Research Lab Results for mental illness
Gail Daumit LabPrincipal Investigator:
Gail Daumit, M.D., M.H.S.
Research in the Gail Daumit Lab is devoted to improving overall health and decreasing premature... mortality for people with serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. We have conducted observational studies to determine and convey the burden of physical health problems in this vulnerable population, and are currently leading a randomized trial funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to test a comprehensive cardiovascular risk reduction program in people with serious mental illness. view moreResearch Areas: mental health, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, cardiovascular diseases
Healthy Brain ProgramLab WebsitePrincipal Investigator:
Leah Rubin, Ph.D., M.A., M.P.H.
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
The Brain Health Program is a multidisciplinary team of faculty from the departments of neurolo...gy, psychiatry, epidemiology, and radiology lead by Leah Rubin and Jennifer Coughlin. In the hope of revealing new directions for therapies, the group studies molecular biomarkers identified from tissue and brain imaging that are associated with memory problems related to HIV infection, aging, dementia, mental illness and traumatic brain injury. The team seeks to advance policies and practices to optimize brain health in vulnerable populations while destigmatizing these brain disorders.Research Areas: HIV infection, mental illness, aging, traumatic brain injury, dementia
Current and future projects include research on: the roles of the stress response, glucocorticoids, and inflammation in conditions that affect memory and the related factors that make people protected or or vulnerable to memory decline; new mobile apps that use iPads to improve our detection of memory deficits; clinical trials looking at short-term effects of low dose hydrocortisone and randomized to 28 days of treatment; imaging brain injury and repair in NFL players to guide players and the game; and the role of inflammation in memory deterioration in healthy aging, patients with HIV, and other neurodegenerative conditions. view more