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Mental health

The Ottawa Hospital is conducting cutting-edge research to improve our understanding of mental health and develop better treatments. This page includes selected news stories about our research related to mental health, links to researchers working in this area and related resources. Learn more below.

Research News

Could a drug that controls appetite also treat schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s? Mouse studies show promise.
September 8, 2021 - Two recent studies suggest that the drug trodusquemine has the potential to treat symptoms of both schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. This is because the drug targets an enzyme called PTP1B, which plays a role in both diseases
A conversation with Dr. Jess Fiedorowicz
August 18, 2021 - Dr. Jess Fiedorowicz is shining a light on mental health through his work and research at The Ottawa Hospital. Originally from the U.S., Dr. Fiedorowicz has been at our hospital since 2020 as the Head and Chief of the Department of Mental Health.
Is there a link between suicide and epidemics?
August 1, 2021 - A systematic review published by Dr. Simon Hatcher, in partnership with researchers across Ontario, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, looked at the relationship between public health epidemics and the risk of suicide and self-harm.
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Name Scientific appointment Diseases, conditions and populations of interest Research and clinical approaches
Albert, Paul
Senior Scientist
Mental health, Vascular cognitive impairment, Anxiety, Depression, Intellectual disabilities, Parkinson's, Schizophrenia, Stroke, Suicide Basic research, Epigenetics, Exercise, Gene expression, Translational research, Disease models, Epigenetics, Genetics, Imaging, Molecular and cellular biology, Optogenetics, Transgenic/knockout models
Chen, Hsiao-Huei
Senior Scientist
Aging, Autism, Dementia, Depression, Mental health, Tourette's, Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's, Anxiety, Diabetes, Obesity, Schizophrenia, Stroke, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Disease models, Gene expression, Optogenetics, Transgenic/knockout models, Basic research, Molecular and cellular biology, Translational research
Fiedorowicz, Jess
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Bipolar, Mental health, Suicide, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Clinical research, Epidemiology
Hatcher, Simon
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Anxiety, Brain and neuromuscular disease, COVID-19, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health, Mental health, Traumatic brain injury, Depression, Health in disadvantaged peoples, Suicide Clinical research, Health economics, Health professional behaviour change, Health research methods, Health services research, Health technology, Patient engagement, Prevention, Qualitative methods, Clinical trials, Cluster randomized trials, Epidemiology, Psychology, Systematic reviews
Hutton, Brian
MSc, PhD
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Addiction, Anxiety, Breast cancer, Depression, Health equity, Health in disadvantaged peoples, Maternal and fetal health, Mental health, Population health, Suicide, Cancer Clinical research, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health research methods, Health services research, Patient safety, Public health, Rapid reviews, Biostatistics, Clinical trials, Systematic reviews
Walker, Lisa
PhD, C.Psych
Clinician Investigator
Anxiety, Autoimmune disease, Autoimmune diseases of the nervous system, Brain and neuromuscular disease, Dementia, Depression, Mental health, Multiple sclerosis Behaviour, Biomarkers, Clinical research, Exercise, Imaging, Psychology, Psychometrics, Rehabilitation, Stem cells, Systematic reviews, Translational research

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The Ottawa Hospital Mental Health Program

Mental health research at The Ottawa Hospital: Addiction, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Schizophrenia, Suicide