The Douglas Research Centre
- Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University;
- Affiliated faculty member, McConnell Brain Imaging Center, Montreal Neurological Institute;
- Clinical Psychiatrist, Douglas Mental Health University Institute;
- Principal Investigator, Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health.
Sherif Karama, MD, PhD, is a clinical psychiatrist and neuroscientist whose research combines neuroimaging, genetics and psychiatry to map the relationship between brain parameters and cognitive ability, specifically intelligence, across the life spectrum. His research has already advanced understanding of the link between a relatively thick cortex—the outer layer of the brain where critical cognitive functions (e.g., language and perception) occur—and higher cognitive capacity and healthy aging.
Dr. Karama's ongoing research seeks to identify and understand the genetic underpinnings and environmental factors that favour brain development. His research aims to inform and advance therapeutic interventions to improve and maintain cognitive abilities relative to aging, impaired cognition, and learning disabilities. This research will help unlock new insights in cognitive development and identify pivotal intervention periods, from childhood through to old age.