Dr. John C. Roder

Dr. John C. Roder is a neurobiologist, and Senior Investigator at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital. As a Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto, Dr. Roder holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Learning and Memory.

Dr. Roder's ultimate goal is to discover new treatments for schizophrenia, anxiety, epilepsy, depression, and other mental disorders.

His research focuses on the roles of molecules in the central nervous system and aims to determine targeted new drug therapies for neurological and psychiatric disease. He has carried out genome-wide forward and reverse genetic screens of ENU mutagenized mice. The Roder lab is also focused on identifying new genes, synapse and signaling pathways that contribute to learning and memory.

In a groundbreaking study in 2007, Dr. Roder demonstrated for the first time in mouse models that malfunction of the gene DISC 1, previously associated with schizophrenia and depression, does, in fact, cause symptoms of those disorders.


September 2012

On Friday, September 28, 2012, Dr. John Roder received a Professional Achievement Award from the Alumni Association at Western University.

January 2011
In July of 2010, Dr. John Roder was elected into the Royal Society of Canada. In November he travelled with his wife to Ottawa to be officially inducted into the prestigeous organization. This award shows strong recognition by his peers for his excellence in learning and research.
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January 13 2010

The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) has donated $51,000 to support neurobiology research conducted by Senior Investigator Dr. John Roder. The labour union has contributed annually to Dr. Roder’s research since 1994, through funds raised at their hockey tournament. To date, the ATU’s contributions have totaled approximately $500,000 and this year’s donation is the highest ever.
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Left to Right: Paul Haynes - Rocco Signorile - Dr. John Roder - Les Moore - Bill Fowlie