McMaster University

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Announcement — Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and the Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychiatry

Robert Zipursky

Robert Zipursky, BA, MD, FRCP(C)

Dated: January 1, 2007

From: John G. Kelton, MD, Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dr. Robert Zipursky as Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and the Morgan Firestone Chair in Psychiatry at McMaster University effective January 1, 2007.

Dr. Zipursky is currently professor of psychiatry; head of the schizophrenia program; Tapscott Chair in Schizophrenia Studies, and vice-chair research in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is also clinical director of the Schizophrenia Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Dr. Zipursky received his Bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1979 and his MD from McMaster University in 1982. He completed his residency training in psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by research fellowship training in the area of brain imaging at Stanford University. Dr. Zipursky joined the faculty at the University of Toronto in 1991.

Dr. Zipursky's major interests are in the early identification and treatment of schizophrenia and the study of schizophrenia using brain imaging technologies. He has developed an extensive clinical research program in Toronto for the study of first episode schizophrenia. He was the recipient of a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression - NARSAD (1988), the John Cleghorn Memorial Award for Excellence and Leadership in Clinical Research from the Canadian Psychiatric Association (2002), and the Michael Smith Award for Schizophrenia from the Schizophrenia Society of Canada (2003).

Dr. Zipursky has taught undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and continuing education students. He received the Paul E. Garfinkel Award for Best Fellowship Supervisor from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto in 2003 and 2004.

The Schizophrenia Program at the University of Toronto, directed by Dr. Zipursky, is recognized as one of the top programs of its kind in the world. It is a very active teaching program with a strong tradition in bench-to-bedside research and in the integration of clinical, teaching, and research activities. As vice chair research in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Zipursky oversaw the creation of the Clinician Scientist Program which was established to integrate research and clinical training for residents developing careers in academic psychiatry.

In addition to his academic position in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, Dr. Zipursky has also been appointed as chief of psychiatry at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and Hamilton Health Sciences.

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