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For the 4th. year in a row, Dr. Flavio Kapczinski has been included in the Web of Science Clarivate Analysis of the most highly cited researchers in the world – the top 1%.  

He is one of 6 Canadian psychiatrists to be included.

August  2021

We are excited to announce that Dr. Bianca Wollenhaupt De Aguiar will be our new acting Research Laboratory Manager.

June  2021

Dr. Bianca Pfaffenseller was awarded the postdoctoral fellow innovation & entrepreneurship award in the faculty of health sciences 2021 Graduate Plenary.

January 2021

A prestigious research award, the Desmarest Prize, has been granted to Dr. Kapczinski by the Pierre Deniker Foundation and Alzheimer Foundation in France for the project "Inflammatory mediators of the progression of severe psychiatric disorders into cognitive impairment and dementia." The award ceremony will be held online during the national Brain Awareness Week organized in March by the French Neuroscience Society ('Société des Neurosciences'). This is a key accomplishment in the ongoing Franco-Canadian research collaboration with the Pasteur Institute.

November 2020

Dr. Taiane de Azevedo Cardoso was awarded the important Basmajian Award for Excellence in Post-Doctoral Research Work from Graduate Studies (Health Sciences) at McMaster. 

October 2020

The Kapczinski group and colleagues published an original article in the journal JAMA, on assessing the time between an incident mood disorder diagnosis and the receipt of disability services during a follow-up period of as long as 20 year, in a cohort study including 1,902,792 individuals living in Ontario, Canada. This study shows that mood disorders are associated with an elevated risk of disability early in the course of illness.

"The Early Burden of Disability in Individuals With Mood and Other Common Mental Disorders in Ontario, Canada."

Benicio N. Frey, Simone Vigo, Taiane de Azevedo Cardoso, Diego Librenza-Garcia, Lindsay Favotto, Richard Perez, Flavio Kapczinski.

 JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(10):e2020213. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.20213

September 2020

The Kapczinski group published the fist clinical scale to assess lifestyle changes during COVID-19. The scale is called “Smile” and is published and available upon request.


"The assessment of lifestyle changes during the COVID-19 pandemic using a multidimensional scale." Vicent Balanzá-Martínez, Flavio Kapczinski, Taiane de Azevedo Gardoso, Beatriz Atienza-Carbonell, Adriane R Rosa, Jurema C Mota, Raquel B De Boni. 

Rev Psiquiatr Salud Ment. 2020 Aug 29;S1888-9891(20)30097-5.  doi: 10.1016/j.rpsm.2020.07.003.   

PMID:  32962948  DOI:  10.1016/j.rpsm.2020.07.003   Open access

July 2020

Dr. Bianca Pfaffenseller was awarded with the Postdoctoral Fellow Outstanding Achievement Award from the 2020 Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Plenary: A Celebration of Research and Professional Excellence. This award is a recognition of outstanding achievements of a trainee during the postdoctoral fellowship in areas of health science research, recognizing collaborative skills, enthusiasm, insight, and outstanding publication record.

Dr. Taiane de Azevedo Cardoso was awarded with the Postdoctoral Fellow Publication Award from the 2020 Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Plenary: A Celebration of Research and Professional Excellence. This award is a recognition of outstanding publication achievements of postdoctoral fellows training in areas of health science research.

April 2020

Dr. Taiane de Azevedo Cardoso was selected in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 2019 Postdoctoral Fellowship Award competition. Her application was ranked second place out of 506 applications evaluated in the competition. This is a three-year fellowship, which will support her to conduct a study titled, “Clinical trajectories of patients recently diagnosed with major depressive disorder: a prospective cohort study” under the supervision of Dr. Kapczinski.

February 2020

Dr. Taiane de Azevedo Cardoso was awarded with the Mitacs Accelerate program, which is designed to help the awardees to expand their research, develop their skills, and gain valuable experience as they look to pursue a career in academia, industry, or the non-profit sector. She will be working in a project aimed to differentiate patients with mood disorders from healthy controls using vocal biomarkers, with our industry partner Winterlight labs (https://winterlightlabs.com/clinical-research).

January 2020

Our group was honoured to welcome guests and collaborators from the Pasteur Institute in Paris, the Neurocampus in Bordeaux, and the Lieber Institute for Brain Development in Baltimore for the Franco-Canadian Strategic Planning Day and Clinical Neuroscience Symposium, happening on Thursday and Friday 16th and 17th, 2020 on the "Cellular and Immunological Basis of Mood Disorders".

An article has been published on St Joe's Healthcare Hamilton:

https://www.stjoes.ca/our-stories/news/~2063-Bienvenue-St-Joe-s-Neuroscience-Researchers-Hosting-International-Symposium-including-French-Delegation

October 2019

The BRIAN questionnaire is currently being translated into Chinese. 

The project is led by Dr. Zuowei Wang from Hongkou District Mental Health Center, Shanghai, China.

