NeonMind Biosciences Inc. (CSE:NEON) (OTCQB:NMDBF)(FRA:6UF) ("NeonMind'' or the "Company"), an integrated drug development and wellness company focused on bringing innovative psychedelic-based treatments to people suffering from obesity and mental health disorders, announced today the appointment of Dr. Dinesh Bhayana, MD, CCFP (EM), as the Site Medical Director of its recently announced inaugural specialty clinic for interventional psychiatry, located in Mississauga, Ontario. Dr. Bhayana is the Chief Medical Officer of the Centre for Compassionate Care (C3), which offers specialized psychological services including Integrative Ketamine-Enhanced Psychotherapy, served as a Board Member for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Canada, and an Emergency and Addiction Medicine physician in several communities within the Greater Toronto Area.
"We are excited to welcome Dr. Bhayana as Site Medical Director of our first specialty clinic. Dr. Bhayana's extensive training and clinical expertise is particularly well suited for delivering innovative, safe and effective mental health treatments to patients suffering from mood and anxiety disorders," said Robert Tessarolo, President & CEO of NeonMind.
Dr. Bhayana's combination of training and experience is complementary for overseeing the administration of innovative mental health treatments. Dr. Bhayana works closely with patients suffering from mental health disorders in his current clinical roles within the emergency department, addiction medicine clinic, and ketamine-enhanced psychotherapy program.
Dr. Bhayana holds various positions including active staff hospital privileges in the departments of Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry. He completed medical school at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, followed by family medicine and emergency medicine training at the University of Toronto. Dr. Bhayana is certified by the Canadian College of Family Physicians with an Emergency Medicine specialty designation and holds an adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor faculty appointment at McMaster University. He has also completed training in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy at the Polaris Insight Center and Ketamine Medical Provider training with the Integrative Psychiatry Institute (IPI).
Dr. Bhayana commented, "I am honored to be appointed as Site Medical Director of NeonMind's inaugural specialty clinic. Despite the strengths of our Canadian healthcare system, major gaps still remain in access to evidence-based treatments. NeonMind's team has a strong track record of deploying new medical treatments and a detailed understanding of working in partnership with the healthcare system to address local community needs. I look forward to working with them to ensure access to high quality care that is safe and effective."
About NeonMind Biosciences Inc.
NeonMind operates two divisions: (i) a pharmaceutical division engaged in drug development of psychedelic compounds with two lead psilocybin-based drug candidates targeting obesity; and (ii) a medical services division focused on launching specialty mental health clinics that integrate psychedelic therapeutics into traditional psychotherapy settings.
In its pharmaceutical division, NeonMind has two distinct psilocybin drug development programs targeting obesity. NeonMind's lead candidate, NEO-001, employs psilocybin as an agonist at the serotonin 5- HT2A receptor, which is involved in the hallucinogenic effect of psychedelics. The Company's second drug candidate, NEO-002, employs low-dose psilocybin as an agonist at the 5-HT2C receptor, which controls appetite.
NeonMind and its strategic partners are building NeonMind-branded specialty mental health clinics in Canada that incorporate evidence-based innovative interventional psychiatry treatments to address a variety of mental health needs. For more information on NeonMind, go to www.NeonMindBiosciences.com.
Rob Tessarolo, President & Chief Executive Officer, NeonMind Biosciences Inc.
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NeonMind and Dr. Bhayana will work closely with medical leaders in NeonMind's Specialty Clinics Advisory Board to set up the Company's inaugural NeonMind specialty mental health clinic in Mississauga and leverage their clinical experience to meet regulatory licensing requirements and initiate treatment services this year.