Congratulations to Dr. Ivan Torres, Recipient of a MSHR BC 2021 Health Professional-Investigator Award!


Congratulations to Dr. Ivan Torres, who has received a 2021 Health Professional-Investigator Award from Michael Smith Research BC!

This award will support a study led by Dr. Torres to investigate the severity, pattern, and variation in cognitive functioning among individuals with treatment resistant schizophrenia (TRS), and to determine whether cognitive difficulties predict treatment response and functioning. This will be achieved by analyzing clinical and neuropsychological data that has been collected on TRS patients who have been treated within the BC Psychosis Program since 2012. Findings using this unique dataset will have a direct impact on shaping assessment and treatment strategies, improving prognosis and ability to predict functioning, and improving clinical decision-making and planning.

Congratulations to Dr. Torres on this achievement!

Learn more about Dr. Torres’ study here.


** The Department also congratulates award recipient Dr. Nichole Fairbrother, who recently transferred to the Department of Family Practice, after having served as a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry for many years.


Now in its fifth year, Michael Smith Health Research BC’s Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) award is dedicated to support health professionals who are actively involved in patient care to conduct and apply research relevant to health and/or the health system to ultimately improve health outcomes in BC and beyond.