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Department of Psychiatry Archives

Reversing stress-induced anxiety

Jul. 21, 2014—Augmenting the signals of natural “endocannabinoids” in the brain may be a promising approach for treating mood and anxiety disorders.

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Mapping brain circuitry

Mar. 28, 2014—Vanderbilt investigators have used two types of neuroimaging to establish a “map” of connections for a brain region important in anxiety and addiction.

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Study team able to disrupt ‘building blocks’ of behavior

Mar. 20, 2014—Researchers at Vanderbilt have been able to alter mouse behavior by silencing gene expression in interneurons, distinct populations of nerve cells that are the main regulators of brain circuits.

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Antioxidants promising for rare disorder

Feb. 6, 2014—The antioxidant vitamin E prevented the buildup of toxic products in a model of a rare genetic disorder, suggesting new strategies for therapeutic development.

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Brain-gut connection in autism

Jan. 9, 2014—An association between rigid-compulsive behaviors and gastrointestinal symptoms in autism spectrum disorder may point to a common biological pathway that impacts both the brain and the gut.

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Cancer drug enhances cognition

Dec. 16, 2013—The breast cancer drug tamoxifen improves cognitive performance in post-menopausal women.

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Autism narrows brain’s reward response

Nov. 27, 2013—MRI brain scans reveal that children with autism spectrum disorders respond to a narrower range of familiar rewards.

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Study examines physician behaviors

Sep. 5, 2013—A study of 381 non-Vanderbilt physicians referred to the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Assessment Program has shown that those referred for mental health, substance abuse and improper sexual boundary issues are less likely to receive a fit for duty recommendation than those referred for disruptive behavior.

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Study examines problem physician behaviors

Aug. 27, 2013—A study of 381 non-Vanderbilt physicians referred to the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Assessment Program (VCAP) in the Department of Psychiatry has shown that those referred for mental health, substance abuse and improper sexual boundary issues are less likely to receive a fit for duty recommendation than those referred for disruptive behavior.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness honors VU’s Street

Jun. 27, 2013—David Street, M.D., assistant professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has received an Exemplary Psychiatrist award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

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Autism speeds motion perception

Jun. 7, 2013—Children with autism spectrum disorder are better at perceiving the motion of certain objects than are typically developing children their age.

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Clinic helps foster recovery from initial psychotic breaks

Apr. 18, 2013—Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital’s Psychotic Disorders Clinic has become a leader in the region for the initial assessment and treatment of young adults suffering from their first psychotic break.

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