University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry Research Newsletter
Welcome to the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry's new research newsletter! The purpose of this newsletter is to share the latest news about programs and research coming out of the department. We will also share some of the latest Michigan Medicine blogs featuring faculty.
Also, for additional information and updates, please see our brand new  department website . This project began in the fall of 2016, after consultation with the U-M HITS team (Health Information and Technology). The design of the new website falls in line with Michigan Medicine branded department websites. The purpose of the new site is to have a cohesive brand across University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers .
We hope you enjoy scrolling through our updates and welcome your feedback. Thank you,

Gregory W. Dalack, Chair
U-M Department of Psychiatry 

Latest Department News

A brand new Mental Health BioBank (MHB2) launched within the U-M Department of Psychiatry and Depression Center in June 2017 with the aim to establish a DNA biobank for mental health conditions. A biobank is the banking of either biological materials or data in a database for future use to address specific research questions, many of which we don't even know to ask in 2017! This project is led by Srijan Sen, M.D., Ph.D., Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Professor of Depression and Neurosciences, and Vicki Ellingrod, PharmD, John Gideon Searle, Professor.

Latest Mi chigan Medicine Press Releases

Tranquilizers, antidepressants, opioids and anti-psychotic medications carry special risks for older people, alone or in combination. Check out this research from Donovan Maust, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of psychiatry, the study's lead author and a geriatric psychiatrist with the department.

Bipolar disorder research program newly named for Heinz C. Prechter seeks to build on a decade's worth of scientific advances.

Parents of tweens and teens often wish they could peer inside their child's brain, to figure out what makes them tick or what's troubling them. U-M researcher Mary Heitzeg, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry, leads this national study in Michigan. 

Findings from Kipling Bohnert, Ph.D. assistant professor of psychiatry, lead author of the study point to the need for more suicide prevention efforts among veterans with substance use disorders, especially those who also have mental health conditions.


Context processing problems could explain symptoms and brain imaging findings, and integrate and improve on earlier models. Faculty members Israel Liberzon, M.D., professor of psychiatry, and James Abelson, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, describe their findings.

Michigan Medicine Blogs

Many people think PTSD is only for vets, but the condition affects millions of Americans. Roughly 7.7 million Americans - or about 3.5 percent of the population - have PTSD,  according to the National Institute of Mental Health . Women are more likely to be affected than men. Here's what  Israel Liberzon, M.D. , professor of psychiatry  wants you to know about common causes and treatment.
A passing worry probably doesn't mean you have anxiety. Living in a constant state of fear, however, could be a sign that coping techniques and counseling are needed.  Bernard Biermann, M.D., Ph.D.,  clinical assistant professor with the department explains how to manage this condition.

Cutting out alcohol without medical guidance can be dangerous for chronic drinkers, as shown by the death of Nelsan Ellis. Learn more about safe withdrawal methods from Edward Jouney, D.O. , an addiction psychiatrist and clinical instructor with University of Michigan  Addiction Treatment Services . Dr. Jouney also directs our Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program.

The start of college comes with expectation and excitement, but it also can trigger depression. Making the leap from high school to college is a big deal, no matter how far from home a soon-to-be freshman is headed. Dayna LePlatte, M.D., clinical instructor in psychiatry offers tips for how to prevent depression at college.
An international commission states 1 in 3 dementia cases could be prevented by targeting risk factors from childhood onward. Helen C. Kales, M.D, professor of psychiatry and Director of the Program for Positive Aging, explains more.
Understanding the brain's role in addiction can help break the stigma surrounding the illness - and encourage individuals to seek help. Jillian E. Hardee, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department offered her insight. 

Featured Events
The Jack and Nancy Westman Lectureship in Family and Community Psychiatry
The Kenneth R. Silk Lectureship
The Raymond W. Waggoner Lectureship
More Upcoming Events

The Department of Psychiatry hosts several events, including lectures, conferences, seminars, trainings, and more. Many of these events are open to department faculty and staff, and several are open to members of the University community.

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