GBF Quarterly Newsletter Volume 1.1
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Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Graham Boeckh Foundation (GBF), I would like to welcome you to our inaugural quarterly newsletter.  We are pleased to be able to share our news which we hope you will find useful and interesting in your own work.

We hope that this newsletter will serve to better connect us.  We welcome your feedback.

Kind regards,

Joelle Sholzberg
Communications Manager

In this issue:
Dr. Alain Beaudet and Tony Boeckh at the launch of TRAM
Committing to Transformational Change
Updates on the TRAM initiative
Dr. Insel presenting at the GBF Annual Dinner
An Evening with Drs. Insel & Beaudet
The GBF Annual Dinner
Mental Health Retrosight
The findings of a three-year international project investigating the payback from mental health research.
Award presentation to Dr. Daskalakis
Dr. Z. Jeff Daskalakis
A profile on our 2013 recipient of the Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research


TRAM: Transformational Research in Adolescent Mental Health

TRAM participants at the Strengthening WorkshopTRAM Strengthening Workshop
June 26-28, 2013

"Today there are the smartest people in Canada in youth mental health in one room and this has never happened before."

In June 2013, the seventeen shortlisted applicant groups participated in the TRAM Strengthening Workshop.  The workshop provided the opportunity for participants to present and discuss their proposals with the other applicant groups and the TRAM Selection Panel, with the goal of strengthening their submissions at the next stage of the TRAM process, namely the Letter of Intent stage.  Visit to learn more about the initiative.

Workshop YouTube Video
Watch our short feature video on the TRAM Strengthening Workshop.



GBF Annual Dinner

Dr. Alain Beaudet and Dr. Thomas InselWe were pleased to have had Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), speak at our event.  Both experts discussed transformation of youth mental health services and emphasized the importance of patient-oriented initiatives such as TRAM.

Annual Dinner Photo Gallery


Mental Health Retrosight

The Mental Health Retrosight policy report evaluates the translation and payback from mental health and neuroscience research.  This three-year international project analyzes the development of research in Canada, the U.S. and the UK over a 20-year period, with a particular focus on schizophrenia.  The project was initiated and co-funded by GBF through the International Alliance for Mental Health Research Funders.

Report [PDF]
Press Release - October 28, 2013

Knowledge Exchange for Mental Health

GBF commissioned the Caledon Institute of Social Policy to prepare a scan of mental health strategies currently in place or in development across Canada, particularly focusing on the youth and adolescent demographic.  The report identifies major themes traversing provincial strategies and highlights policy priorities, target populations, actual and proposed policy changes and major program investments.

Report [PDF]

Profile: Dr. Z. Jeff Daskalakis

Dr. Daskalakis, 2013 Sam Lal award recipientDr. Daskalakis is the 2013 recipient of GBF's Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research.  Dr. Daskalakis received the award as a result of his pioneering research in electromagnetic resonance therapy.  Read more

The deadline for the 2014 Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research is January 31, 2014.

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