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January 2018

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JHM CLINICAL CONNECTION: a web portal for physicians and mental health professionals. Take a look and sign-up for the Clinical Connection E-Newsletter. FEATURED VIDEO: Brain Stimulation for Psychiatric Illness: ECT and TMS | Dr. Irving Reti, Director of the Johns Hopkins Brain Stimulation Program explains the treatment modalities available – electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation - the characteristics of each, how to minimize side-effects and manage a patient’s medication. He also discusses new uses for the treatment beyond the relief of severe depression as well as his recent research probing why ECT works.

JOIN US - February 28th, 2018
5:30 PM  | Hurd Hall | Johns Hopkins Hospital
A special reading and evening in celebration of Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison's 
Robert Lowell:  Setting the River on Fire, A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character

Reception to follow. For more information and to register.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS ! - March 26, 2018
Johns Hopkins Medicine's Health and Wellness Journey | Stress and Anxiety
8:00 PM | Hosted by Park School 17 E. Mt. Vernon Place
Anxiety and stress are common in today’s society. The challenge is effectively managing internal and external pressures without compromising our well-being. Join psychiatrist Karen Swartz who discusses strategies to manage stress, minimize anxiety and identify when symptoms may signal a more serious underlying issue. Space is limited. Register online or call: 410-955-8660.

LISTEN!   Treating Opioid Addiction, inaugural episode of the American Health Podcast, a project of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, features Ken Stoller, M.D. Director of the Johns Hopkins Broadway Center for Addiction.


Check out the latest issue of Hopkins BrainWise, the Department Newsletter  | Spring 2017 BrainWise is available online


Features a monthly selection of recent research citations by Department faculty | Click on ‘Psychiatry’.


Johns Hopkins Medicine - January 22, 2018
‘Depression Education’ Effective For Some Teens

Johns Hopkins Medicine – January 16, 2018
Evening Hours May Pose Higher Risk for Overeating, Especially When Under Stress, Study Finds

Johns Hopkins Medicine – January 3, 2018
Rare Forms of ‘Thunder’ Protein May Be Linked to Schizophrenia
Epilepsy drug reverses anti-social behaviors in mice with genes that produce variant proteins

Johns Hopkins Medicine – December 18, 2017
How Electroconvulsive Therapy Relieves Depression Per Animal Experiments

Johns Hopkins Medicine – November 27, 2017
'Negative Emotions' Linked to Higher Rates of Opioid Use in Sickle Cell Disease


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

Knee Osteoarthritis
Do you have knee osteoarthritis? Researchers at Johns Hopkins are looking for volunteers to participate in a research study examining the effects of combining FDA-approved medications for reducing pain. To participate, you must be at least 45 years of age and have osteoarthritis in your knee. To see if you are eligible, you must complete one phone screen and one in-person screening visit. If you are eligible, the study involves 4 full-day sessions involving drug administration, sensory testing and cognitive testing. Compensation up to $1425. Please call today at 410.550.6240. Principal Investigator: Claudia Campbell, Ph.D.  IRB00125605. Download flyer

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:

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


Eating Disorders  - Second Opinion Program – WXXI-TV and other public TV stations
Using real-life medical cases, specialists grapple with diagnosis and treatment options to give patients and TV viewers up-to-date, accurate medical information. In this episode, Angela Guarda, M.D., director of the Eating Disorders Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital, is on a panel discussing eating disorders. Video>>

Expert Panel Unveils Recommendations for Home-Based Dementia Care (non-JH Press Release)
A panel of leading researchers and policy experts, funded by BrightFocus Foundation and led by Johns Hopkins University researchers, has released five key recommendations for public and private sector leaders to better support people with dementia living in their own home. The panel noted that the vast majority of people with dementia prefer to remain in their own home, and that home-based dementia care can be less costly to families and taxpayers than care provided through nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.

How Opioids Kill – Scientific American
When a person smokes, snorts or injects an opioid, the substance enters the bloodstream, then the brain. There it can act on mu-opioid receptors, says Eric Strain, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Research at Johns Hopkins University. “Once the drug binds to those opioid receptors and activates them, it sets off a cascade of psychological and physical actions; it produces euphoric effects, but it also produces respiratory-depressing effects,” Strain says.

The Teenage Mental Health Crisis: Finding Meaning in Arts Education (audio) – WYPR Life in the Balance Program | Karen Swartz, M.D. is interviewed.

Child sex dolls, the newest outlet for pedophiles, must be banned - The Hill
“[E]emerging psychology on the topic says these obscene dolls encourage abuse of real children. Peter Fagan from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine recently told The Atlantic that child sex dolls likely have a “reinforcing effect” on pedophiles, and “in many instances cause [the urge] to be acted upon with greater urgency.”

'Phenomenal' trial results may lead to a treatment for Huntington's disease, experts say – Washington Post
The good news for Huntington's patients is the hope that the drug might even reverse the progression of the disease. “What's really interesting in animal studies, if you stop the production of the mutant protein, not only does progression stop, but the brain starts to heal itself,” said Christopher Ross, director of the Huntington's Disease Center at Johns Hopkins Medicine, who was not involved in the research. “Which means there might be improvement.”

There Once Was a Girl: Against the false narratives of anorexia - Slate
Though their effect is hard to quantify, “a lot of war stories and memoirs out there … glorify the specialness and suffering of anorexia,” says Dr. Angela Guarda, director of the Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program. “Anecdotally, patients often acknowledge that these writings romanticize the disorder,” and that “reading them can be triggering and worsen their ED.”

The U.S. Postal Service is taking on Alzheimer’s with a new stamp - Washington Post
The first-class stamp, which shows someone placing a hand on the shoulder of an elderly woman, hints at the hope and companionship that caregivers, researchers and an aware public can bring.... The stamp will be dedicated at a ceremony at the Memory & Alzheimer’s Treatment Center at Johns Hopkins’s Bayview campus in Baltimore on Nov. 30. Read an article about the event

A change of mind: Scientists are learning to predict psychosis years in advance — and possibly prevent -The Scientist
[W]hy does one person with these early signs develop psychosis and not another? Brain studies have yielded some clues. In healthy kids, "the brain dynamically changes" during adolescence, says Akira Sawa, a psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

How to talk to kids about the deadly New York City truck attack - ABC News
Joan Kaufman, a professor of psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, said having conversations about Tuesday’s attack with children of all ages -- including as young as preschool -- is a must for parents. “There might be the feeling they want to protect their kids and not talk to them about it, but children are going to find out,” she said. “It’s better if information about the event comes from the parents.”

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