The UBC Mood Disorders Centre Research Program
We conduct a number of research studies on the causes of, and treatments for, SAD. All of our studies are approved by the Clinical Research Ethics Board of the University of BC. Please see our Published Papers page for results of these studies. Some current and previous research studies include:
- Light therapy as a substitute for antidepressants in maintenance treatment for NON-SEASONAL depression.
- Light therapy and negative ion therapy, combined with antidepressant medication, for NON-SEASONAL depression (the LIFE study). This study is now published. You can read the full article now:
Efficacy of Bright Light Treatment, Fluoxetine, and the Combination in Patients With Nonseasonal Major Depressive Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial
- New light devices for SAD, including light “glasses”
- Genetic studies in SAD, examining specific dopamine and serotonin genes
(with Dr. Robert Levitan, University of Toronto)
More information about other depression studies can be found at www.WorkingWithDepression.ca. If you live in the Lower Mainland (Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, North Shore, Tri-Cities, Surrey), you can find out more about participating in research studies at our Mood Disorders Centre web site.