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.
Orientation selectivity enhances context generalization and generative predictive coding in the hippocampus
The lab of George Dragoi, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Neuroscience, recently published a new study in Neuron that found orientation selectivity enhances context generalization and generative predictive coding in the hippocampus.Source: Neuron
Mentoring key to equity, says Nii Addy, PhD, Director of Scientist Diversity and Inclusion
To build a medical school environment where underrepresented minorities can thrive, mentoring is key, says Nii Addy, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Yale School of Medicine's inaugural Director of Scientist Diversity and Inclusion.
New Program Brings Meharry Medical Students into the ‘Yale Family’
Six students were selected from Meharry Medical College, an historically Black medical school in Nashville, in a program designed by Yale School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to provide them with research experience and career advancing networking opportunities. The students will work alongside Yale faculty members and residents, begin building networks, and deepen their understanding of careers paths in psychiatry, neurosurgery, and neuroscience.
Understanding trauma: Yale physicians on bias in the ER
When third-year Yale emergency resident physician Dr. Isaac Agboola writes in the Annals of Emergency Medicine about the problem of bias in the emergency department, it’s a matter of personal as well as professional interest. As one of the few Black male physicians in his class of more than 60 residents, and the first in his family to attend college and pursue medicine, Agboola says he feels a unique responsibility to represent Black patients who are brought in for treatment. The article, “The Coats That We Can Take Off And the Ones We Can’t,” written by Agboola and co-authored by two assistant professors of emergency medicine, Dr. Ambrose H. Wong and Dr. Edouard Coupet, examines how bias influences emergency department treatment, particularly decisions over which patients must be restrained and/or sedated.Source: YaleNews
WHRY Funds Study on How CBD Affects the Brain
Women’s Health Research at Yale announced funding to investigate how the presumably non-intoxicating cannabis ingredient cannabidiol (CBD) affects the brain, and if it affects women and men differently. CBD use is growing in popularity exponentially, yet the safety and effectiveness of this non-regulated category of products are unknown.