UCSF Psychiatry News


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).

Yaffe honored by NIH with 2021 Gordon Lecture

February 03, 2021
UCSF researcher Kristine Yaffe, MD, has been selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as the recipient of the 2021 Robert S. Gordon, Jr. Lectureship Award in recognition of her work in the epidemiology of cognitive aging and dementia
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UCSF Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program announces chief residents for 2021-2022

January 20, 2021
The UCSF Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program (RTP) has announced its new chief residents for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year.
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Personalized brain stimulation alleviates severe depression symptoms

January 18, 2021
Scientists at UCSF’s Dolby Family Center for Mood Disorders and Weill Institute for Neurosciences have demonstrated a novel personalized neuromodulation approach that — at least in one patient — was able to provide relief from symptoms of severe treatment-resistant depression within minutes.

Scangos selected to receive 1907 Research Trailblazer Award

January 05, 2021
Mental health research funder 1907 Research announced today that UCSF's Katherine Scangos, MD, PhD, has been chosen as one of the first recipients of its annual 1907 Trailblazer Award.
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A surprising source for untangling autism: The clawed frog

January 04, 2021

Clawed frogs and humans have some obvious differences, but the clawed frog is a popular model for neurological study because their brains develop in similar stages to ours.

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New intervention to help children with trauma will treat the whole family

December 14, 2020
As California’s new program to screen Medi-Cal patients for adverse childhood experiences (which are termed “ACEs”) gets underway, experts at UC San Francisco are trying to ensure that the adults and children who report trauma get the help they need.

Lieberman honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by ZERO TO THREE

October 28, 2020
Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health Alicia F. Lieberman, PhD, was honored with ZERO TO THREE’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award on October 9 during the organization’s annual conference.