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Pictured Above: Iowa City producers Sadie Elbert, Amanda Heeren, and Aleksandra Vujicic A group of Iowa City locals will share powerful monologues, original poetry, and music based on the real struggles and triumphs of living with a mental illness in the community’s rendition of This is My Brave ...
A single gene that may play a key role in human intelligence is also the cause of a devastating brain disease that impedes mobility and diminishes cognitive thinking, according to research conducted at the University of Iowa. Peg Nopoulos, MD Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Pediatrics Chair...
Hildegard Janouschek, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry, recently moved to Iowa from Aachen, Germany to join the Iowa Neuroscience Institute (INI). Dr. Janouschek has taken on a unique role at UI Healthcare as the only dually-trained physician-scientist in psychiatry and neurology. Hildegard...
A German researcher and clinician, who recently joined the Psychiatry faculty and Iowa Neuroscience Institute (INI), is combining genetics and neuroimaging to investigate how brain structure is altered in autism and schizophrenia. “It is absolutely intriguing to me that psychiatric disorders have a...
By Aleksandra Vujicic Although brain research has seen many major advancements over the past few decades, neuroscientists still face a huge limitation in not having access to human brain tissue for molecular and genetic research. Until recently, researchers had to rely on post-mortem brains or...
Treatment-resistant depression can be very debilitating for patients who have tried a number of different antidepressants with no relief. Mark Niciu , MD, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and one of the newest members of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute , is studying the antidepressant...
Kepler Porterfield is a spunky 5-year-old who’s fascinated by fire alarms. He likes to go exploring downtown, looking for buildings with the most accessible fire alarms; once he even pulled the red trigger at his school, setting off a piercing siren. “He thought it was funny, but he’s in preschool...
By Aleksandra Vujicic Communications Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry Each Monday morning a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, behavioral specialists, social workers, and nurses at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics meets to do what they often call “detective work.” Their patients,...
By Aleksandra Vujicic ​Communications Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry A leading physician-scientist who has been described as a ‘humble genius’ on his groundbreaking research in the Department of Psychiatry, has recently expanded his long list of accolades. John Wemmie , MD, PhD, professor of...
Robert G. Robinson, MD, professor emeritus of psychiatry and former chair and DEO of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, was honored Tuesday, Oct. 17, with the 2017 Distinguished Mentor Award. Receiving the award, Robinson used...