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By ANDY GOODELL Communications Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry Major depressive disorder impacts the lives of many people and their families. It can become an almost insurmountable challenge when those with this diagnosis begin to experience resistance to conventional medications currently...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.