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Teamsters Local 25 Autism Fund Presents More Than $300,000 to 11 Local Autism Non-Profits

Teamsters Local 25 president Sean O’Brien recently presented more than $300,000 to local non-profits, including a $50,000 donation to McLean Hospital which will be used to continue groundbreaking autism research and support the McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program at Franciscan Children’s Hospital, the only Massachusetts inpatient child psychiatric program with a...

Recent McLean Research Publications – April 2017

McLean’s world-class researchers are published in scholarly and scientific journals on topics ranging throughout the fields of psychiatry and neuroscience. Conflict-related dorsomedial frontal cortex activation during healthy food decisions is associated with increased cravings for high-fat foods Smith R, Alkozei A, Killgore WDS. Brain Imaging and Behavior. 2017 Apr 27. [Epub ahead of...

Recent McLean Research Publications – March 2017

McLean’s world-class researchers are published in scholarly and scientific journals on topics ranging throughout the fields of psychiatry and neuroscience. Reprising Ramadan-related angina pectoris: a potential strategy for risk reduction Siegel AJ, Bhatti NA, Wasfy JH. American Journal of Case Reports. 2016 Nov 10;17:841-844. The prescription opioid addiction treatment study: what have...

Recent McLean Research Publications – February 2017

McLean’s world-class researchers are published in scholarly and scientific journals on topics ranging throughout the fields of psychiatry and neuroscience. Genetic approaches for the study of PTSD: advances and challenges Banerjee SB, Morrison FG, Ressler KJ. Neuroscience Letters. 2017 Feb 24. [Epub ahead of print] Characterizing cognitive heterogeneity on the schizophrenia-bipolar...

Neuroscience in the Community

Education is one of the fundamental elements of the McLean mission and this winter and early spring, the hospital’s commitment to educating the public about mental health and neuroscience will be on display during a number of community events. During Presidents’ Day weekend (February 18-20), several McLean research staff were at the American Association for the Advancement of Science...

Recent McLean Research Publications – January 2017

McLean’s world-class researchers are published in scholarly and scientific journals on topics ranging throughout the fields of psychiatry and neuroscience. Multivariate characterization of white matter heterogeneity in autism spectrum disorder Dean DC, Lange N, Travers BG, Prigge MB, Matsunami N, Kellett KA, Freeman A, Kane KL, Adluru N, Tromp DP, Destiche DJ, Samsin D, Zielinski BA,...

McLean Launches Alliance with Weizmann Institute of Science to Advance Neuropsychiatric Care

McLean Hospital and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, a world leader in brain research, are launching an alliance that will lead to further understanding of neuropsychiatric disorders and accelerate the development of corresponding treatments. “The lack of understanding and under-treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders are significant public health concerns,”...

Recent McLean Research Publications – December 2016

McLean’s world-class researchers are published in scholarly and scientific journals on topics ranging throughout the fields of psychiatry and neuroscience. Attending to timely contingencies: promoting physical activity uptake among adults with serious mental illness with an exercise-for-mood vs. an exercise-for-fitness prescription Hearon BA, Beard C, Kopeski LM, Smits JA, Otto MW, Bj...

Recent McLean Research Publications – November 2016

McLean’s world-class researchers are published in scholarly and scientific journals on topics ranging throughout the fields of psychiatry and neuroscience. Commentary to Nicastro et al. (2016), Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation. Perroud N, Kramer U. Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation. 2016 Nov 22;3:15. The threshold theory for Parkinson...

PTSD: Can Genetics Affect Your Risk?

A majority of the US population is exposed to a psychological trauma during their life. For certain people, such as police officers, firefighters, or soldiers, the risk of experiencing trauma is even greater. However, only a fraction of those who experience such events will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other trauma-related psychiatric disorders. The diagnostic criteria for...

Recent McLean Research Publications – October 2016

McLean’s world-class researchers are published in scholarly and scientific journals on topics ranging throughout the fields of psychiatry and neuroscience. A naturalistic, multi-site study of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy for depression Taylor SF, Bhati MT, Dubin MJ, Hawkins JM, Lisanby SH, Morales O, Reti IM, Sampson S, Short EB, Spino C, Watcharotone K, Wright J....

New Study Targets Role of Specific Neurons in Fear Behaviors

In a recently published paper, Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, chief scientific officer for McLean Hospital and professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Kenneth M. McCullough describe their novel method for evaluating how a specific group of neurons within the amygdala—a mass of cells located deep within the brain—directly inhibits fear behaviors. Dr. Ressler’s...

Graham Family Gift Provides Long Horizon for Neuroscience Research

“In my 20s, I was treated for alcoholism and depression at McLean,” says Stephen Graham, a professor of Victorian Studies at Bard College and member of the McLean National Council. “The staff there saved my life, and for that I have a deep debt of gratitude.” Several family members also have been patients at McLean, he adds. “The Graham family is well disposed toward...

Q & A: Bill Carlezon, PhD, Chief, Center of Excellence in Basic Neuroscience at McLean

Bill Carlezon, PhD, leads McLean’s Center of Excellence in Basic Neuroscience, where researchers are working to understand the role brain function plays in psychiatric illnesses. We spoke with him to get an update on the center, which includes approximately 20 labs funded by more than $18 million in federal and private grants. Horizons: What are some of the research questions your team is...

Brain Geography: Map Details Newly Identified Regions of the Mind

The human brain is a world unto itself and still holds great potential for discovery. When we describe its structure and functionality, we often refer to the left and right hemispheres and the four lobes—frontal, temporal, occipital, and parietal. There are, however, many smaller, distinct regions within our mind, each with its own specialization. History of Brain Mapping Up to this point...

2016-2017 Fellowships Awarded to 12 McLean Hospital Researchers

McLean Hospital has announced the award recipients of one pre-doctoral and 11 post-doctoral fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic year. These fellowships are made possible by a combination of generous support from donors and McLean’s internal funding resources. The hospital is grateful to its donors, whose philanthropic investments exemplify their trust in the many talented investigators...

Fighting Parkinson’s in the Lab

I had the privilege of meeting Muhammad Ali a number of times, and while the Parkinson’s disease that ravaged his brain had already reduced his ability to communicate verbally—it never diminished his spirit or his will to keep fighting. Like Michael J. Fox, with whom I’ve spoken before Congress about Parkinson’s research funding, Mr. Ali had a strength and a drive to...

McLean Hospital Releases New Findings on Circadian Rhythms and Bipolar Disorder

Results of the first study of its kind to link abnormalities in circadian rhythms to changes in specific neurotransmitters in people with bipolar disorder will be published this week in the journal Biological Psychiatry. The three-year study conducted by McLean researchers points to specific neuroanatomical changes in human subjects with these illnesses, and specifically to neurons that regulate...

Psychiatrists Without Borders: Collaborating Across Cultures

Language barriers and cultural differences had little effect as McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School scientists and their colleagues from the Chinese Society of Psychiatry convened in early October to launch the first conference of the McLean Hospital-Chinese Society of Psychiatry Initiative in Psychiatry (MCIP). The three-day conference, held at McLean’s Belmont, Massachusetts, campus,...

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