Dr. Trevor Young, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC, FCAHS graduated from the University of Manitoba’s medical school in 1983. He completed his postgraduate training in psychiatry in 1987, his PhD at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Medical Science in 1995 and was a research fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has been Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University; Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia; and, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He was also Physician-in-Chief and Executive Vice President Programs at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.
Dr. Young is a clinician-scientist who studies the molecular basis of bipolar disorder and its treatment. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, held more than 35 peer-reviewed grants and supervised more than 30 research and clinical trainees. Dean Young and his lab focused on the processes that lead to long-term changes in brain structure and function in patients with bipolar disorder, and how mood-stabilizing drugs can alter those changes. He has received many awards including the 2015 Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research from the Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation, the Douglas Utting Award for outstanding contributions in the field of mood disorders, and the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology Heinz Lehmann Award. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.