WHRY Funds Study on How CBD Affects the Brain
Women’s Health Research at Yale announced funding to investigate how the presumably non-intoxicating cannabis ingredient cannabidiol (CBD) affects the brain, and if it affects women and men differently. CBD use is growing in popularity exponentially, yet the safety and effectiveness of this non-regulated category of products are unknown.
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.
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.Source: Yale Medicine
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).
Yale Joins More Than 100 Organizations in Countering the Opioid Epidemic
Yale School of Medicine is among more than 100 organizations across the U.S.—including community organizations, hospital and medical systems, academia, nonprofits, and health professional societies—to join the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in declaring their commitment to reversing national trends in opioid misuse and overdose.
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.
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).
Yale Researchers Awarded $40 Million to Study Opioid Addiction Treatments
Yale School of Medicine faculty have been awarded $40 million in grants to study medication treatment for veterans with opioid addiction. Drs. Ismene Petrakis and Sandra Springer are co-principal investigators leading the research, which is supported by the Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Study.
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.
Driven exercise in the absence of binge eating: Implications for purging disorder
A study by Yale researchers Janet Lydecker, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and Carlos Grilo, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, compared people who reported regular driven exercise in the absence of binge eating with people who reported regular vomiting/laxative misuse in the absence of binge eating.
Reed, Neustadter awarded competitive fellowships to present research at Austen Riggs Center
Erin Reed and Eli Neustadter, Yale School of Medicine students who conduct research with Yale Department of Psychiatry faculty and researchers, have been awarded a competitive fellowship for the conference, “DUALITY’S END: Computational Psychiatry and the Cognitive Science of Representation” Sept. 28-30 at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Mass.
Memory’s marvels explained by cellular modules
How do house hunters who visit 20 homes daily still recall details of the master bedroom of a specific one? Our memories can perform this neat trick because of the existence of modules of cells preformed based on prior experiences that can be triggered and recombined in the hippocampus to rapidly encode new experiences, suggests a new study by Yale researchers.