Event

25

March 2015

Cognition in a Brain-Driven Economy: A look at how depression affects your memory, concentration and emotional life

9:00am-1:30pm | The Westin Ottawa - 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

Join us on March 25th for an in-depth discussion regarding the effects of depression in the workplace and the relationship between mood disorders and cognitive dysfunction involving memory, concentration and emotional processes. This symposium features world experts who will share new research on ways of detecting and treating cognitive impairments. Speakers include:

Dr. Pierre Blier, MD, PhD, Director, Mood Disorders Research Program, The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research affiliated with the University of Ottawa; Dr. Ash Bender, MD, FRCPC, Staff Psychiatrist and Medical Head of the Work, Stress and Health Program (WSH), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), associated with the University of Toronto; Dr. J. Douglas Bremner, MD, Director of the Emory Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (ECNRU), Emory University, (Director of Mental Health Research, Atlanta VA Medical Center); Glenda M. Macqueen, PHD, MD, FRCPC, Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary; Kenneth I. Shulman, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto; and Dr. JianLi Wang, Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary.

This symposium will run from 9:00am-1:30pm at the Westin Ottawa wherein each expert will deliver remarks, followed by an interactive armchair discussion moderated by André Picard, National Public Health Reporter, The Globe and Mail. Light refreshments and lunch will be served.

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $801 +HST

Guest Pricing:
Individual: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

Schedule:

9:00am - Registration (coffee and tea, refreshments to be provided)

9:15 - Event begins and Dr. Zul Merali, President/CEO of the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research

9:30 - Remarks by Dr. J. Douglas Bremner, Dr. JianLi Wang

10:15 - Coffee break

10:25 - Remarks by Dr. Ash Bender, Dr. Glenda MacQueen, Dr. Kenneth I. Shulman, Dr. Pierre Blier

11:45 - Lunch is served

12:25 - Panel Discussion and Q & A

1:20 - Closing remarks by Dr. Merali

Cognition in a Brain-Driven Economy: A look at how depression affects your memory, concentration and emotional life

André Picard

Public Health Reporter
The Globe and Mail

André Picard

André Picard is one of Canada’s top health and public policy observers and commentators. Currently the public health reporter at The Globe & Mail, he has been a staff writer for over 20 years. He is also the author of three books and has received much acclaim for his writing and for his dedication to improving healthcare. In 2010, he was awarded a National Newspaper Award as Canada’s top newspaper columnist.

Dr. Ash Bender, MD, FRCPC

Staff Psychiatrist and Medical Head of the Work, Stress and Health Program (WSH), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Ash Bender, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Bender is a staff psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is the Medical Head of Work, Stress and Health (WSH), which is a multidisciplinary program specializing in assessment, treatment and research of occupational disability.

Dr. Bender is an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and has several publications in the area of workplace mental health. He has conducted research focused on the management of psychological trauma in the workplace and is actively involved in education and training to health care providers, insurers, government and corporations.

Dr. Bender has performed numerous independent assessments for Worker’s Compensation, private insurers, employers and the Criminal Courts. As part of his practice, Dr. Bender is involved in the management of common mental disorders affecting working adults.

Dr. Glenda M. MacQueen, PHD, MD, FRCPC

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary
Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary

Dr. Glenda M. MacQueen,  PHD, MD, FRCPC

Glenda M. MacQueen, PhD, MD, FRCPC is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is also the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

Dr. MacQueen earned her PhD in Psychology from McMaster University and her MD from McMaster University Medical School, where she also completed her residency in psychiatry.

Dr. MacQueen’s research focuses on the neurobiology and clinical features of mood disorders. She was a founding member of the Brain Body Institute and is a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education. Dr. MacQueen is an associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry and the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience. Dr MacQueen was the 2011 recipient of the Douglas Utting award for studies in depression and is the 2014 recipient of the Heinz Lehmann award from the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Dr. J. Douglas Bremner, MD

Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology and Director of the Emory Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (ECNRU), Emory University School of Medicine
Director of Mental Health Research, Atlanta VA Medical Center

Dr. J. Douglas Bremner, MD

J. Douglas Bremner, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology and Director of the Emory Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (ECNRU) at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta Georgia and Director of Mental Health Research at the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Decatur, Georgia. He is also on the faculty of the Neuroscience Graduate Program in the Division of Biological and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University. In 2000-2006 he was Director of the Emory Center for Positron Emission Tomography. Dr. Bremner moved to Emory from Yale in November of 2000 where he spent the first 12 years of his career.

