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News Date: 
19 July 2017

Droctor Gabor Mate

"Human Development through the lens of science and compassion"
Gabor Maté is a Hungarian-born Canadian physician who specializes in neurologypsychiatry, and psychology, as well as the study and treatment of addiction.  Born January 6, 1944 in Budapest, Hungary, he is a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust.   His maternal grandparents were killed in Auschwitz when he was five months old, his aunt disappeared during the war, and his father endured forced labour at the hands of the Nazis.  He emigrated to Canada with his family in 1956.   He was a student radical during the Vietnam War era in the late 1960s and graduated with a B.A. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He worked for a few years as a high school English and literature teacher, and later returned to school to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a physician.
Maté ran a private family practice in East Vancouver for over twenty years. He was also the medical coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital for seven years. Currently he is the staff physician at the Portland Hotel, a residence and resource centre for the people of Vancouver's Downtown. Many of his patients suffer from mental illness, drug addiction and HIV, or all three. He works in harm reduction clinics in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
In his book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts Dr. Mate calls for a compassionate approach toward addiction whether in ourselves or others.  He believes the source of addictions is not to be found in genes but in the early childhood environment; addictions originate in trauma and emotional loss.
Childhood Development and Parenting is the theme in Hold on to Your Kids.  The essential condition for healthy development is the child’s relationship with nurturing adults.  Co-authored with development psychologist Dr. Gordon Neufeld Hold On to Your Kids provides insight into environmental factors necessary for healthy childhood development, how these conditions are increasingly under threat in today’s society and how parents and teachers can maintain their leading position in face of the multiple challenges posed by modern culture.  
Mind and body health is explored in When the Body Says No.  Emotional stress is a major cause of physical illness.  The brain and body systems that process emotions are intimately connected with the hormonal apparatus, the nervous system and in particular the immune system.  This ground- breaking book was published in multiple languages on five continents. S