Pierre Blier


Pierre Blier
Full Professor

Room: CMM
Office: 613-722-6521 ext. 6908
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Dr. Pierre Blier is a full professor at the University of Ottawa, Department of Psychiatry and Cellular/Molecular Medicines and the recipient of the Endowed Chair in Mood Disorders Research at the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR). He has also been awarded the prestigious Canada Research Chair in Psychopharmacology by the Canadian Federal Government.

As a world-renowned scientist, Dr Blier has received several awards for his groundbreaking research, in particular the Max Hamilton Award in 1998 from the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology for outstanding contributions in Psychopharmacology.

He obtained his B.Sc. from Bishop's University and a M.Sc. in Neuroscience from the Université de Montréal. Dr. Blier continued his research training throughout his medical training and obtained a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and his MD degree, both from the Université de Montréal.

After completing his clinical training, he carried out postdoctoral studies at the Laboratoire d'Étude et de Recherche Synthélabo in Paris. Dr Blier then joined the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University where he worked for 12 years, ascending through the ranks of assistant professor to full professor.

He continued his research endeavours for the next four years at the Brain Institute of the University of Florida as a tenured full professor.

Dr. Blier relocated in 2004 to the IMHR. These achievements have made Dr. Blier has delivered over 300 national and international lectures in his field, and is a well published author with over 200 papers.

He is a member of the British Psychopharmacology Association and of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, as well as a fellow of the Canadian, American and International Colleges of Neuropsychopharmacology. He is on the editorial boards of the official journals of these five associations and of seven 


Fields of Interest

  • The elucidation of the biological mechanisms underlying the antidepressant response
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