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Mild traumatic brain injury, including concussion, is one of the most common types of neurological disorder, affecting approximately 1.3 million Americans annually. It has received more attention recently because of its frequency and impact among two groups of patients: professional athletes, especially football players; and soldiers returning from mid-east conflicts with blast-related traumatic brain injury.
When doctors at the University of Iowa prepared a patient to inhale a panic-inducing dose of carbon dioxide, she was fearless. But within seconds of breathing in the mixture, she cried for help, overwhelmed by the sensation that she was suffocating.
Jane Paulsen, PhD, professor of psychiatry, neurology, psychology and neurosciences, has been named the Roy J. Carver Chair in Neuroscience. The $2 million fund endowing the chair is a gift from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa, made through the University of Iowa Foundation in order to establish the chair. A faculty chair is the highest honor given by the university to an outstanding member of the faculty.
Chances are the only thing you remember about your first swig of alcohol is how bad the stuff tasted. What you didn’t know is the person who gave you that first drink and when you had it says a lot about your predisposition to imbibe later in life.
Nine-year-old Virginia Buck does not ask for much for herself. In fact, the only thing she really asks is that you try and understand what she and other kids like her are going through. Virginia is living with Juvenile Huntington disease, a fatal, neurodegenerative genetic disorder that causes problems with walking, talking, thinking and behavior.
Alyssa Wood, DO, MBA, a second-year psychiatry resident, recently earned the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. This award demonstrates the power of Wood’s interactions with medical students and the impact of her influence on their careers.
Peter Daniolos, MD, training director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency, recently took time to highlight a new interactive art installation called “Incredible Minds”, created by 60 youth with developmental delays and/or autism, gracing the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Stewart Conference Room. A full article on the interactive art display can be found in The Gazette.
Hail to the Chief! We are pleased and proud to have a new President in the University of Iowa Department of Psychiatry. Clinical Professor Michael Flaum, MD, was installed recently as President of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists (AACP).
Faculty, friends and family of the Class of 2016 gathered at the University Club on the evening of June 17 to celebrate the graduation of Psychiatry Department residents. This outstanding group was lauded and applauded for repeatedly by the more than 100 in attendance.
A new study suggests there may be an overlap between rare genetic variations linked to bipolar disorder (BD) and those implicated in schizophrenia and autism.