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Management of Difficult to Treat Depression in Late Life: Current State and Future Directions

Daniel M. Blumberger 

Dr. Blumberger is a Senior Scientist in the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute at CAMH and a subspecialist in geriatric psychiatry. He is the Temerty Chair in Therapeutic Brain Intervention and the Director of the Temerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain Intervention. Dr. Blumberger is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. His primary area of research focuses on clinical intervention trials of neurostimulation and other novel treatments for depression across the lifespan. In addition, his research aims to better understand the neurophysiology of mental illness using state of the art methodologies including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electroencephalography (EEG). He is the principal or co-investigator on multiple clinical trials using different brain stimulation modalities including magnetic seizure therapy (MST) and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS).

Social Isolation and Loneliness among Older Adults:  Can WE Make a Difference 

David Conn

Dr. David Conn is the Executive Vice-President of Education and Chief Academic Officer at the Baycrest Academy for Research & Education. He is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and is a Geriatric Psychiatrist at Baycrest. David is founding Co-Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health and Past President of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry.  His academic interests include nursing home psychiatry, telepsychiatry, guideline development and knowledge translation.  He is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications and is the co-editor of three textbooks including "Practical Psychiatry in the Long-Term Care Home: A Handbook for Staff”.  He has received numerous awards including the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry Award for Outstanding Contributions to Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada and a Distinguished Service Award from the International Psychogeriatric Association. 

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