research spotlight camh


An image is worth (at least) a thousand words….

  • How are personality and thinking styles connected to successful treatment for depression?
  • What can we learn from the growth of neurons?
  • Which health services are utilized most by heavy users of mental health care?

Curious about the answers?

So are scientists at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), home to the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute on brain science.

There are many such questions to investigate. Mental illnesses and addictions are among the most challenging health care issues of our time.

The research we’re doing addresses this complexity. Brain biology, life experiences, social and environmental factors are all related to these conditions. All influence when and how symptoms appear, as well as the success and failure of existing treatments.

To provide a sense of this complexity, we’ve created a series of “Research Snapshots” that offer a glimpse into the world of mental health and addictions research.

At the link below, we invite you to look at the images generated by our research, and the questions they are seeking to answer.

But first, we also ask you to consider what else the images represent.

A decade ago, CAMH researchers could not have generated many of these images because the technology was less refined or did not yet exist. And there’s the specialized expertise required, from disciplines as diverse as statistics, brain imaging, economics, engineering and genetics, as well as years of training among scientists and their teams.

Most importantly, we hope you realize the broader goal behind each of the questions, which supports CAMH’s mandate to drive discovery to improve care for people with mental illness and addictions.

But don’t just take our word for it – see the images that provide answers to the questions above, and 15 others, at