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Taylor invited to forum for leaders in psychiatric research

By Suzanne Morrison
Published: September 15, 2010
Valerie Taylor
Valerie Taylor, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences

Psychiatrist Valerie Taylor will soon enjoy the rare opportunity of rubbing shoulders with some of the best minds in the world.

Taylor is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University where she heads the Mood Disorders Wellness Program and serves as director of the weight-loss surgery psychiatry program.

Peers from across Canada — although she still doesn’t know exactly who — nominated her to attend a week-long international seminar at the Lundeck Institute in Denmark at the end of October.

The seminar will take place in Skodsborg, north of Copenhagen. Since 1997, the institute has provided interactive seminars as a forum for psychiatrists and neurologists from around the world to learn, discuss and share experiences about mood disorders, dementia and old-age depression, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia.

"It’s a preceptor program whose goals are to improve each others awareness, recognition and management of neuropsychiatric disease along with the opportunity to interact with leaders in the research field," said Taylor.

Her specific research focuses on obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and how they are linked to psychiatric illnesses. She is also investigating what happens in the womb and how this may predispose some individuals to the development of physical and psychological illnesses.

Taylor will present her own research during the seminar. She is looking forward to feedback from 90 specialists in psychiatry and neurology from around the world, along with the chance to establish new networks and collaborations.

"It’s a huge opportunity," she said.

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