Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, held a press conference discussing his bipartisan bill to prevent veteran suicides. The bill studies the connection between living in high-altitudes and rates of suicide. Drs. Perry Renshaw and Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, University of Utah psychiatry professors, are involved in the research of the connection. ... Read MorePsychiatry
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.
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Colleen Fitzgerald, Perry Renshaw, Andrew Prescott, Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, Danielle Boxer and Doug Kondo are suicide researchers at the University of Utah and the Salt Lake City Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. This material is the result of work supported with resources and the use of facilities at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. The authors’ views are their own.... Read MorePsychiatry
Study by faculty researcher, Shami Kanekar, PhD, indicates that women may be more affected by brain chemistry issues caused by altitude. Her animal tests show that females are actually more vulnerable to behavioral changes caused by a lack of oxygen at higher altitudes, and therefore may be at higher risk for suicide. ... Read MorePsychiatry
Under new Pac-12 initiative and funding, University of Utah researcher studies head trauma in athletes
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 MorePsychiatry
Dr. Deborah Yurgelun-Todd has agreed to serve as the next Director of the Neuroscience Initiative (NSI). ... Read MorePsychiatry
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 MorePsychiatry