Clinician Scientist Profiles: Graduate Steam

PGY2: Paul Kudlow

Degree(s): MD, MSc (2016 – expected)

Program (Year): Clinician Scientist Program, (PGY2)

Email: paul.kudlow@mail.utoronto.ca

Paul leads the executive management and strategic vision of TrendMD – a scholarly content discovery platform. He is a resident physician in the Clinician-Investigator Program at the University of Toronto, with publications in high-impact journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Paul is passionate about medicine, psychiatry, informatics, and technologies designed to improve the dissemination of knowledge and delivery of patient care.

Project Title: Strategies for increasing the visibility of scholarly content: a randomized trial

Supervisor(s): Dr. Roger S. McIntyre; Dr. Gunther Eysenbach

PubMed Link(s): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=kudlow+p#

PGY5: Lucy Church Barker

Degree(s): HBSc, MD

Program (Year): CSP Graduate Stream, (PGY5)

Email: lucy.barker@utoronto.ca

For me, research is an opportunity to approach clinical, health systems, and social justice issues in a systematic way, and to generate evidence to improve both clinical work and policy. My research interests are perinatal psychiatry, sex and gender differences, health service use, and the social determinants of mental health. I am in the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research program through the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. For my MSc thesis, I am studying the mental health service use patterns and outcomes of postpartum women who present to emergency departments for psychiatric reasons.

Project Title: Mental health service use patterns and outcomes of postpartum women following psychiatric emergency department visits

Supervisor(s): Dr. Simone Vigod

PGY5: Tanya Hauck

Degree(s): MD, PhD

Program (Year): CSP Postgraduate Stream, (PGY5)

Email: Tanya.Hauck@mail.utoronto.ca

I am interested in studying clinical epidemiology and health service utilization in mental health.  In the future, I plan to use my training through the CSS program to employ clinical epidemiology in understanding the mental health system and how it impacts patient outcomes.  My current project focuses on the prevalence, demographic and treatment characteristics of ADHD in Ontario youth and the factors which predict treatment options.  My research background is in chemical engineering and nanotechnology.

Project Title: Characteristics of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Ontario Youth, Medication Trends and Treatment Predictors

Supervisor(s): Dr. Paul Kurdyak

PubMed link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Hauck+tanya

PGY5: Tyler Kaster

Degree(s): MD

Program (Year): CSP Graduate Stream, (PGY3)

Email: tyler.kaster@mail.utoronto.ca 

I’ve been passionate about research since my undergraduate degree in Medical Biophysics. Because of my background, I initially wanted to be a radiologist and therefore completed research in cardiac PET imaging. However, because of my clinical experiences I was drawn to psychiatry. Since starting my psychiatry residency I have been involved in brain stimulation research which allows me to leverage my biophysics training. In the future I hope to develop a career as a clinician scientist using brain stimulation as a technique to better understand and treat psychiatric illness.

Project Title: Electroconvulsive Therapy For Depression in Patients With Trauma History

Supervisor(s): Dr. Daniel Blumberger

PubMed link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=kaster+t+not+pain

PGY5: June Lam

Degree(s): BSc, MDCM

Program (Year): CSP Pregraduate Stream, (PGY4)

Email: june.lam@mail.utoronto.ca 

I completed my BSc at UBC and my medical training at McGill. I’m interested in being a clinician scientist because I am constantly curious about how we can improve our approach to mental health care, and I believe having a strong methodological skill set is necessary to appropriately evaluate our current processes and develop ways to improve our approach to care. I am excited and feel fortunate to be able to work on exploring the meaning of “complexity” in mental health service users from the perspectives of community based stakeholders using participatory action research.

Project Title: Conceptualizing mental health complexity

Supervisor(s): Dr. Juveria Zaheer/Dr. Paul Kurdyak

PGY5: Joshua D. Rosenblat

Degree(s): MD

Program (Year): CSP Pregraduate Stream, (PGY4)

Email: joshua.rosenblat@utoronto.ca

Ever since elementary school, I have been extremely interested in science and ‘doing experiments.’  This interest has grown greatly over the years as I have had the opportunity to work in several labs throughout my undergraduate degree as well as during medical school.

My main field of interest currently is the interaction between mood disorders and medical comorbidities (more specifically, inflammatory and metabolic disorders).  Understanding the biological underpinnings of these interactions may lead to an improved understanding of the pathophysiology of mood disorders. This improved understanding may also allow for the discovery of novel therapeutic targets that may simultaneously treat mood disorders and medical comorbidities.

Project Title: Interactions between Mood Disorders and Medical Comorbidities

Supervisor(s): Dr. Roger S. McIntyre

PubMed link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=rosenblat+j

PGY6+ : Danielle Baribeau

Degree(s): M.D., M.Sc. (candidate)

Program (Year): CSP Graduate Stream, (PGY6)

Email: danielle.baribeau@mail.utoronto.ca

I attended the University of Toronto for both medical school and residency training in general Psychiatry, and am now in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Program also at U of T. My initial projects in the CSP focused on the clinical, genetic, and neuroimaging associated differences in social functioning across neurodevelopmental disorders. For my graduate thesis in Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation, I will be examining the longitudinal association between anxiety and repetitive behaviors in autism spectrum disorder. I am interested in better understanding the underlying mechanisms and developmental trajectories of common childhood conditions like autism, ADHD and OCD, in order to help develop new targeted interventions.

Project Title: Social Processing Across Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Anxiety and Repetitive Behavior in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Supervisor(s): Drs. Simone Vigod, Peter Szatmari, Evdokia Anagnostou

PubMed Link(s): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=baribeau+d

PGY6+ : Eric Brown

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PGY6+ : Jonathan Lee

Degree(s): HBSc, MD

Program (Year): CSP Graduate Stream, (PGY7)

Email: chiaho.lee@utoronto.ca

At the beginning of my psychiatric training I was lucky enough to be connected with Dr. Daskalakis who was an ideal supervisor and mentor and was instrumental in fostering my interest in research. I am interested in becoming a clinician-scientist to find ways to integrate brain stimulation methods to better understand and treat psychiatric disorders affecting children and adolescents. For the past two years I have explored brain plasticity in healthy adolescents using a paradigm known as paired-associative stimulation. I hope to create new brain stimulation-based treatments to advance the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.

Project Title: Repetitive transcranial magnetic (rTMS) in youth depression: Efficacy and targets of response

Supervisor(s): Dr. Jeff Daskalakis

PGY6+: Simina Toma

Degree(s): MD

Program (Year): CSP Pregraduate Stream, (PGY5)

Email: simina.toma@utoronto.ca

My research interest stemmed from longstanding intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm about finding new ways to approach problems.

With its clinical complexity, treatment challenges, and strong biological basis with undeniable psychological impact, Bipolar Disorder is one the most fascinating psychiatric illness, and the cause of intractable suffering. I intent to contribute to the understanding of its development and progression, which can lead to treatment targets for early intervention.

My current project is aiming to investigate the biological underpinnings of the different bipolar subtypes, with the goal to assess whether neuroanatomical factors support the clinical distinctions between BD-I, II and NOS, as well as the inclusion of BD-NOS in the bipolar spectrum.

Project Title: Neuroimaging in youth Bipolar subtypes

Supervisor(s): Dr. Ben Goldstein

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