MIND Institute researcher studies feasibility of community providers training parents of children with autism
June 22, 2016
Research has long shown that parent-implemented “naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions,” which are applied in a child’s usual setting and designed to build developmentally appropriate skills, help decrease the main symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, parent training by community providers had not previously been studied.
Mothers with diabetes, other metabolic conditions, more likely to also have anti-fetal brain autoantibodies
June 17, 2016
Mothers of children with autism who were diagnosed with metabolic conditions during pregnancy, particularly gestational and type 2 diabetes, were more likely to have anti-fetal brain autoantibodies in their blood compared to healthy women of children with autism. The presence of these anti-fetal brain autoantibodies has been previously found to be specific to some mothers of children with autism and rare among mothers of children without autism, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute have found.
May 24, 2016
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has chosen Peter Yellowlees, professor of psychiatry at UC Davis, to be president-elect of the association’s board of directors.
May 10, 2016
With the dramatic rise of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the numbers and types of interventions promoted to families and individuals with autism have surged as well.
May 3, 2016
Autism and cancer share more than 40 risk genes, suggesting that common mechanisms underlying the functions of some of these genes could conceivably be leveraged to develop therapies not just for cancer but for autism as well, an extensive assessment by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute and Comprehensive Cancer Center has found.
April 27, 2016
Sean Sawicki, who has fragile X syndrome, can be hard to understand and doesn’t always have the attention span to carry on a sustained conversation. But a novel intervention developed by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers seems to be making a difference.
April 26, 2016
“There’s an app for that.” The phrase is so ubiquitous it’s a meme, and trademarked by Apple Inc.
April 7, 2016
Each year in the United States, firearm violence results in approximately 30,000 deaths and 75,000 nonfatal injuries to patients seen in hospital emergency rooms. Garen Wintemute, internationally renowned director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis Health System, will discuss “Firearm Violence and Mental Illness.”
UC Davis Health System NIA-funded research centers discuss diversity, disparities and cognitive aging
April 5, 2016
The National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded UC Davis Latino Aging Research Resource Center (LARRC) and Alzheimer’s Disease Center hosted an all-day conference on March 16, 2016 on “Cognitive Aging and Diversity: Progress and Future Challenges." The conference highlighted NIA-funded research in Northern California associated with UC Davis and UC San Francisco, and brought together leading national experts from across the country. Approximately 80 participants attended.
March 30, 2016
A large study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found that a gene whose role is to suppress cellular damage from environmental stressors is nearly twice as likely to be defective in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and that the deficit is also present in their fathers.
March 24, 2016
Antipsychotic medications are prescribed to Hispanics with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias at higher rates than non-Hispanic whites, for dementia-related mental-health symptoms such as depression, anxiety and aggression, a UC Davis study conducted using data from a large and diverse population of elderly dementia patients has found.
March 23, 2016
Robert Hales, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis, has received the 2016 Vestermark Award from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) for his excellence, leadership and creativity in the field of psychiatry education.
March 11, 2016
Visitors to the UC Davis MIND Institute’s Massie Family Clinic are now met with a wall of vibrant colors and whimsical designs in ceramic tile, a creation of The Mural Project, which combined the talents of three professional artists and artists with developmental disabilities from the Short Centers.
February 23, 2016
People who exercise have better mental fitness, and a new imaging study from UC Davis Health System shows why. Intense exercise increases levels of two common neurotransmitters — glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA — that are responsible for chemical messaging within the brain.
February 22, 2016
The UC Davis MIND Institute, in partnership with Lynn and Keith Volkerts and the George and Lena Valente Foundation, will host an “Afternoon of Discovery and Discussion” on Sunday, March 6.
UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series features renowned neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth
February 8, 2016
Neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth, the D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, will discuss “Illuminating the Brain in Health and Disease” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 4:30 p.m.
January 11, 2016
Student advocate Jordana Steinberg will talk about the need to expand mental health support for young adults at the Student Resiliency and Mental Health Fair at UC Davis. Sponsored by the UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, the event will feature mental health and wellness resources available on campus and in the community.
November 4, 2015
Gregory Hickok, founder and director, Center for Language Science, UC Irvine, will discuss “The functional anatomy of language: four things you need to know,” during the December UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.
October 29, 2015
Researchers with the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and MIND Institute at UC Davis are seeking adult participants, aged 18 to 38 years and diagnosed with or suspected of having autism or Asperger’s disorder, to participate in a research study, the ACCESS Program (Acquiring Career, Coping, Executive-Function and Social Skills Program).
Amaral appointed to Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the Department of Health and Human Services
October 28, 2015
David Amaral, Beneto Foundation Chair and Director of Research, UC Davis MIND Institute, has been appointed by United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), which advises the secretary on approaches to advance research, strengthen services and increase opportunities for people with autism spectrum disorder.
UC Davis MIND Institute studies the use of sertaline (Zoloft ®) in young children with autism spectrum disorder
September 18, 2015
Whether the language and social development of very young children with ASD can be improved through treatment with sertraline, commonly known by the brand name Zoloft ®, is the subject of a new clinical trial at the UC Davis MIND Institute.
September 16, 2015
The UC Davis MIND Institute kicks off its 2015-16 Distinguished Lecturer Series in October with an address by Lisa Croen, Director of the Kaiser Permanente Autism Research Program, who will address “The epidemiology of autism: Investigating perinatal risk factors.” The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St. It is free and open to the public and no reservations are required.
September 16, 2015
Researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute are participating in an initiative project to provide better treatment for children with autism in under-served areas through a five-year, $10 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The program aims, to bring evidence-based research practices to communities throughout the U.S.
August 25, 2015
Jair C. Soares, professor and Pat R. Rutherford, Jr., chair in psychiatry, UTHealth Medical School, will present the inaugural Lynne Ora Kushel Memorial Lecture on Bipolar Disorder at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Thursday, Oct. 1.
August 24, 2015
The evaluation of new treatments for autism spectrum disorder is being hampered by the lack of validated measures to assess the progress that individuals make in such treatments. UC Davis MIND Institute researchers, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota and University of Washington, will study the utility of methods for measuring language acquisition in people with autism spectrum disorder, in order to evaluate their treatment progress, through a $125,000 seed grant from the Simons Foundation for Autism Research.
July 28, 2015
Glen Xiong, associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis, will address “Sleep and the Aging Brain” during the August 2015 UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Community Discovery Lecture Series in Walnut Creek.
July 22, 2015
From new ways to stimulate the brain, to new strategies to monitor and communicate with individuals with psychosis, UC Davis neuroscientists are leaders in understanding the brain and developing new treatments for mental-health disorders.
July 22, 2015
As disabling as its delusions and hallucinations, psychosis’ devastating toll on memory arises from dysfunction of frontal and temporal lobe regions in the brain that rob sufferers of the ability to make associative connections, a UC Davis study has found, pinpointing potential target areas for treatments to help the more than 3.2 million Americans for whom medication quells the voices and visions, but not the struggle to remember. [en español]