Zul Merali (PhD) is the President & CEO of The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research, affiliated with the University of Ottawa. He is also the Founding Scientific Director of the Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network. He is a full professor in the faculties of Medicine (Departments of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Psychiatry) and Social Sciences (Psychology) at the University of Ottawa, and a research professor at the Institute of Neuroscience at Carleton University.
Dr. Merali’s research is supported by grants from CIHR and NSERC and extends from the cellular and molecular levels to behavioral and clinical levels. He has published more than 20 book chapters and over 200 scientific papers. Dr. Merali’s areas of interest include characterization of the body’s response to stressful and appetitive events, the relationship between stressors (including early-life trauma) and mood and anxiety disorders, and ways that pharmacological interventions (pharmaceutical and natural products) may attenuate stress-induced pathophysiology. In this vein, he and his colleagues have isolated several anti-anxiety compounds from a variety of rare plants.