Families overcoming risks and building opportunities for well-being

Can the solution to treating long term mental illness be found in childhood? That’s the premise of a new study being conducted at Dalhousie University by Dr. Rudolf Uher. Dr. Uher won The Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research back in October; just the second winner of this much-coveted prize. The award recognizes an outstanding rising-star researcher in Canada in the field of mental health.

His study is the first of its kind, globally, to examine genetic “sensitivities” and childhood mental illness. It  seeks to offer children with these markers the tools to combat any illnesses they may encounter. It is hoped that by giving children, as young as seven, the ability to recognize signs of mental illness and the skills to counter them, that it will eliminate more severe cases of mental illness later in life.

Dr. Uher will be discussing the early results from his Families Overcoming Risks and Building Opportunities for Well-Being (www.forbow.org) as well as the study itself.  FORBOW was recently accepted to publish in the British Journal of Psychiatry in an edition to be released later this year. The team also welcomed the addition of the Atlantic and Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health (PATH) groups to the project; which is a first of its kind study investigating how genetics, the environment, lifestyle, and behaviour contribute to the development of cancer.

Date: Thursday March 23 2017
Time: 7 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Location: Auditorium, The Royal

Dr. Rudolf Uher, Canadian Research Chair in Early Intervention in Psychiatry
Professor, Dalhousie University
2016 Recipient of The Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research