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Two CAMH scientists awarded Canada Research Chairs

TORONTO, December 2, 2016 – Two leading addictions experts at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have been awarded Canada Research Chairs, which were announced today by the Hon. Kirsty Duncan, federal Minister of Science.

Dr. John Cunningham received a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Addictions and Dr. Rachel Tyndale received a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Pharmacogenomics.

“The Government of Canada is proud to support talented researchers whose hard work will improve our scientific understanding and strengthen Canada's reputation for research excellence,” said Minister Duncan. “The Chairs’ efforts will also provide us with the evidence needed to inform decisions that help us build a vibrant society and a strong middle class.”

Dr. Cunningham, of CAMH’s Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, aims to improve care for people with addictions. He will develop and evaluate self-change interventions, such as online tools, that are designed to reach those who don’t access existing addictions services. Through a series of interconnected projects, his goal is to develop scalable and cost effective interventions. His goal is to contribute to reducing the personal health burden, as well as the societal costs, associated with addictions.

Dr. Tyndale, of CAMH’s Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, will lead research on the genetics of addiction. In one line of investigation, she will determine how genetic variations among individuals alter their dependence to drugs, as well as their response to treatments.  Another line of research will examine the breakdown of drugs in the brain and the effects on drug and toxin levels, as well as the central nervous system. Dr. Tyndale aims to identify new mechanisms of addiction, leading to new therapeutic targets and personalized treatments.

Created in 2000, the Canada Research Chairs program is aimed at helping the country attract and retain the world’s most accomplished and promising scientists. In total, more than $173 million in funding was announced today to support 203 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs across the country.


For more information
Sean O’Malley Media Relations, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
(416) 595-6015

About the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital and a world leading research centre in this field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental illness and addiction. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. For more information, please visit or follow @CAMHnews and @CAMHResearch​ on Twitter.​

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