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June 2011 

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Department Forges Relationship with China's Oldest Psychiatric Hospital

Chinese Delegation Visit 05/2011

 Pictured (l to r): Dr. Jian Wang, Guangzhou Medical University; Dr. Matthew State, Yale psychiatry department deputy chair for research; Dr. John Krystal, Yale psychiatry chair; Dr. Yuping Ning, Guangzhou Psychiatric Hospital; Dr. Ke Xu, fourth-year Yale psychiatry resident; and Dr. Liping Cao, Guangzhou Psychiatric Hospital.

Yale's Department of Psychiatry recently played host to a delegation from Guangzhou Medical University and Guangzhou Psychiatric Hospital, the oldest hospital in China specializing in psychiatry.


The delegation's visit follows a 2010 trip to Guangzhou by Yale psychiatry chair Dr. John Krystal and current fourth-year psychiatry resident Dr. Ke Xu to explore areas of potential collaboration between the institutions. Read more 


Studying Schizophrenia, by Giving it to Computers
Studying Schizophrenia, by Giving it to ComputersIn the most recent issue of Biological Psychiatry, Yale Psychiatry Professor Dr. Ralph Hoffman writes of modeling schizophrenia in a computerized simulation of the brain's connections, called a "neural network." Read the study / Listen to Dr. Hoffman's interview on NPR


Study Suggests Peer Mentors May Reduce Recurrent Psychiatric Hospitalizations

Dr. William Sledge

A study by Yale Psychiatry researchers William Sledge, Martha Lawless, David Sells, Melissa Wieland, Maria O'Connell, and Larry Davidson published in last month's Psychiatric Services, examines the feasibility and effectiveness of using peer support to reduce recurrent psychiatric hospitalizations. Read more 

New Behavioral Health Services Director Named
Dr. Ben LeeDr. Hochang B. "Ben" Lee, a national expert on neuropsychiatric complications of cardiovascular disease, geriatric psychiatry and Alzheimer's disease, has been named director of behavioral health services at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Read more


Stanley Possick, MD Receives National Teaching Award
Dr. Stanley Possick Receives APsaA AwardThe American Psychoanalytic Association honored Yale Psychiatry's Dr. Stanley Possick with its Edith Sabshin Teaching Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions as an educator of students who are not members of the psychoanalytic profession. Read more

D. Eugene Redmond, MD Receives Neurosurgery Honor
Dr. D. Eugene RedmondAt its 18th Annual Conference, the American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair awarded the 2011 Bernard Sanberg Memorial Award for Brain Repair to D. Eugene Redmond, MD, Yale Professor of Psychiatry and of Neurosurgery. Read more


Residents Pitch a Career in Psychiatry to Local Youth
New Haven Health & Science Career Fair 2011The New Haven Health & Science Career Fair had a new participant this year - Yale's Department of Psychiatry. The Department's table, featuring brains, medical equipment, and interactive computer games, was visited by many of the eight hundred students in attendance. Read more



Time HealthLand: "Drug War: How Advil May Thwart the Benefits of Prozac" 

"This is really quite interesting because it contradicts other findings in depression. [. . .] It could be that cytokines or [stress hormones like] cortisol increase p11 levels as part of resilience [in those who don't get depressed after stress], and that SSRIs compensate for this resilience deficit. But this hypothesis has not yet been tested directly."

Dr. John Krystal, Robert L. McNeil Jr. Professor of Psychiatry; Chair, Department of Psychiatry; Chief of Psychiatry, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Friday, June 3, 2011; 10:15 am

The Lustman Resident Research Awards 

2011 Lustman Award WinnersFirst Place: "Understanding Stress and Addiction: From Single Gene to Systems Genetics," Ke Xu, MD; Yale Psychiatry Resident

Honorable Mention: "Brain Glucose Metabolism During Experimental Endotoxemia," Kalyani Subramanyam, MD; Yale Psychiatry Resident

The Lustman Awards, established in honor of the late Professor Seymour L. Lustman and made possible by a generous contribution from the Seymour L. Lustman Memorial Fund, are presented annually to outstanding residents for excellence in research carried out during their residency. Honorees will present their work at this Grand Rounds session.

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, June 10, 2011; 10:15 am

Commencement Address: "Further Down the Road: A Prescription for a Career of Self-Fulfillment, Happiness, and Success"

Dennis Charney, MDDennis S. Charney, MD; Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Dr. Charney, graduate of Yale's Psychiatry Residency Program and former Yale Psychiatry Professor and Deputy Chair, will address the Department's graduating residents and fellows.

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Friday, June 17, 2011; 10:15 am

State of the Department

Dr. John KrystalJohn Krystal, MD; Robert L. McNeil Jr. Professor of Psychiatry; Chair, Department of Psychiatry; Chief of Psychiatry, Yale-New Haven Hospital

CMHC Auditorium, 34 Park St

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Upcoming Events

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Department's online calendar.

Ongoing through June 13, 2011

Psych & Muse: Creative Entanglements with the Science of the Soul

Exhibit on psychoanalysis and creative arts.

Yale Beinecke Library, 121 Wall St

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011; 6:30 pm

Cinema & Psychiatry: "Persona"

Braxton McKee, MD; Associate Clinical Professor, Yale Department of Psychiatry

300 George St, Ste 901

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Thursday, June 2, 2011; 5:00 pm

YSM Bicentennial Celebration Honoring YSM's First African American Women Graduates

Various, including Ezra H. Griffith, MD; Professor Emeritus, Senior Research Scientist, and Deputy Chair for Diversity and Organizational Ethics, Yale Department of Psychiatry

Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Historical Library, 333 Cedar St

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011; 7:45 am

Yale Stress Center/CME: "The Science of Stress: Focus on the Brain, Breaking Bad Habits, and Chronic Disease"

A full-day conference that will focus on new advances in stress neurobiological research that show how chronic stress and adversity get "under the skin" in adolescents and adults via changes in brain chemistry, brain volume, and function.

Sterling Hall, Harkness Auditorium, 333 Cedar St

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011; 8:00 am

Annual Scientific Site Visit of the Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Stress, Self-Control, and Addiction

Consortium PIs will be showcasing their exciting new findings.

Institute of Excellence, 300 George St, Rm 157

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Friday, June 10, 2011; 5:00 pm

Graduation Ceremony and Reception for Residents and Fellows

Davenport College Dining Hall, 248 York St

Saturday, June 18, 2011; 2:00 pm

CMHC/Psychiatry Special Event: "The Riverview Operas"

A live, staged performance of four ten-minute operas wholly created by teenagers at Riverview Hospital for Children and Youth, a psychiatric hospital in Middletown, CT.

New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm St

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Biological Sciences Training Program Seminar in Psychiatry

Monday, June 6, 2011; 3:45 pm

Role of Glia in Depression: Targeting Astrocytes for Antidepressant Treatment

Mounira Banasr, PhD; Associate Research Scientist, Ribicoff Labs

CMHC, Room W212

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Child Study Center Grand Rounds

Tuesday, June 14, 2011; 1:00 pm

Poster Session by the Anna Freud Centre Fellows

Cohen Auditorium, 230 S. Frontage Rd

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More upcoming Department events 

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