Cho, Favuzzi, Girgenti, Keding, Westwater Awarded BBRF Young Investigator Grants
Five Yale Department of Psychiatry and Child Study Center researchers have been awarded Young Investigator Grants from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Youngsun Cho, MD, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and in the Child Study Center; Emilia Favuzzi, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry; Matthew Girgenti, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry; Taylor Keding, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow in the Child Study Center; and Margaret Westwater, PhD, postdoctoral fellow, are among 150 early career scientists worldwide honored with the award.
Marriage of imaging and genetics opens new view of brain function
Neuroimaging has revolutionized the study of the brain, but can provide no information about what is actually happening at molecular level in humans. Scientists at Yale have developed new approaches to link gene expression patterns to brain signals captured by imaging.
Beyond behavior: Frontiers of neuroscience research
Driven by scientific curiosity and humanitarian concern, clinical neuroscientist Alan Anticevic, PhD and other Yale researchers are trying to understand the mechanisms of the brain in a deeper, more systematic way for the benefit of people with mental health problems.
New research division within Department of Psychiatry will focus on neurocognition, neurocomputation, and neurogenetics
Yale Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce the creation of a new research division that will focus on systems neuroscience in psychiatry, combining cognitive, computational and genetic approaches. This new division, named Neurocognition, Neurocomputation, and Neurogenetics (N3), will be co-directed by David Glahn, PhD, professor of psychiatry, and Alan Anticevic, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and of psychology.
Too much of a bad thing: Schizophrenia onset linked to elevated neural links
In its chronic stage, schizophrenia is typically marked by a dearth of links between brain cells in the prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain responsible for higher-order thinking. However, a new study by Yale and Chinese researchers shows that the onset of the disease — usually in the early 20s — is marked by an abnormal spike in neural connections.
NIMH highlights Yale research in a sampling of summer science
Thomas Insel, MD, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, touts Yale-led research as offering "real promise for understanding how cortical function becomes dysregulated in people prone to psychosis" and as an important step towards detecting risk for schizophrenia.Source: NIMH Director's Blog
Shared brain disruption illustrates similarities between mental illnesses
A specific brain disruption is present both in individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and those with bipolar disorder, adding to evidence that many mental illnesses have biological similarities. The brain activity patterns identified by Yale University researchers and reported online July 3 in the journal Cerebral Cortex may serve as important biomarkers for diagnostic classification of complex psychiatric illnesses.
Anticevic receives Young Investigator Award at 14th International Congress on Schizophrenia Research
Alan Anticevic, PhD, associate research scientist in psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, is the recipient of a Young Investigator Award at the 14th International Congress on Schizophrenia Research (ICOSR). ICOSR is a biennial meeting where scientists involved with discovery in schizophrenia gather to exchange data, techniques, and ideas.
Readiness For Change: Assessing Employee Commitment to Peer Worker Integration in Drug Court Settings
Brandee M. Izquierdo, DPA, MPA, lecturer in psychiatry, and Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, MSW, professor of psychiatry, are first and senior authors, respectively, of a paper in Journal of Offender Rehabilitation that assesses drug court employees’ readiness and perceived commitment to peer worker integration.Source: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation
Neural Patterns Differentiate Traumatic From Sad Autobiographical Memories in PTSD
Investigators from Yale and Mount Sinai schools of medicine studied the neural activity of 28 people diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They found that autobiographical memories for sad and neutral memories are processed differently in the brain than for traumatic memories. The findings were published in Nature Neuroscience. The co-senior author is Ilan Harpaz-Rotem, PhD, professor of psychiatry and of psychology at Yale School of Medicine.
PRCH Publishes Special Journal Issue to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of IRCC
The Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health published a special edition of the Journal of Public Mental Health to mark the 10th anniversary of the International Recovery and Citizenship Collective. Guest editors are Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, MSW; Graziela Reis, MPH; Helen Hamer, PhD, RN; and Gillian MacIntyre, PhD.Source: Journal of Public Mental Health
The Effect of 10 Versus 20 Minutes of Mindfulness Meditation on State Mindfulness and Affect
Hedy Kober, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and of psychology, is senior author of a paper in Scientific Reports that found a single session of mindfulness meditation improves state mindfulness regardless of whether sessions are 10 or 20 minutes long.Source: Scientific Reports