UCSF Psychiatry News

2023 award honorees

Four early career researchers named 2023 Grand Rounds Trainee Research Award honorees

February 23, 2023
Four early career researchers from the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences have been selected to present their scholarship and research at Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds events later this spring as part of a series designed to highlight the work of senior trainees at or near the end of their training and help launch their academic careers.
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UCSF once again among top 10 nationally in NIH research funding in psychiatry

February 22, 2023
The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences retained its position as third among departments at public institutions and 10th among all recipients in psychiatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in fiscal year 2022, according to annual figures released by the independent Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research (BRIMR).

Podcast series about women leading in substance use prevention field features UCSF's Tolou-Shams

February 21, 2023
UCSF's Marina Tolou-Shams, PhD, reflected on her career journey and research agenda on the latest episode of the National Institute of Health’s Women Leading Prevention Science podcast.

In memoriam: David R. Kessler, MD

February 16, 2023
Longtime UC San Francisco clinical professor David R. Kessler, MD, died on November 24, 2022, following a long illness at the age of 92.

Do sleep medications increase your chances of dementia?

January 30, 2023
A new study shows that sleep medications increase the risk of dementia for people who are white—but the type and quantity of the medication may be factors in explaining the higher risk.

Fresh questions about oxytocin as the 'love hormone' behind pair bonding

January 27, 2023
Turning a decades-old dogma on its head, new research shows that the receptor for oxytocin, a hormone considered essential to forming social bonds, may not play the critical role that scientists have assigned to it for the past 30 years.
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How can we help kids cope with anxiety about climate change?

January 25, 2023
A conversation with Ellen Herbst, MD, a UCSF psychiatrist and mother of two, about how the climate crisis is impacting the mental health of children and adolescents — and what parents can do to help.
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Trip therapy: Could psychedelics become mainstream medicines?

January 25, 2023
Researchers at UCSF and other institutions around the world are finding that once-villainized substances show promise in treating a remarkably wide range of mental health disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and addiction.
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Wrist-wearable data may help identify pain, sleep, and anxiety outcomes after traumatic stress exposure

January 12, 2023
A new study from researchers at UCSF and the San Francisco VA Medical Center shows how wrist-activity biomarkers could have utility as screening tools for adverse symptom outcomes after trauma exposure.
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Pregnant moms’ stress may accelerate cell aging of white, not Black, kids

December 02, 2022
Does stress during pregnancy impact children’s cell aging, and does race matter? The answer is yes, according to a new UCSF study.