Autism Speaks News: Autism Speaks, Science, Latest Research
Highlights from Day One: Thursday, May 15, 2008 Scientists from around the world are in London for the annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) sharing their latest research information. The goal of those in attendance is to help individuals around the world living with autism, and their families, have a better quality of care and life.
15 May 08
Dr. Murray E. Jarvik, 84; UCLA Pharmacologist Invented Nicotine Patch
Numerous national outlets marked the death of Dr. Murray E. Jarvik, emeritus professor of psychiatry and pharmacology, who studied the hallucinogenic drug LSD and whose research on the physiology and psychology of smoking addiction led to the development of the nicotine patch. Obituaries appeared May 14 in the Los Angeles Times, May 13 in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, May 10 in Agence France-Presse, and May 9 in the Associated Press, among others.
14 May 08
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