Yale launches five-year study of origins of autism
Yale researchers will study the development of functional brain connectivity during late pregnancy to early adolescence thanks to a five-year, $12.4 million grant from Autism Centers of Excellence Program, part of efforts by the National Institutes of Health to understand the origins of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
$1.2 million grant boosts YSPH student’s work assisting human trafficking victims
Nathan Earl ’24, a student in the Yale School of Public Health’s Executive MPH program and an anti-human trafficking advocate, was a collaborator on a recent joint $1.2 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Overdose-Prevention Grant Heralded On Grand
Roughly $10 million in federal aid will flow to the New Haven area over the next five years to help municipal health departments take a regional approach in combating the opioid epidemic. YSPH Professor Robert Heimer is helping to lead the effort.Source: New Haven Independent
Yale Psychiatry Researchers Awarded Grant to Establish PRISM Initiative
Yale Department of Psychiatry researchers have been awarded a three-year federal grant to establish the Partnered Evaluation of Relationship Health Innovations and Services through Mixed Methods (PRISM) Initiative. Galina Portnoy, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is the principal investigator on the PRISM Initiative, a $1.63 million grant supported by the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) and VA’s Care Management and Social Work Service Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP).
School Climate Walkthrough Tool Selected for Semi-Final Round of VITAL Prize Challenge
In August 2023, researchers at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (YCEI) moved onto the Semi-Final Round of the Vital Prize Challenge for the development of their tool: The School Climate Walkthrough: A Student-Led Digital Tool to Improve School Experiences. The VITAL Prize Challenge “provides funding, resources, and capacity-building support for small teams to bring new discoveries to educational and learning contexts to improve the experiences of those who have been historically and systematically excluded from learning and education systems.”
NIDA Invests Nearly $7M to Address the Opioid Crisis Among Women Who Experience Intimate Partner Violence
The National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Drug Abuse has awarded nearly $7 million to MPIs Tami Sullivan, PhD (Psychiatry and Public Health); E. Jennifer Edelman, MD, MHS (Internal Medicine and Public Health); and Dawn Johnson, PhD (University of Akron Department of Psychology) to study medication for opioid use disorder treatment retention among women who experience intimate partner violence.
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.
Gelernter, Potenza Receive Grant to Study Genetic Risk Variants for Methamphetamine Use Disorder in Thailand
Joel Gelernter, MD, Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Genetics and of Neuroscience, and Marc Potenza, MD, PhD, Albert E. Kent Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center and of Neuroscience have received a federal grant to study and identify genetic risk variants for methamphetamine use disorder and related mental health traits in people in Thailand.
$20M Federal Grant Renewed for Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have renewed a $20 million grant for the Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS). The Yale center is led by co-directors Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD, Albert E. Kent Professor of Psychiatry; and Stephanie O’Malley, PhD, Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry.
D'Souza, Gelernter Awarded Grant to Study Genetic Risk Factors in Cannabis Use Disorder
Deepak Cyril D’Souza, MD, and Joel Gelernter, MD, will study the biology of a person’s response to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active constituent of cannabis. They will identify genetic risk factors to cannabis use disorder and study how cannabis risk variants influence THC response in a laboratory setting.
Investigators Launch Study Aimed at Accelerating Understanding of Bipolar Disorder
A multidisciplinary team of researchers based at Yale will launch a series of studies aimed at accelerating understanding of bipolar disorder and generating new and more effective treatments. Hilary Blumberg, MD, John and Hope Furth Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience and Professor of Psychiatry, and in the Child Study Center and of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, will lead the research team.
Datta Receives Grant from Alzheimer's Association to Study Protein that Could Aid Early Detection
Dibyadeep Datta, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, has been awarded a grant from the Alzheimer’s Association to study how a specific protein present in patients with Alzheimer’s disease may aid in early detection of the illness before symptoms are present, thereby improving treatment outcomes.
Opara receives $3.5 million grant to curb urban drug use, involve youth in research
Yale School of Public Health Associate Professor Ijeoma Opara has received the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Racial Equity Visionary Award. The award is a NIDA DP1 grant for $3.5 million over five years that will allow her to work within predominantly urban neighborhoods to curb substance use among racial/ethnic minorities.
Montalvo-Ortiz Awarded NIDA Grant for Opioid Use Disorder Study
Janitza Montalvo-Ortiz, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, has been awarded a grant by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for the project, “Deciphering the single-nucleus genomic regulatory structure of opioid use disorder in the human brain.”