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HRI Research Day – Spring 2019

Celebrate CMHA Mental Health Week with us!

Homewood Research Institute (HRI) is proud to help the Canadian Mental Health Association #getloud about mental health with a special event on May 9, 2019.

Join us for HRI Research Day – Spring 2019, a free public event where the HRI team will be available to answer your questions about mental health and addiction research.

  • Find out how we’re engaging thought leaders across Canada to address some of our nation’s most pressing mental health and addiction challenges
  • Learn about applied research and how it’s helping to transform the way we treat mental health and addiction in real time
  • Get details on the latest research projects underway at HRI and how they can help people across Canada and beyond

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (light lunch included)
Venue: 10C (42 Carden St. Guelph – 4th Floor Community Classroom)
RSVP: Click to register today
Cost: Free

This event is helping to raise awareness about mental health in celebration of CMHA Mental Health Week. For more information about how you can help Canada #getloud during Mental Health Week, click here.

Grand Rounds Presentation

Is Cannabidiol (CBD) a Candidate Pharmacotherapy for Alcohol Use Disorder?

Date: Thursday April 25th,
Time: 12:00-1:00pm


Jasmine Turna, Post-Doctoral Student

Jasmine Turna received her PhD in Neuroscience from McMaster University. She is currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship supervised by Dr. James MacKillop at the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research and Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal cannabis Research at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and McMaster University. Her research focuses on the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids and surveillance studies examining the effects of cannabis legalization in Canada.

Dr. James MacKillop, PhD., HRI Senior Scientist

Peter Boris Chair in Addictions Research
Director, Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research
Director, Michael E. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of CBD and its relevance to Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)
  • Review the exiting literature regarding CBD’s effect on alcohol-related harms
  • Discuss future directions for such research

For further information, read Jasmine’s newest article: Cannabidiol as a Novel Candidate Alcohol Use Disorder Pharmacotherapy: A Systematic Review 

For those who wish to watch from a computer the day of the event, the webcast link can be found here. Note, the link will only be active 3 hours prior to the scheduled event.

HRI Research Day 2018

Addressing mental illness and addiction has become a matter of national urgency. We’re helping. Find out how.

We welcome you — our community, partners, friends and followers — to learn more directly from our scientists and research trainees on HRI Research Day 2018.

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (drop-in)
Location: Riverslea Building (lower grounds), 150 Delhi Street

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Featured research

Did you know that Canada currently has no consistent way to measure whether or not our mental health and addiction services are working?
Chat with Dr. Jean Costello, Research and Evaluation Scientist, about the Recovery Journey Project, a flagship model for the long-term evaluation of addiction treatment services.


Did you know that in Canada alone, more than 200 public safety workers have died by suicide since 2015?
Speak with Dr. Margaret McKinnon, Homewood Research Chair in Mental Health and Trauma, to learn about the work she is leading to better understand Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and to help those who are suffering.


Did you know that the economic cost of alcohol related harm across Canada is $14.6 billion per year?
Find out from Dr. James MacKillop, HRI Senior Scientist and Peter Boris Chair in Addictions Research, what HRI is doing to improve practice and treatment outcomes for addicted individuals in Canada.


Did you know that it takes, on average, 17 years to move health research discoveries into practice to help patients?
Sarah Sousa, Senior Research Associate, explains how HRI is working to change this by creating resources like the Data Visualization Tool for medical professionals and decision makers.



Holiday Open House 2017: We’re Giving Back on GivingTuesday

On Tuesday November 28, Canada celebrates GivingTuesday, which is considered to be the opening day of the giving season — a time to support charitable causes that make our world a better place.

In the spirit of appreciation for our community of colleagues, friends and supporters, Homewood Research Institute invites you to attend our 2017 Holiday Open House. It’s our way of giving back on GivingTuesday.

Please drop in to HRI’s offices at the Riverslea mansion (150 Delhi Street, Guelph) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on November 28 for a hot beverage, holiday treats and a tour of Riverslea, a historic mansion nestled within the serene grounds of Homewood Health Centre. We look forward to welcoming you on GivingTuesday.

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Making a Scene for Mental Health: An Evening with Shelley Marshall

Click image to visit www.supporthri.caTo celebrate Mental Health Week 2017, Homewood Health Centre proudly presents a special event to raise funds for the vital research that the Homewood Research Institute (HRI) is conducting to address the mounting crisis of mental illness related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

On May 1, please join us for an unforgettable one-night-only showing of Hold Mommy’s Cigarette, a hilarious, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting one-woman play by acclaimed actor and comedienne, Shelley Marshall. Shelley takes audiences on a raucous adventure through her real-life experience growing up in a dysfunctional environment fraught with depression, trauma and suicide, and her remarkable journey toward a life of purpose and fulfillment. An unrelenting mental health advocate, Shelley gives hope to audiences and inspires positive change everywhere she goes.

This performance takes place at Guelph’s beautiful downtown venue, River Run Centre, and will raise funds for the Shelley Marshall Scholarship, a fund named in Shelley’s honour that will support applied research aimed at improving the lives of people living with PTSD.

Tickets are available now through the River Run Centre Box Office.

For further information, including show time, and details about a pre-show fundraiser, HRI’s PTSD research team, sponsorship opportunities, and a profile of our Honorary Chair, Andy MacDonald, General Manager of Emergency Services at the City of Guelph, please visit the event website,

We hope you will join us for this enlightening evening in downtown Guelph, as we work toward improvements in mental health practice and to improve care for all Canadians.

This performance contains adult content.

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