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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.

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Media advisory: UC Davis fair focuses on mental health and young adults

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.

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The functional anatomy of language: Four things you need to know

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.

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MIND Institute offers program for adults with autism spectrum disorder

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.

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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.

2015-16 MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series starts Oct. 14

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.

Initiative to improve treatment, services for children with autism receives $10 million grant

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.

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UC Davis MIND Institute to present inaugural Lynne Ora Kushel Memorial Lecture on Bipolar Disorder

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.

MIND Institute researchers receive grant to measure language acquisition in autism

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.

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Sleep and the Aging Brain topic of August lecture in Walnut Creek

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.

New discoveries in UC Davis brain research the topic of August lecture

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. 

UC Davis researchers identify the source of the debilitating memory loss in people with psychosis

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]

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UC Davis awards $1 million for brain research

June 24, 2015

UC Davis is stimulating innovative, collaborative brain research with a new program offering funding for projects with strong potential to lead to impactful discoveries.

Evaluating intelligence testing in individuals with intellectual disability

June 18, 2015

Since the latter part of the 19th and early 20th centuries, intelligence tests have attempted to measure human intellectual capabilities. The most common assigns an intelligence quotient, or “IQ” score for normal intelligence in the 90-to-110 point range. Below-normal intelligence falls below 80 IQ points.

UC Davis Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities to hold Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders

June 18, 2015

The 12th Annual UC Davis Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders — one of the nation's premier gatherings of health professionals, educators and families interested in research and best practices in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders — will be held Friday, Aug. 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Lane, on the University of California, Davis campus. The Institute is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) of the UC Davis MIND Institute and the UC Davis Health System Office of Continuing Medical Education. 

The constant movement in ADHD may help children think, perform in school

June 10, 2015

The constant movement of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be distracting -- but the fidgeting also may improve their cognitive performance, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found. The take-away message: The hyperactivity seen in ADHD may help children think. [en español]

Early intervention program improves long-term outcomes for children with autism

June 9, 2015

An early intervention program for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder improves their intellectual abilities and reduces autism symptoms -- and those results persist years after the children originally received treatment, a new study shows.

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UC Davis MIND Institute research finds differences in the brains and behavior of girls and boys with autism

May 12, 2015

New research conducted by the UC Davis MIND Institute on a large cohort of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder has found differences in the underlying biology of their brains, and in  their behavior, that may help explain how the condition affects a little-studied and poorly understood population of children: girls. [en español]

Yellowlees elected vice president of American Telemedicine Association

May 11, 2015

Peter Yellowlees, professor in the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been elected vice president of the American Telemedicine Association, which promotes the use of advanced remote telecommunications for health-care and consultation.

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Marjorie Solomon named to Marvin 'Buzz' Oates and Family Endowed Chair in Lifespan Development in Autism

April 29, 2015

Marjorie Solomon, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and a with a faculty member at the UC Davis MIND Institute and Imaging Research Center, has been named to the Marvin "Buzz" Oates and Family Endowed Chair in Lifespan Development in Autism in the UC Davis School of Medicine.

MIND Institute researchers receive grant to study schizophrenia in children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome

April 21, 2015

Researchers studying a genetic disorder that in childhood causes anxiety and learning differences, but in adolescence or early adulthood results in schizophrenia in nearly one third of those affected, will investigate how emotional and intellectual challenges impact the development of early psychosis symptoms in this very high-risk population, through a new five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

The brain and behavioral effects of early exposure to chlorpyrifos

April 21, 2015

In a presentation scheduled for May 20 Virginia Rauh, a researcher from Columbia University, will discuss her studies of the effects of prenatal exposure to chlorpyrifos, a common insecticide and neurotoxicant, in a group of inner-city minority children.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center opens new clinic in Walnut Creek

April 16, 2015

The UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center, one of only 27 research centers designated by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging, has established a new clinic in the East Bay in Walnut Creek.

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center looks at Building a Better Brain as We Age

April 15, 2015

David A. Bennett, director of the Rush University Alzheimer's Disease Center, will discuss "Reducing Your Risk for Alzheimer's Disease: Building a Better Brain as We Age," during the May UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center Community Engagement Lecture Series presentation.

David Amaral named editor-in-chief of Autism Research

April 2, 2015

David G. Amaral, director of research at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has been named the new editor-in-chief of Autism Research, the peer-reviewed journal of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) and its publishing partner, Wiley. Amaral succeeds Anthony J. Bailey, the journal’s first editor-in-chief, who will step down at the end of March after nearly six years in the position.

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International team of researchers led by UC Davis receives $4 million NIH grant to study skull disorder in infants

March 31, 2015

Simeon Boyd, UC Davis professor of genetics and pediatrics, has received a nearly $4 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to lead a team of physicians and scientists from more than 10 centers in the United States and seven international sites, including Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Italy and the United Kingdom, to study craniosynostosis, the premature fusion of the bony plates of the skull in infants.

UC Davis receives $10 million grant to establish center to study schizophrenia

March 26, 2015

UC Davis will establish a prestigious, leading-edge center to advance innovative research into the origins of schizophrenia: A Silvio O. Conte Center for Basic or Translational Mental-Health Research, one of only 15 such centers in the United States.

UC Davis Behavioral Health Center announces mental-health pilot awards

March 24, 2015

The recently established UC Davis Behavioral Health Center has announced new two-year grants as part of its 2015-2017 Pilot Award Program. The awards, granted to 16 investigators across UC Davis schools, colleges, departments, centers and programs, in Sacramento and Davis, support projects in the areas of behavioral health public policy, treatment and basic science research. Together, they total approximately $3.7 million.

Randi Hagerman receives International Sisley-Lejeune Foundation Award

March 18, 2015

Randi Hagerman, medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, has received the prestigious International Sisley-Jerome Lejeune Award 2014 from the Paris-based Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, for her groundbreaking work developing targeted treatments for individuals with fragile X syndrome, a leading cause of intellectual disability and the leading single-gene cause of autism spectrum disorder.  

Steinberg to present two lectures on mental-health policy in California at UC Davis in April

March 10, 2015

Former California Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, who recently joined UC Davis Health System as director of policy and advocacy for the UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and visiting professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will present two special lectures in April.

Pediatric bipolar disorder the topic of next UC Davis MIND Institute distinguished lecture

March 9, 2015

Mani Pavuluri, founding director of the Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic and the Pediatric Brain Research and Intervention Center at the University of Illinois, Chicago, will address brain dysfunction in pediatric bipolar disorder during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series address.

Lim receives Kun-Po Soo Award from American Psychiatric Foundation

March 6, 2015

Russell Lim, director of Diversity Education and Training for the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has received the 2015 Kun-Po Soo Award from the American Psychiatric Foundation, for his contributions to understanding the importance of addressing culture in mental-health issues.

What we can learn about dyslexia using brain-imaging studies

March 6, 2015

How imagining technology illuminates the differences between the workings of the brain in children and adults with reading disability, or dyslexia, and those of people without the disorder, will be the topic of the March 2015 UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

Darrell Steinberg joins UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence

March 4, 2015

Darrell Steinberg, former Senate pro tempore for the state of California, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as director of policy and advocacy for the recently launched UC Davis Behavioral Health Center of Excellence.