September 2019

The Neuroscience Graduate Program received Dr. Ana Andreazza at the September Colloquium. In her lecture Dr. Andreazza provided an overview about the study of energy metabolism in the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder. She focused on mitochondrial function in bipolar disorder and novel models including the use of brain organoids to understand the involvement of the energy metabolism on neurotransmission.

August 2019

For the fourth year in a row, Dr. Flavio Kapczinski has been included in the Web of Science Clarivate Analysis of the most highly cited researchers in the world – the top 1%.  He is one of 15 faculty in Health Sciences at McMaster and one of 6 Canadian psychiatrists to be included.
https://psychiatry.mcmaster.ca/news-events/news/news-item/2019/08/19/congratulations-to-flavio-kapczinski-highly-cited-researchers-in-the-world

May 2019

Dr. Bianca Wollenhaupt de Aguiar received the Postdoctoral Fellow Leadership Award, and Dr. Taiane de Azevedo Cardoso received the Postdoctoral Fellow Outstanding Achievement Award from the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Plenary at McMaster University, as recognition of all achievements in their career as young investigators.
https://fhs.mcmaster.ca/grad/documents/FHSResearchPlenary2019-AwardsProgram.pdf

April 2019

Dr. Kapczinski was awarded with the Strategic Alignment Fund to establish a long-term partnership with Pasteur Institute (France). The partnership will focus on Neuroscience, which is one of the 4 priority areas of the Pasteur Institute and is led by Dr. Pierre-Marie Lledo, who is the lead for Pasteur in this partnership.

February 2019

Dr. Kapczinski was awarded with a Brazilian funding to strength his partnership with a group of researchers from the Catholic University of Pelotas (Brazil). The team is conducting a large cohort study in collaboration, aimed to identify the predictors of neuroprogression in bipolar disorder in a community sample of young adults. 

February 2019

Dr. Kapczinski and researchers from McMaster are teaming up with scientists in France to determine the links between mind and body that could one day bring about more personalized mental health treatments. https://www.stjoes.ca/our-stories/news/~1993-France-and-Hamilton-team-up-to-study-depression

February 2019

The 2nd Neuroscience Symposium took place at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. The event was organized by Dr. Kapczinski and his research team, and it was focused on Neuroplasticity and Brain Health. Researchers from Pasteur Institute (France), Queen’s University and McMaster University presented their results in this event.

September 2018

Dr. Kapczinski and professors from McMaster University organized the symposium: “Machine Learning for Brain Health Symposium”. This event was a joint venture by McMaster's Faculties of Health Sciences, Science, Engineering and the Humanities Centre for Advanced Research in Experimental and Applied Linguistics (ARiEAL). https://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/events/machine-learning-brain-health-symposium

May 2018

Kapczinski’s group received Dr. Mirian Hayashi, a researcher from Brazil (Professor at Federal University of São Paulo - UNIFESP) with expertise in Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, and Biotechnology. She talked about opportunities for intellectual properties in medical field, and identification of biomarker in psychiatric diseases targeting oligopeptidases and metabolomics/lipidomics.

April 2018

The Neuroscience Graduate Program received Dr. Amelia Gallitano at the April Colloquium. She is a physician-scientist at the University of Arizona College Of Medicine – Phoenix, whose goal is to improve the treatment of mental illnesses. Dr. Gallitano presented her research, her career in academia and also advised current McMaster graduate students. 
https://www.mindsnews.ca/researcher-profile-dr-amelia-gallitano.html

March 2018

Dr. Kapczinski received a federal infrastructure funding for a project aimed to identify biological signatures of clinical progression in bipolar disorder. 
https://brighterworld.mcmaster.ca/articles/mcmaster-researchers-receive-federal-infrastructure-funding/

January 2018

The first Neuroscience Symposium was held on the Farncombe Institute Atrium at McMaster Campus, the theme was NEUROSCIENCE AND THE GUT-BRAIN AXIS. The keynote speakers were Dr. Stephen Collins (Director, Farncombe Family Digestive Health Institute, Department of Medicine, McMaster University); and Dr. Pierre-Marie Lledo (Director, Department of Neuroscience, Pasteur Institute, Paris).

December 2017

Dr. Bianca Wollenhaupt de Aguiar received the Basmajian Award for Excellence in Post-Doctoral Research Work, Award of CAD 7,000 from McMaster University. The award is given to recognize postdoctoral fellows at McMaster who have made meritorious contributions in research during their training.

January 2017

Dr. Flavio Kapczinski was in the 2016 listing of the world's most highly cited researchers in the Web of Science Clarivate Analytics. This year list includes 14 scientists from the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University. Dr. Flavio Kapczinski from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences was the only one named under the psychiatry/psychology category.
https://fhs.mcmaster.ca/main/news/news_2017/fourteen_mac_researchers_amoung_worlds_most_cited.html