UAB Insight Psychiatry Volume 5

N o t e w o r t h y e v e nt Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID The Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association’s Spring Conference will be held April 25-26, 2014, at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel at the Convention Center in Downtown Montgomery. The educational offering is open to psychiatrists and JNWB 412 • 500 22nd Street South 1720 2ND ave s birmingham al 35294-0104 Permit No. 1256 Birmingham, AL VOL. 5 NO. 8 PSYCHIATRY INSIGHT other personnel in psychiatric practice. More information about registration and exhibitor information will be posted online at www.alabamapsych.org. T h e U ni v e r sit y o f A l a ba m a at Bi r m ingha m Published by the UAB Health System, 500 22nd Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233 ©2014 by The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Second class postage paid by UAB Bulk Mail Dept. Postmaster address changes to: UAB Insight 500 22nd Street South, Suite 410, 1720 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35294 psychiatry Schitzophrenia: Searching for Treatments PSYCHIATRY INSIGHT For more information on UAB’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology visit: uab.edu/medicine/psychiatry U A B M e dicin e R e s o u r c e s M D L e a r nin g C h ann e l For CME-accredited presentations and web-based learning, visit learnmd.uabmedicine.org. P h ysician H Q UAB Medicine online headquarters provides information on referrals, digital UAB Insight editions, news and updates, and more. Visit uabmedicine.org/physician. UA B M I ST MIST provides 24-hour consultation and referral services to physicians. Contact MIST by calling 800.822.MIST (6478). issu e h i g h l i g h ts A Collaborative Initiative: UAB Psychiatry Advances Treatments for Schizophrenia Dwivedi Joins UAB Psychiatry’s Mood Disorders Program International Outreach: Expanding the Scope of Medical Care ACGME Approves Expansion of Residency Programs UAB Psychiatry Supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Diffusion tensor imaging tractography using MRI shows “fiber bundles” connecting the anterior cingulate cortex and the substantia nigra (right). Blue-stained MRI-derived magnetization transfer contrast image identifies the substantia nigra (above). Lahti (top) with a student. A Collaborative Initiative: UAB Psychiatry Advances Treatments for Schizophrenia Schizophrenia affects nearly 3 million people in the US Engineering and MRI Research Center. Auburn provides and 70 million people worldwide and in many ways is the UAB researchers access to the only 7-tesla MRI most serious of all psychiatric illness, affecting nearly 1% scanner in Alabama. This high-field magnet allows for of the population. UAB Department of Psychiatry Chair the development of progressive projects such as the New Physicians 2 James Meador-Woodruff, MD, says, “The statistics are noninvasive measurements of neurometabolites. These UAB Medicine News 3 troubling, but with cutting-edge research initiatives UAB metabolites are thought to have abnormal concentrations is leading the charge to educate and treat patients suffering in several severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia Publications of Note 3 from schizophrenia.” and bipolar disorder. Lahti says, “The use of this magnet Featured Clinical Trials 3 director of the Division of Behavioral Neurobiology, illnesses, improve their detection, and suggest new targets 4 leads one research avenue, which involves collaboration for drug development and monitoring.” with Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Noteworthy Event Adrienne Lahti, MD, professor of psychiatry and has the potential to advance the understanding of these Another important development in neuroimaging continued on page 2