Child Psychiatry Research Seminar

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 12:30to14:00

Title: Are psychostimulants affecting children's hippocampal development and function? 

Dr. Sherif Karama is a medical doctor (Université de Montréal) and McGill-trained general psychiatrist with research training in brain imaging and genetics. He obtained a PhD in Neuroscience (Université de Montréal) and pursued graduate studies in neuropsychology at Harvard University for 12 months as an invited scholar. After his psychiatry residency, he completed a five-year postdoctoral fellowship in Brain Imaging of cognitive ability differences at the Montreal Neurological Institute. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill. His work aims to understand the neurobiology of cognitive ability differences and changes across the lifespan. Within this framework, he is interested by the impacts of exogenous and endogenous factors on shaping brain development and their corollary consequences on cognitive ability. Dr. Karama is based at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn about studies that have shown that long-term psychostimulant use may harm hippocampus functioning in rodents

2. Learn about a recent cross-sectional study showing a negative association between cumulative psychostimulant use and hippocampal volume

3. Learn about the new longitudinal study on potential impacts of long-term psychostimulant use on hippocampal development in children and adolescents

The Child Psychiatry Research Committee is sponsoring a Child Psychiatry Research Seminar. This seminar is open to all staff and students. The seminar will be informal and encourage active audience participation and discussion. This seminar will be held by Zoom.

Meeting ID: 624 5579 8040
Passcode: 534891

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