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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Department of Psychiatry, University Health Network
Toronto General Hospital, 200 Elizabeth St. EN 8-212
Toronto, ON, M5G 2C4 CANADA
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1.    Education
Degrees
1993    M.D., Faculty of General Medicine, Semmelweis University of
Medicine, Budapest, Hungary
2005    Ph.D., Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary    

Postgraduate, Research and Specialty Training:

1994 - 1997    Research Fellowship in Sleep Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry,
University of Toronto
1994 - 1995    Group psychotherapy training, Dept. of Psychiatry,
University of Toronto
1999    “How to teach and practice evidence based medicine” Oxford  
Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, Oxford, UK
2000     Evidence Based Mental Health (workshop) Budapest
2001    Interpersonal Psychotherapy training, University of Edinburgh,UK
2001     Clinical Epidemiology Course, Budapest
2001 - 2002    Psychodrama training, Hungarian Psychodrama
Association, Budapest
2003 - 2006    Clinical Fellowship in Psychiatry, Dept. of Psychiatry,
University of Toronto
2003    Interpersonal Psychotherapy Summer Training Institute,
University of Toronto
2003 - 2004      Mastering Challenges in Psychiatric Practice. Department of             Psychiatry, University of Toronto
2009    CBASP Workshop, University of Toronto, and Mt.Sinai Psychotherapy Institute
2009        Advanced Interpersonal Psychotherapy course, CAMH, University of Toronto             

Qualifications, Certifications and Licenses:
2001    Board Exam in Psychiatry, Budapest, Hungary
2007    Somnologist diploma, European Sleep Research Society

2.    Employment

Current Appointments
2006             Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University Health
Network, Department of     Psychiatry, University of
Toronto
2007             Associate Professor, Institute of Behavioral  
Sciences, Semmelweis University, Budapest

Previous Appointments

2003-2007            Senior Assistant Professor, Institute of Behavioral

Sciences, Semmelweis University, Budapest
2003-2006     Clinical Fellow, University Health Network,
Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
1994-1997     Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry,
University of Toronto
1994-2003    Junior Assistant Professor, Institute of Behavioral
Sciences, Semmelweis University, Budapest

3.    Honours and Awards

Distinctions

2006    “Istvan Taraba” award by the Hungarian Kidney Foundation
(cc $700 CAD)    
2006 “Best oral presentation”, European Association of Consultation-Liason Psychiatry and Psychosomatics conference, Lausanne, Switzerland        
2008        Richter Gedeon Award for best publications, Semmelweis  
University, Budapest. 200 000 HUF (cca $1,000 CAD)

Research Awards
2005    National Eotvos Research Scholarship, National
Scholarship Board, Hungary
Title: Psychonephrology: sleep disorders, depression and    
quality of life in patients with chronic kidney disease.  Marta Novak, Colin M. Shapiro, Gerald Devins, David Mendelssohn.  Duration: 6 months
Total amount: 3 million HUF (cca. $18,000 CAD)
Principal Investigator
2008     Richter Gedeon Research Award, Semmelweis                     University Budapest.  500 000 HUF (cca $2,500 CAD)
2008             Bolyai Janos Research Scholarship, Hungarian Academy of  
Sciences.  Title: Micro- and macrostructural EEG                     characteristics of sleep, daytime sleepiness and cognitive    
function on patients with chonic kidney disease. Marta Novak
Duration: 36 months.  Total amount: 5.2 million
HUF (cca. $30,000 CAD) Principal Investigator

Teaching Awards
2000             Erasmus Educational Grant, to visit the University of
Edinburgh, Department of Psychiatry
2006    Excellence in Teaching Award, Semmelweis
University, Budapest
2005    Pro Scientia Mentorship Award (National), by the
National Scientific Research Council of Medical
Universities and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Student/Trainee Awards
1995     Fellows Fund, University of Toronto (2500 CAD for 1 year)
1996    Research Fund, Department of Psychiatry, University of
Toronto (2500 CAD for 1 year)
2006      “Fred Lowy Award” for the greatest contribution
to Psychosomatic medicine by a fellow or resident
in psychiatry. Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

