Colvin Prize for outstanding research achievement goes to Medicine dean
Faculty of Medicine Dean Trevor Young has been awarded the 2015 Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research by the Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation.
“This very prestigious international award is given annually to an outstanding scientist carrying out work on the causes, pathophysiology, treatment, or prevention of affective disorders,” said department of psychiatry chair Benoit Mulsant.
“Trevor is a leader in exploring and understanding the molecular basis of bipolar disorder and its treatment. This recognition is very well deserved.”
As senior clinician scientist in the Campbell Family Research Institute at CAMH, Young focuses on understanding long-term changes in brain structure and function in patients with bipolar disorder. Recurrent episodes of mania and depression lead to the worsening of symptoms over time, and Young’s lab has identified specific signs of damage in the brains of patients with bipolar disorder. His research is centered on defining the cellular pathways leading to these alterations and uncovering how mood-stabilizing drugs might target these pathways.
“Understanding the processes behind these changes can help us find improved treatment options to prevent any long-term negative impact for these patients,” said Young.
In addition to his role as dean of U of T’s Faculty of Medicine and vice-provost, relations with health care institutions, Young pursues his scientific studies, supported by what he describes as strong teams around him. He makes an effort to dedicate time and mental energy for research, in addition to fulfilling his administrative demands.
“Staying involved in research keeps me in tune with the field and of the pressures and challenges researchers face on an ongoing basis,” said Young. “When administrative leaders are able to pursue their academic work, as is the case across the U of T, it ensures we are more informed and relevant.”
Young will be presented with his award at the Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation’s Annual National Awards Dinner on October 23rd in New York City.