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Siblings' podcast 'deconstructs' mental illness
In a recent MinnPost article, Dr. Kaz Nelson and her brother George tell the story of what lead to the creation of their bi-monthly podcast and describe the themes of some of the recent episodes.
Read the MinnPost article

The Mind Deconstructed

The Nuns Devoted to Understanding Alzheimer's
Laura Hemmy, PhD discusses The Nun Study with Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN's vital+signs
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Endocannabinoids and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Facts, Not Hype
Dr. Lucien Gonzalez discusses the science behind the law, and valid concerns surrounding certification now that ASD has been added to the list of qualifying medical conditions for Minnesota Medical Cannabis.
Read the article in the MNAAP newsletter

Physicians, heal thyselves: Peer support reduces errors, improves practitioner mental health
Katharine Nelson, MD was interviewed in a Minn Post article that discusses providing emotional support to doctors and other care providers who are impacted when something goes wrong and a patient is hurt. 
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Psychiatry Resident Rana Elmaghraby Running for APA Board Position
Second year psychiatry resident Rana Elmaghraby has been nominated for the Resident Fellow Member Trustee Elect position on the American Psychiatric Association's board of trustees. 
Read her interview with Andrew Ranallo, AHC Communications and Marketing Manager

Minnesota scientists deploy high-tech tools to map damage from fetal alcohol
Jeff Wozniak, PhD, discusses his longitudinal research study that is using MRI brain scans to track how alcohol changes a developing brain over time.
Read the article in the StarTribune

The connection between sleep and mental health
Dr. Michael Howell and Dr. Brent Nelson discuss the physical and emotional side effects of lack of sleep in an interview with Tom Weber on Minnesota Public Radio.
Listen to the story on MPR

Can healthy holiday eating actually be unhealthy?
Carol Peterson, PhD, discusses approaching healthy holiday eating in a way that promotes positive perceptions of food.
Read the article in Health Talk

Is binge watching bad for you?
Katharine Nelson, MD discusses the pros and cons of binge watching TV shows in a interview with KARE 11's Chris Hrapsky. 
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Do our dreams have meaning?
Katharine Nelson, MD was interviewed on Kare 11 about why we dream and whether our dreams have meaning. 
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Melissa Dalhoe, MSW, LICSW and Scott Curran, MSW, LICSW attended the October 24, 2017 National Association of Social Workers-MN Legislative Town Hall meeting and addressed our representatives requesting continued support of HF1404 First Episode of Psychosis bill. Melissa and Scott will be be reaching out to other public officials, from a policy advocacy and funding support standpoint, in preparation for the next budget cycle in 2018. Their address to the representatives can be viewed on the NASW-MN Facebook live video from 43:51-48:40 minutes.

Research Snapshot: $1.7M Grant Will Advance Understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Jeffrey Wozniak, PhD discusses his new research project, which seeks to better understand how prenatal alcohol exposure changes brain networks over time in kids with FASD.
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How can colleges help depressed students?
Katharine Nelson, MD was interviewed by Kerri Miller on Minnesota Public Radio for an hour-long segment on depression in college students and how colleges and universities can help.
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#eyesUP
Katharine Nelson, MD participated in a Panel Discussion hosted by Alicia Lewis at the MN State Fair and broadcast on FaceBook Live regarding the Kare 11 campaign to reduce distracted driving.
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Katherine Nelson and KARE 11 folks at Minnesota State Fair

What Alternative Treatments Are There for Adults With ADHD to Explore?
Lidia Zylowska, MD discusses mindfulness in an article in U.S. News
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Researcher visits S.D. for 'largest autism study' ever attempted
Suma Jacob, MD, PhD recently traveled to South Dakota to meet with health care experts and discuss her work. She is hoping to recruit families from the area for the SPARK project.
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Study: Instagram posts may reveal signs of depression
In a recent KARE 11 feature, Katharine Nelson, MD discussed the results of a study conducted by researchers from the University of Vermont and Harvard University.
See the story on KARE 11

U researchers probe the spread – and control – of fear
Katharine Nelson, MD gives her thoughts on the biological mechanism of fear in a Star Tribune article that highlights ongoing anxiety research.
Read the article in the Star Tribune

