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Spring issue 2017: Pioneering Research

 

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CENTER ON DEPRESSION & RESILIENCE LEADERSHIP
Dr. Anand Kumar, M.D., Lizzie Gilman Professor, Head of the Department, Director of UICDR

EXECUTIVE TEAM
Dr. Marc Atkins, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research

Dr. Scott Langenecker, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Director of Cognitive Neuroscience Center

Dr. Pauline Maki, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Director of Women’s Mental Health Research

Dr. K. Luan Phan, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Anatomy & Cell Biology, Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Research Program and Associate Head for Clinical and Translational Research

Dr. Mark Rasenick, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Physiology and Biophysics and Psychiatry

SUPPORT
Josh Gryniewicz, Communication Director

Elisa Quinlan, Director of Development

DR K

Message from the Head

University of Illinois Center on Depression & Resilience (UI CDR) was pleased to launch our new website, UI Fight Depression (https://uifightdepression.psych.uic.edu/), last month. This is the first issue of the UI CDR newsletter in 2017 and each article below leads back to a page on the website. This makes it easier for readers to share any article of interest on social media without having to repost the entire issue.

UI CDR pushes the edge of what is possible.

Thinking creatively about pioneering solutions has a long running history in this department from the first children’s guidance center in the country (founded with Nobel-prize winning “mother of social work” Jane Addams) to the first electroencephalogram (EEG).

This issue shares how UI CDR continues to contribute to this legacy. In the pages below, you will read about cutting edge work on mood disorders that allow an everyday device we carry in our pockets to yield as much information as days of neuropsychological testing.  You’ll watch a student produced tool will not only educate students, but provide student leaders and faculty a way to advocate for depression literacy with their student community on University campuses. And, you will read how research into a blood test for depression was listed in the top 100 articles for Discover magazine in 2016.

We are committed to new strategies, new treatments, novel approaches to the most vexing mental health issues of our time. We have networked with likeminded centers throughout the country who share this same vision to realize tomorrow’s medicine today and continue to push the edge of what is possible. Your interest and support helps to make this a reality and end depression as we know it.

Sincerely,
Anand Kumar, MD

 

EXECUTIVES’ CLUB OF CHICAGO NOMINATES UI CDR AS “INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR”

UI CDR is honored to be nominated for Executives’ Club of ChicagoInnovator of the Year” award.  Since 2013, this honor has been awarded to an individual or company in greater Chicago whose new product, service, process or business model has resulted in organic growth and measurable economic benefit to the region.

Depression costs an estimated $210 billion a year and continues to rise, UI CDR has organized departments, research centers, and clinical groups across campus to accelerate research saving money and lives. (Read more)
 

UI CDR AWARDS ITS FIRST PROFESSORSHIP IN MOOD DISORDERS TO DR LUAN PHAN

UI CDR in partnership with the College of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry created a new endowed Professorship for Mood Disorders. The UI CDR Professorship is the first-of-its-kind honor, awarded to Luan Phan, MD, Associate Head for Clinical and Translational Research in the Department in recognition of his national leadership in translational research related to depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders. (Learn more)

 

ANIMATED VIDEO ON CLINICAL DEPRESSION IS A TOOL FOR OUTREACH

Depression is among the most common mental health conditions affecting young adults. In a 2015 survey of 43,210 undergraduate students across 72 U.S. colleges and universities, 18.2 percent of students screened positive for depressive symptoms and 7.8 percent reported serious thoughts of suicide. Ultimately, depression’s multifaceted nature and unresolved pathogenic mechanisms make the communication of biological etiologies challenging for use in mental health outreach training.  An animation created by Masters student Molly Huttner from the Biomedical Visualizations Graduate program aims to illustrate the invisible for just this purpose (learn more).

 

UI CDR RESEARCHER ON DISCOVER’S TOP #100 “BEST IN SCIENCE” 2016 LIST

Discover Magazine ranks its Top #100 science stories each year. Considered by the publication to be the “best in science,” Discover named an article profiling the work of Dr. Mark Rasenick, part of UI CDR Leadership, published in July 2016 for its annual list.

Millions of Americans are prescribed antidepressants each year, yet it typically takes weeks for patients to feel any effects. Researchers could never explain the peculiarity, but Rasenick’s research helps illuminate why (read more).
 

CAN WE COMPUTE THE SPEED OF THOUGHTS?

UI CDR Researcher Dr. Alex Leow, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Bioengineering, looks at how computation is now revolutionizing psychiatry (and more generally the study of the human brain). This exploration has practical applications with a new UI CDR project BiAffect, dubbed the “fit bit for your brain,” which uses cell phone data to monitor bipolar episodes (learn more).

 

New Book Raises Suicide Awareness for UI CDR

An emotionally riveting memoir from local author Ally Golden, A Good Soldier, perfectly captures the isolation and pain that can come from having a loved one with a mental illness. When Ally Golden heads off to college, she breathes a sigh of relief; she is ready to discover herself, independent of her mother, who suffers from severe depression and borderline personality disorder. Golden approached UI CDR with a unique partnership to use the book to bring attention to this devastating illness (learn more).

 

SUPPORT PIONEERING RESEARCH

Your tax-deductible donation to UI CDR can support some of the innovations for which we are receiving accolades. Consider contributing to a legacy that spans over a century on the cutting edge of mental health research by giving to our pioneering research fund today.  Make a tax-deductible gift to support our work at https://uifightdepression.psych.uic.edu/support-us/donate or contact Elisa Quinlan in the Office of Medical Advancement at 312-996-4901 / quinlane@uic.edu for more information.

 

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