CAMH is a global leader in brain science, driven by the work of scientists in the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute.
Their discoveries on the body’s most complex organ are illuminating how its neurons and networks contribute to mental illness and addiction, and provide new targets to develop treatments. For example:
- Studies on brain chemistry could explain why schizophrenia is higher in immigrants than non-immigrants and how cannabis dependence affects the brain.
- Research on brain structure and networks shows that children with three different diagnoses, autism, ADHD and obsessive compulsive disorder, have similar impairments of their brains.
- In a study on autism and neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to adapt to changing circumstances, researchers are exploring whether excessive plasticity can be reversed using brain stimulation.
- A study of genetic changes in the brain that occur during aging may represent the same changes in mental illness – and could provide a new target to treat or prevent depression and other illnesses.