UCSF Psychiatry Update from Lowell Tong

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Lowell Tong, MDTongGreetings colleagues, members and friends of the department.

I saw many UCSF’ers at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia May 5-9, plus many of our department chair candidates. My own involvement with APA currently is as member of the Practice Guidelines for psychiatric evaluation. We are using a very different approach to develop these. While ‘expert opinion’ is still part of the process, APA has embraced IOM standards for developing clinical practice guidelines, as well as processes such as the GRADE system for rating quality of evidence, and specifying strength of recommendations in the guidelines (high/moderate/low for evidence quality, and strong/weak/none for listed clinical interventions). Also markedly different is that there are nearly as many medical informatics and technology experts as clinicians involved. The guidelines will be modular to help answer a clinician’s specific question on the fly, instead of the previous “comprehensive monograph” format.

Congratulations to SFGH faculty who were officially searched and offered positions through academic search processes effective 4/1/2012, and thank you to the many faculty, staff and applicants’ supporters who were involved in the search process:

Mission Bay bound: Allison Doupe and Vikaas Sohal move to the new Neuroscience Building at Mission Bay this month, joining our four other faculty in other buildings on site: Ben Cheyette, John Rubenstein, Larry Tecott and Mark von Zastrow.

 Allison Doupe, MD, PhDDoupeVikaas Sohal, MD, PhDSohal
 UCSF Mission Bay Neuroscience BuildingUCSF Mission Bay Neuroscience Building

 Renée Marquardt, MDMarquardtBob Hendren and I are pleased to announce that Renée Marquardt has accepted the position of Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinics at Langley Porter and will be starting in August. She trained at Stanford for psychiatry residency, and UCLA for her child and adolescent psychiatry residency. For the past seven years, she has been Medical Director of Behavioral Health in the clinic at the SF Juvenile Justice Center. Welcome Renée!
 Best regards,
Lowell Tong

Awards, Grants and Honors

Kirstin Aschbacher, PhDAschbacherElissa Epel, PhDEpel
Kirstin Aschbacher has been awarded a Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute starting May 1. Her research will be on the effects of psychosocial stress on endothelial progenitor cells. Elissa Epel is her primary mentor.  

Kristen Brooks, MDBrooksErick Hung, MDHung
Kristen Brooks and Erick Hung have been accepted into the 2012-2013 UCSF Teaching Scholars Program. This is a faculty development program for a selected group of talented and dedicated faculty members who share a passion for teaching and a vision for leadership, innovation and scholarship in medical education.
Daley, Chris 2 - 100x133Daley
Chris Daley has received the 2012 Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Inpatient Care Setting. This is one of the top educator awards at UCSF, and many consider it the most prestigious, as only UCSF students and residents nominate awardees.
Loma Flowers, MDFlowersLoma Flowers and John Rubenstein were awarded the 2012 “Dr. J. Elliott Royer Award in Psychiatry,” which goes to two psychiatrists every other year, one who is a community-based practitioner and the other who is an academic psychiatrist. Loma Flowers is a well-known and highly esteemed community clinician who has devoted much of her life to public service, teaching and mentoring excellence, and creative contributions to the field. She has been a highly rated teacher at UCSF, CPMC, UC Berkeley, and Stanford. John Rubenstein is being recognized for his extraordinary contributions to the understanding of brain development. His basic research on genes, forebrain development and function has implications in major psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and autism.

John Rubenstein, MD, PhD Rubenstein
Judy Ford, PhDFord
Judy Ford has been elected to be the Basic Science member on the UCSF Academic Senate SOM Faculty Council for a term spanning 2012-2015.
We are all also awaiting more good news in June as we receive information about our department’s NIH awards.

UCSF Psychiatry in the News

Albert Gaw, MDGawAlbert Gaw was interviewed at Channel 26 on May 2 on the topic of "Depression in Chinese Americans: Recognition, treatment, recovery, and prevention.” The interview was conducted in Mandarin, and there was a live question and answer session with the listening audience.

Shira Maguen, PhDMaguenShira Maguen was featured in the UCSF News article, "Killing in War Linked with Suicidal Thoughts Among Vietnam Veterans, Study Finds" on April 18, 2012.

Shira was also featured in Time.com on April 19, 2012.
Ricardo F. Muñoz, PhDMuñoz

Ricardo Muñoz was featured in the UC Berkeley News Center article, "uok? Text message – even automated ones – can sooth the disconnected soul" on April 9, 2012.
Aoife O'Donovan, PhDO'DonovanOwen Wolkowitz, MDWolkowitzAoife O'Donovan and Owen Wolkowitz were featured in the Wall Street Journal article, "New View of Depression: An Ailment of the Entire Body" on April 9, 2012.

