CAMH is among the leading research institutions across Ontario receiving funding from the province to support innovative research projects and top talent.
The funding announcement was made at the Temerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain Intervention at CAMH on June 9 by the Minister of Research and Innovation, Dr. Reza Moridi.
CAMH’s Dr. Jeff Daskalakis,
Chief of Mood and Anxiety, speaks with Minister Moridi about the
powerful impact technology is having on mental health research at the
Temerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain Intervention.
The awards went to the following scientists in the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute at CAMH:
- Funding through the Ontario Research Fund for Dr. Aristotle Voineskos’ project combining brain imaging and genetics for treatment innovation in mental illness
- Funding through the Early Researcher Awards. One project, led by CAMH’s Dr. Tarek Rajji, uses novel techniques to identify a brain-based biomarker in individuals at high risk of developing dementia. The knowledge could be used to develop treatments for this population.
- Funding has also been awarded to CAMH’s Dr. Ana Andreazza who is studying the role of cell damage – specifically, oxidative stress -- in relation to complex mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, depression or schizophrenia, which could provide new biological targets to treat or prevent these illnesses.
Dr. Jeff Daskalakis speaks during the funding announcement.
“At the Temerty Centre, we are researching and refining newer brain stimulation technologies that are less intrusive, with few side effects. We are also using these technologies to understand the physiology of the brain in severe mental illness,” said Dr. Jeff Daskalakis, Temerty Chair in Therapeutic Brain Intervention and Chief of Mood and Anxiety Services at CAMH. “We have been able to acquire and study these cutting-edge technologies because of the support from the Ministry of Research and Innovation, which has matched Canada Foundation for Innovation grants.”
The CAMH projects were among 280 successful projects chosen based on their research excellence and their economic and societal benefits for Ontario.