Author Archives: Stephanie Abraham

U-M finds anxiety impacts future cortisol production in gender specific ways

ANN ARBOR—African-American youth whose anxiety levels are elevated by the everyday struggles they encounter will overproduce the stress hormone cortisol into adulthood, according to new research by the University of Michigan.  Researchers from the U-M School of Public Health and Medical School found that anxiety among females and alcohol use among males in their teens

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The U-M Department of Psychiatry mourns the passing of Alexander (“Shonny”) Guiora, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry

A native of Hungary, Professor Guiora took undergraduate studies at Peter Pazmany University in Budapest before entering the Université de Paris, Sorbonne, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1951. From 1951 to 1958, Professor Guiora served in the Israeli Defense Forces, first as clinical psychologist at a military hospital, and then as chief clinical

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Placebo power: Depressed people who respond to fake drugs get the most help from real ones, U-M study finds

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When it comes to treating depression, how well a person responds to a fake medicine may determine how well they’ll respond to a real one, new research finds. Those who can muster their brain’s own chemical forces against depression, it appears, have a head start in overcoming its symptoms with help

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NIH selects U-M as one of thirteen sites to launch landmark study on substance use and adolescent brain development

ANN ARBOR – The National Institutes of Health just announced that the University of Michigan would be one of thirteen research grants to institutions around the country as part of a study about the effects of adolescent substance use on the developing brain. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study will follow approximately 10,000 children

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A new factor in depression? Brain protein discovery could lead to better treatments

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Low. Down. Less than normal. That’s what the word depression means, and what people with depression often feel like. But sometimes, depression can mean too much of something – as new research shows. The discovery, about a protein called fibroblast growth factor 9 or FGF9, goes against previous findings that depressed brains often have less of

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U-M Depression Center launches new mental health education website for high schools

ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Depression Center has launched a new website designed to support educators of grades 8-12 in communicating with their students about mental health concerns, and in creating a classroom environment which promotes positive mental health. The new website, called Classroom Mental Health, was designed to fill a gap in

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A Special Address by President Mark Schlissel: 20th Annual Raymond W. Waggoner Lectureship on Ethics and Values in Medicine

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D., will present this year’s 20th annual Waggoner lecture, which will be held on Wednesday November 4th, 2015 in Ford Auditorium, UH at 4:00 p.m. The title of his talk will be: “Making U-M Safer for Students: Confronting the Challenge of Sexual Misconduct.” Dr. Mark S. Schlissel, in

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation Awards U-M Neuropsychologist Grant to Study the Psychological Effects of Bone Marrow Transplant

ANN ARBOR – Kristen L. Votruba, Ph.D., a Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist with the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry was recently awarded a grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation to study the psychological effects of patients going through bone marrow transplant (i.e. Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, or HCT). The award covers

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Maria Muzik, MD Kicks Off the 2015 Postpartum Support International Annual Conference with Keynote Address

On Friday, June 26 Dr. Maria Muzik, Assistant Professor with the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry served as the keynote speaker  at the 2015 Postpartum Support International (PSI) Annual Conference in Plymouth, Michigan. The theme of the conference was “planting seeds of hope, overcoming stigma, increasing options, and creating innovative treatments” for perinatal mental

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