Articles in the Media

The following are articles reporting in local, national and international media relating to activity of the Semel Institute and Department of Psychiatry at UCLA. Note that links to articles may expire without warning or require registration. These articles are provided for public interest and UCLA does not necessarily endorse the content or opinion contained within such articles.

UCLA Longevity Center's 20th Anniversary ICON Awards
The Malibu Times reported June 1, Life.com reported June 4 and the Beverly Press reported June 23 on the ICON Awards gala and 20th anniversary of the UCLA Longevity Center (formerly the UCLA Center on Aging). Actress Jane Fonda; UCLA alumnus James Collins and the Jules Stein Eye Institute’s founding director, Dr. Bradley Straatsma, were honored. 
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How Brain Sees the 'Big Picture' May Affect Self-Image
Dr. Jamie Feusner, professor of psychiatry and director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Treatment Program at the Semel Institute, was featured June 1 in US News & World Report, May 28 in Asian News International and Indo-Asian News Service, and May 31 on PsychCentral, about his research finding that people who suffer from a mental illness known as body dysmorphic disorder process visualize information abnormally, even when looking at inanimate objects.
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How Brain Sees the 'Big Picture' May Affect Self-Image
Research by Dr. Jamie Feusner, professor of psychiatry and director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Treatment Program at the Semel Institute, was featured in a June 1 HealthDay News story.  He found that people who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder process visual information abnormally, even when looking at inanimate objects.  
Body dysmorphic disorder 1 Jun 11 News bullet

Genes, autism and brain structure
Medscape Medical News and BioNews (U.K.) reported May 31, Prensa Libre (Guatemala) reported May 29, Digital Journal reported May 28, Ivanhoe News, De Pers (Netherlands) and 35 NBC-TV affiliates reported May 27, and Europa Press (Madrid), JPNN (Jakarta) and Mass Device reported May 26 on UCLA research revealing how autism leaves an unexpected molecular signature on the brain. Senior author Dr. Daniel Geschwind, the Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics and a professor of neurology and psychiatry, and first author Irina Voineagu, a postdoctoral fellow in neurology at UCLA, were quoted.
Autism 31 May 11 News bullet

20th Anniversary ICON Awards, honoring, Jane Fonda
The Beverly Hills Courier on May 27, Daily Variety on May 31 and This Week in Beverly Hills  and This Week in Brentwood on May 26, featured the upcoming 20th anniversary and ICON Awards gala for the UCLA Longevity Center (formerly the UCLA Center on Aging). The event will honor actress Jane Fonda; businessman and UCLA alum James Collins and UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute founding director Dr. Bradley Straatsma. 
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Autistic brains' 'genes differ'
UCLA research revealing how autism leaves an unexpected molecular signature on the brain was reported May 25 by BBC News, TIME, WebMD, HealthDay News, Bloomberg News, Science News, The Scientist, The Canadian Press, PsychCentral, Asian News  International, GenomeWeb Daily News, Examiner.com, The Epoch Times, French Tribune, and DisabilityScoop.com.  The HealthDay report appeared on Yahoo News, MSN, U.S. News & World Report and many others.  The Canadian Press story appeared in the Globe and Mail, Canadian TV, Winnipeg Free Press and many others.  The Bloomberg report appeared in the online San Francisco Chronicle and Minneapolis Star Tribune.  Senior author Dr. Daniel Geschwind, the Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Chair in Human Genetics and a
Autism 25 May 11 News bullet

Mattel gives child development grants to UCLA, Claremont Read more: Mattel gives child development grants to UCLA, Claremont
Ted Hutman, a postdoctoral scholar in psychiatry at the Semel Institute, was cited in a May 24 Los Angeles Business Journal article about Mattel Inc. grants awarded for research on the role of play in early childhood development. He will research the effect of toys on the development of language and social and cognitive skills.
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Overwhelmed caregivers: Try meditation
Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor of psychiatry, and Dr. Michael Irwin, professor of psychiatry and director of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the Semel Institute, were featured in a May 20 Los Angeles Times blog about their research suggesting that meditative yoga can help improve the mental and physical health of home-based caregivers.
Mind and body 19 May 11 News bullet

Moderate secondhand smoke levels deliver nicotine to the brain
The St. Louis American reported May 19 on research by Dr. Arthur L. Brody, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, showing that exposure to secondhand smoke evokes tobacco cravings in smokers.
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UCLA Longevity Center to Honor Jane Fonda, James A. Collins and Dr. Bradley R. Straatsma at 20th Annual ICON Awards
The Beverly Hills Courier reported May 13 on the 20th anniversary and ICON Awards gala for the Center on Longevity (formerly the Center on Aging). The event will honor actress Jane Fonda; businessman and UCLA alumnus James Collins; and the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA’s founding director, Dr. Bradley Straatsma. Jennifer Lopez is a special guest, and host Jason Alexander will perform. Coverage about the event was also picked up by Reuters, Yahoo News and the Los Angeles Business Journal. “UCLA Longevity Center to Honor Jane Fonda, James A. Collins and Dr. Bradley R. Straatsma at 20th Annual ICON Awards “ http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/10/idUS173491+10-May-2011+PRN2011... “UCLA Longevity Center to Honor Jane Fonda, James A. Collins and Dr. Bradley R. Straatsma at 20th Annual
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