"Identification of the primary causes of schizophrenia would transform diagnosis, treatment and prevention. We know that genes and environment are important. A third group of factors, namely epigenetics may play a critical role. I'm hopeful that we're on the threshold of breakthroughs that could positively impact the lives of many. "

- Art Petronis, Tapscott Chair

The Tapscott Chair

The Tapscott Chair at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) conducts research into the causes and treatments of schizophrenia. The Chair is currently occupied by Dr. Art Petronis, one of the world’s leading authorities in psychiatric epigenetics.

History

The Tapscott Chair in Schizophrenia Studies was endowed by Don Tapscott and Ana P. Lopes – CM, and named, in the words of Don, “in memory of my brother Dave and in honor of our parents Don and Mary Tapscott who worked tirelessly for 15 years to keep Dave healthy.”

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In the Lab

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The Research Team

Ricardo, Gabriel, Miki, Andrea, Viviane, and Akhil (from left).
At the Krembil Family Epigenetics Laboratory, we perform large-scale epigenome-wide studies of schizophrenia and other psychiatric diseases.

PCR Amplicons

Akhil loading the PCR amplicons (DNA) into the agarose...

Reaction Calculations

Viviane making calculations. Designing a proper experiment is complicated and requires...

Imager

Aiping using the imager to visual the DNA in the agarose gel. DNA can be visualized...

Pipetting

Miki...

Thermocycler

Viviane loading the PCR plate in the...

Microscope

Andrea using the...

Fumehood

Andrea mixing reagents under the fumehood. Many of the chemicals used in a lab can be...

Microarray Experiment

DNA microarrays have millions of microscopic probes printed on the surface and can cover...

Polymerase Chain Reaction

Ricardo preparing for polymerase chain reaction (PCR). PCR is used make copies of DNA. A...

Benchwork

Andrea working at the bench in the...

Collecting Agarose Gel

Aiping collecting the agarose gel. Agarose gel electrophoresis is used to separate PCR...

Purified Water

Akhil colecting purifed water. Molecular biology involves working with material that are...

Pipette

Andrea setting up a PCR using a multi-channel pipette. Setting up PCRs can be time...

Setting Up the Thermocylcer

Andrea and Aiping setting up the thermocycler PCR.  The precise heating and cooling...

Agarose Gel

Akhil running an agarose gel to check PCR. Agarose gel electrophoresis is used to...

Centrifuge

Miki using the centrifuge before polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Reaction mixtures need...