2016 CAN-BIND Fellowship awards:
Juan Pablo Lopez studies the role of non-coding RNA in psychiatric disorders and their treatment. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology from Florida International University (Miami, USA) and is currently finishing his Doctoral degree at McGill University (Montreal, Canada) under the supervision of Dr. Gustavo Turecki. He will start his postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry (Munich, Germany) under the supervision of Dr. Alon Chen in June 2016. He has received doctoral funding awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS). He has published in the top journals of his field, including first author publications in Molecular Psychiatry and Nature Medicine.
Tim Allen is currently completing his doctorate in psychology at the University of Minnesota. His program of research focuses on the role of personality traits and motivational systems in the development and course of psychopathology, with a particular focus on unipolar and bipolar depression. He has published widely on the development of personality traits, their underlying neurobiological correlates, and their implications for mental health. On fellowship, Tim will work with Dr. Lena Quilty and colleagues at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to explore how reward and punishment systems interact over time to predict response to treatment in depression.