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UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center holds workshop for Alzheimer's caregivers

October 20, 2014

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center will hold a workshop for those caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. There is no cost to participate in the workshop; however, reservations are required to attend.

Young Adult Outcomes topic of next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation

October 17, 2014

Research examining what happens to young adults with autism spectrum disorder when they leave high school will be the topic of the November UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation. The discussion, on “Young Adult Outcomes,” will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

Randi Jenssen Hagerman receives C. Anderson Aldrich Award from American Academy of Pediatrics

October 15, 2014

Randi Jenssen Hagerman, medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research and Treatment, has received the prestigious C. Anderson Aldrich Award in Child Development for her outstanding contributions in the field of child development from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the professional organization for pediatricians in the United States.

MIND Institute receives $900,000 grant to study use of sertraline in young children with autism spectrum disorder

October 8, 2014

Focusing on treatments to ameliorate autism symptoms, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute will launch the first study to examine the effectiveness of the use of sertraline, commonly known as Zoloft®™, in children as young as 2 to 6 years, through a three-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Kay Redfield Jamison to discuss Professional and Personal Perspectives on Bipolar Illness

October 7, 2014

Kay Redfield Jamison, Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders and co-director of the Mood Disorders Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will discuss "Professional and Personal Perspectives on Bipolar Illness," during a lecture on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St.

Researchers seeking middle-aged and older men for aging study

October 6, 2014

How alterations in a single gene on the X chromosome affects neurological and psychological functioning in men as they age is the subject of a new study by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers.

MIND Institute slates seminar to address stress among families caring for people with neurodevelopmental disorders

October 6, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute’s venerable Minds Behind the MIND series will launch its 2014-15 season in October with a departure from its previous format. The quarterly evening lectures have been replaced by Saturday morning presentations featuring UC Davis faculty and community representatives.

Research Center for Behavioral Health launched at UC Davis

October 1, 2014

UC Davis Health System officials and California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg today announced the founding of a unique academic research center designed to improve mental health in California and serve as a national model for advancing innovative research in neuroscience, as well as the prevention of and early interventions in mental illness.

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UC Davis neuroscientists receive prestigious NIH BRAIN Initiative Awards

September 30, 2014

Two UC Davis research teams developing transformational technologies to understand the dynamics of the neural circuitry underlying behavior and cognition have received awards from the federal Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Technologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a presidential grand Challenge enterprise.

Mothers of children with autism less likely to have taken iron supplements during pregnancy

September 21, 2014

Mothers of children with autism are significantly less likely to report taking iron supplements before and during their pregnancies than the mothers of children who are developing normally, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found.

UC Davis, University of Washington launch project to develop depression care for older adults

September 5, 2014

UC Davis and the University of Washington are implementing a project to develop innovative new models of care for depression in older adults through a $2.5 million grant from the California-based Archstone Foundation, a private grant-making organization whose mission is to contribute toward the preparation of society in meeting the needs of an aging population. The grant launches Archstone Foundation’s Depression in Late Life Initiative to improve the quality of life for older adults suffering from depression. 

Brief depression questionnaires could lead to unnecessary antidepressant prescriptions

September 2, 2014

Short questionnaires used to identify patients at risk for depression are linked with antidepressant medications being prescribed when they may not be needed, according to new research from UC Davis Health System published in the September-October issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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Hagerman, Hendren publish comprehensive book on treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders

August 25, 2014

Randi Hagerman, Endowed Chair in Fragile X Research and medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, and Robert Hendren, professor, vice chair and director of child and adolescent psychiatry in the UC San Francisco Department of Psychiatry, are the editors of a new leading-edge book, Treatment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Targeting Neurobiological Mechanisms, published by Oxford University Press. The book details advances in genetics, neurobiology and psychopharmacology, and their treatment applications in clincial settings

University of California brings researchers together for statewide autism summit

August 13, 2014

Bringing together the research prowess of the University of California to address the increase in autism incidence, its public health impacts, and the need to speed the development of treatments for affected individuals and their families, internationally respected scientists from UC campuses at Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Davis will converge at the UC Davis MIND Institute for a daylong summit on innovative translational neurodevelopmental research.

