|Byers||Amy Byers, PhD, MPH, was awarded an R01 grant from NIH: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) entitled “Epidemiology of Suicidal Behavior in Racially/Ethnically Diverse Older Americans.” The primary goal of this study is to determine the prevalence and key predictors of suicide-related behaviors in ethnically-diverse older Americans using data from three nationally representative studies. A secondary goal is to determine racial disparities in receipt of mental health services in older adults at increased risk of suicide. |
|Cheyette||Ben Cheyette, MD, PhD, has been accepted into the Fall 2012 UCSF-Coro Faculty Leadership Collaborative program. The program, sponsored by the Chancellor’s Council on Faculty Life and led by the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, is designed for UCSF faculty who want to build community as well as their personal and professional development skills, awareness and knowledge.|
|Hoefer||Michael Hoefer, MD has been selected as the 2012-2013 UCSF Resident Research Scholar. The Resident Research Scholars (RRSc) Program provides full tuition, a research stipend and co-mentoring for the Advanced Training in Clinical Research (ATCR) program. The Resident Research Training Program selects the most qualified applicants for this award based on a review of the ATCR application and their assessment of the applicant’s research potential, the availability of mentoring within their home department, and commitment to a year of full-time clinical research training.|
|Hung||Erick Hung, MD, was selected as a recipient of the 2012 Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP) Junior Faculty Development Award. This award recognizes promising junior faculty and provides an opportunity for new educators to learn and share teaching techniques, skills and innovations to establish linkages with other experienced educators at the AAP, and to network with other junior faculty. The award ceremony takes place at this year’s AAP annual meeting in October.|
|Karasic||Dan Karasic, MD, received the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Leadership for his long and sustained commitment to improving understanding of LGBT health concerns for the past 21 years. His many contributions to the advancement and equal rights of LGBT people include his role as chair of the original domestic partners subcommittee, where he worked toward securing domestic partner benefits for UCSF employees.|
|Rachel Loewy, PhD, Kate Hardy, PsyD, Barbara Stuart, PhD, and Demian Rose, MD, PhDwill be working as consultants to the Family Service Agency of San Francisco on a multi-million dollar federal “health care innovations grant” from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at the Department of Health and Human Services. This award will support the implementation of best practices care for elderly psychosis in several under-served California counties. |
|Marton ||Tobias Marton, MD, PhD, was selected as a recipient of the 2012 NIMH Outstanding Resident Award. This award is intended to honor PGY-II psychiatric residents with outstanding accomplishments and academic potential. The formal two-day award program will take place on the NIH campus in September. During Dr. Marton’s visit he will have the opportunity to meet with NIMH branch chiefs, faculty members and clinical fellows, as well as tour the NIMH facilities in the Clinical Center.|
|Rubenstein ||John Rubenstein, MD, PhD, has been awarded the UCSF Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecture: Basic Science honor for 2012-2013. Stay tuned for more details for his lecture slated for Winter 2013. The Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecture: Clinical Science honor goes to neurologist Bruce Miller, MD who holds a joint appointment in our department.|
|Sorensen||James Sorensen, PhD, was awarded this year’s highest departmental teaching honor: the 2012 George Sarlo Prize for Excellence in Teaching. During his 35 years at UCSF, he has been described as an “amazing” and “phenomenal” mentor who has played a tremendous role in the careers of multiple pre- and postdoctoral trainees who have gone on to successful careers in academia across the country. In addition, he has been a dedicated program builder and administrator, areas requiring a considerable workload and vital to the institution. Dr. Sorensen was unable to accept this award in person at the Education Retreat, so it was unofficially presented to him beforehand and digitally recorded for his Department colleagues to share the moment.|
|Spielvogel||Anna Spielvogel, MD, PhD, was named the SFGH Ob/Gyn Consultant of the Year by graduating OB/Gyn/RS chief residents. This award was initiated by the chief residents to honor the consultant who has been most instrumental in their own education and who models excellent, compassionate patient care.|
|The following were awarded pilot project funding supported by Kristine Yaffe from the Roy and Marie Scola Endowed Chair in Psychiatry. This was announced last year, and here are their updates:|
- Pierre-Marie Martin, PhD, has identified single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) in genes encoding components of the Wnt signaling pathway by high-throughput multiplex sequencing of pooled samples from 380 autism spectrum disorder (ASD) cases and 380 ethnically matched controls. Dr. Martin’s analysis revealed genetic evidence for contributions to ASD from at least three different genes in the Wnt pathway, suggesting that altered Wnt signaling may contribute to the pathogenesis of ASD.
- Howard Newville, PhD, is researching the Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills Model of medication adherence for HIV in the Positive Health Program (PHP) at SFGH. Recruitment lasted from March through June 2012. Findings from this project will inform an intervention he will perform for his National Research Service Award (F32) from NIDA in the Fall.
- Anna E. Ordóñez, MD’s current research examines the role that psychological resilience plays in moderating the effects of internal (genetic susceptibility) and external risk factors on the development of psychopathology. The study compares two Latin American adolescent populations living under very contrasting levels of environmental stress. The goal of the study is to identify protective factors that may be targets for future community-based interventions that promote mental health in at-risk youth.
- Susan Voglmaier, MD, PhD’s lab is studying how variation in expression of the neural adhesion molecule, neuroligin, affects presynaptic functional development. Genetic mutations resulting in decreased neuroligin expression are associated with schizophrenia and autism. By taking advantage of recent advances in avidin-biotin and glass surface chemistry, the lab is developing new methods to ‘print’ neuroligin in patterned arrays on glass coverslips. Neurons growing on the coverslips form presynapses at points of contact, allowing the lab to directly visualize the dynamic molecular events associated with neurotransmitter release at high spatiotemporal resolution. The lab can replicate the decreased neuroligin concentration associated with schizophrenia and autism, and study the development of synaptic function. These patterned synaptic arrays could serve as a platform for high-throughput screening to identify drug candidates that normalize aberrant transmission.
|Zeki Al Hazzouri|
- Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, PhD, is the PI of the pilot grant entitled “Arterial Stiffness and Depressive Symptoms among White and Black Older Adults.” This project analyzes longitudinal data from the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study. Her proposed analyses of looking at the association between arterial stiffness and longitudinal changes in depressive symptoms are currently underway.
|The 2011-2012 Psychiatry Resident Teaching Awards were presented at the annual residency gala earlier this month. Each year the incoming Resident Association President and Vice-President hold an election to identify our most outstanding faculty. A select few are nominated, and only two are elected to receive this award from each class. Congratulations to the following winners: |
Adam Goldyne, MD
Gilbert Villela, MD
David Elkin, MD
David Kan, MD
Esme Shaller, PhD
John Q. Young, MD, MPP
Ken Epstein, MSW
George Silbershatz, PhD
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