Lieping Chen, PhD, wins prestigious 2017 Warren Alpert Prize
Lieping Chen, Ph.D., co-director of the Cancer Immunology Program at Yale Cancer Center and United Technologies Corporation Professor in Cancer Research and professor of immunobiology, of dermatology and of medicine at Yale School of Medicine, has been presented with the 2017 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize for transformative discoveries in the field of cancer immunology.
Lieping Chen among five scientists recognized for discoveries in cancer immunology
Lieping Chen, Ph.D., the United Technologies Corporation Professor in Cancer Research and professor of immunobiology, of dermatology, and of medicine, is one of five scientists to receive the 2017 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize.
Innovation to Impact: Dr. Lieping Chen and NextCure
Dr. Lieping Chen is a pioneer in the field of immuno-oncology and his discoveries have led to life-saving drugs for cancer patients. Now, with the support of the Yale Office of Cooperative Research, Dr. Chen has launched a startup—NextCure—that is poised to lead to even more breakthrough treatments.
New Germantown biotech nets $67 million from investors
New Germantown biotech nets $67 million from investors, including Eli Lilly and Pfizer to fund research and development in Dr. Lieping Chen’s laboratory. Immuno-oncology has attracted growing notice over the past few years, but only a handful of drugs in the nascent field have been approved for broad public use. Two of those drugs leading the charge — Keytruda and Opdivo — target the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway that Chen is credited with innovating. Keytruda, manufactured by Merck, made headlines last year when former president Jimmy Carter said he was using it to treat cancerous tumors in his brain and liver. Carter said in December that he is cancer-free.
Yale Imaging and Psychopharmacology Lab Publishes Articles in Molecular Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry CNNI
Yale School of Medicine's Yale Imaging and Psychopharmacology Lab, directed by neuroscientist Sarah Yip, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, has published research articles in Molecular Psychiatry and Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.
Yale Study: Connecticut Overdose Deaths Have More Than Doubled Since 2012
Greg Rhee, PhD, MSW, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and Robert Rosenheck, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and of Health Policy, are co-authors of a paper published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence that found the rate of drug overdose deaths in Connecticut has more than doubled since 2012.
VA Study Seeks to Understand Burnout
Yale researchers sought to understand levels of job burnout among mental health staff. In a study published in the Community Mental Health Journal on Oct. 5, they examined the mental health states of staffers working at the Connecticut Veterans Affairs Errera Community Care Center, or ECCC. The researchers found that among this group, feelings of accomplishment can coexist with negative experiences of emotional exhaustion and depersonalization. Among the authors were Jack Tsai, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and Anne Klee, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry.
Study Suggests Role for Targeting Psychological Variables in the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder and Chronic Pain
There is a paucity of evidence-based treatments for co-occurring opioid use disorder and chronic pain. These inter-related chronic medical conditions have been central to the unfolding of the opioid crisis. A new study by researchers at Yale, Johns Hopkins, University of Bridgeport, and Western Connecticut State University published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology suggests that psychological variables are important treatment targets for co-occurring opioid use disorder and chronic pain.
Research Suggests Male and Female Children's Brains Respond to Differently to Technology
A 2018 study by Marc Potenza, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, in the Child Study Center and of Neuroscience, is cited in a Wall Street Journal Report that investigates brain differences that cause boys to be more interested in video games and girls to spend more time on social media.