Yale Researchers Find Genetic Clues to Troubling PTSD Symptom
Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) overlap with several other psychiatric disorders, but one specific symptom — repeated disturbing memories and flashbacks about a specific event — is a defining characteristic of debilitating PTSD.
Women’s Health Research at Yale funds studies on pain relief, cannabis, and genetic origins of sex differences in disease
Women’s Health Research at Yale (WHRY) today announced funding for first-of-their-kind studies on pain relief, cannabis, and the genetic basis of sex differences across a broad range of ailments, including Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.
In the Developing Brain, Scientists Find Roots of Neuropsychiatric Diseases
The most comprehensive genomic analysis of the human brain ever undertaken has revealed new insights into the changes it undergoes through development, how it varies among individuals, and the roots of neuropsychiatric illnesses such as autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia.
Ponce receives Paul Nelson Award from Council of Chairs of Training Councils
Allison Ponce, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, has received the Paul Nelson Award from the Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC). CCTC is comprised of the presidents and chairs of the education and training associations in health service psychology with the mission of enhancing collaboration in psychology education.
Marriage of imaging and genetics opens new view of brain function
Neuroimaging has revolutionized the study of the brain, but can provide no information about what is actually happening at molecular level in humans. Scientists at Yale have developed new approaches to link gene expression patterns to brain signals captured by imaging.
Psychiatric disorders share an underlying genetic basis
Thomas Fernandez, MD, Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center and of Psychiatry, and Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, contributed to a paper published in Science that explores the genetic connections between disorders of the brain at a scale that far eclipses previous work on the subject.
Fernandez appointed to Health and Human Services panel
Thomas V. Fernandez, MD, Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center and of Psychiatry, has been appointed to serve as a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Behavioral Genetics and Epidemiology Study Section, Center for Scientific Review.
Tourette disorder study judged among top 5 articles in 2017 by journal Neuron
Thomas V. Fernandez, MD, Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center and of Psychiatry, was co-lead author of a genetic coding study of Tourette disorder patients judged among the top five articles published in 2017 by the journal Neuron.
Yale study: Depression and alcoholism linked to one gene in African Americans
A gene variant involved in brain development is strongly associated with the risk of developing both major depression and alcoholism in African Americans, according to a new genome-wide association study (GWAS) by Yale and University of Pennsylvania researchers, published Oct. 25 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.
Genetic basis of some cases of Tourette’s disorder discovered
Researchers have discovered four genes that are associated with a higher risk of developing Tourette’s disorder, although variants in as many as 400 genes contribute to the origins of the complex neurological condition, which is marked by motor and vocal tics.
Tanning Dependence Linked to Other Addictive Behaviors, New Study Finds
Despite the known dangers of exposure to ultraviolet light, many people continue to sunbathe and use indoor tanning beds with some users exhibiting a dependence to tanning. A new study from the Yale School of Public Health finds that such dependence is also associated with other addictive behaviors.
Genetic Study Reveals Pathways That May be Disrupted in People with OCD
A genetic study of children with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and their parents, reported March 29, 2016 in Translational Psychiatry, has yielded important hints about genes and biological pathways that may be involved in the disorder.
Gelernter: Study links genes to marijuana dependence and major depression
A genome-wide analysis of more than 14,000 individuals has identified several gene variants that increase risk of cannabis dependence, a new Yale led study has found. The analysis also suggests that the genetic risk for dependence on marijuana is associated with a higher inherited risk of major depression, according to the study published March 30 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.