Congratulations to UBC Psychiatry Recipients of the 2021 DMCBH Innovation Fund Kickstart Research Grant!


Congratulations to the following faculty members who were awarded the the 2021 Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health Innovation Fund Kickstart Research Grant! This grant is intended to help kick-start new research collaborations, directions, and technological developments, supporting new projects that generate preliminary data for future grant applications to external funding agencies.



Drs. Kamyar Keramatian, Erin Michalak and Lakshmi Yatham

Evaluation of a novel psychoeducational intervention for individuals at high risk for bipolar disorder: A feasibility study. 

Bipolar Disorder (BD) is a lifelong psychiatric condition which is usually not diagnosed until later in life. Existing intervention programs focus on intervening after the diagnosis of BD and have been shown to have less than ideal outcomes for most patients. The team has recently developed a telehealth-based group psychoeducational program for individuals at high risk for bipolar disorder. This Kickstart Grant will be used to conduct a pilot study to examine whether this program can be feasibly implemented to increase knowledge of BD, reduce self-stigma and improve help-seeking.



Drs. Anthony Phillips and Terrance SnutchAssessment of novel drugs for attenuation of opioid withdrawal-induced hyperalgesia.

The opioid epidemic is a major health crisis around the world as well as in British Columbia. One of the challenges is that stopping the use of opioids triggers withdrawal, which serves as a major deterrent to seeking treatment and contributes to relapse. Studies have shown that withdrawal from opioids is associated with increased sensitivity to painful stimuli, which is known as opioid withdrawal-induced hyperaglesia. This Kickstart grant will be used to study novel drugs that could help manage opioid withdrawal-induced hyperalgesia which would provide a gateway to effectively treat opioid use disorder.

Read the DMCBH News Release here.