February 22, 2013


Going the distance for those fighting depression

Finishing a marathon requires persistence, endurance, and a special inner drive to push your body forward over the course of 26.2 miles. One young man finds that inspiration from a particularly meaningful place, and he’s preparing to run the Phoenix Marathon next month to support the Depression Center and mental health education in schools. Read more...

Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
An Evening with Author Andrew Solomon

Register now for this special event!

The Depression Center is proud to host Andrew Solomon, the National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, for a book signing and discussion of his latest work, Far from the Tree, on April 12, 2013.  This ambitious and consummately researched narrative tells the stories of parents who not only learn to manage the often overwhelming challenges involved in raising exceptional children, but also find deep meaning in doing so.  The book has has garnered widespread critical acclaim since its release in November, landing on the “10 Best” lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, The Economist, and many others.

Pre-purchase tickets and books online [LINK to pre-reg page]; proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Depression Center.

Stem cells: A closer look

Primitive neurons (indicated in red) developed from induced pluripotent stem cells in the bipolar disorder research at U-M

In recent years, you’ve probably heard a lot about the promise of using “stem cells” for everything from studying diseases in the lab to treating injury and illness in the clinic. So what exactly are stem cells, and how are U-M Depression Center scientists using them to learn more about the origins, progression, and treatment of bipolar disorder? Read more...

Personalized medicine: An exciting future

The winter issue of UPDATE, the Depression Center’s print newsletter, considers at the promise of personalized medicine to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of depression, bipolar disorder, and related illnesses. Download the full issue here, or ask to be added to our mailing list.



A longer road to better

As many people know all too well, clinical depressions do not always improve after the first attempt at treatment. For as many as one in three people with these illnesses, feeling back to “normal” remains elusive even after four different courses of standard treatment. In the Winter 2013 issue of esperanza Magazine – “hope” to cope with anxiety and depression, Depression Center Executive Director John Greden, M.D. discusses treatment-resistant depression and approaches to managing it.  esperanza will feature Dr. Greden in its  quarterly “Ask the Doctor Q&A” columns throughout the year. Read more...

Health of the whole

Restaurateur and cancer survivor Dennis Serras provides his perspective on the importance of treating both the psychological and physical aspects of the disease in the latest issue of thrive from the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.  The article also quotes Michelle Riba, M.D., Depression Center associate director and director of U-M’s PsychOncology Clinic, which helps patients sort through the emotional issues unique to cancer. Read more...

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

As National Eating Disorders Awareness Week kicks off next week, leadership from U-M’s Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program will co-facilitate a workshop at the 11th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference on new approaches to the research and treatment of disordered eating.  U-M’s eating disorders program, the first of its kind in the state of Michigan, provides individualized, family-focused treatment for people 8-24 years of age. Learn more...

Mental health matters

Depression Center National Advisory Board member Harris Schwartzberg, CEO of the Schwartzberg Companies, recently took part in a panel discussion as part of a special program on “Mental Health & Addiction” from the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative.  View the clip here.

The science behind attraction

In HealthDay, Robin Edelstein, Ph.D., a Depression Center member and an assistant professor of psychology, discussed a study of mutual attraction, saying, "The findings do suggest that we have some sort of 'radar' to detect who's attracted to us ... but it's not clear from this study whether people are consciously aware of this or not."  Read more...

The pain of heartbreak

According to psychology research, breakups and social rejection can lead to very real physical symptoms and illness. An L.A. Times article on the topic quoted Depression Center member Ethan Kross, Ph.D., who directs U-M’s Emotion and Self-Control Laboratory. "The experience of social rejection may actually have a bodily component to it," Kross said. "It is more than just a metaphorical feeling of pain around a heartbreak." Read more...



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Big Boy International partners with Prechter Bipolar Research Fund

Big Boy is a registered trademark of Big Boy Restaurants International LLC

Through the month of March, Big Boy company-owned restaurants in Michigan and Ohio are promoting bipolar disorder research efforts by providing informational materials and donation cans to benefit the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund’s projects.  “We are very grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the Big Boy group in getting the word out about bipolar illness and its debilitating effects on so many people,” says Melvin McInnis, M.D., the Thomas B. and Nancy Upjohn Woodworth Professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression, the principal investigator of the Prechter Research Program, and associate director of the Depression Center. Big Boy International is a restaurant chain headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Look for promotions at your local Big Boy!

