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Winter 2014

CAMH Discovers - News from CAMH Research and the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute
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Café Scientifique: Panelists

CIHR Café Scientifique sheds light on brain plasticity in mental health

On February 19, 2014, CAMH hosted a Café Scientifique at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.The topic: "Rewiring the Brain: New Opportunities for Mental Health?" Speakers highlighted current research in neuroplasticity—the ability to redirect neural pathways in the brain.

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Brief neurological assessment Woman at a bar Screen shot of OSDUHS video

Brief neurological assessment a success

New 10-minute tool can swiftly and validly assess cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia. 
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Safer approach to alcohol consumption

Researchers suggest a 10-step strategy to decrease the personal and public harms of alcohol abuse. 
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Ontario youth study 
reveals drug use trends

As drinking rates among youth decline, new concerns with over-the-counter
meds emerge. 
Watch the video. 

Eating disoders Claire de Oliveira: Improving inequities Christian Hendershot: GG Award

Understanding eating disorders

At the Innovation Fund Showcase, Dr. Allan Kaplan described genetics research on anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Read more. 


Improving inequities in mental health care

Health economist Dr. Claire de Oliveira conducts policy research to improve mental health services. 
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Scientist tackles the two faces of addiction

Dr. Christian Hendershot has received the 2013 Peter Lougheed/CIHR New Investigator Salary Award. Read more. 


The genetics of bipolar disorder


Like most mental health conditions, the risk of bipolar disorder is influenced by a number of different genes. Identifying these is important to develop biologically based treatments.

In a new study, Dr. John Vincent adds to the body of knowledge on the genetics of this disease, which affects two per cent of the population and can substantially impact the quality of life of those affected. Read more.


John Vincent in the lab
Mystery pills Ruth Ross in the lab Law textbooks

Placebo effect on the rise in research studies

Why are increasing numbers of people improving on mock medications for psychosis treatment? Read more.


Hormone reduces the high in marijuana use

Newly discovered hormone offers new hope for treating cannabis dependence. Read more.


BLOG: Helping victims of mentally ill offenders

Dr. Stephen Kish blogs about the complexity of seeking restorative justice. Visit the CAMHBlog. 


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