The mission of the University of Ottawa IMHR is to create scientific knowledge to improve mental health and well-being locally and globally. Central to fulfilling this mission is cutting-edge research into the understanding and treatment of various forms of mental illness including major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, youth psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, neuroelectrophysiology and sleep disorders.
The research conducted at the University of Ottawa IMHR reflects our "neuron to neighborhood" approach whereby basic research into the molecular and biological origins of mental illness is used to generate scientific knowledge that has the potential to be rapidly imported into the clinic where it can transform the lives of affected individuals and their families.
In addition to basic research into the molecular and biological origins of mental illness, investigators at the University of Ottawa IMHR are conducting research examining innovative pharmacological and psychological therapies designed to treat mental-illness, psychosocial and environmental factors that can affect psychological well-being, and factors within the community that may be relevant to mental illness. Together these diverse areas of research help us paint a more complete portrait of mental illness and will allow us to better address the challenges and obstacles faced by individuals who cope with mental illness every day.