The Department of Psychiatry is home to a critical mass of clinician scientists who work in affiliation with the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program of the Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Areas of investigation include the epidemiological, biological, and clinical therapeutic aspects of three major foci: Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Neuropsychiatry (Multiple Sclerosis and Traumatic Brain Injury), and Dementia, which are outlined below.
Across each of these areas of inquiry, research findings are impacting on our understanding of the causes and optimal treatments of these conditions and improving the quality of life of patients suffering from these common psychiatric conditions.
Current studies & trials
The department has national and internationally recognized and awarded scientists who hold provincial, national and internationally funded research grants.
Between the department and SRI, there are state of the art resources for basic lab-based research, clinical trials, and imaging techniques. There is also a well-developed research infrastructure with related computer equipment, library access and specialty research services.
Finally, there are excellent research training opportunities across all levels of advancement, including undergraduate summer research studentships, graduate, and post-doctoral fellowships. The combination of outstanding research staff and excellent research resources has led the department to be a major hub of psychiatric research in the country.
Mood and Anxiety Disorders
- Neurosciences – Basic Lab Work and Imaging
- Examination of Biological Markers of Illness Identification and Treatment Response
- Clinical Trials – Pharmacological and Psychological Treatments
- Population Health and Health Policy
- Treatment Guideline Development