New stem cell lines developed from the skin of adults living with bipolar disorder are providing researchers at the University of Michigan Health System an unprecedented opportunity to delve into the genetic and biological underpinnings of the devastating mood disorder. Scientists will be able to link new findings – such as how gene expression is
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Farmington Hills resident Joni Pitt’s homemade OMG Peach Crostata will help raise money for mental illness research. Her dessert took top honors in the We’re Cookin’ in Michigan recipe contest, held earlier this month at the Buy Michigan Now Festival in Northville. The dish was baked with Michigan peaches and eggs, among other Michigan ingredients,
Antipsychotic medications are routinely prescribed to older patients with Parkinson’s disease, a pattern that has remained steady despite a warning from the Food and Drug Administration about the risk of death in elderly adults with dementia. This finding comes from a study published in the Archives of Neurology that was featured in the Wall Street
A Kalamazoo News article on recent trends in teens’ involvement with drugs, alcohol, and sex quoted Daniel Keating, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, psychology, and pediatrics, who offered several strategies to help teens avoid making risky decisions (and suffering those consequences).
Melvin McInnis, M.D., principal investigator of the Prechter Bipolar Research Fund, and an associate director of the Depression Center, was quoted in a dailyRX article on advances in medications used to treat bipolar disorder. “We’ve got a new generation of medication with fewer side effects, but the long-term challenges remain pretty high,” McInnis said. Read
Srijen Sen, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and a member of the Depression Center, examines variations in genetic profiles to learn more about depression risk and help improve the prevention and treatment of depressive illnesses. Read more about his work in this profile from the Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research.
Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute researchers have uncovered a new link between genetic variations associated with alcoholism, impulsive behavior and a region of the brain involved in craving and anxiety. The results, published online in Molecular Psychiatry, suggest that variations in the GABRA2 gene contribute to the risk of alcoholism by influencing impulsive behaviors, at
Melvin J. Guyer, Ph.D, J.D., professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, commented on a July 12 federal appeals court ruling that Tuscon shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner can refuse anti-psychotic medication that prison officials had forced him to take. “State and federal courts have faced these questions in a line of precedent-setting cases,
John Greden, M.D., executive director of the U-M Depression Center, briefed the U-M Board of Regents on July 21 on the center’s progress so far, describing its research and outreach efforts, including its leadership in developing a national network of depression centers that he said is strengthening the fight against the illness. He also indicated
U.S. News and World Report’s “Top Doctors in America” list, released online July 19, includes seven physicians from the Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry: Norman Alessi, M.D., child & adolescent psychiatrist John Greden, M.D., psychiatrist Carmen Green, M.D., pain management specialist Andrew Haig, M.D., physiatrist Michelle Riba, M.D., M.S., psychiatrist Thomas Schwenk, M.D., sports