$7 million aimed at illuminating the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis working to identify genetic factors that raise, lower disease risk.

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Brain Scans Detect Signs of Autism in High-Risk Babies Before Age 1

Recent findings as published in Nature demonstrate that it may be possible to detect autism in babies before their first birthdays, a much earlier diagnoses than ever before. This finding is based on a multi-site MRI investigation including Washington University School of Medicine, one of the key sites in the IBIS network.

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Brain network connections may underlie social behavior linked to autism

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and colleagues from the IBIS network have found associations between brain connectivity and a key social behavior that is a central feature of autism.

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Early signs of anxiety, depression may be evident in newborns

Early predictors of anxiety and depression may be evident in the brain even at birth, suggests a study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

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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.