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McMaster University's Mood Disorders Program receives funding for an international research centre in Bipolar Disorder

Published: April 6, 1998

The Faculty of Health Sciences Mood Disorders Program at McMaster University has received funding from the Stanley Foundation Research Program through the NAMI Research Institute in Washington, DC, to become an International Research Centre in Bipolar Disorder (BD). It is the only site in Canada to receive this award. The Stanley Foundation Research Award is $100,000 per year for the next three years with the possibility of renewal.

The Program, headed by Dr. Trevor Young, associate professor, psychiatry, and Dr. Russell Joffe, as senior consultant, carries out a broad range of studies on BD. Three years of funding for a Stanley Centre will greatly enhance these specific research areas.

The Mood Disorders Program has a unique spectrum of activities ranging from a clinical research program to a dedicated laboratory focusing on the molecular pharmacology and pathophysiology of this disease.

"The salary support and equipment acquired through this award will substantially contribute to our long term commitment of maintaining and developing an integrated 'bench to bedside' approach. Having an integrated clinical and basic science research program has allowed us to simultaneously study the effects of medications, both in artificial environments and in the human body," says Dr. Young, director of the program.

The level of support and consistency of three years of funding has added benefits to that of a regular operating grant. "It will allow for the development of at least one postdoctoral trainee into a junior faculty member, and help to attract and recruit other faculty with molecular biology expertise to work in this area," says Dr. Joffe, dean and vice-president, health sciences.

Many of the patients seen at the Mood Disorders Clinic, based at the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital, and servicing a catchment area of 1.6 million people, are treated for Bipolar Disorder.

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