Our state-of-the-art imaging facilities enable researchers to probe the brain to better understand brain health and to advance treatments.
A Leader in Brain Imaging
As one of the few brain imaging centres in the world fully dedicated to research on mental illness, including addiction, the CAMH Brain Health Imaging Centre leads the way globally in giving scientists the ability to see new paths in the brain chemistry structure, function and behaviour in mental illness. But when it comes to unlocking the mysteries of the brain, there is so much more to see.
We aspire to help patients, their families and the community by discovering novel strategies to diagnose and treat mental illnesses and bolster all facets of brain health.
Dr. Neil Vasdev, Director, CAMH Brain Health Imaging Centre & Director, Azrieli Centre for Neuro-Radiochemistry
For over 30 years, our work in positron emission tomography (PET) research has had a major global impact in understanding brain chemistry, leading to better clinical treatment and drug development. We have significantly expanded our imaging capabilities into magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), including functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS).
The Preclinical Imaging Unit and its PET/MRI scanner.
Results You Can See
Our team at the Brain Health Imaging Centre have developed several imaging radiotracers used in PET brain research globally. Using these chemical brain imaging tools, our research has helped to more accurately calculate medication doses for depression and schizophrenia, identified targets for treatments of illnesses such as postpartum depression, and enabled academic centres and pharmaceutical companies to conduct more effective drug development.
We are also pursuing the development of radiotracers to discover chemical brain markers that could identify the risk of illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, traumatic brain injuries and their mental health consequences, autism spectrum disorder, suicide prevention, and addictions.