UCSF Psychiatry News

John R. McQuaid, PhD

McQuaid accepts position as LPPI Co-Director of Psychology

December 07, 2015
Professor of Clinical Psychology John R. McQuaid, PhD, has been appointed Co-Director of Psychology for the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (LPPI) by institute director and UCSF Department of Psychiatry Chair Matthew W. State, MD, PhD.
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New research connects low physical activity levels with decline in midlife cognitive function

December 04, 2015
Watching a lot of TV and having a low physical activity level as a young adult were associated with worse cognitive function 25 years later in midlife, according to a new study led by Tina Hoang, MSPH, and Kristine Yaffe, MD, published online and in the January print issue of JAMA Psychiatry.
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UCSF colleagues working together to illuminate depression's circuitry

December 03, 2015
If successful, scientists will – for the first time – map the disrupted circuits in the brain that cause mood disorders, then restore them to health.
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UCSF among ten institutions to receive grants to retain clinical scientists

December 03, 2015
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation today announced grants totaling $5.4 million to 10 medical schools to establish a Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists within each of their institutions, including UCSF through a program administered by the university's Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI).
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Atlantic Philanthropies gives $177M to establish Global Brain Health Institute to fight dementia

November 17, 2015
The Atlantic Philanthropies is awarding UCSF and Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, $177 million to create the Global Brain Health Institute, a groundbreaking venture to stem the precipitous rise in dementia by training and connecting a new generation of leaders worldwide.
Nancy Adler, PhD

Adler honored by Academic Senate for work in clinical science research

November 09, 2015
Nancy Adler, PhD, has been named as the recipient of the UCSF Academic Senate’s 15th Annual Faculty Research Lectureship – Clinical Science for her trailblazing research on socioeconomic determinants of health
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New study: Despite high risk, patients with severe mental illness rarely tested for diabetes

November 09, 2015
Although adults with serious psychiatric disorders are at high risk for diabetes, a large study led by UC San Francisco reveals that low-income patients on Medicaid are rarely screened for it.
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$20 million gift for new mood disorders program aims to advance treatments, erase stigma

November 04, 2015
A gift of $20 million from the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund to the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Francisco will support research on mood disorders, aiming to rapidly advance the understanding and treatment of depression, bipolar disorder and related illnesses.
2015 Depression Event

UCSF Depression Center to host free community event on adolescent depression

November 02, 2015
The UCSF Depression Center and its Community Advisory Board, in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will hold a free evening seminar on November 16 for parents, educators, clinicians, and other community members interested in learning more about adolescent depression.
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New study by Kaup and Yaffe may point to connection between forgetfulness and dementia

October 29, 2015
In a new study that followed older women for nearly 20 years, those who complained of memory lapses were more likely than others to later be diagnosed with mild thinking problems or dementia.