CFRI Announcement – Appointment to The Mind Planning Committee
The Mind Research Theme: Interim Planning Committee
Sent on behalf of Dr. Wyeth Wasserman, CFRI Executive Director:
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Evelyn Stewart is joining Dr. Dan Goldowitz and Dr. Tim Oberlander on the Interim Planning Committee for the CFRI’s new research Theme, The Mind, which is focused on brain, behaviour and mental health research. Evelyn’s appointment completes our leadership team for The Mind.
Evelyn, Dan and Tim will be working hand-in-hand with members of our research community to plan an approach to brain, behaviour, and mental health research on this campus. They will be engaging with investigators throughout the CFRI strategic planning sessions taking place in May and June. Below are the bios for Evelyn, Dan and Tim.
Please join me in welcoming Evelyn to The Mind’s leadership team along with Dan and Tim.
Wyeth W. Wasserman, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Child and Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital
Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Medicine
Senior Scientist, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
Professor, Department of Medical Genetics
University of British Columbia Dr. Dan Goldowitz Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics
Scientific Director, NeuroDevNet Network of Centres of Excellence
Acting Director and Senior Scientist, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics at CFRI
Professor, UBC Department of Medical Genetics
Dr. Goldowitz received his PhD in Psychobiology at the University of California at Irvine with a thesis that focused on the plasticity of the adult central nervous system. He subsequently did postdoctoral training in Boston, Stockholm and Salt Lake City where the focus was on brain development. Before his move to Canada in 2007, he had an endowed chair in Neurosciences at the University of Tennessee.
He founded NeuroDevNet in late 2009, and over the past five years, Dr. Goldowitz has worked with a group of skilled and passionate researchers and important stakeholders across Canada to make significant impacts in the domains of autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Dr. Tim Oberlander CFRI Senior Clinician Scientist
R. Howard Webster Professor in Brain Imaging and Child Development
Professor, UBC Department of Pediatrics
Developmental Pediatrician, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, BC Children’s Hospital
Physician, Complex Pain Service, BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre
Dr. Oberlander is a clinician-scientist studying how early life experience related to maternal mood disturbances during pregnancy shapes stress regulation during infancy and childhood.
Dr. Oberlander’s research questions extend from genetic studies to population level studies that seek to understand early life pathways reflecting developmental risk and resiliency during early childhood. His work provides strong evidence that both maternal mood and in utero selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant exposure have an impact on stress regulation and mood in childhood, possibly reflecting early changes in central serotonin levels. His research shows that the developing brain has a remarkable capacity for change, such that even in the face of adversity, some children do very well. Emerging findings from Dr. Oberlander’s research are now beginning to shape the ways clinicians and families understand critical issues that influence a child’s emotional well-being and academic success later in school. The goal of his work is to figure out how and why this happens, and use these findings to identify opportunities for interventions that reduce risk. Dr. Oberlander is the Project Lead for CFRI’s 3T MRI.
Dr. Evelyn Stewart CFRI Senior Clinician Scientist
Medical Director, Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Clinic and Research Program, BC Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Stewart is the founding director of the Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Clinic and Research Program at BC Children’s Hospital. She is a clinical, genetic and neuroscience researcher, as well as a child and adult psychiatrist. Her research focuses on biologic, phenotypic, familial, and treatment aspects of childhood-onset neuropsychiatric disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Dr. Stewart has authored over 70 original papers, reviews and chapters on genetic, clinical and treatment aspects of OCD, Tourette’s Disorder, and related illnesses. She sits on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation, on the Medical Advisory Board of the Tourette Syndrome Association and is Co-director of the International OCD Foundation Genetics Collaborative.
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