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.

World’s First Scanner Made for Two
Marco Iacoboni, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab at the Ahmanson–Lovelace Brain Mapping Center, was quoted in a Jan. 27 New Scientist article about the first MRI machine that can scan two individuals' brains at once.
Brain imaging 27 Jan 11 News bullet

Down and Out (and Depressed about it) in LA County
Dr. Ian Cook, Miller Family Professor of Psychiatry and director of the Depression Research Program at the Semel Institute, and Dr. Jonathan Fielding, professor of health services at the School of Public Health; were interviewed Jan. 27 on KPCC FM89.3’s Patt Morrison show, on a report that the number of people in Los Angeles County who said they were diagnosed with clinical depression increased by 50 percent over the last decade.
Depression 27 Jan 11 News bullet

TEDx presentation on Personal brain management…
Our brains are complex information powerhouses. At TEDx San Diego (held November 2010) Dr. Robert Bilder explains how new technologies will tap that power, helping us to remember what we need to do and reminding us when we forget to do it. Bilder says software that links our lifetime goals to our daily action items should and will be available in the near future. More info on TEDx at www.tedx-sandiego.com
27 Jan 11 News bullet

Renewing the Debate over Electroshock Therapy
Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, was featured in a Jan. 26 segment on KPCC-89.3 FM’s Larry Mantle show, discussing electro-convulsive therapy and the Food and Drug Administration’s proposal to downgrade the treatment’s risk classification.
26 Jan 11 News bullet

Growth Hormone also a Memory Booster
Dr. Alcino Silva, a professor of neurobiology and a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, commented Jan. 26 in Science and Live Science on a new study identifying a naturally occurring hormone that boosts memory retention in animals. “Growth Hormone also a Memory Booster” http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/01/growth-hormone-also-a-memo... “Hormone Holds Promise as Memory Enhancer” http://www.livescience.com/health/hormone-boosts-memory-110126.html
26 Jan 11 News bullet

Cognitive Training to Improve Memory Just as Effective as Other Intellectual Activities
Dr. Gary Small, Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging, a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and director of the UCLA Center on Aging, commented Jan. 14 in a KNBC story about a new book about Ronald Reagan. In addition, he was quoted Jan. 25 in a Medscape article about studies on the effectiveness of cognitive training to improve memory. “Cognitive Training to Improve Memory Just as Effective as Other Intellectual Activities” http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/736278 “Dr. Gary Small Interview – KNBC” http://showroom.multivisioninc.com/share.do?id=139720&key=esDjyCeLeYEHQL...
26 Jan 11 News bullet

The Real Issue in Arizona: Schizophrenia
Dr. Stephen Marder, professor of psychiatry and director of the Section on Psychosis at the Semel Institute, was featured in two WashingtonPost.com articles on Jan. 14 about accused Tucson shooter Jared Loughner and the suggestion he may suffer from schizophrenia. Marder discussed what the symptoms of the disorder are. “The Real Issue in Arizona: Schizophrenia (Part 1)” http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-turn/2011/01/the_real_issue_in_ar... “The Real Issue in Arizona: Schizophrenia (Part 2)” http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-turn/2011/01/the_real_issue_in_ar...
Schizophrenia 14 Jan 11 News bullet

Probability of Full Recovery from Body Dysmorphic Disorder Good over Time
Dr. Jamie Feusner, assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Treatment Program, was quoted in a Jan. 14 Medscape Today article about the long-term recovery rates of people suffering from body dysmorphic disorder, a condition characterized by a person’s obsession over nonexistent or slight defects in their physical appearance.
14 Jan 11 News bullet

What Causes Someone to Act on Violent Impulses and Commit Murder?
Marco Iacoboni, professor of psychiatry, was quoted in a Jan. 12 Scientific American article about whether alleged killer Jared Lee Loughner, was struggling with mental health issues.
12 Jan 11 News bullet

Bupropion, Varenicline May Decrease Brain Reactivity to Smoking Cues
Dr. Arthur Brody, professor of psychiatry and director of the smoking cessation programs at the Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center, was interviewed Jan.12 by Medscape Today and in Jan. 4 news reports on nine NBC-TV affiliates. He discussed his research showing that the drug bupropion changes how smokers’ brains react to smoking cues.
Addictions 12 Jan 11 News bullet