Akiko Iwasaki and Gregg Gonsalves named among “50 experts to trust in a pandemic”
Yale Professor of Immunology Akiko Iwasaki and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Gregg Gonsalves ’11 GRD ’17 were named on the “50 experts to trust in a pandemic” list. The list, curated by editors of the health and wellness publication “Elemental,” presents 50 professionals that people should follow on social media for evidence-based guidance during the pandemic.Source: Yale Daily News
Yes, OCD is genetic but having a parent or sibling with OCD doesn't guarantee you'll have it
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a mental health condition that can be mild or debilitating. Over the years, there has been much discussion surrounding whether or not OCD is genetic and if there is a specific gene linked to OCD. Christopher Pittenger MD, PhD, Director of the Yale OCD Research Clinic, explains what you need to know about genetics and other risk factors for OCD.Source: Insider
Potenza Named Director of Division on Addictions Research at Yale
Marc Potenza, MD, PhD (Yale College ’87, MD ’93, PhD ’94, Psychiatry Residency ‘98), Professor of Psychiatry, of Neuroscience, and in the Child Study Center, has been named Director of the Division on Addictions Research in the Yale Department of Psychiatry.
Yale Researchers Take Stem Cells One Step Closer to Replacing Parathyroid Gland Function
Yale investigators have developed a multistep process that models the biological instructions to create parathyroid gland cells from pluripotent stem cells, a significant milestone along the path toward helping people who lack the hormones released by parathyroid glands.
Immune System Variation Can Predict Severe COVID-19 Outcomes
The differing immune system responses of patients with COVID-19 can help predict who will experience moderate and severe consequences of disease, according to a new study by Yale Cancer Center researchers published July 27 in the journal Nature.
Duman, Pothula: Cell-type speciﬁc modulation of NMDA receptors triggers antidepressant actions
In a new paper published in Molecular Psychiatry, Santosh Pothula, Post Doctoral Associate in the laboratory of Dr. Ronald S Duman, and the late Ronald Duman, PhD, Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neuroscience, and Director of the Abraham Ribicoff Research Facilities, write that both the NMDA receptor (NMDAR) positive allosteric modulator (PAM), and antagonist, can exert rapid antidepressant effects as shown in several animal and human studies. However, how this bidirectional modulation of NMDARs causes similar antidepressant effects remains unknown.Source: Molecular Psychiatry
Elena Gracheva is a finalist of the 2020 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists
Dr. Elena Gracheva, an Associate Professor of Cellular & Molecular Physiology and of Neuroscience, is a 2020 Finalists of the prestigious Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, the world’s largest unrestricted prize for early-career scientists.Source: Elena Gracheva is a finalist of the 2020 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists
Krystal Co-Author of NEJM Article That Tracks Symptom Improvement in Patients With Schizophrenia
Patients with schizophrenia demonstrated improvement on a scale used to measure symptom severity after taking a drug being tested in a clinical trial, according to an article published online in the New England Journal of Medicine and co-authored by John H. Krystal, MD, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research and Chair of the Yale Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine
Small: Yale study may help resolve bitter debate over low-cal sweeteners
Several studies in recent years have reported that low-calorie sweeteners in foods and beverages disrupt the human metabolism, promoting the development of diabetes and obesity. But other studies have found that consuming low-calorie drinks and food has little impact on metabolism and might actually aid in weight loss. A new study by Yale researchers published March 3 in the journal Cell Metabolism may help reconcile these conflicting findings.
Yale Psychiatry's Smith, Sestan Elected to Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
Megan Smith, DrPH, MPH, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership, and the Yale Child Study Center Parent and Family Development Program, and Nenad Sestan, MD, PhD, Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor of Neuroscience, and Professor of Comparative Medicine, of Genetics and of Psychiatry, were recently elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE).
Yale Genomics Study: Helping Researchers Better Understand the Opioid Epidemic
A human genomics study led by two Yale Department of Psychiatry researchers identified specific genetic regions that link opioid exposure and dependence to neuropsychiatric traits like risk-taking behaviors, alcohol abuse, and depression.