W02 – The Future of Psychiatry: Innovations in Clinical and Research Settings

W02 – The Future of Psychiatry: Innovations in Clinical and Research Settings

Thursday, Oct. 19
10:45 – 11:45 (1 hr)
Meeting Room: Parksville (3rd floor – North Tower)
Nikhita Singhal*, MD; Jacquelyn Paquet, MD; Raveen Virk, MD; Nikhita Singhal, MD; Katherine Aitchison, MD, PhD, FRCPsych; Sean Nestor, MD, PhD, FRCPC; Joshua Rosenblat, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Supported by the Members-in-Training & Fellows’ Section

CanMEDS Roles:

  1. Leader
  2. Health Advocate
  3. Medical Expert

At the end of this session, participants will be able to: 1) Describe key developments in the fields of neuro-informatics genetics research, neurostimulation, and psychedelics; 2) Consider how trends in psychiatric research and treatment might impact their training and career trajectories; and 3) Identify strategies to integrate innovative therapies into clinical practice.

Psychiatry is at the frontier of research and innovation as we develop new insights into the underlying etiologies of psychiatric disorders and integrate novel treatment modalities into clinical practice. Significant promise exists for novel therapies, including interventional psychiatry and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, artificial intelligence and digital interventions, wearable technologies and virtual reality, microbiome-altering treatments, and nanotechnology-based delivery systems. However, given how rapidly the field is evolving — and the discrepancies in opportunities across the country — it can be challenging to stay apprised.

For those seeking information on psychiatry’s hottest topics, this workshop provides a forum to learn more and engage with pioneering experts in their respective areas. The session will feature a panel of psychiatrists commenting on new developments in neuro-informatics genetics research, neurostimulation, and psychedelics. In addition, they will speak about their journeys — including how they developed an interest in their respective fields, sought out training opportunities, and overcame challenges associated with integrating novel, nonconventional modalities into their research work and clinical practice. Participants will have the chance to reflect on their interests and develop strategies to help translate these into potential career trajectories. Although it is difficult to determine what psychiatry might look like in the future, this workshop aims to inspire confidence and promote the integration of innovative therapies into practice.


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  2. Lieberman JA. Back to the future – the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs. N Engl J Med 2021;384(15):1460–1461.