Yale Scientists Awarded $8.4M Grant to Develop Treatments for Women With Problem Drinking
Yale Department of Psychiatry scientists have been awarded a five-year, $8.4 million federal grant to establish a new research center at Yale that will develop treatments to help women with problem drinking.
How the Brain Helps Us Make Good Decisions — and Bad Ones
A prevailing theory in neuroscience holds that people make decisions based on integrated global calculations that occur within the frontal cortex of the brain. However, Yale researchers have found that three distinct circuits connecting to different brain regions are involved in making good decisions, bad ones, and determining which of those past choices to store in memory, they report June 25 in the journal Neuron.
Scientists Restore Some Functions in a Pig’s Brain Hours After Death
Circulation and cellular activity were restored in a pig’s brain four hours after its death, a finding that challenges long-held assumptions about the timing and irreversible nature of the cessation of some brain functions after death, Yale scientists report in the journal Nature.
YJBM 2018-2019 Colloquium Series: "Top-down Regulation of Attention by Prefrontal Cortex: Dysfunction in Attention Disorders" on March 25
Dr. Amy Arnsten will speak from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on March 25th in BCMM 206/208 (295 Congress St.), delivering a lecture titled: "Top-down Regulation of Attention by Prefrontal Cortex: Dysfunction in Attention Disorders." Light refreshments will be provided.
Picciotto to become President of Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco
Marina Picciotto, PhD, Charles B.G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, and Deputy Chair for Basic Science Research in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, will become President of the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT) in the Spring.
Yale study: Effects of maternal smoking continue long after birth
Early exposure to nicotine can trigger widespread genetic changes that affect formation of connections between brain cells long after birth, a new Yale-led study has found. The finding helps explains why maternal smoking has been linked to behavioral changes such as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, addiction and conduct disorder.
Picciotto named editor-in-chief of The Journal of Neuroscience
Marina Picciotto, PhD, Charles B.G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center, of Neuroscience and of Pharmacology, and Deputy Chair for Basic Science Research in the Department of Psychiatry, has been named editor-in-chief of The Journal of Neuroscience.
Genomic analysis pinpoints a potential target for treatment of Down syndrome
A study of changes in the patterns of gene activity in the brains of people with Down syndrome reveals that the formation of the brain’s white matter is affected throughout life, a finding that suggests treatment might be possible for the condition that affects 400,000 Americans.
Making ‘miniature brains’ from skin cells to better understand autism
A larger head size — or macrocephaly — is seen in many children with severe autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A new stem cell study of these children by Yale School of Medicine researchers could help predict ASD and may lead to new drug targets for autism treatment.
New finding suggests a way to block stress’ damage
Ketamine, an anesthetic sometimes abused as a street drug, increases the synaptic connections between brain cells and in low doses acts as a powerful antidepressant, Yale researchers have found. However, stress has the opposite effect, shrinking the number of synaptic spines, triggering depression.