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A New Approach to Treating Cognitive Deficits in Schizophrenia

Dr. Vikaas Sohal and colleagues have used advanced technologies to discover biological processes that are likely involved in causing cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia. The road to bold new treatments is being paved with this new knowledge.

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A RESEARCHER'S PERSPECTIVE: We Are Witnessing a Revolution in Brain Stimulation

Dr. Mark S. George, a pioneer in the field, explains how TMS and related non-invasive brain stimulation technologies are changing the face of psychiatry.

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Rethinking Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders (EDs) are among the most prevalent psychiatric disorders yet also among the most misunderstood. Dr. Cynthia Bulik, a BBRF Distinguished Investigator, explains her research indicating that anorexia nervosa, the most deadly ED, is also a disorder of the body's metabolic system. This research, which may also be extended to other EDs, is leading to new treatment ideas.

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Highly Individualized Deep-Brain Stimulation Helps a Patient With Severe Treatment-Resistant Depression

We write about a novel idea to address brain-based disorders that has moved from theory to bedside in only 3 years. Called closed-loop neuromodulation, it involves using electrical stimulation—delivered via an implanted deep-brain stimulation (DBS) device—at a precise location in the brain. The stimulation occurs intermittently throughout each day for only seconds at a time, and only at moments when a sensor placed in another part of the brain detects a specific EEG brain-wave pattern linked with the onset of a patient’s depressed moods.  In its first clinical test, a treatment-resistant patient experienced a remission.

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How Pandemic-Related Stress Affects Families, Parenting, and Child Mental Health

Research on COVID’s impacts indicates how the pandemic is affecting families and child mental health, as well as how racial and socioeconomic factors can exacerbate risk and pose obstacles to care for those who are underserved by the healthcare system.

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