Can laughing gas help deter suicide?

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are studying nitrous oxide as a possible treatment for patients who are hospitalized due to suicidal thoughts.

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New Faculty and Appointments

Summary of new Faculty and Appointments for Department of Psychiatry

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Overcoming America’s opioid crisis starts with understanding abuse patterns

For more than 25 years, psychiatrist Theodore Cicero, PhD, has been on the leading edge of the opioid epidemic, surveying some 25,000 addicts around the country.

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In autism, genes drive early eye gaze abnormalities

Using eye-tracking technology, a team of researchers at Washington University School of Medicine (Stefanie Kennon-McGill, Anne Glowinski, Natasha Marrus, Claire Weichselbaum, John Constantino), photographed here, and Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta have found compelling evidence that genetics plays a major role in how children look at the world and whether they have a preference for gazing at people’s eyes and faces or at objects.

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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.