Multimodal Imaging Group, Research Imaging Centre
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
80 Workman Way, 6th Floor
Toronto, ON M6J 1H4
(416) 535-8501 ext. 39426
Dr. Philip Gerretsen is a Clinician Scientist in the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute and Geriatric Mental Health Services at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Areas of Research
Impaired illness awareness and illness denial are arguably some of the greatest barriers to the treatment of mental and medical illness. Dr. Gerretsen’s research focuses on the identification of the brain circuits of impaired illness awareness primarily through structural and functional brain imaging. The results of this research in schizophrenia have provided prospective biomarkers and regional brain targets for intervention psychotherapeutically and with noninvasive neurostimulation, such as transcranial direct current, magnetic and vestibular stimulation. The relevance of this work lies in the potential to alter individuals’ attitude toward their illness and treatment. This would lead ultimately to an improvement in individuals’ capacity for illness recognition and engagement in treatment, which would, in turn, have a significant impact on disease management.
View Dr. Gerretsen’s publications on PubMed