Dr. Husain's primary area of research is investigating novel treatments in mood disorders by conducting clinical trials that incorporate the use of putative biomarkers to determine the neurobiological underpinnings of both major depressive disorder and bipolar disorders. His current focus is determining the role of anti-inflammatory treatments for mood disorders.
Dr. Ishrat Husain was raised in Toronto and completed his medical degree at St George’s, University of London in the UK. He then completed postgraduate speciality training in adult psychiatry at the world-renowned South London and Maudsley training scheme. He moved back home to Toronto in January 2018 as Clinician Scientist at CAMH and Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.
Dr. Husain also holds a visiting academic post at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, Europe’s largest centre for research and postgraduate education in psychiatry, psychology, basic and clinical neuroscience and a centre for academic excellence. He completed his research doctorate here, collaborating with world leading academics in the field of mood disorders to investigate novel treatments for unipolar and bipolar depression. Dr. Husain has established academic links with centres in Canada, the UK, Africa and South Asia. He has a strong interest in Global Mental Health and is involved in capacity building and training of mental health practitioners in low and middle-income countries. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate training. Dr. Husain has been awarded research grants from organizations including the PSI Foundation and the Stanley Medical Research Institute (SMRI). His current research focuses on clinical trials of novel treatments that target established pathology in mood disorders.