Dr. Anthony Phillips Appointed Scientific Director of CIHR-INMHA

As of April 1 the Canadian Institute of Health Research has a new Scientific Director. The CIHR has appointed Dr. Anthony Phillips as incoming Scientific Director (SD) of CIHR’s Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA).
Currently Dr. Phillips is a Professor of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC); the Founding Director of the UBC Institute of Mental Health; and a senior investigator with the UBC/Vancouver Coastal Health Brain Research Centre. He is also the former member of the board of directors and scientific advisory board of Neuroscience Canada and the scientific advisory board of the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research. He is also a Councillor of the Society for Neuroscience and the former Chair of the CIHR-INMHA Institute Advisory Board (2001-2007).

CIHR quotes Dr. Phillips on his appointment.

“I am honoured and excited to have responsibility, in partnership with a dedicated community of health research professionals nation-wide, for ensuring the continued success of CIHR-INMHA in the application of new knowledge about the brain and mind to the health of Canadians,” said Dr. Phillips. “Innovation will remain a watchword for our activities, as will the continued commitment to partnership with all who seek improvement in the diagnosis and treatment of mental ill health, addiction and the many other challenges arising from disorders of the nervous system.”

Each of the 13 Institutes that comprise the CIHR are led by it’s own Scientific Director. The directors are responsible for campaigning their causes in the areas of research. They are also in charge of promoting their fields in regards to education and public awareness.

CIHR-INMHA supports research to enhance mental health, neurological health, vision, hearing, and cognitive functioning and to reduce the burden of related disorders through prevention strategies, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and palliation.


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