Psychiatry

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

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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UNC researchers earn five NIH BRAIN Initiative grants

UNC researchers earn five NIH BRAIN Initiative grants

From non-invasive brain stimulation to the inner workings of fMRI, UNC researchers will study the human brain like never before to address neurological and psychiatric conditions such as depression, Alzheimer’s, and schizophrenia.

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Four faculty featured in 'What's the Big Idea?' lecture series

Four faculty featured in 'What's the Big Idea?' lecture series

Each Thursday evening in October, a member of the UNC School of Medicine faculty will share their insights on the brain from a scientific, medical, and philosophical perspective.

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No dream: electric brain stimulation during sleep can boost memory

No dream: electric brain stimulation during sleep can boost memory

By targeting one facet of the brain’s electrical activity, UNC neuroscientist Flavio Frohlich, PhD, showed it’s possible to enhance memory, laying the groundwork for a new treatment paradigm for neurological and psychiatric disorders.

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Binge-eating disorder patients respond well to major forms of treatment

Binge-eating disorder patients respond well to major forms of treatment

Psychological and medication treatment options are available to help patients with binge-eating disorder (BED) to achieve abstinence and improve other symptoms.

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A Clear Path Forward

A Clear Path Forward

On June 14, Susan Girdler, PhD, professor of psychiatry and psychology, and the director of the Stress & Health Research Program at the UNC School of Medicine, will travel to Washington, D.C., for the first-ever United State of Women Summit, convened by the White House.

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UNC Researchers Share ‘Nine Truths’ for World Eating Disorders Action Day

UNC Researchers Share ‘Nine Truths’ for World Eating Disorders Action Day

UNC eating disorder experts Cynthia Bulik, PhD, FAED, and Stephanie Zerwas, PhD, bring awareness to conditions affecting more than 70 million people worldwide.

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UNC joins launch of SPARK, nation’s largest autism research study

UNC joins launch of SPARK, nation’s largest autism research study

Groundbreaking initiative combines web-based registry with DNA analysis to accelerate autism research and speed discovery of personalized treatments.

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Did butter get a bad rap?

Did butter get a bad rap?

Butter might not be a health food, but UNC and NIH researchers unearthed more evidence that replacing it with vegetable oils does not decrease risk of heart disease.

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Anorexia is Not a Choice

Anorexia is Not a Choice

Researchers at the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders and around the world continue to study the genetics of the disease while treating patients in desperate need of help.

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UNC autism article named one of top 10 papers of 2015

UNC autism article named one of top 10 papers of 2015

Researchers at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities tracking age-related issues of autism identified an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease in this high-impact paper.

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Study finds no link between subcortical brain volumes and genetic risk for schizophrenia

Study finds no link between subcortical brain volumes and genetic risk for schizophrenia

Proof-of-concept study provides roadmap for future research into possible associations between brain volume measures and known genetic risk factors.

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Pignone featured by U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Pignone featured by U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

UNC's Dr. Michael Pignone is featured in two videos, a press release and a podcast discussing the Task Force's recommendation that clinicians should screen all adults, including pregnant women and new mothers, for depression.

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