Archive Tag: Clinical Research

A person undergoes an electroencephalogram in this stock image. UCLA researchers say an electroencephalogram performed in a doctor's office can quickly show whether an individual is responding favorably to an antidepressant.
A person undergoes an electroencephalogram in this stock image. UCLA researchers say an electroencephalogram performed in a doctor’s office can quickly show whether an individual is responding favorably to an antidepressant.
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Researchers at Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA have discovered a noninvasive way to predict which individuals will respond favorably to antidepressant treatments using brain wave recordings. Frontline antidepressant medications are ineffective for many patients, but it can take weeks for patients to identify symptom improvement. Dr. Andrew Leuchter, Read more

Girls with ADHD often struggle with defiance, conduct issues

Irene Tung and Steve Lee, from UCLA psychology, conducted a research review concluding that girls with ADHD are more likely to have issues with defiance and acting out than problems with depression or anxiety. Girls with ADHD are more than 5 times as likely to have oppositional defiant disorder and more than 9 times as likely have conduct disorder. Across the general population, Read more

UCLA’s research introduced mindfulness training early in the recovery process with encouraging results.
UCLA’s research introduced mindfulness training early in the recovery process with encouraging results.
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UCLA associate professor at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Dr. Suzette Glasner, is the lead author of a recent study focusing on the impact of mindfulness training on addiction relapse. This clinical study, published in the journal Mindfulness, provides evidence showing that mindfulness training can prevent relapse among adults struggling with addiction to stimulants. Chronic stimulant use often leads users into spiraling depression or anxiety, and this mindfulness training teaches addicts how to cope with uncomfortable withdrawal emotions. Between the mindfulness group and control group in the clinical study, participants receiving mindfulness training were significantly less likely to relapse at the end of treatment and a month after treatment.

Read more at UCLA Newsroom

Depression research on a big scale: UCLA’s Depression Grand Challenge

The Depression Grand Challenge is tackling depression in an unprecedented manner and most notably sets itself apart by following a unique multidisciplinary and large-scale approach.  Dr. Jonathan Flint, author of the largest genetics study to date, joined the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge team earlier this year. Dr. Flint is one of four directors of the study and notes the study’s novel approaches to funding that may potentially utilize a stakeholder science where participants pay to enroll in a study.  With this method, both participants and researchers will benefit from the genetic sequencing employed in the study.

Read more at David Geffen School of Medicine