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

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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2019 Marks UNC’s Third Year Participating in Largest Genetic Autism Research Study

2019 Marks UNC’s Third Year Participating in Largest Genetic Autism Research Study

Gabriel Dichter, PhD, director of research at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, said one of the main goals of the SPARK project is to help determine the genes that cause autism.

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Meltzer-Brody featured on WCHL Focus Carolina series

Meltzer-Brody featured on WCHL Focus Carolina series

Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, was featured in a special Focus Carolina podcast on maternal mental health produced by WCHL in Chapel Hill.

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AI and MRIs at birth can predict cognitive development at age 2, UNC study finds

AI and MRIs at birth can predict cognitive development at age 2, UNC study finds

Findings by UNC researchers may help identify children at risk shortly after birth, making early intervention possible; John H. Gilmore, MD, from the department of psychiatry is senior author.

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Mental health program created by Cruz featured on news site in India

Mental health program created by Cruz featured on news site in India

Christina M. Cruz, MD, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry, created a new school mental health system that is being piloted in the Darjeeling Hills of India.

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

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

In the annual rankings of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC School of Medicine 1st for primary care, 23rd in research, 4th for family medicine, 9th for rehabilitation counseling, 11th for obstetrics and gynecology, 20th for psychiatry, and 26th for internal medicine.

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Brain Stimulation Improves Depression Symptoms, Restores Brain Waves in Clinical Study

Brain Stimulation Improves Depression Symptoms, Restores Brain Waves in Clinical Study

UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Flavio Frohlich, PhD, are the first to use transcranial alternating current brain stimulation (tACS) to significantly reduce symptoms in people diagnosed with major depression.

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UNC’s National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders Launches Website

UNC’s National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders Launches Website

The new website aims to train health care providers and improve eating disorder awareness among the public. UNC's Christine M. Peat, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is Program Director for the National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED).

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UNC School of Medicine departments rank high in 2018 NIH funding report

UNC School of Medicine departments rank high in 2018 NIH funding report

All six basic science departments rank in the top 10 in NIH finding, according to a new report by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, and 11 clinical departments rank in the top 30.

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Scientists Discover How Neuroactive Steroids Dampen Inflammatory Signaling in Immune System and Brain

Scientists Discover How Neuroactive Steroids Dampen Inflammatory Signaling in Immune System and Brain

Led by Leslie Morrow, PhD, research shows how new compounds could target specific brain cell receptors to treat a wide variety of conditions, such as alcoholism, Alzheimer’s, depression, and posttraumatic stress.

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Persistent low body weight for young kids may place them at higher risk for anorexia nervosa later in adolescence

Persistent low body weight for young kids may place them at higher risk for anorexia nervosa later in adolescence

The study, co-authored by Zeynep Yilmaz, PhD, also found that persistent high body weight in young children may be a risk factor for later development of other eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and purging disorder.

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Children's Research Institute Seminar Series: "22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome in Children: Beyond Schizophrenia"

The Children's Research Institute presents its February speaker, Stephen Hooper, PhD, for his talk, "22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome in Children: Beyond Schizophrenia."

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UNC Autism Paper Makes Top 10 List

UNC Autism Paper Makes Top 10 List

Mark Shen, PhD, at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, was first author on a scientific paper last November that Autism Speaks named as one of the top 10 research papers in 2018.

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New Genetic Risk Factors Discovered for Alzheimer's Disease

New Genetic Risk Factors Discovered for Alzheimer's Disease

The study was carried out as part of an initiative of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, which was founded by UNC School of Medicine's Patrick Sullivan, MD, who is the consortium's lead principal investigator.

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School of Medicine Researchers Make International Highly Cited Research List

School of Medicine Researchers Make International Highly Cited Research List

Fourteen UNC School of Medicine faculty members were listed by Clarivate Analytics in the company’s 2018 Highly Cited Research list.

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Can Stimulating the Brain Treat Chronic Pain?

Can Stimulating the Brain Treat Chronic Pain?

Neuroscientists and chronic pain experts at the UNC School of Medicine used a weak alternating current of electricity to target a specific part of the brain and significantly decrease chronic lower back pain in all participants of a small clinical trial.

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