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April 2021

Huntington’s Disease Clinic celebrates 20 years as Center of Excellence

April 29, 2021

The UC Davis Huntington’s Disease Clinic, one of the nation’s largest, is celebrating 20 consecutive years as a Level 1 Center of Excellence. The Huntington’s Disease Society of America awards the prestigious designation.

MIND Institute study of anxiety in children with autism now includes online treatment

April 20, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute is now offering online treatment as part of its clinical trial known as the STAAR study. The trial will compare the effectiveness of the medication sertraline and cognitive behavioral therapy in treating anxiety in children with autism.

New test to study language development in youth with Down syndrome

April 8, 2021

A team led by UC Davis Health researchers tested and validated a new set of procedures for collecting, measuring and analyzing the spoken language of youth with Down syndrome in a naturalistic setting.

March 2021

Study finds adolescents with autism may engage neural control systems differently

March 12, 2021

UC Davis Health researchers studying executive control in adolescents and young adults with autism have published new research that suggests a unique approach, rather than impairment.

February 2021

American College of Psychiatrists honor Francis Lu with Distinguished Service Award, Helen Kales with research award

February 26, 2021

Two UC Davis psychiatrists were recently honored by the American College of Psychiatrists: Francis Lu for his outstanding achievements and leadership in the field, and Helen Kales for her contributions to geriatric psychiatry.

Bold new initiative helps address California’s shortage of mental health providers

February 24, 2021

UC Davis Health advanced practice providers work to address mental health disparities in California.

UC Davis School of Medicine scored a record year of NIH funding

February 23, 2021

In 2020, the UC Davis School of Medicine secured its highest-ever level of National Institutes of Health research funding at more than $181 million.

Fragile X premutation registry launches internationally (video)

February 3, 2021

The UC Davis MIND Institute and the National Fragile X Foundation have launched an international registry of people carrying the fragile X premutation. The goal is to facilitate and encourage research about the genetic condition to improve understanding and treatment.

January 2021

MIND Institute and psychiatry researcher receives ‘early career’ honor

January 11, 2021

UC Davis’ Angela John Thurman has received the Early Career Award from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The honor recognizes her considerable research contributions in the development of language, cognition and behavior.

Caring for your mental health in 2021: 10 tips

January 4, 2021

The new calendar year presents a great opportunity to refocus on our mental health, according to UC Davis Health experts. They offer 10 tips to help you better handle stress and find joy despite the stress of the coronavirus pandemic.

December 2020

Big brains and white matter: New clues about autism subtypes

December 17, 2020

Researchers found that a long-accepted theory about brain size in some children with autism may not be true. In a separate study, they linked development of white matter with changes in autism symptom severity.

Saying no to holiday gatherings during COVID-19 can be painful

December 16, 2020

New COVID-19 infections continue to explode and health officials warn that holiday gatherings can be dangerous and even deadly. But how do you tell people you love to stay away? Psychiatrist Shannon Suo has some answers.

Gestational age linked to ADHD in children with Down syndrome

December 4, 2020

A new study by the UC Davis MIND Institute finds a connection between gestational age and ADHD in children with Down syndrome. An earlier gestational age is linked to higher ADHD symptoms later in childhood.

Striving to improve care for people experiencing homelessness - locally and statewide

December 3, 2020

UC Davis Health clinical professor Angela Drake is taking part in a new learning community with providers, insurers and health systems throughout California. She’s also joined the Project Review Committee of Sacramento Steps Forward, a nonprofit addressing homelessness.

October 2020

For toddlers with autism, more intervention hours are not necessarily better

October 19, 2020

Two prominent early intervention models for toddlers with autism show a very similar impact, whether delivered at 15-hours or 25-hours per week intensities.

September 2020

COVID-19 is wrecking our sleep with coronasomnia – tips to fight back

September 23, 2020

COVID-19 may be causing a second pandemic of insomnia – or “coronasomnia.” Sleep experts offer tips to improve sleep and ease the stress.

August 2020

Pregnant mother's immunity tied to behavioral, emotional challenges for kids with autism

August 14, 2020

Children with autism born to mothers who had immune conditions during their pregnancy are more likely to have behavioral and emotional problems, a UC Davis Health study has found. Offspring sex may also interact with maternal immune conditions to influence outcomes, particularly in terms of a child's cognition.

UC Davis MIND Institute event draws thousands of people from 15 countries

August 12, 2020

The UC Davis MIND Institute’s first virtual Summer Institute breaks records, reaching thousands of people in at least 15 countries.

GI symptoms linked to behavioral problems in children, especially those with autism

August 10, 2020

Common gastrointestinal symptoms are linked to troubling sleep problems, self-harm and physical complaints in preschool children. These symptoms are more common and potentially disruptive in young kids with autism.

July 2020

Advice from UC Davis experts to calm the anxieties of back-to-school during COVID-19 (video)

July 31, 2020

Kids get anxious when their lives are uncertain, and in this coronavirus era, almost everything is uncertain. Two experts help families work through the stress of an unprecedented back-to-school year.

UC Davis Health leads in research and coordination of early psychosis programs in California

July 30, 2020

Tara Niendam has received a $2.8 million contract from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health in support of EPI-CAL, a network of early psychosis programs in California.

Toy or therapy device? UC Davis Health researchers study effectiveness of fidget tools

July 29, 2020

A new UC Davis MIND Institute Study explores whether a high-tech fidget device increases focus and relieves anxiety in adults with ADHD, which is particularly relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. News names UC Davis Medical Center among the nation’s best

July 28, 2020

U.S. News & World Report's rankings are out. UC Davis Medical Center is again the #1 hospital in Sacramento, and in the Top 10 in California -- distinctions it has earned for many years in a row.

Major grant for UC Davis Health center focused on disabilities research

July 24, 2020

An engine for interdisciplinary research: The UC Davis MIND Institute’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center is renewed with a $6.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

UC Davis Health study seeks better detection of depression in children with autism

July 21, 2020

UC Davis Health researchers are hoping to create better interventions for children with autism who struggle with depression.

June 2020

Pilot grants open door to better mental health care

June 24, 2020

The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence at UC Davis recented awarded seed funding to three projects designed to improve mental health research in California and strengthen collaborations with community, regional and statewide partners.

NIH grant funds a new study of infants at higher risk for ADHD and ASD

June 11, 2020

A $3.65 million grant from NIH to fund Meghan Miller’s study of autism and ADHD markers in babies.

UC Davis Health adapting from lessons of telehealth

June 2, 2020

UC Davis Health adapted to telehealth at an unprecedented rate because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it’s using lessons learned to adapt for the future an even fuller experience for patients.