"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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Join Dr. Art Petronis, the University of Toronto, CAMH and Don Tapscott and Ana Lopes in breaking new ground on the causes and effective treatments of schizophrenia. Your donation will receive a full tax receipt. Please click here.

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Matt Carlucci taking a break from data exploration

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Daniel Groot and Andrea Tamminga discussing data pipelines

Daniel Groot and Andrea Tamminga discussing data...

Dr. Gabriel Oh working on data analysis

Dr. Gabriel Oh working on data...

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Dr. Mrinal Pal collects cell culture for RNA extraction.

Dr. Mrinal Pal collects cell culture for RNA...

Dr. Mrinal Pal searches for his true self

Dr. Mrinal Pal searches for his true...

Miki Susic and Andrea Alexei set up a pyrosequencing reaction

Miki Susic and Andrea Alexei set up a pyrosequencing...

Miki Susic and Andrea Alexei set up a pyrosequencing reaction

Miki Susic and Andrea Alexei set up a pyrosequencing...

Edward Oh searches for stored samples

Edward Oh searches for stored...

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Richie Jeremian and Andrea Alexei discuss DNA library preparation

Richie Jeremian and Andrea Alexei discuss DNA library...

Miki Susic and Andrea Alexei load the centrifuge

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Richie Jeremian extracting RNA.

Richie Jeremian extracting...

Miki Susic extracting genomic DNA

Miki Susic extracting genomic...

Miki Susic extracting genomic DNA

Miki Susic extracting genomic...

Alexandra Malinowski loads the centrifuge.

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Alexandra Malinowski prepares stock solution

Alexandra Malinowski prepares stock...