Four chosen as 2017 Grand Rounds Trainee Research Award honorees

2017 award recipients

2017 Grand Rounds Trainee Research Award honorees (L-R): Kaitlin Casaletto, PhD; Michael Jacob, MD, PhD; Jin Kim, PhD; and Erika Yeh, PhD

Four department trainees have been selected to present their scholarship and research at Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds events later this year as part of a series designed to highlight the work of senior trainees (e.g., residents, child psychiatry fellows, psychology trainees, postdoctoral fellows) at or near the end of their training and help launch their academic careers. Special Grand Rounds sessions in April and May 2017 will each feature formal presentations from two of the selected trainees, followed by a period for questions and discussion with audience members.

Congratulations to the trainees below, who will present their research abstracts on the following dates:

  • Kaitlin Casaletto, PhD (postdoctoral fellow in the Clinical Psychology Training Program, mentored by Joel Kramer, PsyD) – "Synaptic Function is Uniquely Associated With Delayed Recall Performance in Aging Adults" (May 16)
  • Michael Jacob, MD, PhD (fourth-year resident physician in the Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program, mentored by Daniel Mathalon, PhD, MD, and Judith Ford, PhD) – “Linking Time and Space to Identify Neural Mechanisms of Semantic Processing Impairments in Schizophrenia: An ERP-fMRI 'Fusion' Study” (April 4)
  • Jin Kim, PhD (postdoctoral fellow in the Drug Abuse Treatment and Services Research Training Program, mentored by Janice Tsoh, PhD) – "Examining the Role of Food Insecurity in Cigarette Use and Smoking Cessation" (April 4)
  • Erika Yeh, PhD (postdoctoral research fellow, mentored by Lauren Weiss, PhD) – “Patient-Derived iPSCs Show Neuron Type-Specific Phenotypes Relevant to Neurodevelopmental and Psychiatric Disease” (May 16)

Now in its fourth year, the UCSF Psychiatry Grand Rounds Trainee Research Award annually selects trainees conducting notable and advanced research through a competitive application process. In addition to presenting their scholarship and research at Grand Rounds events, the recipients will receive additional mentorship and guidance from faculty, the opportunity to discuss their work with department leadership, and special recognition at graduation.

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry conducts its clinical, educational and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including UCSF campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay and Laurel Heights, UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System and UCSF Fresno.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises top-ranked hospitals – UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.