When Oakville, Ontario native Dr. Neil Vasdev was recruited from CAMH by Harvard University about a decade ago to run its world-renowned radiochemistry program and join the leadership of the medical imaging centres, it appeared he was moving on to bigger and better things.
Flash-forward to the present day, and those bigger and better things are now right here at CAMH.
“I came back to CAMH because the leadership and philanthropic partners had the same vision I did,” says Dr. Vasdev, Canada Research Chair, Director of the CAMH Brain Health Imaging Centre, and Director of the Azrieli Centre for Neuro-Radiochemistry. “My dream is to build the best radiochemistry program and the best brain imaging program in the world.”
Dr. Vasdev is one of the world’s leading creators of neuroscience positron emission tomography (PET) radiotracers. What makes PET tracers so valuable to science and the pharmaceutical industry (where Dr. Vasdev began his career), is that they allow researchers to see in brain imaging, with unprecedented precision, exactly what happens in the brain when a particular drug or protein complex is given to a patient.