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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

Physician mental health care visits increased 27 percent during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic
January 21, 2022 - Annual rates of outpatient visits for mental health and substance use among Ontario physicians increased by 27 percent during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. There were 1,038 visits per 1,
Five scientists at The Ottawa Hospital ranked among world’s top researchers
November 26, 2021 - Five scientists at The Ottawa Hospital have made it onto the prestigious list of Highly Cited ResearchersTM for 2021, with multiple papers that rank in the top one percent in their fields. Their research has been used and built upon by tens of thousa
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
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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
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
Solmi, Marco
MD, PhD, Psychiatrist
Clinician Investigator
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Addiction, Anxiety, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Autism, Bipolar, Dementia, Depression, Mental health, Schizophrenia, Suicide Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cluster randomized trials, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health research methods, Neuro-stimulation, Pharmacology, Pragmatic trials, Surveys, 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