPUS)
    2017
    • Francis, B., Jambunathan, S. T., & Gill, J. S. (2017). Asenapine in the treatment of trichotillomania with comorbid bipolar disorder: A case report. European Psychiatry, 41(S1), S683-S683. (WoS)
    • Francis, B., Jambunathan, S. T., Gill, J. S., & Wong, S. (2017). The blue-eyed man: A case of Waardenburg syndrome type 1 associated with mania and autistic spectrum disorder. European Psychiatry, 41(S1), S421-S422. (WoS)
    2016
    • Benedict F, Lim KS, Jambunathan ST, Hashim AH1.Antiepileptic-induced Psychosis as a Possible Predictor of Post-temporal Lobectomy Alternative Psychosis.East Asian Arch Psychiatry. 2016 Sep;26(3):109-11. (SCOPUS)
    Book
    2019
    • Abdullah A., Zain M.A, Ng, B.A., Francis, B., Lim, K.Q. ,Chua, S.H., Azhar, F.L., Gani, F.A., Zakaria, H., Samah, A.I., Lin, J.L., Zulkifli, A.N., Narayanan, N.N., Redzuan, I.N., Fadzil, A.N., Yeung, O.J., Zaini, S.(2019) Shared Decision Making in the use of antidepressants : A script for doctors. Servier Press
    RESEARCH PROJECT
    (Project title),(Role),(Duration),(Level)
    Clinical Trial (CIC)
  • An Open-label Long-Term Extension Safety Study of Intranasal Esketamine in Treatment-resistant Depression, Co-Researcher, 29/03/2017 to 31/12/2021, Janssen, a Division of Johnson & Johnson Sdn. Bhd.
  • A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized dose-ranging trial to investigate efficacy and safety of in-travenous MIJ821 infusion in addition to comprehensive standard of care on the rapid reduction of symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder in subjects who have suicidal ideation with intent, Co-Researcher, 19/08/2021 to 30/06/2023, Novartis Corporation (M) Sdn. Bhd.
  • CONFIRMATORY STUDY OF DSP-5423P IN PATIENTS WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA, Co-Researcher, 17/04/2015 to 16/11/2018, SUMITOMO DAINIPPON PHARMA CO., LTD.
  • A Double -blind, Randomized, Active -controlled, Parallel-group Study of Paliperidone Palmitate 6-Month Formulation, Co-Researcher, 23/04/2018 to 22/07/2021, Johnson & Johnson Sdn. Bhd.
  • A DOUBLE-BLIND, PLACEBO-CONTROLLED, RANDOMIZED WITHDRAWAL, MULTICENTER CLINICAL TRIAL EVALUATING THE EFFICACY, SAFETY, AND TOLERABILITY OF CARIPRAZINE IN A DOSE-REDUCTION PARADIGM IN THE PREVENTION OF RELAPSE IN PATIENTS WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA, Co-Researcher, 18/02/2020 to 23/08/2021, Allergan Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
  • A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Randomized Withdrawal, Multicenter Clinical Trial Evaluating The Efficacy, Safety, And Tolerability Of Cariprazine In A Dose-Reduction Paradigm In The Prevention Of Relapse In Bipolar I Disorder Patients Whose Current Episode Is Manic Or Depressive, With Or Without Mixed Features, Co-Researcher, 26/07/2019 to 31/01/2022, Allergan Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
  • Private Funding
  • A Randomized, Open-label, Rater-Blinded, Active-Controlled, International, Multicenter Study to Evaluate the Efficacy, Safety, and Tolerability of Flexibly Dosed Esketamine Nasal Spray Compared With Quetiapine Extended-Release in Adult and Elderly Participants With Treatment-Resistant Major Depressive Disorder Who Are Continuing a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor/Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor, Consultant, 2021 - 2023 (International)
  • A Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Randomized Withdrawal, Multicenter Clinical Trial Evaluating the Efficacy, Safety and Tolerability of Cariprazine in a Dose-reduction Paradigm in the Prevention of Relapse in Bipolar I Disorder Patients Whose Current Episode is Manic or Depressive, With or Without Mixed Features, Consultant, 2021 - 2023 (International)
  • A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized withdrawal, multicentre clinical trial evaluating the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of Cariprazine in a dose-reduction paradigm in the prevention of relapse in patients with Schizophrenia, Consultant, 2020 - 2022 (International)
  • A double-blind, randomized, active-controlled, parallel-group study of Paliperidone Palmitate 6 months formulation., Consultant, 2018 - 2019 (International)
  • Confirmatory study of DSP-5423P in patients with Schizophrenia, Consultant, 2015 - 2016 (International)
  • SUPERVISION
    Postgraduate Student
    (Title of Thesis),(Name of Candidates),(Institution),(Academic Level)
    Ongoing
    • iSupport, an Online Training and Support Program for Caregivers of People With Dementia: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial, NORAIZAL BINTI MOHD NOOR, University of Malaya (PhD)
    • THE EFFICACY OF REMOTE PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID (rPFA) FOR FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS IN A TERTIARY HOSPITAL DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, ALIAA BINTI JUARES RIZAL, University of Malaya (MASTER)
    • PREVALENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AMONG THE LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER*(LGBT) COMMUNITY IN MALAYSIA, JOHAN ARIFF BIN JUHARI, University of Malaya (MASTER)
