Mel Silverman Mentorship Award

Mel Silverman
Dr. Mel Silverman

The Mel Silverman Mentorship Award was established to honour the contributions of former IMS Director Dr. Melvin Silverman. It is presented annually at Scientific Day to an IMS faculty member who has served as an outstanding mentor and role model for graduate students, in addition to making significant contributions to the IMS graduate program.

James Kennedy

2024 Award Recipient

Dr. James L. Kennedy

Dr. Kennedy has training in three major areas: neuroscience, clinical psychiatry, and molecular genetics. His main research interest over the past 30 years has been investigating the role of genetics in the causes and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders.  He is head of the Tanenbaum Centre for Pharmacogenetics and has trained over 40 graduate students and 55 research fellows, several of whom are now Full Professors. He currently supervises 12 Principal Investigator level scientists in his role as Director of the Molecular Brain Science Department at CAMH.  

Previous Award Winners 

  • 2001: Dr. Sandra Black
  • 2002: Dr. Katherine Siminovitch
  • 2003: Dr. Gregory Downey
  • 2004: Dr. Carol Westall
  • 2005: Dr. Andras Kapus
  • 2006: Dr. Mingyao Liu
  • 2007: Dr. Philip Sherman
  • 2008: Dr. Derek van der Kooy
  • 2009: Dr. Sergio Grinstein
  • 2010: Dr. Ren-Ke Li
  • 2011: Dr. John Flanagan
  • 2012: Dr. Gary Remington
  • 2013: Dr. Anne Agur
  • 2014: Dr. Karen Davis
  • 2015: Dr. Freda Miller
  • 2016: Dr. Gary Rodin
  • 2017: Dr. Anne Bassett
  • 2018: Dr. Robert Levitan
  • 2019: Dr. Fei-Fei Liu
  • 2020: Dr. Isabelle Boileau
  • 2021: Dr. Tarek Rajji
  • 2022: Dr. Brian McCrindle
  • 2023: Dr. Steven Miller