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.

Autism 90-Day Prevention Program
Dr. Shafali Jeste, assistant professor in neurology and psychiatry, was featured in a CBS report that aired April 20 on several affiliates, including locally on KCBS-Channel 2 and KCAL-Channel 9. She discussed her research to understand brain functioning in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and in infants at risk for ASD.
Autism 20 Apr 11 News bullet

What is Bipolar Disorder, Anyway? (Wall Street Journal)
This appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.
17 Apr 11 News bullet

Understanding Bipolar Disorder
Carrie Bearden, associate professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, appeared April 15 on CNN Headline News’ “Drew Pinsky Show” to discuss bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder 15 Apr 11 News bullet

KABC Reports that Practicing Tai Chi Lowers Seniors Depression
“Tai Chi Found to Alleviate Stress, Depression” Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of the Late-Life Depression, Stress, and Wellness Research Program, was featured in an April14 KABC—Channel 7 news segment on her research showing that Tai Chi Chih, the ancient martial art, Tai Chi, when combined with medication, helped elderly people lower their level of depression and improved their memory and cognition.
14 Apr 11 News bullet

Tai Chi Found to Alleviate Stress, Depression
Research by Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of the UCLA Late-Life Depression, Stress, and Wellness Research Program, was featured April14 on KABC-Channel 7. She found that tai chi chih, when combined with medication, helped elderly people lower their depression and improved their memory and cognition.
Mind and body 14 Apr 11 News bullet

Catherine Zeta-Jones is Treated for Bipolar II Disorder. What is it?
David Miklowitz, professor of psychiatry and director of the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program at the Semel Institute, was featured in an April 13 KCAL-Channel 9 news segment about bipolar disorder, a condition recently acknowledged by actress Catherine Zeta Jones. Miklowitz was also quoted April 13 by the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, and in an online People magazine story. “Catherine Zeta-Jones is Treated for Bipolar II Disorder. What is it?” http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-catherine-zeta-jones-b... “Catherine Zeta-Jones Bipolar Disorder: Her Private Struggle” http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20481698,00.html “What is Bipolar Disorder, Anyway?” http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2011/04/14/what-is-bipolar-disorder-anyway/
Bipolar disorder 13 Apr 11 News bullet

Our Cousins the Chimps
Genetic research by Dr. Daniel Geschwind, professor of human genetics and neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine and a professor at the Semel Institute, on how human and chimp brains developed differently, was cited April 11 in a Philadelphia Inquirer column.
Genetics & neurochemistry 11 Apr 11 News bullet

Psychedelic Drug Cuts Brain Blood Flow and Connections
Charles Grob, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Harbor–UCLA, was featured in an April 8 New Scientist article. His research shows that small doses of psilocybin, or "magic mushrooms,” may cut depression in people with late-stage cancer.
8 Apr 11 News bullet

Vast Gene Study Yields Insights on Alzheimer’s
Nelson Freimer, professor of psychiatry and director of UCLA’s center for neurobehavioral genetics, was quoted in the April 3 New York Times about an Alzheimer’s study that discovered five genes offering new clues to why the disease strikes and how it progresses. 
Genetics & neurochemistry 3 Apr 11 News bullet

APOE Variants
Medscape published an article about the Alzheimer’s gene APOE-4 by Dr. Gary Small, Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging, a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of the UCLA Center on Aging.
29 Mar 11 News bullet