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What is CANMAT

CANMAT - or the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments -

is a federally incorporated academically based not-for-profit research organization linking healthcare professionals from across Canada who have a special interest in mood and anxiety disorders. The ultimate goal of CANMAT is to improve the quality of life of persons suffering from mood and anxiety disorders, through conduct of innovative research projects and registries, development of evidence based and best practice educational programs and guideline/policy development.

Formed in 1995 - CANMAT operates as an independent clinical research organization with representation from many Canadian universities. Each board member of CANMAT has a special clinical, educational and/or research interest in the area of mood and anxiety disorders, and hence brings with him or her a particular strength and expertise.

While spread out across Canada in various research, academic and clinical centres, CANMAT members interact, consult and convene on a regular basis; and thus, members are continuously apprised of all ongoing plans, activities and developments taking place in mood and anxiety treatments across the country. In short, the CANMAT network serves as a conduit for the vital exchange of information and ideas - from the clinical research level to the clinical practice level. Additionally, through its membership CANMAT provides a direct, nationwide, informational link to all the key health care, educational and research institutions involved in mood and anxiety treatments.


Over one million Canadians suffer from some form of depressive illness.