Our Group

The Transformational Research Lab (Dr. Yanbo Zhang, PI), focuses on the efficacy of neurostimulation and cannabis on emotional and cognitive deficits in several neurological psychiatric disorders, including major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD and multiple sclerosis. Through recent research, with a collaboration with Dr. C. Taghibiglou (Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology), they have discovered a way to reduce concussion symptoms with magnetic therapy. Within USask, Dr. Zhang also collaborates with: Dr. V. Verge (Anatomy and Cell Biology), Dr. C. Taghibiglou (Pharmacology), Dr. Robert Laprairie (Pharmacy and Nutrition), and Dr. Francisco Cayabyab (Nueroscience).

Current Projects

  • Cannabidiols a potential treatment for PTSD, a preclinical study (M.Sc. Supervisor of Jacob Cohen, grant recipient)
  • Low Field Magnetic Stimulation (LFMS) for mood and memory, from bench to bedside. (PI)       
  • The effects of varying levels of stress and cuprizone treatment on behavioural and myelin pathology in the live brain and cells. (PI)

Dr. Yanbo Zhang, PI

Dr. Zhang completed his medical education and Ph.D. degree at Peking University in China and received postdoctoral fellowships and residency training in psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan Canada. He is a clinician-scientist and the Iver and Joyce Graham Indiana Small Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. He is an executive board director and the secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA), the national professional association Canadian psychiatrists.  

Dr. Zhang's research interests focus on the impacts of psychiatric medications and magnetic brain stimulations on white matter dysfunction in severe mental disorders diseases using animal models. He has published 35 articles in international journals, including Molecular Psychiatry, Schizophrenia Research, Glia, and Journal of Neurochemistry.

Dr. Zhang’ clinical work focused on adolescent and university students’ mental health. He provides integrated mental health care with family doctors and continuous medical education to general practitioners.

Visit Dr. Zhang's Google Scholar page.

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