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Monday, November 2, 2015: A delegation from the Clinical Trial Consortium for Mental Disorders in Taiwan visited the department for three days in early November. Nearly a dozen faculty participated in discussions.

Duman elected to National Academy of Medicine

Ronald Duman, PhD, Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry and professor of neuroscience at the Yale School of Medicine, was among 80 people worldwide elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) the academy announced October 19. Duman and three other inductees from Yale were honored at a reception at the Yale School of Medicine on October 22. Read more  

Yale study reveals prescription drug varenicline initially more effective to help women quit smoking

A Yale School of Medicine study revealed varenicline, the most effective prescription drug used to quit smoking, initially helped women more than men. The study was completed by a team of Yale researchers, including Sherry McKee, PhD, professor of psychiatry and lead researcher of Yale's Specialized Center of Research. The study was published by the journal "Nicotine and Tobacco Research." Read more  

Mazure advocates for equity in women's health research

Carolyn M. Mazure, PhD, Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychology, has published a paper for the online journal "BioMed Central" that states women remain underserved by current health research practices more than 20 years after a U.S. law called for their inclusion in clinical studies. Mazure is director of Women's Health Research at Yale. Read more 

Yale study finds marijuana may worsen symptoms of PTSD

A study by Yale psychiatrists published in the "Journal of Clinical Psychology" concluded medical marijuana may worsen symptoms of PTSD. Samuel Wilkinson, MD, a fourth-year resident and senior author of the study, said the use of medical marijuana by veterans with PTSD may yield worse outcomes than in those who have not used the drug. Read more 

Li advocates that residents become advocates for psychiatric services

In an essay published in "Psychiatric News," Luming Li, MD, a second-year resident in adult psychiatry, urged fellow residents to advocate on behalf of people who need mental health services. Li cited the poor funding of services for people with mental illness as a reason why residents must lobby on behalf of their profession. Read more 

Gordon writes chapter in new book on Caribbean psychology

Derrick Gordon, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, wrote a chapter in the new book, "Caribbean Psychology: Indigenous Contributions to a Global Discipline." The title of Gordon's chapter is, "Contextualizing the Health Behavior of Caribbean Men." Read more  

VA Medical Center study tracks effects of infidelity on veterans' PTSD

A study by researchers at the VA Medical Center in West Haven has suggested that infidelity is a pressing concern for veterans and their mental health, and that more studies and clinical methods must be developed to treat effects of infidelity on military couples. Read more 

Eleven Yale affiliates, including one psychiatry resident, awarded Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD grants

Eleven Yale affiliates, including one psychiatry resident, were awarded research grants through the Brain & Behavior Foundation's NARSAD Young Investigator Grant Program. The foundation in 2015 awarded $13 million in 191 new two-year grant awards to "support the work of promising young scientists with innovative ideas in mental health research." Read more 

Arnsten receives Goldman-Rakic Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience

Amy F.T. Arnsten, PhD, professor of neurobiology and psychology, has received the 2015 Goldman-Rakic Prize for Oustanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience. Arnsten received the award October 23 at the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation's national awards dinner in New York. Read more 

Yale affiliates awarded travel fellowship awards for conference

Three affiliates of the Yale Department of Psychiatry were given travel fellowship awards to attend The Society of Biological Psychiatry's annual meeting in May 2016 in Atlanta. The recipients are Gustavo Angarita-Africano, MD; Renato Polimanti, PhD; and Albert Powers, MD, PhD. The society received more than 132 applications for the competitive travel award. Read more 

Kravitz honored for service at VA Medical Center

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs honored Richard Kravitz, MD, Unit Chief, Firm Director for Acute Psychiatry Services at the VA Medical Center in West Haven, for his work at the VA. Kravitz received an ICARE Respect Award in Veterans Integrated Service Network 1, which comprises Veterans Health Administration operations in the New England region. Read more 

Symposium in Israel named for Blatt

A symposium to be held in January at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel has been named for the late Sidney J. Blatt, PhD, emeritus professor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry. Blatt served as a visiting fellow and professor at several universities during a career that spanned 50 years. He died in 2014. Read more 

MindMap expands service area to Milford and Branford

MindMap, the 9-month-old campaign to promote early detection and treatment of psychosis in young people, has expanded and is now serving clients in Milford and Branford as well as people in eight other communities in the New Haven area. The program is directed by Vinod Srihari, MD, associate professor of psychiatry. Read more 

Department well represented at October Citizenship Conference

Several members of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, including Michael Rowe, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH), spoke at a Citizenship Conference at Wesleyan University in Middletown on October 26 and 27. Read more 

Three Yale Psychiatry colleagues complete Chicago Marathon

Louis Trevisan, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, left; Kirsten Wilkins, MD, associate professor of psychiatry; and Brian Spector, deputy chair for finance and administration, joined thousands of runners who completed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 11. Read more 

Alumni Spotlight

Drs. Beatrix and David Hamburg awarded 2015 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health

Beatrix A. (Betty) Hamburg, MD, and her husband, David A. Hamburg, MD, graduates of Yale School of Medicine, were awarded The Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. The award was given October 23 in New York City. It recognizes people whose extraordinary contribution has made a profound and lasting impact in advancing the understanding of mental health. Read more and watch a video tribute to the Hamburgs 

Reynolds honored for geriatric work in Western Pennsylvania

Charles F. Reynolds, III, MD, a 1973 graduate of the Yale School of Medicine, was named a Grand Champion at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's 2015 Celebration Senior Champions dinner October 21. Reynolds is the medical center's endowed professor in geriatric psychiatry. Read more 

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Lectures, Conferences and Continuing Education

Yale Global Mental Health Program

December 2, 2015 - Maya Prabhu, MSc, MD, LLB, assistant professor of psychiatry, will give the lecture, "Global Mental Health and International Law." Details 

Upcoming Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Friday, November 13, 2015; 10:15-11:30 am

Modelling Predisposition to Schizophrenia Using Stem Cells

Kristen Jennifer Brennand, PhD, Assistant Professor, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital

**CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St**

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Friday, November 20, 2015; 10:15-11:30 am

Harnessing Neuroplasticity Through Computer-Presented and Physical Brain-Training Exercises: Medical and Educational Outcomes

Bruce Wexler, MD, Professor Emeritus, Senior Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry

**CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St**

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Friday, November 27, 2015

No Grand Rounds

Friday, December 4, 2015; 10:15-11:30 am

Understanding and Addressing Racism as a Fundamental Determinant of Health

Yin Paradies, PhD, MPH, MA, Professor and Chair, Race Relations; Deputy Director, Research, Alfred Deakin Research Institute for Citizenship and Globalization

**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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