UCSF Psychiatry News

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Study finds that workplace sugary beverage sales ban don’t help everyone equally

March 29, 2021
Many institutions – such as schools, hospitals, and workplaces – have reduced the availability of sugar-sweetened beverages to help fight health problems such as weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. But for some people a sales ban that takes the temptation out of the workplace may not be enough.
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UCSF named one of the nation's best schools for psychiatry by U.S. News

March 29, 2021
UC San Francisco's psychiatry program has been ranked fifth in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of the best graduate and professional schools. For the third consecutive year, UCSF is also the top public university for graduate and professional psychiatry programs in the nation.
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Obesity, hypertension, high glucose in early adulthood may take heavy toll on cognition in late life

March 17, 2021
As mounting evidence points to the link between cardiovascular disease and dementia, a new study led by UCSF finds that young adulthood may be the most critical period to practice the healthy lifestyle habits that may protect the brain from cognitive decline decades later.

Four chosen as 2021 Grand Rounds Trainee Research Award honorees

March 05, 2021
Four early career researchers from the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences have been selected to present their scholarship and research at Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds events later this spring as part of a series designed to highlight the work of senior trainees.
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People with concussions may be more likely to develop sleep disorders years later

March 04, 2021
People who have concussions may be at increased risk of developing sleep disorders years later, according to a study published in the March 3, 2021, online issue of Neurology.
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New study will examine how robustly individuals respond to COVID-19 vaccination

March 03, 2021
The rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines with impressively high effectiveness offers hope that the pandemic will someday soon be under control. But as more people are vaccinated, new questions emerge about what factors might contribute to long-term effectiveness.

UCSF's Alicia Lieberman to deliver 2021 Wallerstein Lecture on March 24

February 22, 2021
The University of California, San Francisco Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will host its 16th annual Robert S. Wallerstein Lecture in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Sohal to receive 2021 A.E. Bennett Basic Research Award

February 19, 2021
UCSF psychiatrist and neuroscientist Vikaas Sohal, MD, PhD, has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 A.E. Bennett Basic Research Award by the Society of Biological Psychiatry. He will be presented with the award, given annually in recognition of superb international research in biological psychiatry by young investigators, during the society's virtual annual meeting later this spring.
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Adversity in childhood may lead to early aging for women

February 16, 2021
Women who have experienced high levels of trauma in childhood, such as abuse by a parent, are biologically older at the epigenetic cellular level in adulthood than women of the same age who have not experienced such adversity, according to a new study by UCSF.
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‘Hidden biological link’ among autism genes revealed in study

February 05, 2021
A new study of autism risk genes by UCSF and UC Berkeley scientists implicates disruption in prenatal neurogenesis — a process in which specialized “progenitor” cells give rise to new brain cells — in the development of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).