Happenings

Stephen Hinshaw to receive Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize Sarnat Prize from the National Academy of Medicine

Stephen Hinshaw (UC Berkeley professor of psychology, UCSF professor of psychiatry, and Depression Grand Challenge Awareness & Hope Action & Research Team champion) is being recognized by the National Academy of Medicine with the 2020 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health for his extensive work on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and reducing mental illness stigma. The award will be presented at the National Academy of Medicine’s virtual annual meeting on October 19, 2020.

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Nelson Freimer interviewed on KTVU San Francisco about UCLA’s recently launched study in collaboration with Apple

Nelson Freimer, director of the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC), appeared on KTVU San Francisco to discuss the DGC’s pilot research project in collaboration with Apple. The study – which seeks to develop more objective measures for detecting depression and anxiety – is designed so that all aspects of participation can be accomplished remotely. Nelson commented that physical distancing and other changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the importance of incorporating technologies like those to be tested in this study into clinical research and treatment.

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August 4, 2020 marks an important milestone for the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) – the beginning of a pilot research project in collaboration with Apple. The study seeks to develop more objective measures for detecting depression and anxiety, an integral part of the Depression Grand Challenge goals. Methods for detecting depression have remained virtually unchanged for approximately 100 years. UCLA is honored to help shape the foundational tools for diagnosis and for the promise that such tools might eventually enable us to link discovery research and treatment.

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UCLA Depression Grand Challenge Co-Director Michelle Craske (psychology and psychiatry professor) will be a featured speaker at a virtually streamed Scientific Symposium presented by One Mind on September 12, 2020. One Mind’s 26th Music Festival for Brain Health will celebrate groundbreaking ideas, brain health, and community with a virtually streamed concert and Scientific Symposium. This is the first time the event will be virtual.

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