Brain scans

The researchers studied antioxidant levels in an area of the brain called Cingulate Cortex which is well connected to a network of regions that play a major role in generating symptoms of psychosis.

Study shows that patients with higher levels of an antioxidant called glutathione responded more quickly to medication for psychosis and have improved outcomes

Once patients with psychosis start treatment, some get better in weeks while it can take months for others.

“We wanted to see if we could understand and influence this disparity,” said Dr. Lena Palaniyappan, Associate Professor at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute who is looking at chemicals in the brain with the aim of speeding up the time it takes a patient to respond to medication for psychosis. 

Research papers

Four clinical research projects funded at Lawson

Congratulations to Lawson researchers Drs. Elizabeth Finger and Javeed Sukhera, and medical residents Adam (Zeke) Guy and Melissa Schorr, who have received research funding from the Physician’s Services Incorporated (PSI) Foundation. 

The PSI Foundation is a physician-centered non-profit organization that provides funding for medical research, operating grants and education.