Window on the Mind: Will the Antidepressant Work?
Dr. Andrew Leuchter, professor of psychiatry and director of the Laboratory of Brain, Behavior, and Pharmacology in the Semel Institute, and his research were featured in a May 6 Newsweek.com article about his use of EEG to monitor how well an antidepressant works. The study, called BRITE (Biomarkers for Rapid Identification of Treatment Effectiveness), showed that the EEG readings, which measure brain wave activity, had a 74 percent accuracy rate in predicting the effectiveness of an antidepressant medication.
6 May 08
Genetic Bipolar Test
Carrie Bearden, an assistant professor of psychiatry in the Semel Institute, was quoted in an NBC News Channel segment that ran on 45 affiliates nationwide on May 5 - 6. Bearden commented on a new genetic test for bipolar disorder.
5 May 08
KNBC: PEERS Autism Program: Child-To-Teen Transition
Liz Laugeson, a postdoctoral fellow in the Semel Institute and director of The Help Group - UCLA Autism Research Alliance, appeared April 30 in a KNBC-Channel 4 segment about PEERS, a parent-assisted social skills intervention she co-developed for teens with developmental disabilities. She was interviewed and shown teaching social skills to a group of autistic teens.
30 Apr 08
Agency Receives Prize from UCLA
Joan Asarnow, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, and the nonprofit Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, were cited in the April 26 Pasadena Star News. Each received the Ann C. Rosenfield Distinguished Community Partnership Prize from the UCLA Center for Community Partnerships for teen suicide-prevention.
26 Apr 08
A brain-imaging study by Dr. Jamie Feusner, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, finding the first biological basis for body dysmorphic disorder, was examined in a BBC Two program called "Am I Normal?" on April 21. His research was also featured in the April editions of Scientific American Mind and Allure magazines. Feusner was quoted. "Am I Normal?" - "Imagined Ugliness"
21 Apr 08
Prozac Nation: Revisited
Dr. Andrew Leuchter, professor of psychiatry and director of the Laboratory of Brain, Behavior, and Pharmacology in the Semel Institute, was featured March 26 on the National Public Radio program "The Infinite Mind." Leuchter spoke about how press coverage and public alarm about antidepressants affects the nation's health and willingness to be treated for illnesses.
26 Mar 08
Pregnancy Hormone Shows Promise for Treating Multiple Sclerosis
Dr. Barbara Giesser, professor of neurology and clinic director of the Multiple Sclerosis Research and Treatment Program at the Semel Institute, was featured on six additional CBS TV affiliates between March 21 and March 26, including WMAZ-TV (Macon, GA), WWTV (Cadillac/Traverse City,
MI), and WLKY-TV (Louisville, KY). Giesser was interviewed about a promising, ongoing clinical trial involving the use of the hormone estriol in combating Multiple Sclerosis.
26 Mar 08
Depiction of Prescription-Pill Abuse by Teens is Legit
Rachel Gonzales, a researcher at the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) in the Semel Institute, and Richard Rawson, professor of psychiatry in the Semel Institute and associate director of the ISAP, were featured March 24 in a Los Angeles Times column about the depiction in a film of prescription drug abuse by teens.
24 Mar 08