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.

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
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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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Gunter Sachs Commits Suicide, Alludes to Alzheimer’s Struggle in Note
Dr. Gary Small was interviewed May 11 on an ABC “Good Morning America” story about the suicide of Gunter Sachs and the tendency for Alzheimer’s patients to suffer from depression. Small is the Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging, a professor of psychiatry with the Semel Institute and director of the UCLA Center on Aging.
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Buddhists, neuroscientists come to a meeting of the minds
"Buddhism and Neuroscience: a Discussion on Attention, Mental Flexibility and Compassion" at Royce Hall on May 2, sponsored by the Center for Buddhist Studies, the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and the International Institute. The symposium brought researchers from UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior together with eminent Buddhist scholars for a two-hour conversation about their distinctive yet complementary understanding of compassion, creativity, mental flexibility and attention, as well as the role mindfulness meditation may play in cultivating these qualities.
Mind and body 10 May 11 News bullet

Secondhand Smoke Triggers Nicotine Cravings
Dr. Arthur Brody, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, and his research linking secondhand smoke exposure to tobacco cravings in smokers was covered May 2 in the Hartford (CT) Health Examiner; May 3 in the Times of India and Toronto Sun; May 4 in PsychCentral.com; May 5 in ABCNews.com and HealthJockey.com; May 6 in TopNews.ae (Arab Emirates) and Medical News Today, and May 19 in the St. Louis American. “Second-Hand Smoke Can Cause Nicotine Cravings” http://www.torontosun.com/2011/05/03/secondhand-smoke-can-cause-nicotine... “Secondhand Smoke Triggers Nicotine Cravings” http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/health&id=8114424 “Moderate Secondhand Smoke Levels Deliver Nicotine to the Brain” http://www.stlamerican.com/your_health_matters/health_studies/article_d0...
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Second-Hand Smoke May Trigger Nicotine Cravings
Dr. Arthur Brody, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, was featured May 2 in some 30 news outlets covering his research showing that exposure to secondhand smoke evokes tobacco cravings in smokers. Coverage included WebMD, Medscape, the Toronto Sun, Examiner.com, US News & World Report, and KABC-Channel 7. “Secondhand Smoke Derails Quit-Smoking Efforts” http://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20110502/secondhand-smoke-derails-quit-s... “Second-Hand Smoke Can Cause Nicotine Cravings” http://www.torontosun.com/2011/05/03/secondhand-smoke-can-cause-nicotine... “Second-Hand Smoke May Trigger Nicotine Cravings” http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/ar... “Second-Hand Smoke May Trigger Nicotine Cravings” http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/
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