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.
Sestan Honored for Research in Developmental Neuroscience
Nenad Sestan, MD, PhD, Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor of Neuroscience, and Professor of Comparative Medicine, Genetics, and Psychiatry, received the Constance Lieber prize for innovation in developmental neuroscience on June 19 at a prize symposium at in Baltimore, MD.
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.
Biomarker Reveals PTSD Sufferers at Risk of Suicide
The risk of suicide among individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is much higher than the general population, but identifying those individuals at greatest risk has been difficult. However, a team at Yale has discovered a biological marker linked to individuals with PTSD who are most likely to think about suicide, the researchers report May 13 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Speeding Treatment Blunts the Worst of Schizophrenia
An interdisciplinary program called Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis, founded by Vinod Srihari, MD, is helping speed treatment of schizophrenia. How quickly the condition is diagnosed and treated can determine a patient’s odds of living a relatively normal, albeit medicated, life.
Yonkers, Forray Co-PIs on New Grant to Study Medication Delivery for Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorders
Kimberly Yonkers, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Services, and Ariadna Forray, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, are co-principal investigators on a new $5.5 million grant to study models to improve delivery of office-based medication treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorder in prenatal clinics.
Yale Researchers Study Association of Economic Status and Educational Attainment with PTSD
Renato Polimanti, PhD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, is the lead author of a genome-wide study that found economic status mediates negative associations of cognitive ability and educational attainment in people with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Krystal Among New Leaders of YCCI
The Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) has announced the appointment of Brian R. Smith, MD, and John H. Krystal, MD ’84, as co-directors of the center and co-principal investigators of Yale’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Eric Jose Velazquez, MD, becomes deputy director of clinical trials innovation for YCCI.
Rakic awarded 2019 Connecticut Medal of Science
The State of Connecticut and Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering have awarded the 2019 Connecticut Medal of Science to Pasko Rakic, MD, PhD, Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Neurology at Yale School of Medicine.
Desai to be honored with early career award from American Psychological Association
Miraj Desai, PhD, Instructor at the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health at Yale School of Medicine, has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Early Career Contributions in Qualitative Inquiry Award from Division 5 of the American Psychological Association (Division of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods).