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.

Transplant Drug may Ease Disorder Linked to Autism
The New Scientist reported June 25 on a mouse study by UCLA neurobiologists Dr. Alcino Silva and Dan Ehninger that used an FDA-approved drug to reverse mental retardation sparked by a genetic mutation that also causes autism in humans. Cambridge University is currently testing whether the drug will restore short-term memory in adults with the genetic disorder. Nature Medicine published the findings in its June 22 online edition.
25 Jun 08 News bullet

Brain Differs with Complicated Grief
United Press International reported June 24 on the research of Mary-Frances O'Connor, assistant professor of psychiatry, finding that certain types of chronic grief activate reward centers in the brain, possibly giving sorrowful memories addiction-like properties. Stories also appeared June 22 in the Asian News International and June 21 in the Indo-Asian News Service
24 Jun 08 News bullet

Schizophrenics Battle Stigma, Myths in Addition to Disease
Dr. Stephen Marder, professor of psychiatry in the Semel Institute, was quoted in a June 8 article in USA Today about stereotypes about people with schizophrenia.
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My Amygdala, My Self
Marco Iacoboni, associate professor of psychiatry in the Semel Institute, and director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab in the Ahmanson Lovelace Brain Mapping Center, and Dr. Joshua Freedman, assistant clinical professor in the Semel Institute, were featured in a June Atlantic Magazine article about neuro-marketing, the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging to show how people feel about a subject versus what they say.
1 Jun 08 News bullet

Could an Acid Trip Cure Your OCD?
Dr. Charles Grob, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics in the Semel Institute, and director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, was featured in the June edition of Discover Magazine. An article explored his research into the use of hallucinogenic drugs as treatments for psychiatric disorders such as PTSD and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
30 May 08 News bullet

Adults with ADHD Miss More Workdays
Dr. James McCracken, Campbell Professor of Child Psychiatry and vice chair of the department of psychiatry at the Semel Institute and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, was quoted in a May 27 WebMD article about the difficulties faced in the workplace by adults who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
27 May 08 News bullet

The First Patient: Health and the Presidency
Dr. Michael Irwin, professor of psychiatry and director of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the Semel Institute, was interviewed May 24 on CNN's "Special Investigations Unit" about the physical and mental stress faced by U.S. presidents.
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Mirror Neurons
Marco Iacoboni, associate professor of psychiatry in the Semel Institute, and director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab in the Ahmanson Lovelace Brain Mapping Center, discussed his new book, "Mirroring People" in a May 19 segment on KPCC 89.3 FM's AirTalk program. He addressed how the research is changing how scientists understand human interaction and its implications for fields as varied as health, parenting and politics.
19 May 08 News bullet

Medscape: High-Functioning Autistic Teens Benefit From Friendship Training Program
Marlene Busko from London, UK reports that high-functioning teens with autism exhibited significant improvement in social functioning following the PEERS 14-week treatment intervention.  The program is based on overcoming core deficits in friendship skills in teens with autism which includes parent participation as social coaches. Parents and teens participate in separate, concurrent, 90-minute weekly training sessions for 14 weeks. The current study examined the efficacy of PEERS in improving overall social skills and friendship quality among 33 teens aged 13 to 17 years who had high-functioning autism or Asperger's disorder. Parents reported that their teens' social skills improved significantly and teachers, who were not involved in the training sessions, noted even more striking
19 May 08 News bullet

How Net Neutrality Could Sabotage Healthcare Tech
The Aging and Technology Conference, sponsored by the UCLA Center on Aging, was featured in a May 16 article, which focused on policy issues raised by new technology. Dr. Gary Small, Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging and director of the UCLA Center on Aging, was quoted.
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