    • PREVALENCE OF DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY AND ITS ASSOCIATION WITH FEAR OF COVID-19 DURING THE PANDEMIC AMONG PSYCHIATRIC HEALTHCARE WORKERS IN A TERTIARY HOSPITAL IN MALAYSIA, MEHUL KUMAR A/L NARENDRA KUMAR, University of Malaya (MASTER)
    UG Student/Clinical Fellowship
    (Title of Thesis),(Academic Session)
    Completed
    • Psychological Medicine Posting F Stream 4, 2021
    • Psychological Medicine Posting G Stream I, 2021
    SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ACTIVITIES
    (Contribution to Society),(Duration),(Level)
    • Disseminating information for the public on mood changes during the pandemic, 02/10/2021 to 02/10/2021 (National)
    • Psychological Support Team (PST) member PPUM during the Covid-19 pandemic, 30/03/2020 to 30/04/2021
    • National taskforce member for the Sungai Kim Kim Disaster 2019, 01/07/2019 to 31/10/2019
    ACADEMIC/PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
    Academic/Professional Services
    (Contribution),(Duration),(Level),(Role)
  • Peer reviewer for manuscript : Relationship between stress response and depression in vocational medical school students in the COVID-19 epidemic: A moderated mediation model, 22/10/2021 to 22/10/2021, International, (Reviewer)
  • Peer Reviewer for article : A web-based survey of general publics experience and view on clinical appointment structure in Malaysian healthcare system, 15/10/2021 to 15/10/2021, International, (Reviewer)
  • Panelist for online forum on mood changes during the pandemic among older adults, 02/10/2021 to 02/10/2021, National, (Panelist/Moderator)
  • Invited speaker for the webinar " Mood changes and daily activities during COVID-19", 02/10/2021 to 02/10/2021, National, (Panelist/Moderator)
  • Peer reviewer for the article " Integrating social support into interventions among the elderly in nursing homes: A scoping review protocol ", 01/09/2021 to 01/09/2021, International, (External Assessor)
  • Debater : The benefits of LAI in early schizophrenia outweighs its risks, 27/08/2021 to 27/08/2021, International, (Panelist/Moderator)
  • PAPER PRESENTED
    (Title),(Event),(Date Presented),(Organiser),(Level)
    INVITED SPEAKER
  • The role of Rexulti in the inadequate response in MDD, The role of Rexulti in the inadequate response in MDD, 02/09/2021 to 02/09/2021, Lundbeck (University)
  • Long Acting SGA Antipsychotics in early phase schizophrenia, Long Acting SGA Antipsychotics in early phase schizophrenia, 27/08/2021 to 27/08/2021, J&J (International)
  • Depression workshop : Approach Brilliantly 2021, Depression workshop : Approach Brilliantly 2021, 21/08/2021 to 21/08/2021, Lundbeck (National)
  • Esketamine in the management of mood disorders : ESKIMOOD, Patient case discussion , 17/07/2021 to 17/07/2021, J&J (National)
  • Depression and anxiety : two sides of the same coin ?, Future Expert Training(FET) Seminar, 29/05/2021 to 29/05/2021, Servier (National)
  • Role of esketamine in treatment resistant depression, STEWARD Masterclass : Hand in hand for psychiatry , 20/03/2021 to 20/03/2021, J&J (National)
  • ORAL PRESENTER
  • Antiepileptic-induced psychosis is a possible predictor for post temporal lobectomy alternalte psychosis Abstract presentation, 16th Annual Meeting of the International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology(ICGNP) at Athens, Greece, 06/10/2016 to 08/10/2016, International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology(ICGNP) (International)
  • POSTER PRESENTER
  • The antipsychotic property of neoadjuvant chemotherapy regime 5-flourouracil, epidoxorubicin and cyclophosphomide (FEC) in a patient with treatment resistant schizophrenia : a case study, 27th European Psychiatric Association (EPA) Congress, Warsaw, Poland (6-9th April 2019), 06/04/2019 to 09/04/2019, European Psychiatric Association  (International)
  • PRESENTER
  • Correlates and Prevalence of Anxiety Disorders Among Women With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): A Malaysian Cross-sectional Study, 26th European Psychiatric Association (EPA) Congress, Nice, France, 03/03/2018 to 06/03/2018, European Psychiatric Congress (International)
  • Depressive Disorders and Sexual Functioning Among Malaysian Women With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): A Cross-sectional Study, 26th European Psychiatric Association (EPA) Congress, Nice, France , 03/03/2018 to 06/03/2018, European Psychiatric Congress (International)
  • Asenapine in the Treatment of Trichotillomania with Comorbid Bipolar Disorder: a Case Report , Poster presentation at the 25th European Psychiatric Association (EPA) Congress, Florence, Italy (1-4th April 2017), 01/04/2017 to 04/04/2017, European Psychiatric Association (International)
  • The Blue-eyed Man : a Case of Waardenburg Syndrome Type 1 Associated with Mania and Autistic Spectrum Disorder , Poster presentation at the 25th European Psychiatric Association (EPA) Congress at Florence, Italy , 01/04/2017 to 04/04/2017, European Psychiatric Congress (International)