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Department of Psychiatry and Human Genetics
Gustavo Turecki MD PhD obtained his medical degree in 1989, specialty in psychiatry in 1994 and PhD in neurosciences (genetics) in 1999. His research has focused on the study of biomedical risk factors for suicide, with particular interest to the intersection between clinical and basic research. Dr. Turecki holds a William Dawson Chair, heads the Depressive Disorders Program at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and is the director of the McGill Group for Suicide Studies and the Quebec Suicide Brain Bank. He is also the director of the Quebec Suicide Research Network and Vice-Chair of Research and Academic Affairs of the Department of Psychiatry, McGill University. He is the recipient of several scientific awards, including the NARSAD Michael Kaplan Investigator Award, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Distinguished Investigator Award and the Radio-Canada Researcher of the Year 2009 for his pioneering work, in collaboration with colleagues Michael Meaney and Moshe Szyf, leading to the demonstration for the first time that childhood adversity influences epigenetic markings in the human hippocampus. Dr. Turecki has authored over 180 research articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters and holds a salary award, as well as funding from several national and international agencies, including CIHR, NIH, FRSQ, NARSAD and AFSP.
Dr. Turecki’s group scientific contributions include the characterization of the role of impulsive-aggressive behaviors in suicide, the identification and characterization of polyamines as a system involved in the neurobiology of suicidal behavior, and the investigation of epigenetics in mood disorders and suicide.
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