The Scientific Directors
Dr Michael Meaney leads the epigenetics and mental health component of the Ludmer Centre. He is a world authority on epigenetics and mental health who ranks among the world’s most cited scientists. His work provides direct access to two longitudinal cohort studies of children in Montreal and Singapore, as well as collaborations with several other cohort studies across Canada and the USA. Read More…
Dr Alan Evans leads the neuroinformatics component of the Ludmer Centre —the McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (MCIN)— and provides access to cutting edge brain imaging datasets. A world authority on brain mapping, imaging technologies and the study of neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration, he ranked among the top 1% of cited researchers in neuroscience for 2014 and 2015. Read More…
Dr Celia Greenwood leads the statistical analysis component of the Ludmer Centre. She is a senior statistician who has made significant contributions in genetics, genomics, and genetic epidemiology. Her work provides access to genetic datasets as well as the analytical capacity to develop the algorithms that underpin a big-data approach to mental health research. Read More…
The Primary Investigators
Epigenetics Researcher at the Ludmer Centre and the
Douglas Hospital Research Centre
Assistant Professor in Epigenetics and Epidemiology, Dep. of Psychiatry, McGill University
6875, boulevard LaSalle
Montréal, QC H4H 1R3,
Telephone: +1 514-570-7336 Ext. 3928
Dr O’Donnell is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. He completed his PhD (Clinical Medicine) at Imperial College London followed by a period of postdoctoral training at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre.
Area of Research
Dr O’Donnell is a leading expert in perinatal influences on early-childhood development, and the biological embedding of early adversity. His work examines how the early environment shapes child development. This multidisciplinary work combines genetic, epigenetic and epidemiological approaches to identify those at-risk for adverse mental health outcomes. He also seeks to better understand the molecular mechanisms by which positive and nurturing environments mediate their positive effects on child neurodevelopment.
Publications & Impact Profile
To learn more about Dr O’Donnell’s latest research or to find a list of publications visit Research Gate, Google Scholar or Begin Before Birth, which provide an overview of his work on how the early environment can influence child development.
We also encourage you to watch a 2016 Ludmer Centre lecture featuring Dr O’Donnell entitled “When Nature Meets Nurture: The New Science of Preventive Mental Health”.