TORONTO, December 7, 2016 - The inaugural Cundill Centre for Child and Youth
Transforming Policy and Practice Through Science, was held on November 17 at 18
at CAMH’s Queen street campus. Supported by the Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for
Child, Youth and Family Mental Health and the Slaight Family Centre for Youth in Transition, the conference delivered new and exciting
knowledge about child and youth mental health research and initiatives.
Day one of the
conference featured an international roster of speakers from the United Kingdom,
Australia, and across Canada. Honoured guests included CAMH donors the Peter Cundill Foundation and the Honourable Margaret McCain, who spoke
at the event. Over 300 people from various professional backgrounds attended
the conference, including policy
makers, clinicians, researchers, youth and their family members. The second day
consisted of small, intensive workshops, led by CAMH staff in in the Cundill, McCain and Slaight centres.
attendees was overwhelmingly positive, with attendees giving the first day an
average score of 4.1/5, and high
marks for each of the speakers. Audience engagement was also high, as people
commented on the conference with Twitter hashtag, #CundillatCAMH.
Some highlights from day one:
Dr. Ian Goodyer, professor of psychiatry from the University
of Cambridge, and Chair of the Cundill Centre’s International Advisory Board, spoke
about his findings from the largest ever randomized control
trial of youth depression interventions. His findings will be published soon in Lancet
Psychiatry and give evidence to support the lasting effects of key
Dr. Kathryn Bennett, a Cundill Scholar and professor at McMaster
University, presented her team’s work in identifying the best clinical practice
guidelines for young people with depression.
Stay tuned for more information on this exciting Cundill Centre project.
Professor Ian Hickie, professor of psychiatry at the Sydney Medical
School, delivered a last-minute and powerful presentation of (the indisposed) Dr.
Kathleen Merikangas’ work looking at the epidemiology of youth mental health.
He also spoke about the potential of technology to be a powerful tool to help
diagnose mood disorders.
Dr. Jean Addington, professor of psychiatry from the University
of Calgary, discussed her contributions to a study of high-risk youth with the
North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study. This multi-site, international
collaboration is creating hope for greater recovery for young people with
serious mental illness.
Dr. Joanna Henderson, director of the McCain Centre, spoke about the importance of
clinically relevant research projects, and bridging the research and practice
gap. To do this, we must work with youth and their families as partners to
improve research design and impact.
Miss the conference and want to learn more?
Look for conference
presentations and videos, in addition to plain language summaries, on the Cundill Centre website in December.