Poverty linked to childhood depression, changes in brain connectivity

Researchers at Washington University St. Louis have identified that conditions associated with poverty appear to interfere with how key brain regions connect and increase depression risk in children.

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Early childhood depression alters brain development​​​​​

The brains of children who suffer clinical depression as preschoolers develop abnormally, compared with the brains of preschoolers unaffected by the disorder, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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Resolved to quit smoking? Get your DNA sequenced at Washington University

The first-ever study looking at how genetic markers can determine the best approach to helping a person kick the habit is underway at Washington University School of Medicine.

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$6.5 million to fund research, treatment of developmental disabilities

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have received a five-year, $6.5 million grant to study the physiological underpinnings of developmental disabilities in children and to use the findings to search for novel ways to improve such children’s lives.

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Welcome

Welcome to the Washington University, Department of Psychiatry’s website. The department has been at the forefront of psychiatric care for decades. Members of our faculty were among the first to champion the medical model of psychiatry and view psychiatric dysfunction as an interaction between genes and environment. The department and its faculty continue to be in the vanguard of both the study and treatment of mental illness. In order to prepare for the future, the department also devotes a significant amount of time and effort to the training of the next generation of clinicians and researchers. We provide training at the medical student, residency, fellowship, and pre-, and post-doctoral levels. We invite you to visit our site to learn more about our history, the faculty, and what we do to increase our understanding of nervous system function and improve the treatment of mental disorders.