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Flavio Kapczinski
Principal Investigator

Is a psychiatrist and leading researcher in the area of mood disorders. He has published over 470 peer-reviewed articles. In 2016 he joined McMaster University as Professor and currently as Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program. Dr. Kapczinski and colleagues were pioneers in assessing and linking blood biomarkers to mood states and illness progression in bipolar disorder. With his team he has developed the concept of neuroprogression, the pathological rewiring of the brain during severe mental disorder, and staging systems. This concept has changed health care practices by shifting the focus from managing mood symptoms to the management of illness trajectories in bipolar disorders. His research focuses on the pathophysiology of bipolar disorder, with a particular interest in the role of the inflammation and immune system response in the progression and chronicity of this mood disorder.

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Bianca Pfaffenseller
Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral research fellow at McMaster University under the supervision of Prof. Flavio Kapczinski. Her research is focused on molecular mechanisms and biomarkers underlying psychiatric disorders, especially in bipolar disorder. She has published 38 peer-reviewed articles in the field (920 citations, h index: 18, Google Scholar). In 2017, she received the International Travel Fellowship Award of the Society of Biological Psychiatry where she presented her work on transcriptional regulation in bipolar disorder, aiming at identifying disrupted gene networks and reveal targets for potential therapeutic intervention.

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Taiane Cardoso
Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral research fellow at McMaster University under the supervision of Prof. Flavio Kapczinski. Her research focus is on understanding the clinical trajectories of mood disorders. She has published 49 peer-reviewed articles in the field (588 citations, h-index: 14, Google Scholar), and in the beginning of 2019 she received the Postdoctoral Fellow Outstanding Achievement Award from McMaster University, as a recognition of all the achievements in her career as a young investigator.

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Florence Roullet
Project Manager and Franco-Canadian Liaison Officer

She obtained her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France, to understand the neurological basis of non-verbal communication through the chemical sense of olfaction. She trained as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster and at the National Institute of Mental Health in the USA where she studied the etiology of autism. She then worked in clinical research and epidemiology and later moved to the industry. Throughout the years, she has developed strong partnerships with the French Embassy and Consulate scientific and cultural departments, as well as with the McMaster Innovation Park. She currently manages the links between France and Canada for psychiatry and neurosciences research and education.

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Bianca Wollenhaupt
Research Laboratory Manager

Postdoctoral research fellow at McMaster University under the supervision of Prof. Flavio Kapczinski. Her research is focused on the study of molecular and neurobiological basis of psychiatric disorders, with emphasis in mood disorders. She has published 44 peer-reviewed articles in the field (679 citations, h index: 16, Google Scholar). In 2017, she received the McMaster Basmajian Award for Excellence in Post-Doctoral Research Work, and in 2019 she received the Postdoctoral Fellow Leadership Award from McMaster University, as a recognition of all the achievements in her career as a young investigator.

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Aidan McIntyre
Administrative/ Research Assistant
 

A recent honours Bachelor of Science graduate from McMaster University. He is primarily responsible for this laboratory's administrative responsibilities on behalf of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. He has also been involved in mood disorder research at St. Joseph’s healthcare institute of clinical neuroscience for the last two years. His primary study examines biomarkers in mood disorder patients. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Kapczinski laboratory, please feel free to reach out to Aidan at mcinta9@mcmaster.ca

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