UCSF Psychiatry News

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Finding your car in a parking lot relies on this newly discovered brain circuit

May 03, 2022
The prefrontal cortex (PFC), sometimes thought of as the “CEO of the brain,” controls executive functions like attention, planning and decision making. The hippocampus stores memory and processes spatial information, helping us to navigate the environment.

With autism numbers rising, how best to provide support?

April 19, 2022
Autism expert Somer Bishop, PhD, talks about the latest research regarding autism and life outcomes, and UCSF’s approach to care for the neurodiverse population.

Cross-racial study of 1.87M vets shows wide disparities in dementia

April 19, 2022
In what is believed to be the largest study to date on race and dementia, researchers tracked health and demographic data from close to two million veterans to compare rates of dementia across five racial groups.
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Your mental health may impact your chances of breakthrough COVID

April 14, 2022
A new study led by UCSF researchers has shown that people who are vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, and have a history of certain psychiatric conditions, have a heightened risk of COVID-19.

Psilocybin rewires the brain for people with depression

April 11, 2022
Psilocybin fosters greater connections between different regions of the brain in depressed people, freeing them up from long-held patterns of rumination and excessive self-focus, according to a new study by scientists at UCSF and Imperial College London.
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Loss of neurons, not lack of sleep, makes Alzheimer’s patients drowsy

April 04, 2022
The lethargy that many Alzheimer’s patients experience is caused not by a lack of sleep, but rather by the degeneration of a type of neuron that keeps us awake.
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UCSF continues streak as the top public university for graduate and professional psychiatry programs

March 29, 2022
UCSF's psychiatry program has been ranked fourth in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of the best graduate and professional schools. For the fourth consecutive year, UCSF is also the top public university for graduate and professional psychiatry programs in the United States.
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UCSF Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program matches 16 for its Class of 2026

March 18, 2022
After receiving more than 970 applications, the UCSF Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program announced that it will welcome a diverse and highly accomplished class of 16 new resident physicians to UCSF this summer.
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Extended napping in seniors may signal dementia

March 17, 2022
A new study shows that increased daytime napping in older people may foreshadow Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
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Prenatal mindfulness program improves stress response in infants

March 10, 2022
Infants whose mothers participated in a mindfulness-based program during pregnancy had healthier stress responses at 6 months old, a new UC San Francisco study found.