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Trans*Health Symposium 2020

WHEN: Oct. 22-23, 2020
WHERE: Zoom webinar

Introduction to TransHealth Basics:

  • Thursday, Oct. 22 (1PM – 5PM)
  • Friday, Oct. 23 (1PM – 4:30PM)

Advanced Mental Health Concepts

  • Monday, Oct. 26 (1PM – 5PM)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27 (1PM – 4:30PM)

PLEASE NOTE: Clinicians intending to work directly with youth are expected to attend all four days unless they have attended the Symposium in previous years.


Contact Ms. Debi Follett (; 902-470-8087) to obtain your registration package.

Registration closes on October 8. 

View the schedule [PDF - 339KB]



Please join our panel for an open and informal public discussion of:

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Addictive Behaviors and Addictions Services: A Public Conversation

We will be discussing questions such as:

What are the complexities of the relationship between stress and substance use disorders?; Did alcohol or cannabis use increase during the pandemic and who was most susceptible?; How were behavioral addictions like problem gambling impacted during COVID-19?; How has addictions care had to adapt in response to the pandemic?

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Virtual Panel:

Dr. Kathleen Brady, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, VP Research, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Dr. Simon Sherry, PhD, Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, Private Practice Psychologist, CRUX Psychology

Dr. Igor Yakovenko, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, Private Practice Psychologist, Jacqueline Milner-Clerk & Associates

Dr. Selene Etches, MD, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Medical Director of the IWK Concurrent Disorders Program, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University                               


Dr. Sherry Stewart, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Addictions & Mental Health, Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, and Community Health & Epidemiology, Dalhousie

Join the conversation from the comfort of your own home. Panelists will provide brief summaries of the evidence addressing the questions above. Much of the café time will be devoted to discussion with audience members.

Spaces are limited so please register at Links will be sent to registrants in advance of the event.


Dr. Alexa Bagnell participates in IWK back to school webinar series 

The IWK Mental Health and Addictions Program, in partnership with the Nova Scotia’s Department of Early Education and Childhood Development (EECD), has developed a new webinar series entitled Road to Resilience: Skills and strategies to prepare for the upcoming school year.  

The three webinars are intended to provide the tools, strategies and skills to help prepare parents and children for the upcoming school year. Dr. Alexa Bagnell, head of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and chief of the Department of Psychiatry at IWK Health, delivers the second webinar, Coping with Change & Uncertainty

Watch the webinars



Dr. George Robertson's paper graces cover of Experimental Neurology

Dr. George Robertson and his colleagues recently published a paper on multiple sclerosis that was chosen as the cover of a recent issue of Experimental Neurology.

The paper, Neuronal mitochondrial calcium uniporter deficiency exacerbates axonal injury and suppresses remyelination in mice subjected to experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, examines the use of certain drugs in treating neurodegenerative disorders and common psychiatric illnesses.

Read Dr. Robertson's paper [PDF - 4.5KB]