LHSC’s First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program Hosts Provincial “Think Tank” Workshop

(LONDON, Ontario) – London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) will be hosting a provincial think tank workshop on mood and anxiety disorders which are the most common of all psychiatric conditions. These disorders frequently begin to cause dysfunction in late adolescence and young adulthood, during critical years of adult development.

The goal for the workshop is two-fold: first, it is to make recommendations for the components of early identification and intervention programs for mood and anxiety disorders across the province of Ontario. Second, it is to plan a strategy to make such programs a provincial health care delivery priority.


Friday, October 17, 2008


8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (open to media from 8:00am to noon)


Windermere Manor, North Meeting Room
200 Collip Circle
London, Ontario N6G 4X8

Interviews will be available with Dr. Elizabeth Osuch, Rea Chair in affective and anxiety disorders and the lead physician at LHSC’s First Episode Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program.

Please find the morning agenda below:





8:00 – 8:15 am

Dr. Carol Herbert


Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry University of Western Ontario

Opening Remarks

8:15 – 8:30 am

The Honourable

Chris Bentley

Attorney General of Ontario

Official Welcome

8:30 – 8:35 am

Dr. Sandra Fisman

Chair/Chief, Department of Psychiatry

Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

Introduction to Ken Deane

8:50  – 9:05 am

Ken Deane

Assistant Deputy Minister

Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

Message from the Assistant Deputy

9:05 – 9:35 am

Dr. Elizabeth Osuch

REA Chair – Affective and Anxiety Disorders

FEMAP Lead Physician

LHSC’s First Episode Mood & Anxiety Program (FEMAP)

9:35 – 10:05 am

Dr. Kathy Macdonald

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, Mood Disorders Program, McMaster University

McMaster’s Mood Disorders Program (for youth)

10:05 –10:15 am


Refreshment Break

10:15 – 10:30 am

Dr. Arun V. Ravindran

Clinical Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at CAMH

CAMH’s depression research program for youth

10:30 – 11:00 am

Dr. Margaret Steele

Chair, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Site Chief, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Care Program

London Health Sciences Centre

Child & Adolescent transition to MOHLTC funded programs

11:00 – 11:30 pm

Dawn White

Director of Clinical Services, Canadian Mental Health Association, London-Middlesex

Community Connections

11:30 – 12:00

Dr. Rahul Manchanda

Director, PEPP

Dr. Ross Norman

Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and

Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UWO

"Lessons Learned in Establishing a Provincial Approach to Service & Research in Early Intervention"


For more information contact:
Mitra Foroutan
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 12345

After-hours assistance:
Call LHSC Switchboard at 519-685-8500 and ask to page the communication consultant on-call