Simon N. Young, McGill University

Professor Emeritus Psychiatry Montreal, Quebec simon.young@mcgill.ca

Bio/Research

Dr. Young came to Canada in 1971 to do a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. He remained there and is now a professor. The main focus of his research has been on the biogenic amines and in particular on serotonin. Over the years, his research has ranged f...

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Bio/Research

Dr. Young came to Canada in 1971 to do a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. He remained there and is now a professor. The main focus of his research has been on the biogenic amines and in particular on serotonin. Over the years, his research has ranged from metabolic studies of biogenic amine synthesis in animals to the effect of diet on brain biogenic amines, the association between measures related to biogenic amines and symptoms or psychopathology, and studies on how decreasing or increasing biogenic amines alters mood and social behaviour in humans. His is known as one of the pioneers of the amino acid depletion technique used to investigate the effects of lowered biogenic amine synthesis in humans.

A secondary interest is in some of the factors that influence memory and state in human newborn infants. Most of his work is collaborative, and he has worked with psychiatrists, neurologists, pediatricians, and psychologists. Dr. Young has been active in several areas outside of research. At McGill he has been active on tenure committees and research ethics boards and nationally on various grant committees. He spent more than a decade on the executive of the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology, filling various positions, including treasurer and president. He joined the founding editorial board of the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience in 1990 and has been co-editor-in-chief since 2000. He is a strong supporter of open access publishing and is pleased that the journal is the open access journal with the highest impact factor in the Journal Citation Reports lists of both psychiatry and neuroscience journals.


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