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MIND Institute seeks participants for working memory study

July 29, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute is seeking participants for a study examining the benefits of a computer-based, game-oriented training program for enhancing working memory in children and adolescents with autism and fragile X syndrome. Participants must be between 8 and 17 and have been diagnosed with either autism or fragile X.

Program succeeds in supporting women faculty at UC Davis School of Medicine

July 25, 2014

A program that supports the professional development of female faculty at the UC Davis School of Medicine has been recognized as a model for other institutions seeking to address challenges facing female faculty.

Experiences at every stage of life contribute to cognitive abilities in old age

July 24, 2014

Early life experiences, such as childhood socioeconomic status and literacy, may have greater influence on the risk of cognitive impairment late in life than such demographic characteristics as race and ethnicity, a large study by researchers with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the University of Victoria, Canada, has found.

MIND Institute researchers seek infants for study on early signs of autism and ADHD

July 18, 2014

UC Davis MIND Institute researchers are seeking participants for a new study that will examine the early development of infants who have an older sibling with autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or who are developing typically. In an effort to detect the earliest signs of developmental problems, the researchers will test a new online screening measure that uses videos to help parents track their infants’ development.

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UC Davis MIND Institute study finds association between maternal exposure to agricultural pesticides, autism in offspring

June 22, 2014

Pregnant women who lived in close proximity to fields and farms where chemical pesticides were applied experienced a two-thirds increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental delay, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found. The associations were stronger when the exposures occurred during the second and third trimesters of the women’s pregnancies. [en español]

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Carter to be featured in statewide mental health documentary

May 29, 2014

Cameron Carter, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will be featured in “A Choice to Heal: Mental Health in California,” a new documentary that explores groundbreaking approaches to prevention and early intervention for Californians with mental illnessess. Hosted by actress Mariel Hemingway, the program will air on Saturday, May 31 from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on television station KOVR 13 in Sacramento.

June MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture to address adult treatments for neurodevelopmental disorders

May 28, 2014

Alcino J. Silva, an internationally respected professor of neurobiology, psychiatry and psychology and director of the Integrative Center for Learning and Memory at UCLA, will discuss “Mechanisms and Adult Treatments for Neurodevelopmental Disorders” during the June UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

From Genes to Biology in Autism Spectrum Disorder topic of next MIND Institute lecture

May 8, 2014

Recent progress in understanding genetic risk of autism spectrum disorder and next steps toward a better comprehension of the genetic processes underlying autism and other disabilities with social components is the topic of the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

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SSRI use during pregnancy is associated with risk of autism, developmental delays in male children

April 14, 2014

Prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), medications frequently prescribed to treat depression, anxiety and other mental-health disorders, is associated with a higher incidence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental delays (DD) in male children, a study of nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs has found.

UC Davis MIND Institute hosts Northern California premiere of Sounding the Alarm with Autism Speaks

April 8, 2014

On Tuesday, April 29, the UC Davis MIND Institute hosts the Northern California premiere screening of “Sounding the Alarm,” a film that gives viewers a look at the profound changes that take place in the lives of 12 American families after their children receive an autism diagnosis. The screening will be held in the auditorium of the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento, as part of the institute's Autism Awareness Month activities.

New test makes Parkinson's-like disorder of middle age detectable in young adulthood

April 2, 2014

The very earliest signs of a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder, in which physical symptoms are not apparent until the fifth decade of life, are detectable in individuals as young as 30 years old using a new, sophisticated type of neuroimaging, researchers at UC Davis, the University of Illinois and UCLA have found.

