Ian is an adolescent medicine expert and a founder of CMC. He received his engineering degree from Queen’s University, his medical degree from Des Moines University in Iowa and completed his paediatrics residency at Cleveland Clinic, along with his adolescent medicine fellowship and adolescent transplant medicine fellowship at Toronto’s SickKids Hospital and University of Toronto.
Ian has a long history of being an advocate in health policy and is a current Board member of Havergal College, in Toronto. He served on the national board of the largest medical student organization in the U.S. that advocated for various national and international healthcare and medical education issues, including better access to healthcare, transparency and collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry and the wellness of medical trainees. Ian also was an active leader in advancing the rollout of a comprehensive electronic medical system for the inpatient setting at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital.
Ian has mentored not only medical trainees studying to be physicians, paediatricians, osteopathic physicians, family physicians, nurse practitioners and adolescent medicine specialists, he has also mentored technology and science students in translating the latest technology to the medical setting in order to promote better health treatment and outcomes.
When Ian was a Staff Physician at SickKids along with being the only adolescent transplant paediatrician globally as well as the sole osteopathic medical specialist in Ontario, he recognized that many of the health challenges facing young people today require innovative and paradigm-shifting changes. He developed a community adolescent medicine program at Kindercare in midtown Toronto to bring a rare specialty closer to young people who needed the support. The demand for the program quickly outpaced the supply of services. Dr. Chen has retired from medical practice in order to take on a more managerial role at CMC.
While there are technology companies emerging today that aim to provide support for mental health for young people, there is no centre today with the medical, research and engineering expertise specific to this population. CMC is the solution developed by Dr. Chen to be the leading all-in-one mental health institution. Its goal is to not only provide proven state-of-the-art mental health treatment, but use outcome metrics in order to ensure improvement. It will also adopt safe and secure technology to make our treatment accessible to the ever-increasing demand of young people struggling with mental health challenges, today.
Ian’s research combines psychology, medicine, neuroscience and mathematical modelling together in order to understand the development of the adolescent brain and to help young people become more resilient. As a researcher in brain maturation using brain imaging technologies, Ian often provides educational events in the community, in order to facilitate discussions, especially in this day and age, regarding the impact of technology on the developing brain and its social ramifications.
Dr. Chen is currently providing performance consulting services for individuals, families, athletes, public agencies, corporations and institutions in order to assist in personal, professional and many other facets. He continues to research brain maturation using EEG and brain imaging techniques as part of the research and development at the new mental health institution that he is heading, CMC.
Nik grew up witnessing young people, some close to him, struggling with mental health challenges. He saw how difficult it was for many to access mental healthcare. Many had to go to several clinics or hospitals before finding effective treatment support and some even ended up being turned away. Nik wanted to understand the problem that seemed to be surrounding everyone, everyday. Why are there so many young people unable to go to school, having panic attacks, depression, anger outbursts, obsessively attached to their video game consoles and phones?
Nik became a champion of mental health awareness and advocacy at his alma mater, Crescent School, in Toronto. He realised that a new system of mental healthcare is needed to tackle this increasingly prevalent health challenge. His journey led him to Dr. Chen’s research and clinic. Together, Nik worked closely with Ian on mentoring health and technology students to create solutions for this global challenge.
Nik decided to redirect his studies in International Relations at the University of Toronto’s Trinity College, in order to work with Dr. Chen full-time to fulfill CMC’s mission. He has a wide network of peers with technology and mental health interests that provides an invaluable young adults’ perspective. He also brings in leadership experience in a number of business, science and health student groups at Crescent and what he’s learned from Trinity.
Nik has also mentored and overseen the development and business teams that created CMC’s app prototype along with the initial R&D team. Nik has been integral to the founding of CMC and serves as the second in command to the Managing Director, Dr. Ian Chen, as the Chief of Staff and a founder of CMC. His enthusiasm, tenacity and perspective are pertinent to CMC’s mission.
Michael is a Senior Researcher in CMC’s Research and Development Department. He received a BSc in Biochemistry from Western University.
Michael became interested in mental health after his experience supporting others facing mental health challenges as a mentor for first-year university students and as a friend. He is passionate about playing an active role in reducing the mental health crisis.
As a Senior Researcher, Michael’s role is to help lead development of mobile solutions that improve the mental health of adolescents. Michael brings strong leadership experience to this role.
At Western University, he founded the London Chapter of MusicBox Children’s Charity and served as club president for 3.5 years. During this time, he led a 12-member executive team to establish 3 community programs that provided a free music education to over 80 children. To do so, Michael and his team recruited, trained and coordinated over 50 student volunteers.
Michael also has extensive research and quality improvement experience, which will allow him to help continuously evaluate and improve CMC’s technological solutions and be an asset to the R&D team.
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