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Beth Troutman, PhD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, coaches parents on how to improve interactions with their kids and address behavior problems, and she trains therapists to carry out this work. We’re talking about difficult kids, the ones who leave parents unsure what to do next as their child’s tantrums and oppositional behavior become frequent occurrences.
Building on their discovery of a gene linked to eating disorders in humans, a team of researchers at the University of Iowa has now shown that loss of the gene in mice leads to several behavioral abnormalities that resemble behaviors seen in people with anorexia nervosa. The team, led by Michael Lutter MD, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry in the UI Carver College of Medicine, found that mice that lack the estrogen-related receptor alpha (ESRRA) gene are less motivated to seek out high-fat food when they are hungry and have abnormal social interactions.
David Moser, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Psychology Division, is set to become the first Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development in the Carver College of Medicine starting May 1.
Peg Nopoulos, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Neurology-Pediatrics, is featured in the March 7, 2015 issue of The Economist for the Huntington’s disease research conducted through her laboratory.
Sometimes, a new way of looking at something can bring to light an entirely new perspective. Using a different type of MRI imaging, researchers at the University of Iowa have discovered previously unrecognized differences in the brains of patients with bipolar disorder.
Elaine Himadi, MD, who serves as Director of Emergency Psychiatry Services, received the Teaching Award Certificate of Appreciation at the Medical Education Celebration Day faculty awards breakfast held Nov. 13, 2014. Himadi serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in both the Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine departments at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine.
When treating severe mental illness, there’s an opportunity to go the extra mile – literally. IMPACT, or Integrated Multidisciplinary Program of Assertive Community Treatment, is an engaging model of community psychiatry at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. This research- and evidence-based program has been helping those living with severe mental illnesses lead better lives since the mid-1990s.
Valuable discoveries can be made when great minds work together. As several Department of Psychiatry researchers move their laboratories to the new Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building, a big step on the journey that is the University of Iowa Neurosciences Institute has been taken.
A new class of compounds has now been shown to protect brain cells from the type of damage caused by blast-mediated traumatic brain injury (TBI). Mice that were treated with these compounds 24-36 hours after experiencing TBI from a blast injury were protected from the harmful effects of TBI, including problems with learning, memory, and movement.
James B. Potash, MD, MPH, Chair and Department Executive Officer of Psychiatry, had many areas of excellence to highlight at the annual State of the Department Meeting, held July 29 on the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics campus. Dr. Potash outlined a legacy of discovery within the department, discussing the accomplishments of researchers from the past and those making strides in the field today, in areas such as neuropsychiatry, psychopharmacology, genetics, and personality studies.