Fidel Vila-Rodriguez

Fidel Vila-Rodriguez

Associate Professor, UBC Department of Psychiatry, Division of Neuroscience and Translational Psychiatry

Director, Non-Invasive Neurostimulation Therapies (NINET) Laboratory & Schizophrenia Program

Researcher, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute

Affiliate Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

Member, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health

Member, UBC Institute of Mental Health


Short Biography

As a Clinician-Scientist, I have a strong interest in conducting translational research that bridges our understanding on the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders with the clinical applications of this knowledge. My clinical practice is actively focused in those most severely afflicted by such conditions, and my research interests are directed at finding novel therapeutic interventions within Non-Invasive Neurostimulation Therapies (NINETs) that can help mitigate the suffering of those with severe and refractory forms of psychosis and depression. I strongly believe that understanding NINETs’ mechanism(s) of action is a critical step towards translating research knowledge to clinical practice. More important, translating that knowledge to clinical practice will have a direct, immediate, and positive impact on the life’s of those who struggle and suffer the most devastating forms of mental illness and their families.

Research Focus

In the lab we actively investigate on all forms of NINET and we use a varied number of neurophysiological tools to research on biomarkers. The lab is also the only centre in Canada to host both simultaneous TMS-fMRI and tDCS-fMRI capability.

Significant Accomplishments & Professional Contribution

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar

VCHRI Investigator Award, 2017

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