Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
250 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1R8
Areas of Research
Dr. Amir Levine’s research focuses on the gene regulation of various mental states with a special interest in the molecular processes that are unique to the developing brain. He is especially interested in how experiences during development shape the adult phenotype. Dr. Levine is among a handful of child psychiatrists who are trained both in clinical as well as molecular and biochemical approaches to study normal and pathological human development. He has a special interest in how changes in the brain during adolescence pose greater risk for the development of addiction and mood disorders. His findings have been patented and may lead to new approaches in the treatment of addiction and mood disorders in both adolescents and adults. In the past several years, he has worked at Columbia as a Principal Investigator, together with Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel and distinguished researcher Dr. Denise Kandel, on a National Institute of Health sponsored research project. Dr. Levine is continuing his investigation of adolescent brain development in his new lab at CAMH. He is combining the study of intrinsic molecular processes of adolescent development with risk factors for developing mental illness and ways to build resilience.
View Dr. Levine's work on PubMed