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Thursday, December 3, 2015: Current and former Yale addiction fellows, residents, and faculty enjoy a reunion at the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry annual meeting in Huntington Beach, California.

Yale research reveals brain cannabinoid receptors decreased in schizophrenia

A Yale study revealed brain cannabinoid receptors are decreased in schizophrenia. Researchers Mohini Ranganathan, MBBS, left, assistant professor of psychiatry; Deepak Cyril D'Souza, MD, MBBS, right, professor of psychiatry; and others from the Schizophrenia Neuropharmacology Research Group at Yale and the Yale PET Center reported the findings in a paper published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. Read more 

Yale research group studies relationship between brain noise and constituent of cannabis

New research by members of the Schizophrenia Neuropharmacology Research Group at Yale identified a potential relationship between neural noise and the psychosis-like effects of the principal active constituent of cannabis. Among those who participated in the study were researchers Jose Cortes-Briones, PhD, left, postdoctoral associate in psychiatry, and Deepak Cyril D'Souza, MD, MBBS, professor of psychiatry. The study was published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. Read more 

Cardiac stress tests could inspire studies to detect schizophrenia

In a paper published in the journal Psychopharmacology, Swapnil Gupta, MD, left, assistant professor of psychiatry; Mohini Ranganathan, MBBS, assistant professor of psychiatry; and Deepak Cyril D'Souza, MD, MBBS, professor of psychiatry, discussed how lessons learned from cardiac stress testing may be applied to the early detection of psychosis. Read more 

Yale researchers study impact of gastrointestinal surgery on cravings for sugar

A Yale research study found that surgery for morbid obesity reduces the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which in turn decreases sugar-seeking behavior in mice that had the surgery. The study's senior author was Ivan de Araujo, DPhil, associate professor of psychiatry, and the results were published November 19 in the journal Cell Metabolism. The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health. Read more 

Multi-site Yale study of psychosis engages biomarkers to reconfigure diagnoses

Godfrey Pearlson, MD, professor of psychiatry and neurobiology, represented Yale in a multi-site study that established a comprehensive set of empirical biomarkers to aid in diagnosis and treatment of psychosis. The findings were published in the December issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. Read more 

LaPaglia advocates for more training opportunities for psychologists, physicians

In a paper published in the journal Academic Psychiatry, Donna LaPaglia, PsyD, assistant professor of psychiatry, wrote about the imbalance of psychology internship and medical residency shortages as part of a larger look at workforce shortages in health care. According to her paper, as many as 20.2 percent of psychology graduate students failed to match to a clinical internship in 2014. Read more  

Goldenberg: More physicians entering U.S. Congress

Matthew N. Goldenberg, MD, MSc, assistant professor of psychiatry, researched 70 years of records for a paper that tracked the number of physician-members of Congress since 1945. His research revealed there are more physicians in Congress since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010. Read more 

Cook writes essays about PTSD rates in female Vietnam vets, patient-therapist relationships, San Bernardino shootings

Joan M. Cook, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, has published three essays. One called attention to the higher than previously documented PTSD rates in female Vietnam veterans. Another touted the importance of a positive relationship between patient and therapist. The third followed the mass shootings in San Bernardino, Calif.

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CMHC orientation program shows value of recovery-oriented care

A program at the Connecticut Mental Health Center that uses current and former patients to teach recovery-oriented care methods to new medical personnel was featured in the American Psychiatric Association's journal Psychiatric News. Read more 

Jordan testifies in refugee deportation case involving man from Sierra Leone

Yale Psychiatry fellow Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, testified on behalf of a mentally ill refugee from Sierra Leone who was to be deported from the United States. Jordan, who completed her residency at Yale, has studied mental health in Sierra Leone for four years, and participates in a biweekly radio show that airs in the West African country. The refugee's case was featured in the December 7 issue of The New Yorker. Read more  

Pittenger awarded 2015 ACNP Eva King Killam Research Award

Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, was presented with the 2015 Eva King Killam Research Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) at its annual meeting December 7. The award is presented to an early career researcher on the basis of outstanding translational research contributions to neuropsychopharmacology. Read more  

