The Diagnostic Neuroimaging group, co-directed by Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, PhD, and Perry Renshaw, MD, PhD, was founded in 2008 as a Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative at the University of Utah. The Diagnostic Neuroimaging group is part of the Department of Psychiatry and has strong affiliations with the Salt Lake City VA Healthcare System. The focus of this group is to apply magnetic resonance (MR) methods to develop improved diagnostic paradigms and to guide the development of treatment strategies. Studies within this group apply MR techniques to clarify animal and human clinical models of psychiatric disorders. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS), and functional MRI (fMRI) are used to understand changes in brain chemistry, function, and connectivity as they relate to pathophysiology and treatment.
It was her work with the Department of Veterans Affairs that first got University of Utah researcher Deborah Yurgelun-Todd interested in studying athletes.
The director of the U.'s Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory wondered what similarities existed between the wartime traumas suffered by veterans and the head injuries suffered in sports. Finding athletes willing to participate in her research, however, wasn't always easy.... Read More
SALT LAKE CITY — University of Utah is taking part in a nationwide, landmark study designed to address questions about how typical teen experiences – such as social media, lack of sleep and head injuries from sports – affect their social, emotional, intellectual and physical health and well-being.... Read More
The suicide rate in the American West—Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming—is roughly 1.5 times higher than in the rest of the nation (18-plus suicides per 100,000 people compared to 12.5), earning it the morbid moniker "the Suicide Belt." Now researchers out of the University of Utah are reporting in the journal High Altitude Medicine & Biology that they think they may know why: hypobaric hypoxia, aka thin air.... Read More
SALT LAKE CITY — Increased suicide rates in high altitude locations like Utah led researchers to study whether depression is being treated the right way in the state, specifically in women.... Read More
Oxygen intake contributes to depression, scientists have surmised after a study shows that thin air and high altitudes causes depression in female rats. "The significance of this animal study is that it can isolate hypoxia as a distinct risk factor for depression in those living at altitude (hypobaric hypoxia) or with other chronic hypoxic conditions such as COPD, asthma or smoking, independent of other risk factors," says the lead author on the study. ... Read More