Dr. Zafiris J. Daskalakis is Chief of the General Adult Psychiatry and Health Systems Division, and Co-Director of the Temerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain Intervention in the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute at CAMH, and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
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Dr. Daskalakis was born and raised in Toronto. He initially started his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto and completed medical school at Queen’s University in 1994. He subsequently entered residency training in psychiatry at the University of Toronto, which he completed in 1999. While still a resident, Dr. Daskalakis began graduate studies in the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto, supervised by Drs. Shitij Kapur (imaging/psychiatry) and Robert Chen (neurophysiology). He completed fellowship training and his PhD in 2002, at which point he was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. Dr. Daskalakis was promoted to rank of Professor of Psychiatry in 2013 and is presently the Temerty Chair in Therapeutic Brain Intervention at CAMH.
With expertise in the neurophysiology of severe psychiatric disorders, the Temerty Centre uses magnetic brain stimulation to study the role of cortical inhibition and plasticity as potential pathophysiological mechanisms in schizophrenia, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dr. Daskalakis also conducts treatment studies using repetitive transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (rTMS) and magnetic seizure therapy (MST) for refractory symptoms in these disorders. He has been a NARSAD Lieber Young Investigator (2004, 2006), a NARSAD Independent Investigator (2008) and holds or has held CIHR, OMHF and Brain Canada operating awards. He has also been awarded the Samarthji Lal Award in Mental Health Research from the Graham Boeckh Foundation for the top mid-career neuropsychopharmacology researcher in Canada in 2013. He is also a member of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council. Finally, he has over 300 peer-reviewed publications, books and book chapters in prestigious journals such as the Archives of General Psychiatry, JAMA Psychiatry and the American Journal of Psychiatry and is an editorial board member for Biological Psychiatry and an Associate Editor for Clinical Neurophysiology.
View Dr. Daskalakis' publications on PubMed.