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.

Repair for Mental Impairment
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported July 6 and the news service of the bilingual newspaper chain Eastern Group Publications reported July 3 on a new UCLA mouse study by neurobiologists Dr. Alcino Silva and Dan Ehninger. Their lab discovered that a drug used to prevent tissue rejection in organ-transplant patients may reverse mental impairment caused by a genetic disorder linked to autism. Human clinical trials are taking place in the U.K.
6 Jul 08 News bullet

Antipsychotics Bring Little Long-Term Benefit in Alzheimer's
The research of Dr. David Sultzer, professor of psychiatry in the Semel Institute, was featured in a July 4 Psychiatric News story that discussed his research finding that antipsychotics medications bring little long-term benefits to Alzheimer's patients.
4 Jul 08 News bullet

Tai Chi May Help Elderly Have Fewer Restless Nights
The tai chi chih research of Dr. Michael Irwin, Norman Cousins Professor of Psychiatry and director of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, was featured in Fox News and CBS news segments that aired July 3 July 4 on 28 affiliate stations across the country. He found that practicing tai chi chih promotes sleep quality in older adults with moderate sleep complaints. The Washington Post also ran a related story on July 2.
2 Jul 08 News bullet

Tai Chi Helps Older Adults get Good Night's Sleep
The research of Dr. Michael Irwin, professor of psychiatry and director of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the Semel Institute, was featured July 2 in a Reuters story that reported regular practice of tai chi chih can help older people rest easier at night.
2 Jul 08 News bullet

Train Your Mind, Kick Your Craving
The research of Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, a research psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry, was mentioned in the June 30 Lab Notes column on The article cited Schwartz's research into obsessive-compulsive disorder.
30 Jun 08 News bullet

UCLA Medical Center Makes its Move
The Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, La Opinion, City News Service, Daily Breeze, Chinese Daily News, KCBS-Channel 2, KNBC-Channel 4, KTLA-Channel 5, KABC-Channel 7, KCAL-Channel 9, KTTV-Channel 11, KCOP-Channel 13, KMEX-Channel 34, KVEA-Channel 52, KFI-640AM, KFWB-980AM, KNX-1070AM, KRLA-870AM and KPCC-89.3FM, among others, reported June 29 and June 30 on the opening of UCLA's state-of-the-art academic medical facility, following Sunday's relocation of hundreds of patients. The new facility is home to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. Many stations covered the birth of the hospital's first baby, whose parents gave him the middle name of Ronald in honor of the new facility. A Jewish Journal feature also
30 Jun 08 News bullet

Why it's Hard to Say Goodbye
Mary-Frances O'Connor, assistant professor of psychiatry, was featured in a June 27 article in Science Magazine about her research that found certain types of chronic grief activate reward centers in the brain, possibly giving sorrowful memories addiction-like properties. A version of the Science story also appeared July 1 on (Australia).
27 Jun 08 News bullet

How Well Do You Know Your Body? Heart and Brain Health
Dr. Gary Small, Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor at the Semel Institute, appeared June 26 on NBC's Today Show in an interview by host Matt Lauer about key strategies for maintaining a healthy brain, including diet, exercise and stress reduction.
26 Jun 08 News bullet

Existing Drug Reverses a Form of Mental Retardation in Mice
A UCLA mouse study that used an FDA-approved drug to reverse mental retardation related to a genetic mutation that causes autism in humans was reported June 25 by Scientific American and United Press International, June 24 by The Telegraph (U.K.) and June 23 by the Los Angeles Daily News. City News Service, Asian News International, IndoAsian News Service, KTLA-Channel and WTOP Radio 9D. (D.C.) also covered the findings. Coauthors Dr. Alcino Silva, professor of neurobiology and psychiatry, and Dan Ehninger, postgraduate researcher in neurobiology, were quoted. Nature Medicine published the findings on June 22.
25 Jun 08 News bullet

UCLA Medical Center Preps for its Biggest Operation: Moving Day
The Los Angeles Times reported June 25 on UCLA Medical Center's move to its new campus facility this Sunday. Dr. David Feinberg, chief executive officer and interim vice chancellor of the UCLA Hospital System; Johanna Bruner, director of cardiology and emergency services at UCLA Medical Center; and Dr. James Atkinson, professor and chief of pediatric surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; were quoted.
25 Jun 08 News bullet