Dr. Philip Gerretsen - New Investigator Fellowship - 2016 to 2019
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

"The clinical and functional imaging effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on illness awareness in schizophrenia"

This study seeks to explore the clinical and functional imaging effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on illness awareness in schizophrenia, arguably the most treatment-resistant manifestation of the disorder. Schizophrenia is ranked 5th among leading causes of disability in industrialized countries and is estimated to cost Canada over $7 billion per year. Impaired awareness of illness, occurring in up to 95% of patients with schizophrenia, is associated with medication non-adherence, poorer functioning and higher risks of relapse, re-hospitalization and violence.