UCSF Psychiatry News


UCSF ranked among top five in the nation and best in the West for adult psychiatric care

July 25, 2022
For the eighth year in a row, UCSF Medical Center and the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences have been recognized as one of the nation's leading centers for adult psychiatric care in U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Hospitals survey. UCSF Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences moved up one spot from last year's rankings and into the national top 5 for the first time, cementing its position as the top hospital for mental health research and treatment in the western United States.
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Mangurian and Zeller named 2022 Royer Award recipients

July 14, 2022
Christina Mangurian, MD, MAS, and Scott Zeller, MD, have been selected as the recipients of the 2022 J. Elliot Royer Award in Psychiatry. The honor, which includes a substantial cash prize, is awarded to two psychiatrists every other year—an academic psychiatrist and a community-based practitioner.
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UCSF Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building opens to patients

June 27, 2022
UC San Francisco is welcoming its first patients to the Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building, a one-of-a-kind treatment center that aims to redefine mental health services and make a bold statement against stigma. Situated adjacent to UCSF’s Mission Bay campus, the new building’s central location and proximity to transportation hubs, together with its light-filled atrium and interior transparency signal openness to the community outside, as well as within the building itself.
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UCSF faculty, trainees, and fellows to take part in the 174th APA Annual Meeting

May 18, 2022
The 174th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association will be held both in New Orleans on May 21–25 and virtually on June 7–10, 2022. Numerous current and former UCSF Psychiatry faculty members and trainees will be in attendance during both portions.
brain circuit neurons in prefrontal cortex

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.
Digital image of the hypothalamus

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.