Funding announced for the Canadian Network for Child and Youth Mental Health Trials

Federal funding has been announced from the Accelerating Clinical Trials (ACT)/ Accélérer les Essais Cliniques (AEC) Consortium for the Canadian Network for Child and Youth Mental Health Trials (CYMH Trials Network). This new network will support high-quality, innovative clinical trials designed to improve mental health care for Canadian children and youth.

The network will be led by two inaugural directors, Amanda Newton, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, and Dr. Louise Gallagher, Chief of the Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Toronto.

Over the next two years, Newton and Gallagher will work with researchers, patient partners, community and Indigenous leaders, and decision-makers to develop pan-Canadian infrastructure for trialists to develop and conduct high-quality studies that reflect real-world complexities, and recruit diverse and representative child and youth populations. The team is also exploring partnerships with pharmaceutical companies and tech start-ups to build upon their findings and streamline medication access for families.

For more information on the network or how you could be involved, please contact:

Amanda Newton, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Alberta
mandi.newton@ualberta.ca