Exploring What Minnesota Has to Offer
Erin Begnel, psychology undergrad, talks about her experience working as a research assistant in Psychiatry.
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Middle-aged white men at highter risk for suicide; how you can help
Katharine Nelson, MD talks about men and suicide, and ways people can recognize and reduce risk factors in their loved ones.
Read the Minn Post article

How Texting Impacts Your Brain
Katharine Nelson, MD talks about to KARE 11 about what happens to the brain when we hear a text notification.
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New approach to detecting and treating early psychosis gains a foothold in Minnesota
Piper Meyer Kalos, PhD. LP and Scott Curran, MSW, LGSW were quoted in a recent article in the Star Tribune, which highlighted the new team-based approach of our first episode of psychosis treatment program.
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A closer look at the hallucinations of schizophrenia
Scott Sponheim, PhD was featured for his brain imaging study in a recent UMN Foundation article entitled, "Interpreting complex connections".
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The risks and benefits of new Netflix show "13 Reasons Why"
Health Talk asked Katharine Nelson, MD, for her thoughts on the show, and how parents might use it as an opportunity to have important conversations with their children. 
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Sophia Vinogradov, MD and Senator Al Franken

NAMI Minnesota Spring Gala
Dr. Vinogradov met Senator Al Franken at the NAMI MN Spring Gala- Celebrating 40 years of Hope that was held on May 6. 2017.

Spark study looks to expand the scope of autism research
SPARK is the Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge and thousands of participants are needed. 
View the WCCO story

Beating addiction: a nondrug approach
Professor Marilyn Carroll's work was highlighted in The Brief.
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Dr. Vinogradov is featured in the video for the 23rd Annual Music Festival for Brain Health, which was hosted by One Mind Institute and One Mind on September 17, 2017.
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Gotta catch 'em all: Is Pokémon Go an intervention for schizophrenia?
Clinical Psychiatry News has featured a poster presented by Dr. Jasberg and PGY1 resident, Rana El-Maghraby, at the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research that took place in San Diego on March 24-28, 2017.
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"Bring Me the Real Doctor": Dealing with Patient Bias
First-year resident Rana Elmaghraby, MD, shares her experience and insight in the Psychiatry News Resident's Forum.
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New Leadership at University of Minnesota Psychiatry Dept promises changes
Dr. Vinogradov was interviewed by Fox 9's Jeff Baillon
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Autism and genetic discoveries: The search for clinical biomarkers
An article co-authored for MN Physician magazine by Madhumathi Rao, M.D., M.S.and Suma Jacob, M.D., Ph.D.
Read the article (Page 36).

The golden age of computational psychiatry is within sight
Neuroplasticity-based treatments and computational neuroscience may hold some of the keys to unlocking the golden age of psychiatry.
Read the article by Dr. Sophia Vinogradov in Nature Human Behavior

New mental health service aims to reach people early
Chances for recovery are greater with timely treatment
Read the MN DHS article about the new first-episode psychosis clinic

At the U, we're building the top academic psychiatry unit in the Midwest
We must be vigilant about protecting the rights of all research volunteers.
Read the piece by Dr. Sophia Vinogradov in the StarTribune

Under new leader, U's psychiatry department shifting research
Industry-funded drug trials and the recruitment of hospitalized patients as research subjects have been curbed
Read the article in the StarTribune

Landmark Study Needs Participants
The goal of SPARK is to collect and analyze data about people with autism to advance understanding and research. Subjects and their close family members provide DNA samples so that researchers can pinpoint genetic causes of the disorder. In Minnesota, the study is led by Suma Jacob, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota.
View the KARE 11 news story

Department Newsletter

Welcome, New Faculty

Please join the Department of Psychiatry in welcoming our newest faculty members. 

Podcast series

illustration of human headDr. Kaz Nelson, Assistant Professor, along with host, George, serve as translators between the psychiatric field and the non-medical community. This series seeks to dispel myths, address listener questions, talk directly about serious topics, such as suicide, and inform the public about what they need to know to maintain mental health and a life worth living.