UCSF Psychiatry News

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Long-term marijuana use associated with worse verbal memory in middle age

February 02, 2016
Marijuana use over time is associated with remembering fewer words from a list, but it did not appear to affect other areas of cognitive function in a study of men and women followed up over 25 years, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.
Mazen A. Kheirbek, PhD

Research neuroscientist Kheirbek joins department faculty

February 01, 2016
Please join us in welcoming research neuroscientist Mazen A. Kheirbek, PhD, as he officially begins his appointment today as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.
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CTRP celebrates 20th anniversary with sold-out seminar course

February 01, 2016
A capacity crowd filled the Fisher Banquet Room at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center on Friday, January 29, 2016, for a special day-long seminar course celebrating the 20th anniversary of the UCSF Child Trauma Research Program (CTRP).

Study: Estrogens reverse abnormality in zebrafish carrying gene mutation associated with autism

January 29, 2016
In an unexpected finding, an international team of scientists has discovered that estrogens reverse a striking behavioral abnormality in zebrafish carrying mutations in a gene known to cause autism in humans.
Sanders and State

UCSF-led autism genomics study named a Top 10 Research Paper of 2015 by Autism Speaks

January 28, 2016
An international research team led by UCSF Department of Psychiatry scientists has been recognized by Autism Speaks with inclusion on the organization’s “Top 10 Autism Research Papers of 2015” list.
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New study finds that the brain structure governing emotion is passed down from mother to daughter

January 27, 2016
A study of 35 families led by a UCSF Psychiatry researcher showed for the first time that the structure of the brain circuitry known as the corticolimbic system is more likely to be passed down from mothers to daughters than from mothers to sons or from fathers to children of either gender.
Markita Mays, LCSW

Mays selected for Dean’s Diversity Leaders group

January 14, 2016
Clinical social worker Markita Mays, LCSW, has been selected through a competitive process as one of the twelve Dean’s Diversity Leaders for the UCSF School of Medicine’s Differences Matter initiative.
James W. Dilley, MD

Dilley named 2016 APA Adolf Meyer Award honoree

January 13, 2016
Professor and Vice Chair for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center James W. Dilley, MD, has been named as the recipient of the American Psychiatric Association (APA)’s 2016 Adolf Meyer Award.
2016 Trainee Research Award honorees

Four selected as 2016 Grand Rounds Trainee Research Award honorees

January 11, 2016
Four department trainees have been selected to present their scholarship and research at Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds events later this year as part of a series designed to highlight the work of senior trainees (e.g., residents, child psychiatry fellows, psychology trainees, postdoctoral fellows) at or near the end of their training and help launch their academic careers
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Special continuing education course to be held in honor of CTRP’s 20th anniversary

January 05, 2016
In celebration of the Child Trauma Research Program (CTRP)’s 20th anniversary, the program and the Department of Psychiatry are presenting a one-day seminar course, “Attachment and Trauma in Early Childhood: Embracing the Family in Clinical Practice, Research, and Public Policy,” on Friday, January 29, at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center.