4.    Professional Affiliations and Activities

Professional Associations

1994-    Hungarian Psychiatric Association
1995-    Canadian Sleep Society
1995-    International Society of Behavioural Medicine
1999-    European Sleep Society
2000-    American Academy of Sleep Medicine
2002-2003     Hungarian Association for Psychodrama
2003-     International Interpersonal Psychotherapy Association
2006-      European Association of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and
Psychosomatics
2006-        Ontario Medical Association
2006-        Canadian Medical Association
2007-         Canadian Psychiatric Association
2009-     European Association of Psychiatry

Administrative Activities
1997    Hungarian Sleep Society (founding member)
1999-    Head, Sleep Clinic, Institute of Behavioral Sciences,
Semmelweis University
2001-2004    Secretary, Hungarian Sleep Society
2005-2008     Medical Secretary, Hungarian Association of
Psychiatry   
2007-             Board member and Country representative, European Association of Consultation-Liason Psychiatry and Psychosomatics    
2008-      Secretary, European Association of Consultation-Liason
Psychiatry and Psychosomatics (EACLPP)
2008-      Research Committee Member, Dept. of Psychiatry, UHN
2009-      Steering committee member and international program coordinator, Psychiatry, Health and   
Disease Program, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
2010        Scientific Committee member, EACLPP conference
2011        Chair (conference organizer), EACLPP conference
2012    Scientific and local committee member, conference of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine    

Peer Review Activities

Journal of Psychosomatic Research;
Sleep Medicine;
American Journal of Kidney Diseases;
Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation;
Nephron;
International Journal of Urology and Nephrology;
Kidney International.

Peer review of Hungarian governmental grants (“OTKA”, National Research Fund)

Other Research and Professional Activities

•    Editorial Board member, Journal of Psychosomatic Research (2009-)
•    Guest Editor, Scale series for Journal of Psychosomatic Research  
(published in 2009-2010)
•    Guest Editor, Psychonephrology special section in “Primary Psychiatry” in 2008
•    Consensus Guideline Development: Diagnosis and treatment of insomnia.
(Hungarian Psychiatric Association, 2010)
•     Organized scientific symposia at various national and international conferences (including Canadian Psychiatric Association in 2006 and 2010, American Psychiatric Association in 2006, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine in 2007, European Association of Consultation-Liason Psychiatry and Psychosomatics in 2009, International Conference on Prevention in Renal Disease, 2009 and 2010).

•    Organized conferences:

Implementing Evidence Based Medicine into the Hungarian Health Care- National Conference /Semmelweis University, Budapest (1999)

National Quality of Life Forum, Semmelweis Univ., Budapest (1999, 2001),

Annual National Conference on Psychonephrology and Rehabilitation, Budapest (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010),

“Sleep and Health” Interdisciplinary Forum, Hungarian Association of Medical Societies and Semmelweis University, Budapest (2009)

“Sleep well and stay healthy”.
Scientific session for the World Sleep Day (2010), Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

•    Organized workshops and courses with international faculty:

Evidence Based Mental Health
(with D. Streiner, McMaster University, CA, J. Geddes, Oxford, Center for Evidence Based Mental Health , UK and A. McIntosh, University of Edinburgh, UK) (Semmelweis University, Budapest, 2000)

Interpersonal Psychotherapy workshop (with John Markowitz, University of Columbia, NY, USA) (2000)
Clinical Epidemiology Course (with D. Streiner and G. Norman, University of Toronto and McMaster University) (2001)


•    Chair  and organizer of the EACLPP conference (2011) and Committee member and local organizer for ISBM conference (2012)

•    Established the Sleep Medicine Division (research, teaching, clinic), Institute of Behavioral Sciences, Semmelweis University, Budapest

•    Development of the Psychonephrology Program (research, education, clinic) at the University Health Network, Toronto (2006-)

Innovations and Development in Teaching and Education

Introducing Sleep Medicine into undergraduate and graduate curriculum at the Semmelweis University (see Teaching session at the end of CV).

