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Discoveries for a Better Tomorrow


Understanding Anorexia Nervosa – Angela Guarda, M.D.

Angela Guarda, M.D., and her team of researchers are working to understand anorexia nervosa and its addictive nature so they can improve the treatment process.

Predicting Mental Illnesses – Zachary Kaminsky, Ph.D.

Zachary Kaminski, Ph.D., and his team study chemical modifications of DNA called epigenetic signals, with the aim of using these as a way to predict mental illnesses, like postpartum depression and suicide.

Treating Substance Abuse – Eric Strain, Ph.D.

Eric Strain, Ph.D., and his colleagues are developing exciting new therapies for patients who struggle with substance abuse all while expanding their treatment capacity.

Helping Teens Suffering with Depression – Karen Swartz, M.D.

After three adolescent suicides in the Baltimore area, the community turned to Johns Hopkins, where Karen Swartz, M.D., and her team developed the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program, known as ADAP. ADAP educates high school students, teachers and parents about adolescent depression and bipolar disorder by stressing the need for evaluation and treatment, and decreasing the stigma.

Depression and Anxiety During Pregnancy – Lauren Osborne, M.D.

Lauren Osborne, M.D., and her lab study the biology behind mental illness during and after pregnancy.

Mindfulness Meditation – Neda Gould, Ph.D.

Dr. Neda Gould’s clinical work and research focuses on how mindfulness-based meditation can improve the well-being of patients with various medical and psychiatric illnesses.

Preventing Delirium in Patients – Dr. Karen Jane Neufeld

Dr. Karin Neufeld is researching the medication ramelteon for the prevention of delirium in older patients undergoing surgery. Additional projects also measure delirium in the intensive care unit and use near infrared spectroscopy to measure blood flow in the brain and response to physical activity.

Depression in Adolescent – Dr. Robert Lawrence Findling

Dr. Robert Findling and his team at Johns Hopkins are absolutely committed to accurately identifying pediatric patients with major depression or bipolar disorder, while finding safe and effective treatment options for them as well.

Treating Dementia and Depression – Dr. Jin Hui Joo

Dr. Jin Hui Joo researches and develops programs that decrease barriers and engage minority older adults in depression care.

Mindfulness Strategies – Dr. Rab Razzak

Dr. Rab Razzak integrates mindfulness strategies into people’s care to help them and their families cope with their illness and regain agency in their lives.

Cognitive Interventions – Dr. George Rebok

Dr. George Rebok and his research team have developed cognitive or “brain training” interventions to improve function in areas such as memory, problem solving, and speed of processing, which decline with aging and are critical for everyday activities.

A Different Approach to Treating Psychiatric Disorders | Atsushi Kamiya, M.D.

Atsushi Kamiya, M.D., Ph.D., is exploring how mutations in risk genes and environmental factors disrupt how the brain develops and functions, potentially leading to cognitive and mood-related disorders.