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.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to Explore the Musical Mind
Dr. Peter Whybrow, director of the Semel Institute, executive chair of psychiatry and physician-in-chief of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, was featured Feb. 20 by the Los Angeles Times about an upcoming Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra series exploring music and the mind. Whybrow commented on creativity and the mood disorders of successful composers and politicians.
20 Feb 11 News bullet

10 Sex Myths Decoded
Gail Wyatt, professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Sexual Health Program, was featured in a Feb. 10 article about common sex myths.
10 Feb 11 News bullet

Most ADHD Kids Have Multiple Conditions, Study Says
HealthDay, WebMd and MedPage Today on Feb. 7 reported on a new UCLA study which found that two-thirds of children in the United States with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder struggle with other mental health and developmental conditions, including learning disabilities and anxiety. Study author Kandyce Larson, a research associate at the Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities at UCLA, was quoted. “Most ADHD Kids Have Multiple Conditions, Study Says” “Kids with ADHD Often Have Other Problems” “Comorbidities Common with ADHD”
ADHD 7 Feb 11 News bullet

Famed Autism Activist Visits UCLA
Autism activist Temple Grandin’s talk at UCLA was featured in a Feb. 5 KNBC-Channel 4 news segment. The event was part of the "Open Mind" speaker series, sponsored by the Friends of the Semel Institute, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness about, and reducing the stigma that is often attached to mental and neurological disorders.
Autism 5 Feb 11 News bullet

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
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” “Hormone Holds Promise as Memory Enhancer”
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” “Dr. Gary Small Interview – KNBC”
26 Jan 11 News bullet