TORONTO, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - Today, the Centre for Addiction and Mental
Health (CAMH) launched Canada's first mobile research laboratory to
study mental health and addictions in communities across Ontario. The
mobile lab will allow CAMH researchers to reach underserved populations
in rural, remote and First Nations communities to help improve
prevention and treatment services in these communities, and beyond.
"The mobile research lab fills a gap by bringing world-class research by
epidemiologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists and social scientists
to communities that are far from research centres," says Dr. Bruce G.
Pollock, CAMH's Vice-President of Research. "The results will be shared
with local health and social service agencies, enabling them to improve
CAMH scientists will embark on the lab's first research program this
spring. Researchers are targeting Ontario communities that are less
advantaged due to higher unemployment or poverty rates, among other
factors. Among the series of studies planned, one line of research will
tease out the complex interactions between a person's genes and
problems in the community, which may put people at risk for mood and
anxiety disorders, substance abuse and violence.
The lab will be used to conduct interviews and surveys, run focus
groups, and take hair, saliva or blood samples to measure stress or
obtain genetic information. This information will produce knowledge
about communities that is often not available from large-scale
telephone surveys. Over time, as information is gathered from across
the province, CAMH researchers will create a powerful database that
will advance our collective knowledge of mental illness, addictions and
"The research lab is a major milestone of CAMH's Research Renaissance
Project, which is our largest ever scientific endeavour," notes Dr.
Pollock. "The lab reflects the project's vision of working from the
neuron to the neighbourhood level to advance our understanding,
treatment and prevention of mental illness."
The mobile research laboratory received funding from the Canada
Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The first research program,
Researching Health in Ontario Communities, was supported by a team
grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
"This mobile research lab will have a real and positive impact on the
Ontario communities who need it most," said The Honourable Tony
Clement, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the CFI.
"CIHR is pleased to support this unique project that will facilitate a
partnership between individuals in rural communities and a renowned
team of health researchers at CAMH committed to improving brain health
through innovative research," said Dr. Anthony Phillips, Scientific
Director of the CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and
Addiction. "We hope that the mobile research laboratory approach will
increase our knowledge of mental health and addiction among rural and
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest
mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the
world's leading research centres in its field. CAMH combines clinical
care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to
help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and
addiction issues. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of
Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health
Organization Collaborating Centre. For more information, please visit www.camh.net.
Created by the Government of Canada in 1997, the Canada Foundation for
Innovation (CFI) strives to build our nation's capacity to undertake
world-class research and technology development to benefit Canadians.
Thanks to CFI investment in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment,
universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research
institutions are attracting and retaining the world's top talent,
training the next generation of researchers, supporting private-sector
innovation and creating high-quality jobs that strengthen Canada's
position in today's knowledge economy.
For the past 10 years, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has supported better health and healthcare for Canadians. As the
Government of Canada's health research investment agency, CIHR enables the creation of evidence-based knowledge and its transformation
into improved treatments, prevention and diagnoses, new products and
services, and a stronger, patient-oriented healthcare system. Composed
of 13 internationally-recognized institutes, CIHR supports more than 13,600 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
SOURCE Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
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