Department of Psychiatry

Research Funding

The Excellence Funds

The Excellence Funds are the result of a University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry (‘the Department’) fundraising effort to provide seed funding for projects by junior faculty that align with the Department’s strategic plan and priorities as expressed by the donors of funds. The three designated areas of priority are: Research, Education and Creative Professional Activity (CPA). With respect to Research, the seed funds are intended to support projects that will generate pilot data to support a subsequent more definitive peer-reviewed grant application, preferably intended for submission to a provincial or national funding agency

For more information on the application process, eligibility and timelines, please click here to view the  Call for Proposals 2018-2019 .

Labatt Family Innovation Fund in Brain Health

Background
In Canada alone, one in five people will experience mental illness in their lifetime. However, by
seeding the field of psychiatry research with talented scientists we can bring substantive advance to
the broad spectrum of mental health in general and the fields of eating disorders, depression and
anxiety in particular.

Through the Labatt Family Innovation Fund in Brain Health, the University of Toronto’s Department
of Psychiatry will fund six promising studies to impact the trajectory and outcomes of eating
disorders, depression, or anxiety in young and mid-life adults. 

Awardees

2016

Principal Applicants: Patricia Colton & Paul Kurdyak
A Health Services Approach to Examining the Health Status, Health Care Utilization and Health Care Costs of Individuals with Eating Disorders in Ontario

2017

Principal Applicant: Stefan Kloiber 
Cannabidiol for Treatment of Social Anxiety - An Experimental Pilot Study with PET Imaging

2018

Principal Applicant: Gwyneth Zai
Biomarkers of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Treatment Response

Learn more about the awardees and their projects.

Miner’s Lamp Innovation Fund in the Prevention and Early Detection of Severe Mental Illness

Background

The Miner’s Lamp Award Campaign has paved the way for new research in this area since 2016, thanks to a partnership between IAMGOLD Corporation, the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry, and generous funding from diverse organizations and individuals.

Every dollar donated to the Miner's Lamp Award Campaign supports new research into youth mental health. Through the Miner’s Lamp Innovation Fund in the Prevention and Early Detection of Severe Mental Illness, the proceeds of the campaign are invested into promising studies at the Department of Psychiatry.

Awardees

2016

Principal Applicant: Vincenzo De Luca
Interaction between early life adversities and schizophrenia vulnerability genes in conferring risk for suicide in young people

Principal Applicants: Joanna Henderson & Aristotle Voineskos  
Early Identification of Psychosis Spectrum Symptoms: A Novel Ascertainment Approach Through Tertiary Care Child & Youth Clinics

2017

Principal Applicant: Benjamin Goldstein 
Early Detection of Anomalous Microvasculature to Inform Novel Treatment and Prevention Targets in Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder

Principal Applicant: Michael Kiang 
Using Electrophysiological Indices of Auditory Processing to Estimate Psychosis Risk in Clinical High Risk Youth

Principal Applicant: Nathan Kolla
Early Detection of Aggression in First Episode Psychosis: A Structural and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study

2018

Principal Applicants: Albert Wong and Fang Liu 
The DISC1-D2 protein complex as a biomarker for early detection of schizophrenia

Principal Applicant: Philip Gerretsen
The effects of adjunctive transcranial direct current stimulation on medication adherence in first-episode schizophrenia spectrum disorder.

Principal Applicant: Vanessa Goncalves
The Use of Mitochondrial DNA as Marker of Clinical Subtypes of Youth Psychosis Patients: Potential Tool for Precision Medicine.

Learn more about the awardees and their projects.