Welcome to the Thombs Research Team Website!

Dr. Brett Thombs is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, a Senior Investigator at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research at the Jewish General Hospital, Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care and Director of the Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN) and Director of the DEPRESsion Screening Data (DEPRESSD) Project.

Members of the Thombs Research Team work in three projects or areas: (1) SPIN, (2) the DEPRESSD Project, and (3) meta research and policy, which includes the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC), the development of an extension of the CONsolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) statement for trials conducted in cohorts and other routinely collected data, and other meta-research projects.

Each project group includes research coordinators, research assistants, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students who collaboratively work on various aspects of the projects. Check out the individual project sections to learn more about each project team and our current team members.

Latest News...

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Andrea Carboni Jiménez accepted into the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL)/Juris Doctor (JD) Program at McGill University | 2021/01/18

Team member Andrea Carboni Jiménez one of 180 students with excellent academic track records to be accepted into the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL)/Juris Doctor (JD) program at McGill University. Andrea completed her second undergraduate honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Brett Thombs researching the burden experienced by caregivers of people with various medical conditions. Her Master’s of Psychiatry thesis focuses on examining the effectiveness of psychological interventions delivered to incarcerated individuals with (1) mood disorders and (2) post traumatic stress disorder. In addition, Andrea is currently leading a project evaluating health outcomes from randomized control trials that have tested questionnaire-based screening. Congratulations Andrea!

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Dr. Thombs featured on CBC News with tips on mental health in COVID-19 for the new year | 2020/12/30

A CBC Life - Culture article by Chloe Rose Stuart-Ulin, entitled "Expert advice on how to tackle resolutions for 2021", featured Dr. Brett Thombs' tips on mental health and the importance of staying connected. Read the article here:

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Dr. Henry awarded SPOR Evidence Alliance grant for a research project examining the incorporation of recommendations for gender-diverse people in clinical practice guidelines | 2020/12/18

Dr. Richard Henry was awarded a $10,000 grant by the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Evidence Alliance to fund his research on the "Incorporation of recommendations for gender-diverse people in clinical practice guidelines: A review of traditionally sex-binary guidelines and recommendations". The goal of the project is to improve health care guidance for gender-diverse individuals by providing guideline producers and health care practitioners with information about the degree that existing guidelines address needs of gender-diverse individuals and examples where they have been addressed appropriately. Dr. Henry's project was one of two (out of 25 applicants) funded by the highly competitive SPOR Seed Grant.

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Dr. Thombs awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Patient-engaged Disease Management and Prevention  | 2020/12/16

Congratulations to Dr.  Thombs, who was named a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Patient-engaged Disease Management and Prevention! The Canada Research Chairs are awarded to world-class researchers who are recognized internationally as leaders in their fields; who lead innovative, high-quality research programs; and who have superior track records for attracting and training outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Read the press release here, disseminated by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (ISED), accessible via the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) homepage, via the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) homepage, and via Cision Newswire. The list of 2019-2 recipients can be found on the official Chairholder page.

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Dr. Yin Wu and the SPIN Team publish new article on factors associated with fears during COVID-19  | 2020/12/01

A new study, conducted by Dr. Yin Wu and the SPIN Team, has been published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research ( It was the first to explore the factors associated with fears during COVID-19 in a vulnerable population with a pre-existing medical condition and the first study that applied the validated COVID-19 Fears Questionnaire for Chronic Medical Conditions, which was developed based on input from over 100 people with scleroderma who shared their fears and with advice from the SPIN-COVID-19 Patient Advisory Team. By linking pre-COVID-19 data from the SPIN Cohort and COVID-19 data collected in April 2020, results from Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States were compared, controlling for pre-COVID-19 anxiety symptoms. They found that fears due to COVID-19 among people with SSc were greatest among participants from the United Kingdom, followed by Canada, the United States, and France. Greater interference of breathing problems in daily activities and lower financial resource adequacy were associated with fear levels, as well.

For more news about the team, please click here ...