Interpersonal Psychotherapy:
Based on my training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto, I have organized and taught the first IPT workshop in Hungarian (Semmelweis University, November 2009).

Since my last promotion in 2006 at the University of Toronto I have been  involved in the followings:

I have developed the Psychonephrology Program at the University Health Network, which involved interprofessional education, resident teaching, supervision and CMEs (in forms of symposia and conferences). I have initiated a Psychonephrology Fellowship training (co-sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry and Division of Nephrology, Home Dialysis Program, UHN).

Academic exchange:
I have organized several student exchanges (fellows, observers) from Semmelweis University, Budapest to observe, study and work at the University of Toronto, as well as lectures or visiting Professorships for faculty members of the University of Toronto at the Semmelweis University (including drs. Devins, Kennedy, Rodin, Shapiro, Devins, Salvendy, Streiner).

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES


1.    Research Statement:
Since my undergraduate years, I have developed a research interest in Psychosomatic Medicine under the mentorship of Professor Maria Kopp at the Semmelweis University, Budapest, and later during my fellowship working with Professor Colin Shapiro. My research work is focused mostly on topics relevant to Psychonephrology (psychosocial factors, quality of life, mood and sleep disorders in patients with chronic kidney disease), as well as related areas in Sleep Medicine. Currently, I am involved in several ongoing collaborative studies at the University of Toronto, University Health Network, Toronto and also at the Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary. My role in these studies is principal investigator or co-investigator.
Most important research topics:
•    Sleep disorders and quality of life;
•    Depression, quality of life and clinical outcomes;
•    Biological correlates of depression in patients with chronic renal disease (inflammation, biomarkers, electrophysiology).
Reseach group development and funding: In the past I was successful in securing several Hungarian governmental and university research grants, which provided support for my research. I have been successful to carry out internationally appreciated studies which were possible in part because of the extensive amount of work on my part and also because of the work of a group exceptionally dedicated and talented students I have attracted to work with me.
Altogether, I have secured 10 peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed research grants between 2002-2010. I was the principal investigator or co-principal investigator in eight of these. The total amount of these research funds is cca. 233.000 CAD. Five of these grants were from Hungarian governmental or university-based granting agencies and this explains the relatively low amount of the funds, since the average amount of senior research grants in Hungary was in the range about of 5-20.000 CAD per annum in those years.
In Canada, I have received a grant from the Deans Fund at the University of Toronto which provided seed money for my current study involving patients with chronic kidney disease. The study examines the association between illness representations and psychological distress and quality of life in patients with non-dialysis dependent chronic kidney disease. This is an interdisciplinary project and I work closely with colleagues in the Division of Nephrology, University Health Network. I have also received a research grant from the Centre for Integrative Mood Research, University health Network in 2007 which enabled me to study the association between biomarkers of systemic inflammation versus depressive symptoms in kidney transplant recipients and also the association between depressive symptoms and clinical outcomes in this patient population. Previously, my grant application to the Kidney Foundation of Canada did not get funded, but based on the favourable reviews a revised application will be resubmitted in 2010. I also plan to re-apply for a research grant to the Physicians Services Incorporated Foundation in 2010.  

