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Study Examines How Sensitivity to Emotions Changes Across the Life Span

Why do we become more positive as we grow older? Why are adolescents so sensitive to negative social cues? These are a few of the questions addressed in “Emotion Sensitivity Across the Lifespan: Mapping Clinical Risk Periods to Sensitivity to Facial Emotion Intensity,” a new paper published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. The paper presents findings from a groundbreaking...

New Collaboration Seeks to Understand Trauma’s Impact on Genes

Why does one person who experienced severe childhood adversity become homeless or addicted, while another with a similar background builds a loving family life and a thriving career? Is the answer in our genes, or perhaps in how trauma affects our genes? A collaboration between McLean Hospital and The Connor Group Kids and Community Partners, an Ohio-based non-profit, is attempting to answer...

Gift Propels Trauma Research, Care, and Training to New Levels

McLean is home to a number of prominent clinicians who provide some of the country’s most specialized care for individuals struggling with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Its researchers are leading the scientific front by exploring the environmental, genetic, and neurobiological components of trauma-related disorders. And the hospital has a growing effort to disseminate models of...

Anonymous $2.5M Gift Launches Trauma Initiative at McLean

McLean Hospital has received a $2.5M anonymous gift to launch a new initiative aimed at accelerating the hospital’s clinical, research, and professional training activities in trauma-related disorders. The Initiative for Integrated Trauma Research, Care, and Training will create a platform on which to leverage McLean’s expertise and advance its leadership nationally and internationally in the...

Leading by Example

Each year, McLean Hospital faculty members are recognized by national and international psychiatric organizations for their work to improve the lives of people and families affected by mental illness. Below are just two of McLean’s stars who made an especially noteworthy impact in 2016. Christine Tebaldi Last summer, McLean’s director of Clinical Business Development and director of Psychiatric...

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,” said Kerry 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. “It has become increasingly clear that...

A Passion for Science and Collaboration

Standing well over six feet tall, with a hearty smile and disarming laugh, Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, commands a room as he talks about his vision for advancing translational research to improve the health and well-being of patients, particularly in psychiatric care. And when Ressler speaks, it is clear that his work is as much a part of him as his slight southern drawl. He’s clearly excited...

New Postmortem Brain Collection for PTSD and TBI Research Launched at McLean Hospital

McLean Hospital, in partnership with Cohen Veterans Bioscience, has established a vital collection of postmortem brains to be used in research on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in veteran and civilian populations. According to McLean Hospital Chief Scientific Officer Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, who along with colleague Sabina Berretta, MD, scientific...

7th Annual McLean Research Day Draws More than 200 Participants

More than 200 researchers and clinicians attended the seventh annual McLean Research Day on January 20 to learn about the latest scientific investigations and discoveries being made across the hospital. Details of new research projects were displayed on 121 posters representing basic science, translational, clinical, neuroimaging, health services, and implementation science research pertaining...

Cohen Veterans Bioscience Launches Partnerships with McLean Hospital and the Broad Institute

Cohen Veterans Bioscience today announced two new collaborative partnership efforts that will provide critical research tools for understanding the underlying neurobiology and genetics of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) with the goal of accelerating the development of first generation diagnostics and treatments. For the partnership with the Stanley Center...

Improving Lives Through Innovative Translational Research

Scientists at McLean Hospital are gaining more insight into the causes of mental illness, neuropsychiatric disorders, and neurodevelopmental disorders by using cutting-edge approaches and technology to manipulate pathways and circuits in the brains of animals that produce behaviors similar to humans. “McLean is at the forefront of building new treatments and interventions based on our improved...

Q & A: Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and Chief of the Center of Excellence in Depression and Anxiety Disorders

Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, arrived at McLean in August as Chief Scientific Officer and the inaugural chief of McLean’s new Center of Excellence in Depression and Anxiety Disorders. He also holds the James and Patricia Poitras Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, thanks to a generous gift from longtime donors Patricia and James Poitras. Dr. Ressler’s research examines how fear works in the mammalian...

Supporting New Discoveries in Psychiatry

Thanks to a recent gift from Patricia and James Poitras to establish the James and Patricia Poitras Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, McLean Hospital has recruited world-renowned clinician-researcher Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, as the new Chief Scientific Officer. As an expert in fear-based disorders, Dr. Ressler’s research examines how fear works in the mammalian brain at cellular and molecular levels...

New Study Indicates That Sense of Smell Could Play Major Role in New Approaches to Treating PTSD

For those who live with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the sense of smell could one day play a prominent role in treatment, according to researchers at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, who co-authored a paper published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The new paper “Extinction Reverses Olfactory Fear Conditioned Increases in Neuron...

McLean Hospital Welcomes Renowned Researcher to its Leadership Team

McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, announced today that Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, will assume the roles of Chief Scientific Officer and Chief of the Depression and Anxiety Disorders Division, effective August 1, 2015. He will also hold the James and Patricia Poitras Endowed Chair in Psychiatry at McLean Hospital, thanks to a generous gift from longtime...

Longtime Supporters Bring World Class Research Leader to McLean

For longtime donors and McLean National Council members Pat and Jim Poitras, supporting new discoveries in psychiatry has been a common thread in their philanthropy. That is why they have, for many years, invested in research at McLean Hospital. Their most recent gift to McLean—and largest at $4 million—established the Patricia and James Poitras Endowed Chair in Psychiatry at McLean Hospital....