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April 2016

Upcoming Events | New Clinical Services | Research Volunteers Needed | Faculty Honors | In the Media | | About Us


VIDEO: On a Mission to Treat Addictions - featuring psychiatrist Denis Antoine, M.D. the video is about our partnership with the Helping Up Mission. See accompanying BrainWise story

April 19, 2016 REGISTER NOW
30th Annual Mood Disorders Research/Education Symposium
‘Visions for the Future of Mood Disorders Treatment’
12:30 – 5:10 PM | Thomas B. Turner Auditorium | 720 Rutland Street, Baltimore, Maryland
Download brochure | Register at  CME now

Upcoming Events

April 18, 2016
2nd Annual Service Members and Veterans: PTSD Today and Tomorrow
8:15 AM – 5:30 PM | Thomas B. Turner Auditorium | 720 Rutland Street, Baltimore, Maryland
Register at CME now – Deadline April 11

April 19, 2016
30th Annual Mood Disorders Research/Education Symposium
‘Visions for the Future of Mood Disorders Treatment’
12:30 – 5:10 PM | Thomas B. Turner Auditorium | 720 Rutland Street, Baltimore, Maryland
Download brochure | Register at  CME now

May 20, 2016
Eating Disorders Conference
Enhancing Motivation and Engagement in Treatment
8:15 AM – 4:45 PM | Thomas B. Turner Auditorium | 720 Rutland Street, Baltimore, Maryland
Download brochure | Register at CME now

New Clinical Services

Clozapine Clinic at JH Bayview Medical Center
Clozapine is the treatment of choice for patients with schizophrenia whose symptoms have not responded to other antipsychotic treatments. We are a specialized outpatient treatment program that provides comprehensive mental health services for adults that are currently being prescribed Clozapine or would like to be started on Clozapine. We are experienced in all aspects of Clozapine treatment, including initiating Clozapine in the outpatient setting. Learn more

Psychiatric Legal Evaluations for Elders (PLEE) at JH Bayview Medical Center
PLEE is a new service to evaluate older individuals and provide expert opinion for attorneys. We assess a range of psychiatric issues in older individuals to determine testamentary capacity or to inform cases of contested wills. We can also review legal records and serve as an expert witness. PLEE works with both plaintiff and defense attorneys. Learn more

Perinatal Mood Disorders Clinic at JH Bayview Medical Center
Our clinic is dedicated to providing mental health services to women who are planning pregnancy, are now pregnant or in their postpartum period, who are struggling with depression, anxiety and bipolar illness. We offer a comprehensive evaluation and ongoing outpatient treatment with a multidisciplinary team that includes experienced physicians and licensed mental health professionals. Learn more

Research Volunteer 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

Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression Research Study
Are you pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant? If so, you may qualify for a research study to assess how mood disorders affect pregnant women. Pregnant women will be seen and evaluated during pregnancy as well as 1-2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months postpartum. Volunteers will be compensated for their participation. For more information, please call (410) 502-2586 or e-mail Principal Investigator: Jennifer Payne, M.D. (Protocol Number: # IRB00027369) Link to flyer

Faculty Honors

Angela Guarda, M.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Eating Disorders Program is the inaugural recipient of the Stephen and Jean Robinson Professorship for Eating Disorders and was installed at a ceremony on March 9, 2016.

Anita Everett, M.D., associate professor and director of community psychiatry at JH Bayview Medical Center, has been elected President of the American Psychiatric Association.

J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., M.D., professor and director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been elected chair of the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC).

Constantine (Kostas) Lyketsos, M.D., M.P.H., professor and director of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, has been awarded 2016 Jack Weinberg Memorial Award in Geriatric Psychiatry by the American Psychiatric Association.

Susan Lehmann, M.D., associate professor and clinical director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, has been named the 2016 Educator of the Year by the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry

Vani Rao, MBBS, M.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Brain Injury Program, has been named a Fellow in the American Neuropsychiatric Association.

Geetha Jayaram M.D., M.B.A., associate professor is being given the 2016 Kun-Po Soo Award from the Asian American Psychiatrists Committee of the American Psychiatric Association.

In the Media

Our faculty members are often quoted in the general media about a wide range of topics. Below is a sampling of recent hits:

Psychiatric News – March 14, 2016
Seeing with the Mind’s Eye: A Profile of Barbara Young, M.D.

A grown-up approach to treating anorexia…. “The longer you have anorexia, the more anorexia creates physiological changes in the body and the brain that then create a self-sustaining cycle,” says Angela Guarda, Director of the Eating Disorders Program at Johns Hopkins University.—New Republic

Antipsychotics don't ease delirium in hospitalized patients.... Antipsychotic medications, such as haloperidol (Haldol) or clozapine (Clozaril), aren't appropriate for preventing or routinely treating delirium in hospitalized patients, a new study suggests. "The American Geriatrics Society guidelines suggest avoiding using these medications as a part of routine care of a patient with delirium," said lead researcher Dr. Karin Neufeld, clinical director of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore.—​HealthDay, United Press International, Doctors Lounge

Mindful meditation may be the answer to relieving chronic back pain, study suggests…. In an editorial, Madhav Goyal and Jennifer A. Haythornthwaite of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine said that the mechanisms for why meditation might work on back pain is still a mystery but that question is merely "academic" for many clinicians and their patients who need immediate relief.—Washington Post Also: HealthDay, LiveScience

Moms: Help needed for largest ever postpartum depression study…. To reach those women, researchers will be distributing iTouches to clinics around the country, 10 so far and counting, with institutions like the University of Arkansas, the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University committed to participate.—CNN

