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Remembering Dr. Glenda MacQueen

Dr. Glenda MacQueen

Dear colleagues,

We are still absorbing the news and coping with a profound sadness due to the passing of our colleague and friend, Dr. Glenda MacQueen on Thursday March 26, 2020. She was a true leader in the Canadian psychiatry and represent us so well in the international scenario.

Glenda’s contributions were primarily focused on the neurobiology of mood disorders. Her body of work made her not only one of the most influential researchers in her field, but also a highly respected clinician and a much-loved mentor among her peers and students across the country.

Glenda's attention to science, leadership skills and her compassionate care for patients have shaped so singularly her professional accomplishments – including her prominent roles in various national and international societies, her contributions to the Canadian Network from Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT) and the Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND), and her most recent position as the Vice-Dean of the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

I had the opportunity to work with Glenda at McMaster University, right after my arrival in Canada more than 15 years ago. Since then, I have witnessed her professional and academic generosity, her fearless defense of academic integrity and her unconditional support to students and trainees.

It is therefore with a heavy heart that I share the news with you and send our condolences to Glenda’s family, her patients and colleagues across the country - and to everyone who was fortunate to have her as a friend.

Glenda, you will be dearly missed.



Claudio N Soares MD, PhD, FRCPC, MBA
Professor and Head,
Department of Psychiatry
Queen's University School of Medicine