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Discovery @ McLean Hospital 2018

This edition of Discovery demonstrates some of the depth and breadth of research at McLean Hospital. With hundreds of hardworking researchers who hail from all parts of the world, our robust research program has all the tools to bring research from the bench to the bedside. There is much more transformative research that we couldn’t include in this issue, including the ongoing work in the...

Foundation Gift Enables Cannabis Research

For a substance that has been used by humans for more than 5,000 years, there remains much to learn about marijuana’s effects on the brain. McLean neuroscientist and clinical researcher Staci Gruber, PhD, has spent more than two decades trying to advance knowledge in this domain. Now, with the help of a $1.5 million grant from the Patricia Cornwell Foundation, a nonprofit organization...

Promoting Awareness During MRI Safety Week

From July 22 to July 28, McLean Hospital and institutions around the world will take part in MRI Safety Week. During the week, technologists, imaging professionals, and others will participate in events and activities aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of MRI safety. At the McLean Imaging Center (MIC), look for staff wearing “MRI Safety” t-shirts and offering guidance on...

Recent McLean Research Publications – May 2018

McLean’s world-class researchers are published in scholarly and scientific journals on topics ranging throughout the fields of psychiatry and neuroscience. Improving adherence to Mediterranean-style diet with a community culinary coaching program: methodology development and process evaluation Polak R, Pober D, Morris A, Arieli R, Moore M, Berry E, Ziv M. The Journal of Ambulatory Care...

Recent McLean Research Publications – April 2018

McLean’s world-class researchers are published in scholarly and scientific journals on topics ranging throughout the fields of psychiatry and neuroscience. Increases in emotional intelligence after an online training program are associated with better decision-making on the Iowa Gambling Task Alkozei A, Smith R, Demers LA, Weber M, Berryhill SM, Killgore WDS. Psychological Reports. 2018...

Faster. Better. More Precise: McLean’s New Siemens Prisma 3T MRI Scanner Provides Incredible Insights

Since its invention more than 40 years ago, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology has allowed clinicians and researchers to produce more precise images of the human body and gain a greater understanding of injuries and disease. For McLean’s Scott E. Lukas, PhD, and Diego A. Pizzagalli, PhD, recent improvements in MRI technology hold tremendous potential for the study of brain function...

Marijuana Use Among Young People

In my research, I primarily focus on the neurocognitive effects of substance use, particularly marijuana. This includes medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. Much of my recent work has explored the effects of recreational marijuana use on younger patients. Below are my answers to a few common questions about this area of study. What has been the focus of your work? In addition to work...

McLean Hospital Study Finds That Medical Marijuana Use May Improve Cognitive Performance

Preliminary evidence from a new study led by McLean Hospital’s Staci Gruber, PhD, director of the Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND) program, suggests that medical marijuana may not impair, and in many cases, may actually improve executive functioning in adults. “After three months of medical marijuana treatment, patients actually performed better, in terms...

The Marijuana Debate: A Conversation with Staci Gruber, PhD

For more than 20 years, Staci Gruber, PhD, director of McLean Hospital’s Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core and associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, has dedicated her work to uncovering the mysteries of marijuana. As the country continues to debate the pros and cons of the legalization of marijuana and medical marijuana, Dr. Gruber’s work has never been...

Yasmin Mashhoon Nominated for 2016 Barbara J. McNeil Faculty Award

Yasmin Mashhoon, PhD, a neuroscientist at McLean’s Behavioral Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory and assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS), was recently nominated for the 2016 Barbara J. McNeil Faculty Award for Exceptional Institutional Service to HMS/HSDM. The award was established in 2014 to recognize faculty for exceptional institutional engagement and...

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...

The Science Behind Teens and Drinking: What Every Family Should Know

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among young people in the United States. The CDC also reports that excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage individuals each year. I frequently speak to students, parents, educators, mental health workers, law enforcement officers, and...

Manton Foundation Funds State of the Art MRI Scanner

Scott E. Lukas, PhD, director of the McLean Imaging Center (MIC), can barely contain his excitement when describing McLean’s new 3 Tesla Siemens PRISMA MRI scanner. An extraordinary $3.75M grant from the Manton Foundation funded this state of the art acquisition. According to Lukas and fellow MIC Director Diego A. Pizzagalli, PhD, the new machine will enable McLean to take a huge leap...

The Essence of Adolescence: Examining Addiction in the Teenage Brain

When Marisa M. Silveri, PhD, director of McLean Hospital’s Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health, gives community presentations on the effects of alcohol and drug use on the adolescent brain, she refers to herself as a “neuroscience interpreter.” Speaking to hundreds of students, parents, educators, mental health workers, law enforcement officers, and...

Uncovering the Mysteries of Marijuana

With a drive to better understand the effects of medical marijuana, in 2014, Staci Gruber, PhD, launched a landmark new program known as the Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND) program. Made possible thanks to an initial gift from best-selling crime writer Patricia Cornwell, MIND is focused on exploring the effects of medical marijuana on cognition, brain structure, and...

New MRI Scanner Will Increase Researchers’ Impact and Help Hospital Compete for Grants

The arrival of a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner for the McLean Imaging Center (MIC) last week will help investigators significantly expand their research scope, provide a more comfortable experience for patients, and position the hospital to better compete for grants and other funding. The acquisition of the Siemens Prisma 3T MRI scanner was made possible by a $3.75 million grant...

McLean Hospital Brain Imaging Study Offers New Insight into Depression

According to the World Health Organization, globally, an estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression. Now, thanks to a new brain imaging study conducted at McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, we have new insights into the brain circuitry of someone with a history of depression. In their paper, “Corticostriatal Pathways...

Brain Imaging Study Suggests Long-Term Steroid Use Can Lead to Significant Brain Structural and Functional Abnormalities

Results of the first systematic brain imaging study conducted on long-term users of anabolic-androgenic steroids reveal significant brain structural and functional abnormalities, according to doctors at McLean Hospital. An article detailing their findings, “Brain and Cognition Abnormalities in Long-Term Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Users,” was published last month in the journal Drug...

Imaging Innovations: Two Groundbreaking Techniques Offer the Possibility of Direct Relief

Innovations in neuroimaging enable McLean scientists to investigate the structure and function of the brain to diagnose and develop treatments for many mental health conditions. Now two groundbreaking techniques go a step further: offering the possibility of direct relief from memories of traumatic events and bipolar or major depression. Edward G. Meloni, PhD, assistant psychologist (left), and...

McLean Hospital’s Staci Gruber to be Featured on CNN’s “Weed 3” This Sunday

Staci Gruber, PhD, director of McLean Hospital’s Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core (CCNC) and one of the world’s foremost experts on marijuana and its effects on the brain will be featured in “Weed 3,” airing on CNN this Sunday, April 19, at 9 pm. Dr. Staci Gruber, left, talks about her medical marijuana study with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta during an interview...

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