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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.

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  • Implicit Bias From Providers Inhibits HCV Treatment

    A new study reveals significant insights into the challenges that can occur for hepatitis C virus (HCV) micro-elimination efforts in people with HIV (PWH). Due to the opioid epidemic, the prevalence of co-infection with HIV and HCV has been increasing. If left untreated, HCV infection can lead to liver damage, cancer, and death. Although HIV requires lifelong therapy, HCV can be cured with a few months of oral medications.

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  • Alcohol Research Conference Fosters Collaboration Across Specialties

    Now in its second year, the Yale Conference for Alcohol Research and Education (YCARE) was held on September 30, 2023. Offering a comprehensive agenda of talks, panel discussions, and poster presentations, the all-day event brought together Yale's researchers, clinicians, and other stakeholders under the banner of alcohol research. Bubu Banini, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine (digestive diseases), Yale School of Medicine (YSM), spearheaded the conference, along with co-directors David Fiellin, MD, professor of medicine (general medicine) and emergency medicine, YSM, and public health, Yale School of Public Health; Graeme Mason, PhD, professor of radiology and biomedical imaging and of psychiatry, YSM; and Sherry McKee, PhD, professor of psychiatry, YSM.

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  • Yale Study Finds Genetic Links Between Some Health Conditions and PTSD

    A new study led by Yale Department of Psychiatry researchers and published in JAMA Psychiatry has identified numerous physical health conditions, particularly diseases of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, that have genetic links to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Gita Pathak, PhD, and Renato Polimanti, PhD, are first and senior authors, respectively.

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  • A Single Dose of Psilocybin Boosts Neuroplasticity and Reduces Depression Symptoms

    Patrick Skosnik, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, and Deepak D'Souza, MD, Albert E Kent Professor of Psychiatry, are first and senior authors, respectively, of a paper in Journal of Psychopharmacology that provides evidence that psilocybin induces lasting changes in neuroplasticity and that these changes are linked to improvements in depression symptoms.

    Source: PsyPost
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  • 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.

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