I have developed local and international scientific collaborations in the fields of Sleep Medicine and Psychonephrology. Given the interdisciplinary nature of my work, my collaborators include nephrologists and sleep researchers. While in Toronto, I continue to supervise my PhD students and research students at the Semmelweis University. One of my students has already defended his PhD thesis successfully and another student will defend her thesis in the Fall of 2010. Two additional students are expected to defend their thesis in the Winter 2010 or in early 2011.
During the last few years, I have established a multidisciplinary sleep unit at the Semmelweis University which provides the research infrastructure for our studies related to sleep disorders in Hungary. I have organized several short and long term research fellowships for Hungarian students and fellows at the University of Toronto which enabled them to enhance their knowledge in sleep research.
At the University of Toronto besides clinical fellows, I have also supervised two research fellows in Psychonephrology over the past few years. My aim in this area is to develop further collaborative studies with the Division of Nephrology, UHN.
Impact of my research activity:  
I have published 26 peer-reviewed original research papers in leading international journals of Nephrology and Psychosomatic medicine. Twenty of these original papers have been published between 2006-2010, since my last promotion at the University of Toronto. I have 4 more original research papers submitted and under review. Furthermore, I have also published 22 peer-reviewed review articles, 11 of these were published in Hungarian.  The cumulative impact factor of my peer-reviewed publications is 112.1, my papers have been cited by 278 other publications. My Hirsch index is 10. I have published 13 non-peer reviewed reviews, 11 of those were published in Hungarian. Finally, I edited one book (in Hungarian) and wrote 25 book chapters (22 of those are in Hungarian).
My research results have been continuously disseminated at national and international conferences in the area of Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, Sleep Medicine and Nephrology. I have presented or co-authored more than 120 abstracts at national and international conferences (including the American Psychiatric Association, Canadian Psychiatric Association, American Society of Nephrology, European Dialysis and Transplant Association, European Association of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatics (EACLPP), American Psychosomatic Society, International Quality of Life Society). I have given more than 30 invited talks at Canadian, Hungarian and other international conferences, including the Budapest Nephrology School, International Federation of Kidney Foundations, Nephroprevention Conference, EACLPP, Canadian Psychiatric Association, National Conference on Psychonephrology and Rehabilitation, Hungarian Psychiatric Association, Hungarian Society of Nephrology. I am regularly invited to peer-review papers for journals in the area of nephrology, psychosomatic medicine and sleep medicine. I am member of the editorial board of the Journal of Psychosomatic Research. I have been invited to write several reviews, book chapters and editorials. I have edited a textbook of sleep medicine in Hungarian, a special edition of “Primary Psychiatry” on Psychonephrology, as well as a series about measurements and scales for the Journal of Psychosomatic Research.
Over the last years, I have also been reviewing grants for the National Research Council of Hungary (OTKA). I have received a research award from the Semmelweis University, Budapest in 2008 (Richter Gedeon Research Award) and an award for my publication activities (Richter Gedeon Publication Award). Furthermore, I have received a prestigious research scholarship from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Bolyai Research Scholarship) in 2008.

2.    Research Awards:
Grants, Contacts and Clinical Trials

Peer-Reviewed Grants

The Hungarian grants (see below) are from the most prestigious Hungarian governmental or university-based granting agencies. The average amount of most senior research grants in Hungary was in the range of 5-20.000 CAD per annum in those years, this explains the relatively low amount of the funds received.

2000    Research Council of the Ministry of Health, Hungary (ETT 240/00); Sleep disorders, mood disorders, coping and quality of life of patients on chronic dialysis therapy. Marta Novak, Istvan Mucsi, Janos Rethelyi, Maria Koppp   [Principal Investigator]
Duration: 3 years
Amount:  1.5 M HUF (cca: $8,000 CAD)

2002    National Research Fund, Hungary (OTKA)(T38409);                Sleep and mood disorders and quality of life in the medically ill.
V. Juhos, J Janszky, M Novak, P Rigo, S Rozsa, I Mucsi, P Halasz
[Co-Investigator]
Principal Investigator:  Dr. P. Halasz
Duration: 4 years
Amount:  6.5 M HUF (cca: $35,000 CAD)

2003    Research Fund, UHN, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Psychonephrology; Sleep disorders, depression and quality of life in patients with chronic renal failure in the predialysis stage.  Marta Novak, Istvan Mucsi, Gerald Devins, David Mendelssohn, Colin Shapiro [Principal Investigator]
Duration: 3 years
Amount:    $5,000 CAD

