Gene protects teens from alcohol problems but not if they drink with friends

Researchers at the School of Medicine have found that although a gene variant can prevent some young drinkers from developing alcohol problems, the gene’s protective effects can vanish in the presence of other teens who drink.

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Study shows schizophrenia is multiple illnesses caused by interacting genes

New research shows that schizophrenia isn’t a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms. The finding could be a first step toward improved diagnosis and treatment for the debilitating psychiatric illness.

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The 13th Guze Symposium on Alcoholism will be held 03/19/2015

The Guze Symposium will be hosted on Thursday, 19 March 2015. Presenters at the symposium will include experts on research related to alcohol use and dependence. Please check back with the website as additional announcements and registration information will be coming soon.

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Dr. Barry Hong awarded the Florence Halpern Award

At the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association held in Washington DC, in August of 2014 Dr. Barry Hong was awarded the Florence Halpern Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology. The award is given to senior psychologists for career long professional accomplishments by the Society of Clinical Psychology.

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Welcome

Welcome to the Washington University, Department of Psychiatry’s website. The department has been at the forefront of psychiatric care for decades. Members of our faculty were among the first to champion the medical model of psychiatry and view psychiatric dysfunction as an interaction between genes and environment. The department and its faculty continue to be in the vanguard of both the study and treatment of mental illness. In order to prepare for the future, the department also devotes a significant amount of time and effort to the training of the next generation of clinicians and researchers. We provide training at the medical student, residency, fellowship, and pre-, and post-doctoral levels. We invite you to visit our site to learn more about our history, the faculty, and what we do to increase our understanding of nervous system function and improve the treatment of mental disorders.