Research Day Chair's Message

Dear Faculty and Students:

On behalf of the Harvey Stancer Research Day Planning Committee for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, I am delighted to announce:

The 44th annual Harvey Stancer Research Day
Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto

Research Day is a major function of the Department of Psychiatry at UofT.  It allows our community to come together and gives us an opportunity to present a synopsis of our current research to one another, to the Toronto psychiatric community and to the public.

This year’s Trevor Young Lecture in Psychiatry Research Keynote Presentation will be delivered by Dr. Deanna Barch. Dr. Barch is Chair of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences and the Gregory Couch Chair of Psychiatry at Washington University.  She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, completed her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.  She is one of the Principal Investigators of the Lifespan Human Connectome Project and the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development Study. Her research program is focused on understanding normative patterns of functional brain connectivity across development as well as the mechanisms that give rise to the challenges in behaviour and cognition found in illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression, utilizing behavioural, neuroimaging and computational approaches. Dr. Barch is Deputy Editor at Biological Psychiatry. She is on the Scientific Board of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and the Stanley Foundation. Her research has been funded by the NIMH, NARSAD, NSF, and the McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience.  I am confident that her talk will be of great relevance and interest to all attendees!

Research Day also aims to support the training of the next generation of psychiatry researchers, and provides the opportunity for trainees to prepare and deliver an academic presentation.  With this in mind, we will be hosting a Mentorship Breakfast again this year, just prior to Dr. Barch’s keynote lecture. This event aims to connect trainees with faculty within our Department and also provides trainees the opportunity to meet our keynote speaker.

Research Day represents a unique forum through which the outstanding research work carried out in our Department can be showcased and shared. We look forward to seeing you at Harvey Stancer Research Day 2018!



Stephanie Ameis MD, MSc, FRCPC
Harvey Stancer Research Day Chair
O’Brien Scholar, Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative at CAMH and Sick Kids, Staff Psychiatrist, Child and Youth Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.


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