News : 2014 : October

Suzanne Lechner, Ph.D.

Community-Based Programs Reduce Stress for Black Breast Cancer Survivors

A team of researchers at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that a community-based stress management intervention program improved the psychological adaptation of underserved black breast cancer survivors. They also found that an educational program providing post-treatment breast cancer health and wellness information had a similar effect.

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Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.

Researchers Discover How Depression and Aging Link to Increased Disease Risk

Psychological stress and stress-related psychiatric disorders are associated with increased risk for age-related diseases, but the molecular mechanisms underlying this relationship are unknown. An international group of researchers from Germany and the U.S. has discovered a biochemical change in a specific gene that causes this risk, a finding that may lead to improved treatments for diseases of aging.

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Janice Egeland, Ph.D., in 2006, displaying the world's largest bipolar pedigree from the Amish Study.

Decades of Research Pay Off with Promising Link to Treatments for Bipolar Disorder

Janice A. Egeland, Ph.D., professor emerita of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and collaborators at three other institutions have identified what may be the molecular pathway underlying bipolar I (manic depressive) disorder (BPI), a breakthrough that could lead to better drugs for treating BPI, as well as depression and other related mood disorders. Their findings have been published online in Nature Molecular Psychiatry.

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John E. Lewis, Ph.D.

Research Identifies Tai Chi as Effective Smoking Cessation Tool

Research led by John E. Lewis, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has identified Tai Chi exercise as an effective intervention to treat tobacco addiction.

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Deborah Jones Weiss, Ph.D., M.Ed., Mahendra Kumar, Ph.D.

Researchers Receive $2.9 Million NIH Grant to Study Cardiovascular Disease in Drug Abusers wit

Mahendra Kumar, Ph.D., and Deborah Jones Weiss, Ph.D., M.Ed., in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, have received a $2.9 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study cardiovascular disease in HIV-positive cocaine users.

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Daniel Jimenez, Ph.D.

New Study Helps Hispanic Seniors in Miami Fight Depression with Exercise

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine psychologist Daniel Jimenez, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has just kicked off a study that uses exercise and social engagement as a way to stem depression and anxiety among local Hispanic seniors.

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