Trauma Research Overview

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious and mounting concern, impacting nearly 10% of Canadians in their lifetime. Canada has the highest incidence of PTSD compared to 24 other affluent countries. There is an urgent need to advance treatment for individuals with trauma-related disorders.

HRI has engaged some of Canada’s leading experts in building a clinical research and knowledge translation program, with an aim to improve the lives of people living with PTSD.

Among these thought leaders is Dr. Margaret McKinnon, who has been recruited as Homewood Research Chair in Mental Health and Trauma.

Dr. McKinnon leads the trauma research team, which also includes affiliated experts Drs. Ruth Lanius, Daniella Rabellino, and Andrew Nicholson , as well as Research Trainees who are helping to accelerate progress and find solutions for people with trauma-related illnesses.

The Homewood-McMaster Trauma Research Network

A collaborative effort that will benefit Canada

Dr. McKinnon’s Research Chair position is the result of a strategic partnership between four organizations dedicated to helping people impacted by trauma: McMaster University, Homewood Research Institute (HRI), St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Homewood Health.

This four-way partnership has also been established to enable the development of a national network of experts – known as the Homewood-McMaster Trauma Research Network – working together to find solutions for PTSD.

Led by Dr. McKinnon, the Homewood-McMaster Trauma Research Network brings together researchers, evaluators and clinicians to advance clinical practice and outcomes in the treatment of PTSD and related illnesses.

This collaborative network has its foundations in Ontario and will expand across Canada and beyond in a multi-year process.

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