Happenings

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation awarded Steve Hinshaw, (UC Berkeley professor of psychology and UCSF professor of psychiatry), with the 2019 Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research on November 1, 2019, in New York City. Professor Hinshaw leads the Depression Grand Challenge’s Awareness and Hope Academic Research Team (ART). His research includes exploration of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as reducing mental illness stigma.

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UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) Executive Member Michelle Craske (psychology and psychiatry professor and director of the Innovative Treatment Network within the DGC) traveled to Cleveland to join Cleveland Cavaliers star and former UCLA standout Kevin Love for a discussion on mental health awareness on October 9, 2019. The discussion was timed to coincide with the eve of World Mental Health Day, a day which takes place every year on October 10 to raise awareness about mental health issues.

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Discover Magazine’s November 2019 issue highlighted the Depression Grand Challenge’s (DGC) efforts to understand the genetic and environmental causes of depression with the ultimate goal of developing new and better treatments. The author provided details about the series of studies designed to uncover the genetic and environmental causes of depression.

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A Forbes post titled “Addressing Mental Health Challenges on College Campuses” showcased the different approaches college campuses are taking to address the ever-increasing student need and demand for mental health services. Such university strategies include implementing digital counseling services, researching student mental health and potential new treatment methods, and reducing stigma by focusing on knowledge barriers that may exist.

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