Anticevic named Rising Star by Schizophrenia International Research Society

Alan Anticevic, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, will receive the 2016 Rising Star Award at the fifth biennial conference of the Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS) in Florence, Italy, on April 2, 2016. At Yale, Anticevic operates the Anticevic Lab, which seeks to better understand, at the neural system level, the mechanisms behind cognitive and affective deficits in neuropsychiatric illness. Read more  

Resident, medical student win travel awards to attend conference

Youngsun Cho, MD, PhD, left, a third-year resident, and Genevieve Yang, right, a Yale MD/PhD student at the beginning of her PhD phase, each received awards to help pay travel expenses to the annual meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry in May. Cho and Yang are members of the Anticevic Lab. Read more 

Wilkinson will receive 2016 Chair's Choice Award at SOBP annual meeting

Samuel Wilkinson, MD a fourth-year resident, will be presented with a 2016 Chair's Choice Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry at the organization's annual meeting to be held May 12-14, 2016, in Atlanta. Award recipients receive free registration at the annual meeting and a stipend to defray travel expenses and lodging. Read more 

Instructor, resident, 3 fellows honored by AAAP

Five Yale Department of Psychiatry affiliates were honored with major awards from the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry at its annual meeting December 3-6. They included Gustavo Angarita-Africano, MD, instructor in psychiatry; Stephanie Yarnell, MD, PhD a third-year resident; and fellows Mona Thapa, MD; Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD; and Noah Capurso, MD, MHS. Read more 

Five Yale Psychiatry faculty receive appointments to ACNP

The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology made five appointments of Yale Psychiatry faculty at its 54th annual meeting December 9 in Hollywood, Fla. Honored were Stephanie O'Malley, PhD, professor of psychiatry and deputy chair for clinical research; Graeme Mason, PhD, professor of psychiatry, radiology and biomedical imaging; Kimberly Yonkers, MD, professor of psychiatry; Robert Malison, MD, professor of psychiatry; and Albert Arias, MD, MS, assistant professor of psychiatry. Read more 

Potenza: 'Internet addiction' the subject of new study

Addiction to the Internet is an emerging problem for some people, and is the focus of new study by researchers worldwide, according to Marc N. Potenza, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry. Potenza made his comments in a recent edition of the Yale News video series Expert Opinion, a program in which Yale experts provide perspective on medical-themed stories in the news. Read more and watch the video 

Gardner is Department of Psychiatry's new communications officer

Chris Gardner has succeeded Shane Seger as the Department of Psychiatry's communications officer. Gardner most recently served as the local news editor and bureau chief at The Republican-American newspaper in Waterbury. In those roles, he supervised newsroom staff, and developed print and web content. He is a member of the Newtown Board of Burgesses and has served as chair of the Board of Directors of Newtown Youth and Family Services, a not-for-profit mental health clinic in Newtown, where he resides.

Alumni Spotlight

Reich named Distinguished Lifetime APA fellow

James Reich, MD, a former National Institute of Mental Health fellow at the Yale School of Medicine and a former clinical instructor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, was named a Distinguished Lifetime APA fellow at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Toronto, Canada. Reich works in private practice in San Francisco, and has hospital appointments at the California Pacific Medical Center and Stanford Medical Center. He has research interests in personality and anxiety disorders. 

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Lectures, Conferences and Continuing Education

Yale Global Mental Health Program

January 6, 2016 - Andres Barkil-Oteo, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and a psychiatrist at the Connecticut Mental Health Center, will speak on "Psychiatric Corps in Ghana." Details 

Upcoming Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Friday, December 18, 2015; 10:15-11:30 am

Emergence of Cognition from Action

Gyorgy Buzsaki, MD, PhD, Biggs Professor of Neuroscience, Neuroscience Institute, New York University

**CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St**

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Friday, December 25, 2015

No Grand Rounds

Friday, January 1, 2016

No Grand Rounds

Friday, January 8, 2016; 10:15-11:30 am

Paths to Psychosis: Is Precision Medicine in the Cards for Psychiatry?

Raquel E. Gur, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Radiology, University of Pennsylvania

**CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St**

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Grand Rounds Archive

The department's website includes videos of past Grand Rounds presentations. Talks are added as they are digitized.

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