Hard-to-treat depression in seniors focus of $13.5 million study

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are launching a study aimed at identifying effective treatment methods for seniors with depression that does not respond to standard medications.

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Working Towards a Definition of Treatment-Resistant Depression

Dr. Conway and researchers’ recently published work emphasizes the need for psychiatry to better define Treatment-Resistant Depression. An empirical definition would allow for a more careful understanding of the disorder through genetics and neurophysiology as well as better, more targeted treatments.

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Brain scans of children with Tourette’s offer clues to disorder

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified areas in the brains of children with Tourette’s syndrome that appear markedly different from the same areas in brains of children who don’t have the disorder.

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Scientists link single gene to some cases of autism spectrum disorder

Dr. John N. Constantino and other scientists have linked mutations in a single gene to autism in people who have a rare tumor syndrome typically diagnosed in childhood. The findings could provide clues about other genes involved in autism.

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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.