Psychiatry

The latest psychiatry news from UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

Foundation of Hope Funds Nearly Half a Million Dollars to UNC Mental Illness Research

The Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness (FOH) will award almost $475,000 to 13 investigators from the UNC Department of Psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine.

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Samantha Meltzer-Brody named 2020 O. Max Gardner Award Winner

Samantha Meltzer-Brody named 2020 O. Max Gardner Award Winner

Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, chair of the UNC Department of Psychiatry, recieved the 2020 Oliver Max Gardner Award, the highest honor conferred by the University of North Carolina system.

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Atkins Writes Coloring Book on COVID-19 for Kids

Atkins Writes Coloring Book on COVID-19 for Kids

Lindsey Atkins of the UNC Child and Adolescent Outpatient Program published a coloring book to help children cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Cell Types Underlying Parkinson’s Disease and Other Brain Disorders Identified

Cell Types Underlying Parkinson’s Disease and Other Brain Disorders Identified

Patrick Sullivan, MD, FRANZCP, Yeargan Distinguished Professor in the departments of genetics and psychiatry, is a co-lead author of the study.

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Whole Genome Sequencing Reveals Genetic Structural Secrets of Schizophrenia

Whole Genome Sequencing Reveals Genetic Structural Secrets of Schizophrenia

A study co-led by Jin Szatkiewicz, PhD, Patrick Sullivan, MD, and colleagues at UNC-Chapel Hill and four Swedish universities found that extremely rare variants affect the boundaries of a 3D genome structure called topologically associated domains in people with schizophrenia much more than they affect people without the condition.

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Piven featured in NIH News in Health

Piven featured in NIH News in Health

Joseph Piven, MD, is featured in an article titled "Autism Spectrum Disorder: Engaging in a Social World" in the latest edition of NIH News in Health.

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McElligott Lab Receives $2-million NIH Grant to Study Opioid Withdrawal

McElligott Lab Receives $2-million NIH Grant to Study Opioid Withdrawal

The UNC Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies lab of Zoe McElligott, PhD, will investigate how opioid withdrawal changes neurons in particular parts of the brain, with the goals of understanding the basic biology of opioid use disorder and helping people affected by the condition.

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UNC School of Medicine Ranked First for Primary Care for Third Straight Year

UNC School of Medicine Ranked First for Primary Care for Third Straight Year

In the organization’s annual rankings of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC School of Medicine 1st in primary care and 23rd in research.

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UNC NeuroSpark Research Award Winners Celebrated

UNC NeuroSpark Research Award Winners Celebrated

Four research teams at the UNC School of Medicine won $25,000 pilot grants with the goal of increasing collaborations throughout the neurosciences, as part of a UNC NeuroSpark event.

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UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health receives nearly $500,000 to study mental health program

UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health receives nearly $500,000 to study mental health program

Lorna Moser, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Center’s Institute for Best Practices, is principal investigator for a three-year, nearly $500,000 grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation for a national study to look at Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) for individuals with serious mental illness.

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Scientists Discover Key Neural Circuit Regulating Alcohol Consumption

Scientists Discover Key Neural Circuit Regulating Alcohol Consumption

The UNC School of Medicine lab of Zoe McElligott, PhD, found that alcohol consumption is regulated by the activity of a particular set of neurons in a specific brain region, a discovery that could lead to a better understanding of why some casual drinkers develop an alcohol use disorder.

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Largest study of its kind reveals that many psychiatric disorders  arise from common genes

Largest study of its kind reveals that many psychiatric disorders arise from common genes

Several UNC School of Medicine faculty from the departments of Genetics and Psychiatry are co-authors of the study, which was published in the journal Cell.

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Polygenic risk score improves psychosis risk prediction, study finds

Polygenic risk score improves psychosis risk prediction, study finds

A new study, led by Diana O. Perkins, MD, MPH, in the UNC Department of Psychiatry, finds that using a polygenic risk score (PRS) based on data from genome-wide association studies (GWAS) improves psychosis risk prediction in individuals meeting clinical high-risk criteria.

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Sullivan Receives Ming Tsuang Lifetime Achievement Award

Sullivan Receives Ming Tsuang Lifetime Achievement Award

Patrick Sullivan, MD, Yeargan Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Genetics and Director of the Center for Psychiatric Genomics, received the award Oct. 29.

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Hope Grows Here, the Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health’s No Limits Gala, celebrates sixth year

The UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health presents Hope Grows Here: Sixth Annual No Limits Gala at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC-CH campus November 7.

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UNC Researchers Join $945 Million NIH HEAL Initiative to Combat Opioid Epidemic

UNC Researchers Join $945 Million NIH HEAL Initiative to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Weili Lin, PhD, is the principal investigator of a research project to improve outcomes for children exposed to opioids, and Susan Gaylord, PhD, is the UNC site PI for a second project to help people with low back pain.

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Cruz Earns Three Awards to Support Mental Health Work in India

Cruz Earns Three Awards to Support Mental Health Work in India

The largest philanthropic organization in India will scale up an innovative mental health training program created by Christina Cruz, MD, EdM, to help children with mental health issues.

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‘Hope grows here’

‘Hope grows here’

The Farm at Penny Lane’s innovative programs help mental health clients become more self-sufficient.

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Foundation of Hope awards nearly half a million dollars for SOM research

Foundation of Hope awards nearly half a million dollars for SOM research

Seven UNC School of Medicine researchers were awarded grants to combat a range of conditions, including bulimia, addiction, post-traumatic stress, and mood disorders.

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UNC-Chapel Hill to Co-lead $9.5 million Effort to Detect Autism Earlier

UNC-Chapel Hill to Co-lead $9.5 million Effort to Detect Autism Earlier

The NIH grant will help researchers led by Joe Piven, MD, determine if earlier detection can lead to earlier behavioral interventions to improve outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder.

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