Psychiatry

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

Widowed due to cancer, fathers inspire new book on responding to loss and grief

Widowed due to cancer, fathers inspire new book on responding to loss and grief

UNC Lineberger’s Donald Rosenstein, MD, and Justin Yopp, PhD, have published a compelling book, “The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life,” that recounts the lessons a group of widowed fathers learned in responding to loss and grief.

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Hormone therapy could effectively prevent depression for some women in the menopause transition

Hormone therapy could effectively prevent depression for some women in the menopause transition

Research conducted by Susan Girdler, PhD, and David Rubinow, MD, and published in JAMA Psychiatry, is the first to conclude that a year of hormone therapy can effectively prevent the onset of depressive symptoms for women during the menopause transition.

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Bulik awarded Distinguished Investigator Grant by Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Bulik awarded Distinguished Investigator Grant by Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders and Founding Director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, is one of 17 scientists awarded a Distinguished Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Bulik's project, Binge Eating Disorder Genetics Initiative (BEGIN), will focus on the genetics of binge eating disorders.

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NIH renews grant funding the Bowles Alcohol Research Center

NIH renews grant funding the Bowles Alcohol Research Center

The center, established 20 years ago and led by Fulton Crews, PhD, will receive more than $8.7 million over five years to continue research on the effects of alcohol on the brain.

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Garret Stuber Named Co-Recipient of the Waletzky Award

Garret Stuber Named Co-Recipient of the Waletzky Award

The Jacob P. Waletzky Award is given to a young scientist (within 15 years of his/her PhD or MD degree) whose independent research has led to significant conceptual and empirical contributions to the understanding of drug addiction.

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UNC named NIH Autism Center of Excellence for third time

UNC named NIH Autism Center of Excellence for third time

As part of a five-year, $7.5 million award, UNC researchers led by Joseph Piven, MD, will follow up on innovative imaging studies to create interventions to help children with autism.

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Researchers ramp up new UNC Autism Research Center

Researchers ramp up new UNC Autism Research Center

With seed money from the Kenan Charitable Trust, the new center takes aim at the greatest challenges facing the field of autism spectrum disorder.

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UNC researcher interviewed on Irish radio

UNC researcher interviewed on Irish radio

The Moncrieff Show recently interviewed Dr. Rebecca Knickmeyer Santelli about her research showing that the kinds of microbes found in dirty baby diapers can predict the child's later cognitive development.

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Toddler Brain Development: bacterial clues found in dirty baby diapers

Toddler Brain Development: bacterial clues found in dirty baby diapers

Can the kinds of microbes colonizing the gut at age 1 predict later cognitive development? Findings from the UNC School of Medicine shed light on the surprising role of bacteria in how our brains develop during the first years of life.

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UNC researchers lead clinical trial evaluating potential treatment for postpartum depression

UNC researchers lead clinical trial evaluating potential treatment for postpartum depression

A phase 2, double-blind study of the investigational medication, brexanolone, in the treatment of women with severe PPD published in The Lancet. Clinical trials are currently underway at UNC.

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Predicting Autism: Study Links Infant Brain Connections to Diagnoses at Age 2

Predicting Autism: Study Links Infant Brain Connections to Diagnoses at Age 2

In two previous studies, University of North Carolina researchers and colleagues linked infant brain anatomy differences to autism diagnoses at age two. Now they show differences in functional connections between brain regions at 6 months to predict autism at age two.

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For anorexia nervosa, researchers implicate genetic locus on chromosome 12

For anorexia nervosa, researchers implicate genetic locus on chromosome 12

UNC researchers led the most powerful genomic study of anorexia nervosa conducted to date to identify the common roots anorexia shares with psychiatric and metabolic traits. Cynthia Bulik, PhD, FAED, was the study's lead investigator.

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Infant MRIs show autism linked to increased cerebrospinal fluid

Infant MRIs show autism linked to increased cerebrospinal fluid

MRIs show a brain anomaly in nearly 70 percent of babies at high risk of developing the condition who go on to be diagnosed, laying the groundwork for a predictive aid for pediatricians and the search for a potential treatment.

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Autism study gains national attention

Autism study gains national attention

Published last week in the journal Nature, the research shows it is possible to use MRIs to predict which high-risk babies will go on to develop autism as toddlers.

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Researchers use MRIs to predict which high-risk babies will develop autism as toddlers

Researchers use MRIs to predict which high-risk babies will develop autism as toddlers

This first-of-its-kind study used MRIs to image the brains of infants, and then researchers used brain measurements and a computer algorithm to accurately predict autism before symptoms set in.

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UNC receives $2.5-million grant to explore new therapy for anhedonia

UNC receives $2.5-million grant to explore new therapy for anhedonia

As part of NIMH’s Experimental Therapeutics Initiative and led by Gabriel Dichter, PhD, researchers will use neuroimaging to evaluate a new treatment for decreased motivation and pleasure, symptoms that are common to many psychiatric disorders.

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UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health receives $300,000 gift

UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health receives $300,000 gift

The gift, from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, will be used to develop a case management program within the center.

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White matter structure in the brain predicts cognitive function at ages 1 and 2

White matter structure in the brain predicts cognitive function at ages 1 and 2

This kind of new brain imaging study could help identify cognitive problems and psychiatric disorders very early and develop appropriate interventions.

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Online group therapy may be effective treatment for bulimia nervosa

Online group therapy may be effective treatment for bulimia nervosa

Study led by UNC researchers compared group therapy delivered via online chat to face-to-face group therapy

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