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NAMI’s 15th Annual Research Dinner with the University of Minnesota was held Feb. 23 at the Radisson Hotel in Roseville. Featured speaker Sophia Vinogradov, M.D., new head of the U’s Dept. of Psychiatry, gave an impressive overview of the reforms that have been implemented in the department during the past year. Key researchers David J. Bond, M.D. presented on the development of a blood test for depression, and Mike Bloomquist, PhD, discussed psychotherapeutic approaches to treat depression in adolescents.
The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota is seeking individuals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia to participate in a TRUSST brain training study using computerized cognitive training. This study is testing the effects of an experimental software program targeting social cognitive abilities versus a computer-based software control condition. Participants will be asked to complete 30 hours of social cognition training or 30 hours of the control condition at home or in the Ambulatory Research Center. A series of appointments to assess cognition, symptoms, and functioning will be completed before the intervention, and after 15 and 30 hours of the intervention. To learn more about the study, please call (612) 626-7886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Posted 3-21-2017)
This research study seeks to understand the causes of depression in teenagers. It is part of a larger study looking at irritability and mood dysregulation. This part of the study’s goals are to improve our knowledge of which treatments work best in depression, and will compare teenagers with depression to those with severe irritability. The research will also study teenagers with depression as they grow up. See Flyer for details. For further information contact: Argyris Stringaris, M.D. or Kenneth Towbin, M.D. at 301-496-8381 or email@example.com. (Posted 3-15-2017)
Researchers at the University of Minnesota are seeking teens aged 13 to 18 years old with depression or bipolar disorder. This study is investigating the underlying biology of mood disorders during this critical stage in life. Advanced understanding of the complex biology is necessary to allow new advances in diagnosis and treatment for adolescents. For more information, please call Nathan Horek at 612-626-7635 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Posted 12-16-2016)
Researchers a the University of Minnesota are seeking teens aged 12 to 18 years old with depression that has not improved with at least one antidepressant medication. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a non-invasive procedure that has FDA approval for use with adults with treatment-resistant depression. This study will test whether rTMS alleviates depression in adolescents, and will measure brain changes using MRI. For information, please call 612-626-7635 or email to email@example.com. (Posted 10-6-2016)
Do you struggle with binge eating? Do you eat when you are not actually hungry? Do you eat when you have strong emotions? Do you feel like you can’t control what or how much you are eating? The Eating Disorders Research Program is testing a new type of therapy for the treatment of binge eating, compulsive overeating, emotional eating, and eating in the absence of hunger. Individuals ages 18-65 who are interested in learning more about this University of Minnesota research opportunity and determining eligibility should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-625-1542. (Posted 8-15-2016)
NAMI Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Dept. of Psychiatry held their 14th annual Research Dinner on Feb. 24, at the Ramada Plaza, in Minneapolis. Over 100 people attended and heard from three of U's top psychiatric researchers along with keynoter Dr. Steven Miles who spoke about ethics in research programs and fielded questions from the audience.
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NAMI Minnesota is a member of the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program- The program is a nationwide initiative of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison. The program works to increase the public’s access to science-based mental health information through partnerships with national and state nonprofit organizations. See list of Outreach Partners.
If you or someone in your family is 18 years old or older and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder (depressed type), you may be able to participate in a genetic study that looks for genes in families. To find out if you qualify or for more information, call 301-435-8970 (1-888-674-6464) or email to email@example.com.
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Eating Disorder Studies at University of Minnesota- here .
Schizophrenia Research - University of Minnesota- here.
Mayo Clinic's Bipolar Disorder Biobank aims to make it easier for researchers to conduct research studies because they will have access to blood samples and patient data from thousands of people all in one place. Eligibility for the study: Age 18-65 and diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder Type 1. Call 507-255-9034 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guide to Evidence-Based Programs -The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has developed a a new web page guide for identifying evidence-based programs and practices that can prevent and/or treat mental and substance use disorders. This Guide to Evidence-Based Practices can be found at their website.
Regions Hospital Seeks Study Participants - Regions Hospital in St. Paul is seeking participants for several clinical studies. Current studies include: Major Depression, Treatment-Resistant Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar I Disorder and Adult ADHD. For information, call 651-254-4357.
Research Paper on Family Experiences -Qualitative Health Research has published a paper by Barbara Champlin of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, following her interviews with a number of area NAMI members. The paper is titled "Being There for Another with a Serious Mental Illness."