Cookbook Sale to Benefit the Prechter Fund

Sue Ferus-Mancuso of the Eric Ferus Foundation is publishing and selling a cookbook with all proceeds benefiting the Prechter Bipolar Research Fund. If you would like to submit recipes, which you can do in honor or in memory of someone, please visit http://www.typensave.com/ and log in with name: Sue387, password: eggnog363. Deadline for entries is March 31, 2013. If you would like to pre-order a cookbook, which will be sold for $20, please contact Sue at smancuso@wowway.com. The book(s) will be mailed to you; please allow 4 weeks for print.



February 21 and 28: Parenting Challenges Workshop

February 27: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

February 27: Autism Parent Education Seminar
Early Intensive Intervention (Part 1)

March 6: Family Education Workshop

March 13: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

March 14: Growing through Grief workshop

March 19:
Bright Nights Community Forum
Current Treatments for Adolescent Eating Disorders

March 21 and 28: Parenting Challenges Workshop

March 27: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

March 27: Autism Parent Education Seminar
Social Skills, Problem Solving, and Higher Order Language Abilities in ASD (Part 2)

April 3: Family Education Workshop

April 10:Depression & Bipolar Support Groups

April 12: Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity [LINK]
An Evening with Author Andrew Solomon

Book signing and discussion

April 24: Depression & Bipolar Support Groups


February 26-27:
Depression on College Campuses Conference

March 14: Working with Suicidal Teens: Risk Assessment, Treatment Plans, and Communication with Parents and Schools

March 22: Depression Center Colloquium
New Advances in the Theory, Measurement, and Treatment of Childhood Grief

April 12: Depression Center Colloquium
Social Isolation and Mental Health

April 25-26: National Research Summit on Reserve Component Military Families: Best Practices & Dissemination Strategies

May 17: Depression Center Colloquium
Depression Interventions to Improve Work Function and Productivity



MICHR Health Research Studies Pilot Grants

The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) recently awarded 14 new pilot grants, which included six to be led by Depression Center members:

  • Building Community Expertise: Dissemination of Evidence-Based Practices for Child Depression and Anxiety in our Schools
    Kate Fitzgerald, M.D., Assistant Professor in Psychiatry

  • Assessment of Circadian Rhythms in Adolescents with Positive Family History of Bipolar Mood Disorder
    Neera Ghaziuddin, M.D., Associate Professor in Psychiatry

  • Rehabilitation-delivered Cognitive Behavioral Self-Management Training to Improve Physical Function in Knee Osteoarthritis
    Susan Murphy, Sc.D., Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

  • The Man Up Man Down Support Group Program: A Pilot Study to Develop a Depression Awareness Curriculum for African American Men
    Harold Neighbors, Ph.D., Professor in Health Behavior & Health Education

  • Targeting the Rho/ROCK/MRTF pathway with Novel Anti-Fibrotic Compounds to Block Intestinal Scarring in a Mouse Model of Crohn’s Disease
    Richard Neubig, M.D., Ph.D., Professor in Pharmacology

  • Expression of Fibroblast Growth Factor signaling components in hIPS-derived neurons from Major Depressive Disorder patients
    Michael Uhler, Ph.D., Research Professor at Molecular & Behavioral Neurosciences Institute (MBNI)



League of Educational Excellence honors

Rachel Glick, M.D., professor of psychiatry and director of Psychiatric Emergency Services, and Michael Jibson, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and director of Residency Education for the Department of Psychiatry, were among the nearly 100 inaugural members inducted into the U-M Medical School's League of Educational Excellence. This honor was established in 2013 to celebrate faculty who have a passion for sharing their extensive knowledge through the instruction of students in U-M’s classrooms, laboratories, and hospitals and health centers. These individuals were recognized for their exceptional commitment to preparing the next generation of Michigan physicians and scientists. A list of honorees can be here.

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