Raven Eugene Monroe promotes medical marijuana for football pain, non-athletes…. Monroe said he would donate $10,000 to the Realm of Caring Foundation, a 3-year-old nonprofit based in Colorado that works with hospitals, doctors and patients to collect data on cannabis products and to advocate for medical marijuana use. Dr. Ryan Vandrey, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, works with the foundation.—Baltimore Sun*​, Also: WBFF-TV

3 ways to end bedtime procrastination (for good)…. Turning on a noise machine at the time you know you should start getting ready for bed….. "In addition to drowning out noises that might keep you up, white noise works on a deeper psychological level, conditioning you to associate the noise with bedtime," says David Neubauer, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins Medicine.Huffington Post

Centers to Treat Eating Disorders Are Growing, and Raising Concerns….. “For the most part, the people who are running and working in these programs believe they’re doing the right thing,” said Dr. Angela Guarda, the director of the eating disorders program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. “But it’s a slippery slope,” she said. “Money can cloud your view.” -  New York Times

What to look for in an eating disorder treatment center.... Place a priority on therapies that focus on behavior, rather than on identifying the roots of the eating disorder. “Unless you can change the behavior, no amount of insight-oriented therapy is helpful,” said Dr. Angela Guarda, the director of the eating disorders center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.—New York Times

Marijuana-based drug found to reduce epileptic seizures…. GW [Pharmaceuticals] executives say that an approved pharmaceutical should be favored by doctors and patients because the other medical marijuana products have not gone through the same rigorous vetting. A study last year by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and elsewhere found that medical marijuana products rarely contained the amount of ingredients stated in their labels.—New York Times

A Call for Better Awareness and Diagnosis of ADHD in Older Adults… Both health care providers and patients need to be better informed about the prevalence of ADHD in people over 50. Op-ed by David Goodman, M.D. – US News and World Report

Psychiatric symptoms speed conversion to dementia.... Neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) are associated with more rapid progression from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer's disease, two new studies confirm. The first study, led by Sarah Forrester, a doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland, pinpoints clusters of NPS associated with faster progression.—Medscape

What Amnesia Tells Us About Memory - Sheilah Kast on WYPR MIDDAY interviews Dr. Jason Brandt. - WYPR

Why you need more sleep tonight…. Waking up in the middle of the night shortens your fuse. Spending all night tossing and turning can cause you to wake up on the wrong side of the bed, says a study from Johns Hopkins Medicine (Dr. Patrick Finan).—Family Circle

30-Year Amnesia: How the Brain Suddenly Remembers…. Although amnesia is a clichéd plot device for mystery novels and soap operas, this type of global amnesia — in which a person forgets everything about his or her life, typically called a fugue state — is very rare, said Jason Brandt, a neuropsychologist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, who was not involved in Latulip's care. – Live science

Filmmaker Paul Dalio mines his bipolar disorder for feature debut​.... Dalio sat down recently to talk about the film, along with Kay Redfield Jamison, a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University whose book about the link between creativity and manic-depression lends the film its title.—Washington Post

Medical marijuana increasingly legal, but trustworthy? A call for regulations.... Prof. Ryan Vandrey of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine says his research has found that the majority of edible cannabis products, a growing trend, had their THC dosage mislabelled by more than 10 percent in California and Washington.—Christian Science Monitor

Study links concussion to higher risk of later suicide.... [L]oved ones should not be shy about watching for warning signs of suicide and urging past concussion victims to get help if needed, said Dr. Vani Rao, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the brain injury program at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.—U.S. News & World Report

Dog DNA probed for clues to human psychiatric ills …. Gerald Nestadt, a psychiatrist who specializes in OCD at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, notes that affected animals often display only one type of compulsive behaviour, whereas a human with OCD will typically have several. Nature

The Buzz on Death Wish Coffee…. “People should be aware of the effects of getting too much caffeine. It varies from individual to individual, but consuming more than your normal amount could make you feel nervous, anxious, irritable, or jittery, and may cause excessive urine production or irregular heartbeat,” says caffeine researcher Maggie Sweeney, Ph.D., postdoctoral research fellow at the behavioral pharmacology research unit in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.—Consumer Reports

This antidepressant may be no better than cheaper alternatives. But demand could soon soar.... “I don’t want to start someone on something and know that they’re not going to be able to afford more than a week of it,” said Dr. Christopher Marano, a psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who specializes in treating depression in the elderly. “From my perspective, I don’t see any reason to jump right to Brintellix as a first-line agent right now.”—Stat News

Immune system gene leads to schizophrenia clue…. Dimitrios Avramopoulos of Johns Hopkins University says that while the evidence for C4-related pruning in schizophrenia is interesting, it’s “not undisputable proof at this point.” He says more work is needed to be confident that the results are solid.—Science News

Cocaine causes brain cells to cannibalize themselves…. New research [at Johns Hopkins University] finds clues that cocaine actually causes brain cells to cannibalize themselves. This process, known in scientific terms as overactive autophagy, means that when neurons are exposed to cocaine, the brain actually digests itself.—Newsweek Also: Philadelphia Inquirer, Newser, Examiner

New medications for treating opioid addiction are on the horizon…. "Buprenorphine is a way to withdraw someone from opiates," says Dr. David Pickar, a psychiatrist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine on [a FDA] advisory committee…. "The idea of not having any opiates in your body is very disturbing to some. The buprenorphine will help bridge that.—NPR and numerous affiliates

Testing street drug and more, scientists seek fast-acting anti-depressant.... Promising new research from Johns Hopkins University this month pinpoints a compound that could treat symptoms of depression within hours — and targets the condition in a whole new way, offering hope to patients who haven’t benefited from traditional drugs.—Stat News

Opioid addiction and treatment.... At a House bipartisan task force on opioid addiction, Jessica Peirce, Ph.D., addiction treatment services associate director at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, offered three ways to improvement treatment for addicts.—CSPAN​

See all of our coverage in the general media

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