UCSF Psychiatry News

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Older adults who can really smell the roses may face lower likelihood of dementia

July 20, 2020
Seniors who can identify smells like roses, turpentine, paint-thinner and lemons, and have retained their senses of hearing, vision and touch, may have half the risk of developing dementia as their peers with marked sensory decline.

Adler to be honored by IAPHS for contributions to improving population health and equity

July 07, 2020
The Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS) has chosen UC San Francisco researcher Nancy Adler, PhD, to receive its 2020 J. Michael McGinnis Leadership Excellence Award.

To let neurons talk, immune cells clear paths through brain’s ‘scaffolding’

July 06, 2020
A new study by UCSF scientists has identified a surprising new way that the brain’s immune cells help it form new memories.
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Something familiar and something new: Introducing the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

July 01, 2020
Since its founding in 1943, the University of California, San Francisco’s Department of Psychiatry has been comprised of professionals representing a wide variety of allied behavioral health fields. Now, the department’s name will officially reflect that.
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LGBTQ+ populations experience newfound anxiety and depression in COVID-19 pandemic

June 29, 2020
The LGBTQ+ communities have experienced increased anxiety and depression since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those who haven’t struggled with these conditions before, according to researchers at UCSF.
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Dementia may develop 7 years earlier for adults with inflammatory bowel disease

June 24, 2020
Older adults with chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract may develop dementia more than seven years earlier than those without the condition, according to a new study by researchers at UCSF and Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan.
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FDA approves video game based on UCSF brain research as ADHD therapy for kids

June 15, 2020
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first video game therapeutic as a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, based on research by UCSF’s Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD.
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Disrupted circadian rhythms linked to later Parkinson's diagnosis

June 15, 2020
Older men who have a weak or irregular circadian rhythm guiding their daily cycles of rest and activity are more likely to later develop Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study by scientists at UCSF.
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Out-of-sync brain waves may underlie learning deficit linked to schizophrenia

May 29, 2020
A new UCSF study has pinpointed a specific pattern of brain waves that underlies the ability to let go of old, irrelevant learned associations to make way for new updates.

Rubenstein elected to the National Academy of Sciences

April 28, 2020
UC San Francisco neuroscientist and Nina Ireland Distinguished Professor in Child Psychiatry John L.R. Rubenstein, MD, PhD, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).