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Dec 15, 2013

Growing, Innovating, and Improving: Update on OCD Research

The Office of Clinical Assessment and Research (OCAR) experienced a growth spurt recently and now features seven core members. I have asked Jesse Crosby, PhD, to lead this expanded team and coordinate our effort to do everything we can to help...

Dec 2, 2013

Increased Brain Activity May Hold Key to Eliminating PTSD

In a new paper published in the current issue of Neuron, McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School researchers report that increased activity in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) of the brain is linked to decreased activity in the amygdala, the...

Nov 26, 2013

Nancy K. Mello, Pioneer in Substance Abuse Research, Dies at 78

Nancy K. Mello, PhD, director of McLean Hospital’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center (ADARC) and professor of psychology (neuroscience) at Harvard Medical School, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 25. She was 78. A dedicated and well-...

Nov 7, 2013

Exploring the Biological Basis of Autism

One way to begin to understand the causes and effects of psychiatric illnesses is to examine the brain on the cellular level. More specifically, scientists look at how cells function on an individual level and how they interact with other cells in...

Nov 6, 2013

Bringing Trauma to Light

Emotional trauma has long been a part of the human experience, but it has only been in recent decades that we have begun to comprehend and study its effects. “We owe much of our current understanding about the impact of trauma to the difficulties...

Aug 1, 2013

Secret Ingredients of OCD Research and Treatment

Last year, I heard a great story on the popular radio show “This American Life” about a family-owned sausage company that could no longer keep up with demand. In some ways, they already had what they wanted—a great business with a solid reputation...