Dr. Bremner’s research has used neuroimaging and neurobiology measures to study the neural correlates and neurobiology of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to combat and childhood abuse, as well as the related area of depression. His more recent work is expanding to look at the relationship between brain, behavior, and physical health including studies of neurobiological mechanisms involved in the relationships between stress and depression and cardiovascular disease, as well as the effects of different treatments for stress-related conditions on the brain. His research included studies of the neurobiology and assessment of PTSD, hippocampus and memory in PTSD and depression, neural correlates of declarative memory and traumatic remembrance in PTSD, PET measurement of neuroreceptor binding in mood and anxiety disorders, neural correlates of myocardial ischemia, and the effects of psychotropic drugs and behavioral interventions like meditation on brain function and structure. His studies using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to show smaller hippocampal volume in PTSD are amongst the most highly cited in the field and he recently received a Millipub Award from Emory for having a publication cited over 1,000 times. He also wrote and developed and validated several behavioral measures that have been widely translated and used, including the Early Trauma Inventory (ETI) and the Clinician Administered States Scale (CADSS).

Bremner has worked continuously throughout his career as a physician scientist, with the support of funding from two successive VA Career Development Awards and two NIMH K24 Awards, VA Merit Review, NIMH, DOD, and various private sources.

Following obtaining a bachelors degree in literature, Dr. Bremner attended medical school at Duke University where he graduated in 1987, followed by residency in Psychiatry (1991) and Nuclear Medicine (1997) at Yale School of Medicine, leading to a double board certification. Bremner was a VA Biological Psychiatry Fellow at the West Haven VA and Yale from 1990-1993, Assistant and Associate Professor of Psychiatryand Radiology from 1993 to 2000, Director of the Yale Trauma Research Program and Associate Director of the Yale PET Center, before moving to Emory in 2000 to take his current position.

Dr. Bremner has written several hundred articles in scientific journals, edited three books, written five books and contributed multiple book chapters for edited volumes in the field. He has several best-selling books, including Does Stress Damage the Brain? Understanding Trauma-Related Disorders from a Mind-Body Perspective published by. Other books include Brain Imaging Handbook W.W. Norton & Co. (2002), Before You Take That Pill, Why the Drug Industry May be Bad for Your Health Penguin, 2008, The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg, Right Publishing, 2011, and You Can’t Just Snap Out of It, Laughing Cow Books, 2014.

He is on the editorial boards of several journals and the Scientific Advisory Board for the Magis Group and other charitable organizations. He has received several awards for his work, including the Chaim Danieli Award for Research and Service in Traumatic Stress from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and research collaborator, Viola Vaccarino, M.D., Ph.D., and two children.

Dr. JianLi Wang

Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and of Community Health Sciences
University of Calgary

Dr. JianLi Wang

Dr. JianLi Wang received his Masters degree from the School of Public Health, Harbin Medical University and his PhD (Epidemiology) from the University of Calgary. He is currently an associate professor of the Departments of Psychiatry and of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary. His research interests are in psychiatric epidemiology with a focus on workplace mental health and developing risk prediction tools for mental disorders. Dr. Wang’s research has been supported by a number of organizations including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Movember Foundation.

Dr. Kenneth I. Shulman

Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto

Dr. Kenneth I. Shulman

Dr. Shulman graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and did postgraduate training in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He went on to do specialty training in Geriatric Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, England and later completed a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has been based at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto.

Dr. Shulman was formerly the Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and served as Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Sunnybrook. He is the inaugural recipient of the Richard Lewar Chair in Geriatric Psychiatry. Until 2014, he was chief of the Brain Sciences program at Sunnybrook which offers an organizational structure that facilitates the development of interdisciplinary services for disorders of the brain and mind. He is the co-chair of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) task force on Bipolar Disorders in Older Adults.

Dr. Pierre Blier, MD, PhD

Full Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa
Director, Mood Disorders Research Program, University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Care Center

Dr. Pierre Blier, MD, PhD

Dr. Blier is a Full Professor of the Departments of Psychiatry and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, at the University of Ottawa, and Director of the Mood Disorders Research Program at the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Care Center.

Dr. Blier is on the editorial boards of nine journals, the field editor for Translational Medicine for International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, and the Editor for the Americas of the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Has published over 450 abstracts and 270 peer-reviewed articles (h factor of 73) and has given lectures worldwide. He has a basic research laboratory investigating mechanisms of action of psychotropic medications, carries out investigator-initiated clinical studies, and treats patients with mood and anxiety disorders on a daily basis.

Dr. Blier has received several awards including the Canada Research Chair in Psychopharmacology (2004-2018) from the Government of Canada and the biennial CINP Basic Research Award in 2010.

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