Long term Structural and Functional Neural Changes Following a Single Infusion of Ketamine in PTSD
Or Duek, PhD, assistant professor adjunct of psychiatry, and Ilan Harpaz-Rotem, PhD, professor of psychiatry and of psychology, are first and senior authors, respectively of a study published in Neuropsychopharmacology that tests the potential of a single infusion of ketamine, followed by brief exposure therapy, to enhance post-retrieval extinction of post-traumatic stress disorder trauma memories.Source: Neuropsychopharmacology
Yale Researcher Awarded $40 Million to Lead New VA Study to Evaluate Esketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression
Somaia Mohamed, MD, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, is lead co-investigator of a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study that has been awarded $40 million to evaluate the effectiveness of a novel antidepressant medicine, esketamine, for veterans and others with treatment resistant depression (TRD).
Study: Daily Consumption of a High-Fat, High-Sugar Snack Alters Reward Circuits in Brain
Snacks high in sugar and fat are great for an occasional treat, but when enjoyed daily for several weeks they can rewire the brain and trigger a shift in eating preferences away from low-fat food, according to a new study in Cell Metabolism.
Yale Study: Regular Cannabis Use is Associated With History of Childhood and Lifetime Trauma
Anahita Bassir Nia, MD; Jeremy Weleff, DO; Nia Fogelman, PhD; and Rajita Sinha, PhD, are co-authors of a paper in Journal of Psychiatric Research that found people who use cannabis regularly have higher rates of childhood trauma and lifetime trauma.Source: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Moving Forward for the Health of Women: A Conversation with Dean Nancy J. Brown
Yale School of Medicine Dean Brown and Women's Health Research at Yale Director Carolyn M. Mazure, PhD, speak about the importance of research, the value of a focus on studying women, the influence of biology and social factors that differentially affect the health of women and men, community outreach, diversity, equity, and more.
Ariadna Forray, MD and Kim Blenman, PhD, MS Take the Helm at MORE
The new co-directors of Minority Organization for Expansion and Retention (MORE), Ariadna Forray, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, and Kim Blenman, PhD, MS, assistant professor of medicine (medical oncology) and assistant professor of computer science, have been active participants in the organization and benefited from its programs and resources. They describe MORE as an essential place at Yale School of Medicine for connecting with other faculty who share their backgrounds and experiences. Now, they say, they hope to expand its reach.
Nasal Vaccine May Aid Fight Against New Viral Variants
Akiko Iwasaki and her colleagues found that intranasal vaccination provided broad-based protection against heterologous respiratory viruses in mice, while so-called systemic immunization, which uses an injection to elicit body-wide protection, did not.Source: YaleNews
Improving the Diagnosis of Heart Disease in Women
Dr. Samit Shah is leading a team to demonstrate the effectiveness of validated, but not widely administered procedures for the many women who have reduced blood flow to the heart without blocked arteries or cholesterol build-up often associated with heart disease.
Virtual Reality Game Is an Effective Tool for Vaping Prevention Among Teens
The game prompts students to practice navigating peer pressure situations involving vaping. By encouraging teens to use their own voices in simulated situations, the researchers hoped they would become better prepared to face real-world scenarios.
Sex-specific Immune Response in COVID-19 Linked to Cellular Metabolism
Researchers studying COVID-19 patients have found a metabolic pathway that is highly correlated with immune responses only in male patients, a group known to be more likely to suffer severe cases and die of the disease, representing a potential target for therapeutic intervention.Source: Yale News
What Are Nootropics, and Can They Help Me Focus?
John H. Krystal, MD, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research and Professor of Psychiatry and of Neuroscience and Chair of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, spoke to New York's online site The Cut about nootropics which claim to improve cognitive function.Source: The Cut
Do wearable stress-relief gadgets work?
The Washington Post spoke to Rajita Sinha, PhD, Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center and of Neuroscience, and Director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Stress Center, to discover whether wearable stress-relief gadgets really work.Source: The Washington Post
Krystal to Speak at NIAAA Small Business Funding Webinar
John H. Krystal, MD, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research and Professor of Psychiatry and of Neuroscience at Yale School of Medicine, and Chair of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, will speak at a webinar for small business funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) at 1:00 pm March 16, 2021.
WHRY Launches Studies on Endometrial Cancer, Addiction to Opioids, and Stroke
While continuing to focus on the impacts of COVID-19, the center has enlarged its research portfolio to include new projects on the prevention of endometrial cancer in a growing cohort of women at high risk, non-opioid pain management following a cesarean section for women with opioid use disorder who are in recovery, and sex differences in stroke.