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April Minds Behind the MIND features updates on autism research, treatment

March 28, 2014

Internationally respected autism researchers Sally J. Rogers and Judy Van de Water will provide updates on clinical and research advances in autism spectrum disorder on Wednesday, April 16 during the Autism Awareness Month Minds Behind the MIND presentation.

UC Davis MIND Institute joins ranks of elite U.S. neurodevelopmental centers

March 11, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute has been named an Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC), through a prestigious grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health — a distinction held by only a handful of neurodevelopmental centers nationwide committed to the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and amelioration of developmental disorders such as autism, fragile X syndrome and Down syndrome.

UC Davis MIND Institute announces 2014 Autism Awareness Month events

March 6, 2014

April is Annual Autism Awareness Month, and the UC Davis MIND Institute will hold a series of activities for people of all ages and abilities during this month-long observance. Unless otherwise noted, the eventsare free and open to the public and take place at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento, Calif.  

Atypical development in the siblings of children with autism is detectable at 12 months

March 5, 2014

Atypical development can be detected as early as 12 months of age among the siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder, a study published by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute and UCLA has found.

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UC Davis tests new smartphone app to help patients with mental illness

February 28, 2014

Sacramento-area youth in the early stages of serious mental illness can receive a new smartphone app that helps them detect early warning signs of psychosis, through a one-year, $588,000 grant to the UC Davis Early Diagnosis and Preventive Treatment (EDAPT) Clinic from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to study whether harnessing mobile technology improves patient care.

MIND Institute launches "Colombia Project of Hope"

February 25, 2014

Researchers at the internationally respected UC Davis MIND Institute are collaborating with scientists at two Colombian universities to investigate the very high rate of fragile X-related disorders in one region in the South American country. [en español]

Connecting the dots between motor, social and communication skills in autism

February 20, 2014

Stewart H. Mostofsky, director of the Laboratory for Neurocognitive and Imaging Research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University, will discuss “Motor and Social Skill Function: Connecting Learning and Brain Function in Autism” during the March UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

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Distinguished lecture to explore implementing school programs for children with autism

January 13, 2014

David S. Mandell, associate director of the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania, will present “Context Matters: Implementing Evidence-based Practices for Children with Autism in Public Schools” during the February UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture.

Katherine Rauen receives Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

January 10, 2014

Katherine A. Rauen, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a physician-scientist affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute and UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has received a 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

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January distinguished lecture to address the link between the gut and the brain in autism

December 12, 2013

Alessio Fasano, an internationally respected pediatric gastroenterologist, research scientist and founder of the Center for Celiac Research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, will present “Gut-brain interaction in autism spectrum disorder: What language do they speak, and do they understand each other?” during the January 2014 UC Davis MIND Institute distinguished lecture.

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The woman's view from the heart of families with fragile X syndrome

November 20, 2013

"Fragile X-Associated Disorders: A Woman’s View from the Heart of the Family," is the topic of the December UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture Series presentation.

Yellowlees appointed to Institute of Medicine Committee evaluating mental-health care for veterans

November 19, 2013

Peter Yellowlees, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been appointed to a prestigious national committee established by the Institute of Medicine that will assess the quality and availability of mental-health care services for veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom (the Iraq war), Operation New Dawn (the Iraq war after August 2010), and Operation Enduring Freedom (the war in Afghanistan).

Children who have autism far more likely to have tummy troubles

November 6, 2013

Children with autism experience gastrointestinal (GI) upsets such as constipation, diarrhea and sensitivity to foods six-to-eight times more often than do children who are developing typically, and those symptoms are related to behavioral problems, including social withdrawal, irritability and repetitive behaviors, a new study by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute has found. [en español] [中文 Chinese]

Interactive computer program helps patients talk with their physician about depression

November 5, 2013

Patients who used an interactive computer program about depression while waiting to see their primary-care doctor were nearly twice as likely to ask about the condition and significantly more likely to receive a recommendation for antidepressant drugs or a mental-health referral from their physician, according to a new study by researchers at UC Davis.