Archives for June 6, 2024

DSI welcomes the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) as a partner

By: Cormac Rea

The Data Sciences Institute (DSI) aspires to build meaningful collaborations with organizations that share mutual goals of engaging and supporting world-class data science research and training, across all sectors. We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world’s leading research centres in its field. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.

With a dedicated staff of more than 5,000 physicians, clinicians, researchers, educators and support staff, CAMH offers outstanding clinical care to more than 38,000 patients each year. The organization conducts groundbreaking research, provides expert training to health care professionals and scientists, develops innovative health promotion and prevention strategies, and advocates on public policy issues at all levels of government. And through its Foundation, CAMH is working to raise tens of millions of additional dollars to fund new programs and research and augment services.

“CAMH is already a leader in data science and best practices, particularly through our Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics,” said Dr. Aristotle Voineskos, Vice President Research & Director Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute at CAMH. “A partnership with the DSI will better connect our organizations and the larger Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network, fostering new approaches and collaborations among hospitals and the University of Toronto. Additionally, it provides CAMH scientists and trainees with access to vital seed funding and scholarships, further advancing our mission to transform mental health research and care.”

The DSI fuels innovation and fosters the exchange of ideas, connecting a diverse community of researchers and trainees that represent a wide array of disciplines. By connecting data science researchers, data and computational platforms, and external partners, the DSI advances research and nurtures the next generation of data science researchers. As one of our external funding partners, researchers at CAMH can apply for research grants and support, training, as well as participate in networking opportunities at the DSI.

“The DSI is very proud to announce this partnership, expanding our research community to include such a widely recognized and reputable leader in social responsibility and mental health issues as CAMH. Our commitment to building a hub of data science researchers that can accelerate the impact of data across disciplines and affect positive social change will be significantly enriched by having researchers from CAMH join our community,” said Lisa Strug, DSI Director.