Cascio work on affective touch, autism featured in Science Magazine

June 3, 2019

Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Carissa Cascio, Ph.D., recently received national news coverage for her work on affective touch and autism. The story, titled "'I will feel actual rage.’ Unusual responses to kind touches could help explain autism traits," was originally covered in Spectrum News and picked up by Science Magazine. The article discusses findings from her lab and others.

Riddle, Petrie invited to speak as part of Vanderbilt Alumni Speaker Series

April 4, 2019

Meghan Riddle, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Bill Petrie, M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, were invited to take part in Vanderbilt University's Alumni Speaker Series, themed "Looking in the Rearview Mirror." The two will present their talk, "Happiness in Life and Work: Reflections from Two Psychiatrists," on Sunday, Apr. 7, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Commons Center 235. Click here for more information on the lecture.

Newhouse op-ed on clinical trials, Alzheimer's featured in Tennessean

March 7, 2019

Paul Newhouse, M.D., Jim Turner Chair in Cognitive Disorders, professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Pharmacology, and Medicine, and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Cognitive Medicine, recently contributed an opinion piece to the Tennessean titled "A cure for Alzheimer’s is not possible without you." Click here to view the opinion piece.

Vaccinating the Vulnerable

March 4, 2019

On Halloween morning, a patient nervously listened to Greg Fricker, fourth-year medical student from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, as he explained the importance of receiving an influenza vaccine. Fricker told the patient that roughly 80,000 people died last year due to complications from the flu and confidently reassured him that getting the vaccine could in no way make him sick.  

Normal brain aging patterns occur at a faster rate in people with psychosis

February 8, 2019

Patients with psychosis have accelerated aging of two brain networks important for general cognition -- the frontoparietal network (FPN) and cingulo-opercular network (CON) -- according to a new study in Biological Psychiatry. Efficiency of the FPN network was normal in early psychosis but reduced in chronic patients, indicating that the decline happens after illness onset.

Study explores genetic risk for suicide attempt

February 5, 2019

Using data from the UK Biobank and Vanderbilt’s BioVU, a new study in the journal Molecular Psychiatry finds that approximately 4 percent of suicide attempt risk is captured by genotype data. “Heritability estimates of this sort try to quantify the portion of a given trait that is contributed by genetics,” said Douglas Ruderfer, PhD, MS, the Vanderbilt University Medical Center geneticist who led the study.