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Zul Merali, Ph.D.

Zul Merali, Ph.D.

Vice President Research, The Royal; President & CEO, uOttawa Institute of...

Founding Scientific Director, Canadian Depression Research & Intervention...

Zul Merali (PhD) is President/CEO and Scientific Director of the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research as well as the Founding Scientific Director of the Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network. He is full professor in the faculties of Medicine (Departments of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Psychiatry) and Social Sciences (Psychology) at the University of Ottawa. He is also a research professor at the Institute of Neuroscience at Carleton University. Dr. Merali’s research endeavours, supported by grants from CIHR and NSERC, strive to characterize the body’s response to stressful and appetitive events, and the relationship of stressors (including early-life trauma) to mood and anxiety disorders. Another focus of his research is to determine how pharmacological interventions (pharmaceutical and natural products) may attenuate stress-induced pathophysiology. In this vein, he and his colleagues have isolated several anti-anxiety compounds from a variety of rare plants. Dr. Merali’s research extends from the behavioural to the cellular and molecular levels, and involves experimental animals as well as human subjects. Dr. Merali has published over a hundred and eighty scientific papers, more than 20 book chapters and over 200 conference presentations.

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