The Canadian Health Adaptations, Innovations & Mobilization (CHAIM) Centre was established to raise awareness of how approaches to human health need to be adapted to adequately respond to the unique political, social and environmental conditions that exist in Canada, including a working group on Stress, Trauma, and Resilience. The CHAIM Centre’s activities focus primarily on communication, networking, and outreach. You can follow the CHAIM Centre on twitter at @chaim_centre

Kim Matheson and the Social Diversity Lab is conducting research on social determinants of health. We have been working collaboratively to assess the factors associated with belonging to marginalized social groups, and in particular, Indigenous Peoples, that render them more vulnerable or resilient to mental or physical illness. You can follow her on twitter.

In conjunction with Zul Merali, we have been engaged in assessing the role of peptides (such as bombesin) in regulating eating and satiety processes. The mechanisms underlying these events may be entwined with those associated with anxiety (perhaps this is why stressful events impact on appetite). Indeed, we believe that bombesin may play a critical role in the modulation of limbic “stress circuits”.

If you’re interested in the activities of the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University, information can be obtained at the Departmental website.