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April 2015


Hopkins Medicine Magazine – Winter 2015
The Best, Bar None - Meg Chisolm, M.D. is featured among others in this story about the Miller-Coulson Academy for Clinical Excellence. Susan Lehmann, M.D. is to be inducted into the Academy in April.

Upcoming Events

April 18, 2015
Dancing Stars 2015 Baltimore Memory Ball | Two faculty participants, Cynthia Munro, Ph.D. and Maxine Stitzer, M.D., will dance to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

April 21, 2015 – REGISTER NOW
29th Annual Mood Disorders Research/Education Symposium: Back to the Basics

May 5, 2015
Club Memory at Bayview | 2-4 PM | The launch of what will be an ongoing social club for people with dementia and their spouses, partners, and caregivers at the Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center.

May 11, 2015 – REGISTER NOW
Eating Disorders Conference: Meeting the Challenge Across the Lifespan

May 12, 2015
6th Annual Michael M. Ossoff Visiting Lectureship in Memory Disorders and Alzheimer’s Disease

In the Media

Fox News - March 12, 2015
Epilepsy drug found to boost memory in early Alzheimer's stages
Arnold Bakker, Ph.D. and his team are hopeful that a generic drug now used to treat seizures can improve memory in the early stages of Alzheimer's, even reversing the condition.

Forbes – March 11, 2015
Are psychedelics the wonder drug we've been waiting for?
Matthew Johnson, Ph.D. and his team found no causal relationship between the three classic psychedelics and long-term mental health problems.

New York Times – March 9, 2015
New research on antidepressants and pregnancy finds no link to asthma
Jennifer Payne, M.D. and her team’s research works to clarify the risks for mother and baby of taking antidepressants during pregnancy.

U.S. News & World Report – March 4, 2015
Heroin overdose deaths quadrupled since 2000
Kelly Dunn, Ph.D. explains why prescription drug addicts are turning to heroin.

Science 2.0 – March 3, 2015
'Just say no' to behavior-calming drugs for Alzheimer patients
Laura N. Gitlin Ph.D. and Constantine Lyketsos M.D., note in [a new] paper that "there needs to be a shift of resources from paying for psychoactive drugs and emergency room and hospital stays to adopting a more proactive approach.”

CBC (Canada) – February 15, 2015
Alzheimer's poses unique challenges for teen caregivers....
Peter V. Rabins, M.D. talks about the special challenges for young people.

Scientific American – February 12, 2015
Addicts quit with paid work and near-daily drug tests
Kenneth Silverman, Ph.D. explains how a “therapeutic workplace” works.

Newsweek – February 12, 2015
Why men are killing themselves
Zachary Kaminsky, Ph.D. talks about his research team’s in search of a ‘suicide gene’.

Vice – February 9, 2015
Does cocaine have any potential as an antidepressant
Matthew Johnson, Ph.D. comments on an idea that isn’t new.

CBS/DC – January 29, 2015
Johns Hopkins Study Sheds Light on Brain Damage of Former NFL Players
Jen Coughlin, M.D. and her research team provide further evidence of potential long-term neurological risks to football players who sustain repeated head injuries

The New Yorker – February 9, 2015
The Trip Treatment
The work of Roland Griffith, Ph.D. and his team with hallucinogens is featured

Wall Street Journal – January 22, 2015
Dr. Death Makes a Comeback
Paul McHugh, M.D. on physician-assisted suicide

See all of our coverage in the general media

Research News

Johns Hopkins University - March 11, 2015
Drug Restores Brain Function and Memory in Early Alzheimer’s Disease

Johns Hopkins Medicine  - March 9, 2015
Psychedelic Drug Use Could Reduce Psychological Distress, Suicidal Thinking

See all of our recent press releases

Research Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in participating in research? Below is an example of one of the studies in the department that is recruiting volunteers. There are many more on our website. See Research Volunteers Needed 

Psychotherapy Study with Adolescents
We are conducting a research study at Johns Hopkins that evaluates the effectiveness of a specific psychotherapy for adolescents, between the ages of 12 and 17, who have chronic anger and irritability, disproportionate emotional reactions (rages, outbursts), and may have other associated symptoms (problems with sleep or concentration, restlessness, talkativeness). Because of the mood symptoms, these youth may have difficulties with relationships.  The goal of the study is to improve mood and relationships through interpersonal psychotherapy.  As part of the study, teens will receive a free comprehensive evaluation and may earn up to $135 in gift cards.   Parents may earn up to $135 for participation.  For more information please contact the Principal Investigator, Leslie Miller, M.D. at (410) 550-9014 or email   (IRB protocol #NA_00083893)

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