Department of Psychiatry


5th annual conference - Obsess about your Brain!

Promoting brain health through treatment and technology

Course Description

Our goal as health professionals is to foster wellness of brain and mind through prevention and treatment. The 5th annual Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre Conference in collaboration with the 7th Brain Sciences Day will address current health challenges that affect the brain. We will be focusing particularly on obsessive compulsive and related disorders, dementias, along with mood and anxiety disorders. This year's themes include: neurology, OCD, Parkinson's, concussions, depression, hoarding, and pharmacological management of psychiatric disorders.

Course Objectives

By attending this course, participants will learn to:

  • Recognize important risk factors related to disorders of the brain and mind
  • Identify appropriate uses of technology to assist with patient care
  • Develop increased confidence in the management of OCD, depression, dementia and other brain disorders



Program - Each Presentation will include time for questions from the audience

Presenter (Discussants)





Dr. Peggy Richter


Plenary Speaker and Discussion
Changing the Way the World Sees the Brain

Dr. Anthony Levitt


Plenary Speaker and Panel Discussion
Using Technology to Enhance Access to Mental Healthcare

Dr. Nik Grujich (Dr. Jocelyn Charles, Dr. David Kreindler, Dr. Rick Swartz)


Short Talks and Discussion



The 2017 Thompson Centre Early Career Award Address

TADC Award Winner (TBA)


Managing Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia

Dr. Nathan Herrmann


Focused Ultrasound for Non-invasive Brain Therapy and Repair

Dr. Nir Lipsman


An Update on Treatment Guidelines for Major Depressive Disorder

Dr. Ayal Schaffer


Lunch and Technology Exhibition


Small Group Workshops



Small Group Workshops (all at 1:15pm and 3:00pm unless otherwise stated)

Managing Depression/Mental Illness in Young Adults and the Role of the Family Navigation Program

Dr. Anthony Levitt , Staci Weingust and  Kendyl Dobbin

When Does Collecting Become Hoarding? Tips for Management

Eliza Burroughs and Dr. Justine Dembo

Managing OCD: 1st Line and Beyond

Dr. Peggy Richter with Dr. Marlene Taube-Schiff

Bedside Mindfulness

Dr. Steven Selchen

Appropriate Use and Monitoring of Antipsychotics

Dr. Justin Delwo (Alison Culbert)

Updates for Treatment of Concussions

Dr. Leo Da Costa (Susan Deering)

Assessing Driving in Dementia (1:15 pm only)

Dr. Mark Rappaport (Dr. Jocelyn Charles)

Management of Sleep in Primary Care (1:15 pm only )

Dr. Brian Murray (Dr. Purti Papneja)

Advances in Parkinson's (3:00 pm only)

Dr. Phil Hebert (Dr. Mario Masellis)

The 2017 Thompson Centre Early Career Awardee Workshop (3:00 pm only )

TADC Award Winner

Registration information

Registration Fees: include breakfast, lunch, and refreshments 
Early registration by October 2nd, .2017……...…….....................................$250
Late registration (after October 2nd, 2017)…………................................$295
Student/trainee discounted registration (Limited spots available)…..$95

Enrolment is limited. Register early to avoid disappointment.

Cancellation: Refunds will not be issued for cancellations received after October 13, 2017. A processing fee of $75.00 will be retained on all cancellations. Registrations are not transferable.

Online Registration:
Register for the conference here.

Contact details

Supriya Parikh, at 416-480-6100 x 6640 or

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