As many as 20% of Canadians will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime—and according to Health Canada, almost all are indirectly affected by the mental illness of a friend, family member or colleague.

Brain Repair Centre-affiliated researchers at Dalhousie University are unlocking the genetic, molecular and biochemical secrets of depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. They’re developing and testing new ways to predict, diagnose and intervene to alter the course and reduce the impact of mental illness.


  • Martin Alda, genetics and effective treatment of bipolar disorder
  • Nicholas Delva, novel treatments for mood disorders and other psychiatric conditions
  • Kim Good, mechanisms and predictive markers for psychotic and neurodegenerative disorders
  • Tomas Hajek, chemical and structural markers of risk for mood disorders
  • Stan Kutcher, proactive approaches to child and adolescent mental health
  • Ben Rusak, sleep-wake cycles and their impact on neural plasticity and mental health
  • Phil Tibbo, causes and optimal treatment of psychotic disorders
  • Rudolf Uher, causes and optimal treatment of depression
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