Yale Radiology and Psychiatry Researchers Join with Penn Medicine to Create a New Center to Study Opioid Use Disorders
Opioid use disorder has reached epidemic levels in the United States. Over the last two decades, opioid-related overdose deaths increased by more than 50 percent, with nearly 50,000 in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers from Yale School of Medicine (YSM) and Penn Medicine, which comprises the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, have created a new center that focuses on neuroimaging to improve our understanding of opioid use disorders and find new treatments.
Yale Establishes Tanzania Interventional Radiology Initiative
When Frank Minja, MD, traveled to his native country of Tanzania, East Africa in 2014 to help improve radiology services at the Muhimbili National Hospital campus in Dar es Salaam, he knew the task would be complex and demanding. Minja, an assistant professor of neuroradiology in the Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging at Yale School of Medicine, recently returned to Tanzania with a team from Yale and other institutions to establish the Tanzania Interventional Radiology Initiative.
Krishnan and Gunabushanam Win 2018 American Society of Nephrology Innovations in Kidney Education Contest
Namrata Krishnan, MD, assistant professor of medicine (nephrology), and Gowthaman Gunabushanam, MD, associate professor of radiology and biomedical imaging won the 2018 American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Innovations in Kidney Education Contest for their interactive teaching module on hemodialysis access.
Yale-developed test for Alzheimer’s disease directly measures synaptic loss
Yale researchers have tested a new method for directly measuring synaptic loss in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. The method, which uses PET imaging technology to scan for a specific protein in the brain linked to synapses, has the potential to accelerate research for new Alzheimer’s treatments, the researchers said. The study was published in JAMA Neurology.
Zhengxin “Jason” Cai, PhD Awarded the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council 2018 Berson-Yalow Award
Zhengxin “Jason” Cai, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Yale University PET Center, has been awarded the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council 2018 Berson-Yalow Award for his abstract entitled,"In vivo imaging evaluation of a novel F-labeled SV2A PET tracer in nonhuman primates."
16 Things Experts Wish You Knew About Breast Cancer and Screening
Breast cancer affects one in eight women who are mothers, daughters, sisters, wives and friends—and causes a lot of worry for women in general. “Women who have a family history of breast cancer in particular have a lot of anxiety,” says Yale Medicine's Brigid Killelea, MD, chief of breast surgery.
2012 Pilot Grants to Focus on Smoking Cessation, Breast and Ovarian Cancers, and Gender Differences in Aging
The four 2012 Women’s Health Research at Yale pilot grant recipients are: Irina Esterlis, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Peter M. Glazer, M.D., Ph.D. Professor and Chair of Therapeutic Radiology, Regina J. Hooley, M.D. Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Radiology, and Flora M. Vaccarino, M.D. Professor of Neurobiology and in the Child Study Center.
Preventing diabetes: Yale researchers measure loss of human pancreas cells
A Yale University-led research team has developed a way to measure the loss of insulin-producing islet cells in the human pancreas. The death of those beta cells leads to diabetes. The finding is a crucial step in developing therapies to preserve insulin production and slow or halt the progress of diabetes.
Funding will further study of bipolar disorder in adolescence
The International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) will fund a project exploring the development of bipolar disorder in adolescence led by Hilary Blumberg, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, in the Child Study Center and of diagnostic radiology. Blumberg is the director of the Mood Disorders Research Program at Yale.
Addicts’ cravings have different roots in men and women
A new brain imaging study by Yale School of Medicine researchers suggests stress robustly activates areas of the brain associated with craving in cocaine-dependent women, while drug cues activate similar brain regions in cocaine-dependent men. The study, expected to be published online Jan. 31 in the American Journal of Psychiatry, suggests men and women with cocaine dependence might benefit more from different treatment options.
Jeffrey Pollak named the inaugural Robert I. White Jr., M.D. Professor
Jeffrey S. Pollak, appointed as the inaugural Robert I. White Jr., M.D. Professor of Interventional Radiology, has interest in embolotheraphy, including for acquired and congenital vascular abnormalities and malformations, fibroids, and malignancies, as well as other minimally invasive treatments for tumors, including local ablation.
Leadership Interview: James Brink, MD, Sharing the vision.
James Brink, MD, is chair of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and a professor of diagnostic radiology. We had the privilege of speaking with Dr. Brink recently to discuss his leadership philosophy. He shared stories with us about the mentors who helped shape his leadership values and talked with us about the challenges facing leaders today.