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.

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 5.com 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

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.
8 Jun 08 News bullet

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.
24 May 08 News bullet