Congratulations to Dr. Raymond Lam and Dr. Mahesh Menon, Who Have Each Received a 2021 VCHRI Innovation and Translational Research Award!


Congratulations to Dr. Raymond Lam and Dr. Mahesh Menon, who have each received a 2021 Innovation and Translational Research Award from the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) for their respective research projects! This award supports innovative research from concept to application, and this year’s recipients are recognized for their use of groundbreaking techniques and emerging technologies to advance patient outcomes and enhance patient-practitioner connectedness in the era of COVID-19.


Dr. Lam’s study titled SCANme-D: A feasibility study of an artificial intelligence-enhanced mobile app for depression screening in medical specialty clinics aims to support the creation and examination of an easy-to-use mobile app called SCANme-D (Screening Care App for NCDs in Medical Environments – Depression) to support medical specialists in efficiently screening patients for depression using patient-centred, AI-powered technology. The app will engage patients in recognizing depressive symptoms by utilizing natural language voice and text journaling, providing validated screening questionnaires and education based on individual needs and supporting a personalized care pathway for further assessment and treatment.



Dr. Menon’s project titled Virtual reality-based psychotherapy for persistent auditory hallucinations will evaluate the efficacy of a virtual reality-based avatar therapy. Avatar therapy is a recently developed, innovative approach to treating auditory hallucinations. It is a therapist-assisted, digital intervention in which therapists facilitate a conversation between patients who are experiencing persistent persecutory auditory hallucinations and an animated avatar.



To read more about these cutting edge research projects, or to learn more about the award, visit the VCHRI New Release page.