Owen Wolkowitzwas featured in Brain & Behavior Research Foundation eNews.
Danielle Ramo, PhDRamoJodi Prochaska, PhD, MPHProchaskaDanielle Ramo and Jodi Prochaska were featured in the UCSF News article, "Marijuana Use Higher in Young Adult Smokers than Previously Reported" on April 18, 2012.
Sophia Vinogradov, MD VinogradovSophia Vinogradov was featured in Brain & Behavior Research Foundation eNews.

UCSF Psychiatry Publications

Akinola, M. & Mendes, W. B. (2012). Stress-induced cortisol facilitates threat-related decision making among police officers. Behavioral Neuroscience, 126, 167-174.

Cushman, F., Gray, K., Gaffey, A., & Mendes, W. B. (2012). Simulating murder: The aversion to harming others. Emotion, 12, 2 - 7.

Gee, S., Ellwood, I., Patel, T., Luongo, F., Deisseroth, K., & Sohal, V. S. (2012). Synaptic activity unmasks dopamine D2 receptor modulation of a specific class of layer V pyramidal neurons in prefrontal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(14), 4959-4971.

Haller, E. (2012). Marriage plans interrupted and then fulfilled: The impact on a family. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 16, 154–161.

Jamieson, J. P., Koslov, K., Nock, M. K., & Mendes, W. B. (in press). Experiencing discrimination increases risk-taking. Psychological Science.

Jamieson, J. P., Nock, M. K., & Mendes, W. B. (in press). Mind over matter: Reappraising arousal improves cardiovascular and cognitive responses to stress. Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Kubzansky, L. D., Mendes, W. B., Appelton, A., Block, J., & Adler, G. K. (in press). A heartfelt response: Oxytocin and social stress. Biological Psychology.

Maguen, S., Metzler, T. J.,Bosch, J., Marmar, C. R., Knight, S. J., & Neylan, T. C. (2012). Killing in combat may be independently associated with suicidal ideation. Depression and Anxiety, 2012 April 13. [Epub ahead of print]

Major, B., Mendes, W. B., & Dovidio, J. (in press). Intergroup relations and health disparities: A social psychological perspective. Health Psychology.

Mendes, W. B. & Jamieson, J. (2012). Embodied stereotype threat: Exploring brain and body mechanisms underlying performance impairments (pp. 51-68). In: M. Inzlicht & T. Schmader (Eds.). Stereotype threat: Theory, process, and application. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Prochaska, J. J. & Hilton, J.F. (2012). Risk of cardiovascular serious adverse events associated with varenicline use for tobacco cessation: systematic review and meta-analysis. British Medical Journal, 344, e2856.

  • On May 4th, Judith J. Prochaska, PhD, MPH and Joan F. Hilton, ScD, MPH published a meta-analysis in the British Medical Journal that examined cardiovascular serious adverse events associated with varenicline use. In contrast to a meta-analysis published by Singh et al. last summer, the UCSF team found no clinically or statistically significant effect in serious cardiovascular events associated with using varenicline. The study was covered on the front page of the SF Chronicle, by Reuters, and a wide number of online news media outlets.

Ramo, D. E., & Prochaska, J. J. (in press). Broad reach and targeted recruitment using Facebook for an online survey of young adult substance use. Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Ramo, D. E., & Prochaska, J. J. (in press). Prevalence and co-use of marijuana among young adult smokers: An anonymous online national survey. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice.

Sawyer, P., Major, B., Casad, B. J., Townsend, S., & Mendes, W. B. (in press). Discrimination and the stress response: Psychological and physiological consequences of anticipating prejudice in interracial interaction. American Journal of Public Health.

Schmader, T., Croft, A., Lickel, B., & Mendes, W. B. (in press). Not in mixed company: Emotional reactions to observed prejudice. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Available on-line ahead of print.

Sohal, V. S. (2012). Insights into cortical oscillations arising from optogenetic studies. Biological Psychiatry. 2012 Feb 28. [Epub ahead of print]

Wendy Berry Mendes, MDMendes

Vikaas Sohal, MD, PhD SohalEllen Haller, MDHallerShira Maguen, PhDMaguen
Sara Knight, PhDKnightThomas Neylan, MDNeylanJodi Prochaska, PhD, MPHProchaskaDanielle Ramo, PhD Ramo


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