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McLean Researchers Lead ECT Study for Alzheimer’s Patients With Aggression

Researchers at McLean Hospital will lead a five-year study to investigate the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) to treat severe agitation and aggression in people with Alzheimer’s disease. The study was made possible by a five-year grant, expected to total $11.8 million, from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) under award number R01AG06110001. Part of the National Institutes of...

Is Alzheimer’s Disease a Disorder of Energy Metabolism? New Study Shines New Light

A team of investigators from McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, led by Kai-Christian Sonntag, MD, PhD, and Bruce M. Cohen, MD, PhD, has found a connection between disrupted energy production and the development of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD). The findings appear in the current issue of Scientific Reports. “These findings have several implications for understanding...

McLean Researchers Uncover Security Issues with Health Apps for Dementia Patients

Use caution when entering personal health information into a convenient app on your mobile device, because not all apps are created equal when it comes to protecting your privacy, warns McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School clinicians. In a recent paper, a team of McLean Hospital researchers reported that many health apps designed to assist dementia patients and their caregivers have...

Alzheimer’s Disease: The Search for Hope

Love took center stage when Scott Cummings met Janet Morrison some 25 years ago in Pittsburgh. Both were theater professors at Carnegie Mellon University. Eventually, their careers led them to Massachusetts to take up similar positions at Boston College and Brandeis University. But recently, their life-script took a dramatic turn. “About five years ago, Janet was cast in a major role for a...

Successful Healthy Aging: Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Brain Health Course: June 13-July 25 Session

This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. Taught by McLean Hospital clinicians, SHAPE’s curriculum is based on scientific evidence regarding topics that have been shown to contribute to brain health. Through lifestyle choices, medical management, and use of cognitive strategies, course...

Successful Healthy Aging: Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Brain Health Course: April 25-May 30 Session

This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. Taught by McLean Hospital clinicians, SHAPE’s curriculum is based on scientific evidence regarding topics that have been shown to contribute to brain health. Through lifestyle choices, medical management, and use of cognitive strategies, course...

Successful Healthy Aging: Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Brain Health Course: August 22-September 26 Session

This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. Taught by McLean Hospital clinicians, SHAPE’s curriculum is based on scientific evidence regarding topics that have been shown to contribute to brain health. Through lifestyle choices, medical management, and use of cognitive strategies, course...

Successful Healthy Aging: Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Brain Health Course: May 2-June 6 Session

This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. Taught by McLean Hospital clinicians, SHAPE’s curriculum is based on scientific evidence regarding topics that have been shown to contribute to brain health. Through lifestyle choices, medical management, and use of cognitive strategies, course...

Successful Healthy Aging: Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Brain Health Course: September 5-October 10 Session

This 6-week educational course focuses on techniques to promote healthy brain aging and is ideal for older individuals and/or their adult children. Taught by McLean Hospital clinicians, SHAPE’s curriculum is based on scientific evidence regarding topics that have been shown to contribute to brain health. Through lifestyle choices, medical management, and use of cognitive strategies, course...

Darrick T. Balu, PhD

Darrick T. Balu, PhD, grew up in New York City where he earned his undergraduate and Master’s degrees. After receiving his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, he was awarded the Division 28: Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Balu joined McLean Hospital as a post-doctoral fellow in 2008, was promoted to...

Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc

Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc, is the chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and medical director for Behavioral Health in the Center for Population Health Management at Partners HealthCare. Dr. Forester is an expert in geriatric psychiatry, specializing in the treatment of older adults with depression, bipolar disorder, and behavioral complications of Alzheimer’s...

Michael A. Jenike, MD

Dr. Michael Jenike is the founder of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute at McLean Hospital and the Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Clinic and Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jenike is recognized as a world-renowned researcher, having published over 200 articles on obsessive compulsive disorder, geriatric...

Kai-Christian Sonntag, MD, PhD

As a graduate of University of Heidelberg Medical School, Dr. Sonntag studied the molecular biology of viruses, and as a research fellow at the Transplantation Biology Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, he conducted research in transplantation immunology. In 2000, he joined McLean Hospital where his laboratory is integrated in the Program for Neuropsychiatric Research, directed by...

Frank I. Tarazi, MBBS, PhD, MBA

Frank I. Tarazi, MBBS, PhD, MBA, is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Psychiatric Neuroscience Laboratory at McLean Hospital. His research focuses on better understanding the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders and their improved treatment. He has been awarded research funding from NARSAD, NIH, the Stanley Foundation, and from several...

Anil Varma Vatsavayi, MD, MPH

Anil Varma Vatsavayi, MD, MPH, is a geriatric psychiatrist and researcher at McLean Hospital’s Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Program. His clinical interests include neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric conditions affecting older adults. His approach revolves around improving quality of life for elderly patients by minimizing distressing symptoms and providing support to caregivers to better...