Mimi Israel

Clinical Research

Mimi Israel

B-2100, Dobell Pavilion

6875 Boulevard LaSalle
Montréal, QC
H4H 1R3

(514) 761-6131 x2745

(514) 888-4056

Research area: 
Clinical Research / Human Research

Research Theme: 
Stress, mood and impulsivity disorders

Researcher, Douglas Research Centre
Psychiatrist, Eating Disorders Program, Douglas Mental Health University Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University

Eating disorders

Through the research arm of the program, we have recently been studying:

  • Genetic and epigenetic processes thought to influence the development of eating disorders and associated traits and symptoms
  • Factors that predict response during and after specialized ED treatments
  • Efficacy of a health-care system-wide effort to transfer specialized knowledge on ED treatment to 1st and 2nd line services
  • Utility of neuro-modulation techniques in ED treatment
  • Reach and impact of a Ministerial Charter aimed at guiding the actions of the fashion industry (and related “image” industries) that impact upon social inducements towards thin body image and excessive dieting

1. Israel, M., Klein, M., Pruessner, J., Thaler, L., Spilka, M., Steiger, H. Efanov, S., Ouellette, A.S., Berlim, M., Ali, N., Beaudry, T., Van den Eynde, F., Walker, C.D., Steiger, H. N-back task performance and corresponding brain-activation patterns in women with restrictive and bulimic eating-disorder variants: Preliminary findings, Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, Available online 7 February 2015, ISSN 0925-4927.

2. Booj, L., Casey, K., Antunes, J., Szyf, M., Joober, R., Israel, M., Steiger, H. (accepted). DNA methylation in individuals with Anorexia Nervosa and in matched normal-eater controls: A genome-wide Study. Int J Eat Disord. 2015 Mar 23.

3. Thaler, L., Wilson, S., Coelho, J.S., Mazanek Antunes, J., Israel, M., Steiger, H. (2014) Mandating weekly weight gain in a day treatment program for eating disorders. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47 (5), 500-6.

4. Steiger, H., Labonté, B., Groleau, P., Turecki, G., Israel. M. (2013). Methylation of the glucocorticoid receptor gene promoter in bulimic women: Associations with borderline personality disorder, suicidality and exposure to childhood abuse. International Journal of Eating Disorders. Apr; 46(3):246-55.

5. Israël M, Steiger H, Kolivakis T, McGregor L, Sadikot AF. (2010) Deep Brain Stimulation in the Subgenual Cingulate Cortex for an Intractable Eating Disorder. Biol Psychiatry. May 1;67(9):e53-4. Epub 2009 Dec 30.

6. Steiger H, Joober R, Gauvin L, Bruce KR, Richardson J, Israel M, Groleau P. (2008) Serotonin-System Polymorphism (5-HTTLPR and-1438 G/A) and Responses of Patients with Bulimic Syndromes to Multimodal Treatments. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 69, 1565-1571.

7. Rosval, L., Steiger, H., Bruce, K. R., Israel, M., Richardson, J., & Aubut, M. (2006). Impulsivity in women with eating disorders: Problem of response inhibition, planning, or attention? Int J Eat Disord 39 (7) 590-593.

8. Steiger, H., Richardson, J., Israël, M., Young, S.N., Ng Ying Kin, N.M.K., Bruce, K.R., Mansour, S. Parent, A.M. (2006). Reduced density of platelet binding sites for [3H-] paroxetine in remitted bulimic women. Neuropsychopharmacology. 30, 1028-1032.

9. Steiger, H., Gauvin, L., Joober, R., Israel, M., Ng Ying Kin, N.M.K., Bruce, K., Richardson, J., Young, S., & Hakim, J. (2006). Intrafamilial correspondences on platelet [3H-] paroxetine-binding indices in bulimic probands and their unaffected first-degree relatives. Neuropsychopharmacology.

10. Steiger, H., Israël, M., Gauvin, L., Ng Ying Kin, N.M.K., & Young, S.N. (2003). Implications of compulsive and impulsive traits for serotonin status in women with bulimia nervosa. Psychiatry Research, 120, 219-229.

11. Steiger, H., Gauvin, L., Israël, M., Ng Ying Kin, N.M.K., Koerner, N., Paris, J., & Young, S.N., (2001). Association of serotonin and cortisol indices with childhood abuse in Bulimia Nervosa. Archives of General Psychiatry, 58, 837-841.

Mimi Israël is psychiatrist-in-chief at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. She is an attending psychiatrist at the Douglas Eating Disorders Program, a consultant psychiatrist to a first-line community mental health care team, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at McGill. She is also president of the Association of Chiefs of Departments of Psychiatry of Montreal, and a fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders. She was chair of the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University from 2007 to 2015. Active as a clinician, teacher, researcher and administrator, she is primarily interested in the areas of eating disorders, community mental health, health care service organization, public education and advocacy. A recipient of several McGill teaching awards, she was also presented with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 1998, the grand prize from the Quebec Medical College of Physicians in 2006, and the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services “Persillier-Lachapelle Career Achievement Award” in 2013. Her research interests have focussed on the implications of temperamental traits and adverse life events on neurobiological indices, and genetic variations in eating disorders. Other areas of interests within the field of Eating Disorders include the study of factors that determine treatment outcome, and determinants of the efficacy of different treatment techniques such as partial hospitalization.

2013 Prix reconnaissance de carrière Persillier-Lachapelle du réseau de la santé et des services sociaux (the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services Persillier-Lachapelle Career Achievement Award).
2011 Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association
2008 Health and Science finalist Women’s Y Foundation Women of Distinction.
2006 Grand Prize 2006 Quebec Medical College of Physicians
2006 Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders
2005 McGill Faculty of Medicine Osler Fellowship
2004 McGill Department of Medicine, Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence, in recognition of contribution to teaching and educational leadership and innovation in the Faculty of Medicine
1998 National Alliance for the mentally ill 1998 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award
1998 Undergraduate teaching award for outstanding teaching in psychiatry,
McGill University, Faculty of Medicine
1997 Postgraduate Teaching Award, McGill University, Department of Psychiatry
1990 Postgraduate Teaching Award, McGill University, Department of Psychiatry

Howard Steiger PhD
Lea Thaler PhD
Annie St. Hilaire PhD

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