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Scientists from UCLA, UC San Francisco, Costa Rica and Colombia take steps to identify genetic component to mental illness 

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Scientists know there is a strong genetic component to bipolar disorder, but they have had an extremely difficult time identifying the genes that cause it. So, in an effort to better understand the illness's genetic causes, researchers at UCLA tried a new approach. 

2014 Award for Research in Mood Disorders
Congratulations to Dr. Lori Altshuler, director of the UCLA Mood Disorders Research Program, for earning the 2014 Award for Research in Mood Disorders from the American College of Psychiatrists.
Kids whose bond with mother was disrupted early in life show changes in brain
Mark Wheeler, mwheeler@mednet.ucla.edu310-794-2265 Children who experience profound neglect have been found to be more prone to a behavior known as "indiscriminate friendliness," characterized by an inappropriate willingness to approach adults, including strangers.   UCLA researchers are now reporting some of the first evidence from human studies suggesting that this behavior is rooted in brain adaptations associated with early-life experiences. The findings appear in the Dec. 1 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Biological Psychiatry.  
UCLA CART director, Dr. Geschwind, lead author on new autism study: Unraveling How Autism Disrupts the Early Brain
A UCLA study that is the first to map autism-risk genes by function and uncover how mutations in the genes disrupt fetal brain development was reported Nov. 26 by the U.K.’s Autism News Network;Nov.
UCLA neuroscientist's book explains why social connection is as important as food and shelter
Stuart Wolpert, swolpert@support.ucla.edu310-206-0511 Facebook and gossip might seem like a waste of time, but they actually serve a basic human need.  A growing body of research shows that the need to connect socially with others is as basic as our need for food, water and shelter, writes UCLA professor Matthew Lieberman in his first book, "Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect," published this week by Crown Publishers. 
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