A New Study Shows How Certain Genes Can Cause Brain Disorders Like Autism
Kristen Brennand, PhD, Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry, was a guest on NPR's "All Things Considered" program discussing how improved genetic understanding could lead to better medical diagnoses of patients.Source: NPR-WSHU
There’s a Pill That Helps People Quit Smoking. Why Isn’t It Sold in the U.S.?
Lisa Fucito, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, spoke to Slate Magazine about a new review on pharmacological and e-cigarette interventions for smoking cessation and the fact that one of the effective interventions, cytisine, is not available in the United States.Source: Slate
Federal Government Takes Parity Discussion to States
Tichianaa Armah, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, and Lisa Harding, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, spoke to Psychiatric News for a recent story about enforcement of the federal mental health parity law.Source: Psychiatric News
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.
Krystal Is Recipient of 2023 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health
John H. Krystal, MD, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research and Professor of Psychiatry, of Neuroscience, and of Psychology, and chair of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, has been named recipient of the 2023 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).
Genome-wide Association Studies and Cross-population Meta-analyses Investigating Short and Long Sleep Duration
Joel Gelernter, MD, Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Genetics and of Neuroscience, is senior author of a paper in Nature Communications that presents genome-wide association studies of short and long sleep duration in adults.Source: Nature Communications
$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.
What Is Psilocybin Therapy? A Detailed Scientific Guide to This Psychedelic Approach for Mental Health
Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry, spoke to Everyday Health about clinical treatments involving psilocybin therapy.Source: Everyday Health
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.
In Study of Veterans, Positive Personality Traits Moderate Persistent High Alcohol Consumption
Peter Na, MD, MPH, assistant professor of psychiatry, and Robert Pietrzak, PhD, MPH, professor of psychiatry and of public health, led a research team that examined the psychosocial moderators of high alcohol consumption determined by polygenic risk in military veterans.Source: Psychological Medicine
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
Huckins to Receive 2023 International Society of Psychiatric Genetics Theodore Reich Early Career Award
Laura Huckins, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, has been awarded the 2023 International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG) Theodore Reich Early Career Award. Huckins was selected for the award based on her published work describing the genetic underpinnings of eating disorders and PTSD as well as for her service to the psychiatric genetics community.
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.
Girgenti Paper Explores 'iHerd,' A Hierarchical Graph Representation Learning Method
Matthew Girgenti, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is co-author of a paper in PLOS Computational Biology that explores a hierarchical graph representation learning method called iHerd.Source: PLOS Computational Biology
Ramaswamy Praises the 'Nuclear Family,' but Single Parents Say His Comments Hurt
Carmen Black, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, and a single parent, spoke to USA Today for a story about comments presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy made regarding his upbringing in a two-parent household.Source: USA Today