CAMH Research Program
Neuroscience – focuses on the mechanisms in the brain that underlie mental illness and addiction and that play a direct role their treatment. The department studies all levels of the brain: from molecules, to brain cells, to the whole brain in three areas of research:
- Molecular Medicine - gene expression (DNA code) and treatment medication
- Psychiatric Genetics - biological causes and modes of inheritance
- Behavioural Neuroscience - biological processes, i.e. nerves, neurotransmitters, and brain circuitry
PET Centre – dedicated exclusively to brain research of mental illness and addiction, it is the only centre of its kind in the world. Using Positron Emission Tomography, a three-dimensional scan, the department maps and measures how different parts of the brain function to better understand the neurochemical root of mental illness and addiction.
Clinical – devoted to understanding the biological causes of mental illness and addiction and the interventions that offer optimal care to people living with them. The focus of the department is to improve assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of all kinds of mental illness and addiction.
Social and Epidemiological – addresses large-scale health and social concerns of mental illness and addiction, not only in Ontario but across Canada and around the world. The department focuses on population and sub-population studies, policy interventions, community and culture studies, and different modes of health care delivery.
Dr. Jeff Meyer with CAMH PET Scan