Positive Attitude, Longer, Healthier Life: Research shows that looking on the bright side can add up to 7.5 years to your life.

Our experts will explore the factors connecting age and mood, help dispel the myth that depression is a normal part of aging and offer strategies for staying mentally fit as you age.

Dr. David Conn

Vice President of Education, Chief of Psychiatry

speakerseries-27Dr. Conn is currently the Vice-President of Medical Services and Academic Education and Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health and Chair of the Coalition’s National Guidelines Project. He is Past President of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry. He completed his Medical Degree at Trinity College, Dublin, and his training in psychiatry was carried out at the University of Toronto.

He subsequently completed a Fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He joined the Department of Psychiatry at Baycrest in 1983 and has been the Department Head since 1992. He is the Medical Director of the Mood and Related Disorders Clinic and Co-Director of the Brain Health Centre. He also has a keen interest in telemedicine and is currently the Medical Director of Telehealth Services at Baycrest.


Dr. Marla Shapiro

Health and Medical, Contributor for CTV’s Canada AM

speakerseries-26Dr. Marla Shapiro, MDCM CCFP MHSc FRCP(C) FCFP, is a family physician and the Health and Medical Contributor for CTV’s Canada AM as well as the editor of Parents Canada magazine, launched in March 2007.

She completed medical school at McGill University and trained at the University of Toronto for her Masters of Health Science in Community Health and Epidemiology. She holds a Fellowship in Family Medicine and is a NAMS credentialed menopause specialist. She is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, where she recently won an award for Creative Professional Activity.

Dr. Shapiro won the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada/Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health Award for Excellence in Women’s Health Journalism in 2006 for her documentary “Run Your Own Race.” Her book, “Life in the Balance: My Journey with Breast Cancer” was released in the fall of 2006 and is a national bestseller.

For her lifelong commitment to family medicine, Shapiro was awarded the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Award of Excellence for 2008.