2003    Research Council of the Ministry of Health, Hungary; (ETT 218/2003) Sleep, mood disorders and quality of life in patients after kidney transplantation. I Mucsi, MZ     Molnar, A Remport, M Novak

[Co-Principal Investigator]
Principal Investigator: Dr. I Mucsi
Duration: 3 years
Amount:  1.5 M HUF (cca: $8,000 CAD)

2004    Krembil Foundation – Krembil Scientific Development Seed Fund
Investigation of the Inflammatory Response System in Risk for Major     Depression. CL Barr, VL Misener, S Kennedy, R McIntyre, C Shapiro, J  Shen, M Novak
[Co- Investigator]
Principal Investigator: CL Barr
Duration: 7 years
Amount: $100,000 CAD

2005    National Eotvos Research Scholarship, National Scholarship Board, Hungary; Psychonephrology: Sleep disorders, depression and quality of life in patients with chronic kidney disease.  Marta Novak, Colin M. Shapiro, Gerald Devins, David Mendelssohn
[Principal Investigator]
Duration: 6 months
Amount:  3 M HUF (cca. 18.000 CAD)

2005    Hungarian - Canadian Bilateral Grant (TéT)(Can – 5/04)Psychonephrology: Sleep disorders, depression and quality of life in patients with chronic renal failure in the predialysis stage.  Marta Novak, G Deak, MZ Molnar, K Mah, CM. Shapiro, Gerald Devins
[Principal Investigator]
Duration: 2 years
Amount: 5 M HUF (cca. $28,000 CAD)

2007        Dean’s Fund, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto; A longitudinal study of quality of life and depression in patients with chronic kidney disease through transition to dialysis.

[Principal Investigator]
Duration: 5 years        
Amount:  $9,700 CAD

Non-Peer Reviewed Grants

2007    Centre for Integrative Mood Research, Department of Psychiatry,
University of Toronto; Inflammatory markers and depressive symptoms
with chronic kidney disease – a prospective prevalent cohort study.  MZ
Molnar, ME Czira, A Remport, M Novak, I Mucsi
[Principal Investigator]
Duration: 5 years        
Amount:  $30,000 CAD

2008    Semmelweis University, Scientific Council;  Micro and
macrostructural EEG characteristics of sleep, daytime sleepiness and cognitive function on patients with chonic kidney disease.  M Novak, P Halasz, ME Czira, L Szeifert, A Lindner, A Szentkiralyi, A Lazar     
[Principal Investigator]
Duration: 36 months
Total amount: 1 million HUF (cca. $6,000 CAD)

2009    Eli Lilly Canada; Investigator initiated research (F1J-CA-0039). Early detection of anti-depressant efficacy using attentional imaging technology.  M Eizenman, M Novak, P Giacobbe, I Mucsi and L Grupp
[Co-Investigator]
Principal Investigator: M. Eizenman  
Duration: 24 months
Total amount: $ $85,890 CAD)


Salary Support and Other Funding

Personal Salary Support

2008    Bolyai Scholarship by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.  Micro-and macrostructural EEG characteristics of sleep, daytime sleepiness and cognitive function on patients with chonic kidney disease.  Marta Novak  
[Principal Investigator]
Duration: 36 months
Total amount: 5.2 million HUF (cca. $30,000 CAD)

Trainee Salary Support

Salary support for Psychonephrology Fellowship (Dr. J. Braverman). Total of $30,000 CAD for 1 year (2009 Sept -2010 Sept), by joint support from the Department of Psychiatry and Division of Nephrology, University Health Network

Salary support for full time PhD students – Semmelweis University, Budapest  (approximately $6,000 CDN/year/person)

Agnes Zsofia Kovacs         2004-2007

Lilla Szeifert                2006-2009
Andras Szentkiralyi            2006-2009
Maria Eszter Czira            2007-2010

3.    Patents Awarded and Applied: none