Lauri Tuominen , MD, PhD

Dr. Lauri Tuominen is a neuroscientist at The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR), affiliated with the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Tuominen received his medical doctorate from the University of Turku in 2009 and his PhD in Psychiatric Neuroimaging from the Turku PET Centre and University of Turku in Finland in 2014. He completed his post-doctoral training in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, USA. He has received many grants and distinctions including the Sigrid Juselius fellowship, Orion research foundation grant, and NARSAD Young Investigator Grant. He is also a recipient of IMHR’s Emerging Research Innovators in Mental Health (eRIMh) incubator program.

During his research career, Dr. Tuominen has investigated the neurobiology of various aspects of psychopathology and developed a unique expertise in combining positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). More recently, Dr. Tuominen has been interested in investigating the role of stress and trauma in mental health disorders.

Dr. Tuominen’s current research focuses on understanding the neurobiological basis of post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia using the IMHR’s new combined PET and MRI imaging capability, at The Royal’s Brain Imaging Centre. His hope is that his research will lead to the development of new treatments for these mental illnesses.