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TMS offers hope for patients with treatment resistant depression

By Aleksandra Vujicic

Communications Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry

Sixty-three-year-old Brenda Griffith was first diagnosed with depression two decades ago.

“I couldn’t feel,” she said. “I lost the ability to feel anything positive or just feel good about...

New studies contradict earlier findings on Rett syndrome

About a year ago, University of Iowa neuroscientist Andrew Pieper unexpectedly found himself in the position of contradicting seemingly promising results that have prompted a clinical trial for pediatric patients with Rett syndrome—a severe neurodevelopmental disorder on the autism spectrum. Independent reproduction of other scientists' results is a cornerstone of solid research. However, failure to reproduce a finding casts doubt on the robustness of the original work and carries implications for anyone looking to build on those findings.

Robinson earns pair of prestigious awards

Robert G. Robinson, MD, Chairman of the UI Department of Psychiatry from 1990 to 2011, received the 2015 Gary J. Tucker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Neuropsychiatry at the annual meeting of the American Neuropsychiatric Association in Orlando, Florida on March 28.

Forging distinction through integrated care

The integration of primary and mental health care has been gaining momentum and earning a higher profile in recent years. The University of Iowa’s Department of Psychiatry has been at the forefront of this practice for decades, with its origins in the approach reaching back to the 1970s. Roger Kathol, MD, is a recognized national leader in integrated care who spent the better part of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s spearheading integrated mental and physical health care ventures at UIHC.

NAMI events highlight awareness, influential strides in research

Rain and wind didn’t deter area supporters from participating in the 2015 Johnson County NAMI Walk held at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area on April 25. With umbrellas in hand, steadfast individuals, including those from the UI Psychiatry Department, walked to raise awareness about mental illness and those living with mental health conditions.