Our research program is based on the fundamental belief that interdisciplinary approaches are needed to get deeper insights into the human mind, our research projects are often at the intersection of two of more of the following: Biomedical engineering, medicine, social sciences, and humanities. We also have significant expertise in conceptualizing novel and proof-of-concept clinical trials as a platform to probe the human brain with interdisciplinary perspectives. Our clinical programs offer emerging treatments, which also serve as research platforms to understand the human brain in illness and wellness. Our research is driven by the overarching objective to make a difference in the lives of our patients with treatment-resistant mental illness.
The Interventional Psychiatry Program at St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto is a clinical and academic program that aims to define, through innovative research and knowledge translation, the best possible treatment and care for people with treatment-resistant mental health conditions. The program facilitates the efficiency and growth of new treatment options for treatment-resistant mental health conditions, with 3 Interventional pillars:
1. Pharmacology (e.g., IV ketamine/other anesthetic agents).
2. Neurostimulation (e.g., ECT, rTMS, emerging neurostimulation modalities).
3. Digital therapeutics (e.g., mobile-based monitoring and interventions).
Our Program collaborates closely with engineering, anesthesia, imaging, informatics, neurology and neurosurgery. It aims to identify and understand risks and treatment responses with these emerging procedures. By integrating research with education and knowledge translation, we strive to create a stronger investment in mental healthcare and ultimately improve health policy and clinical practice.