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    Featured Publications

    Following are some of the most outstanding publications resulting from research conducted in our University of Iowa Department of Psychiatry over the past several years. They feature work on illnesses such as schizophrenia, eating disorder, and Huntington’s disease, and problems such as anxiety, panic, and suicide. The methods of investigation include brain imaging, molecular neuroscience, genetics, and clinical epidemiology. Clicking on the “Read the abstract” will take you to the National Library of Medicine PubMed website where you can read a synopsis of the paper. In bold are the names of the faculty members in our department who played a role in the work. 


    The Journal of Clinical Investigation

    Cui H, Moore J, Ashimi SS, Mason BL, Drawbridge JN, Han S, Hing B, Matthews A, McAdams CJ, Darbro BW, Pieper AA, Waller DA, Xing C, Lutter M
    Eating disorder predisposition is associated with ESRRA and HDAC4 mutations.
    J Clin Invest. 2013;123(11):4706-13. Read the abstract.

    The American Journal of Human Genetics

    Han S, Yang BZ, Kranzler HR, Liu X, Zhao H, Farrer LA, Boerwinkle E, Potash JB, Gelernter J.
    Integrating GWASs and human protein interaction networks identifies a gene subnetwork underlying alcohol dependence.
    Am J Hum Genet. 2013;93(6):1027-34. Read the abstract.


    JAMA Psychiatry

    Judd LL, Schettler PJ, Coryell W, Akiskal HS, Fiedorowicz JG.
    Overt irritability/anger in unipolar major depressive episodes: past and current characteristics and implications for long-term course.
    JAMA Psychiatry. 2013;70(11):1171-80. Read the abstract.


     Biological Psychiatry

    Magnotta VA, Johnson CP, Follmer R, Wemmie JA.
    Functional t1ρ Imaging in Panic Disorder.
    Biol Psychiatry. 2013. Read the abstract.

    Walker AK, Rivera PD, Wang Q, Chuang JC, Tran S, Osborne-Lawrence S, Estill SJ, Starwalt R, Huntington P, Morlock L, Naidoo J, Williams NS, Ready JM, Eisch AJ, Pieper AA, Zigman JM.
    The P7C3 class of neuroprotective compounds exerts antidepressant efficacy in mice by increasing hippocampal neurogenesis.
    Mol Psychiatry. 2014. Read the abstract.


     Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

    De Jesus-Cortes H, Xu P, Drawbridge J, Estill SJ, Huntington P, Tran S, Britt J, Tesla R, Morlock L, Naidoo J, Melito LM, Wang G, Williams NS, Ready JM, McKnight SL, Pieper AA.
    Neuroprotective efficacy of aminopropyl carbazoles in a mouse model of Parkinson disease.
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012;109(42):17010-5. Read the abstract.


    The American Journal of Psychiatry

    Jorge RE, Acion L, White T, Tordesillas-Gutierrez D, Pierson R, Crespo-Facorro B, Magnotta VA.
    White matter abnormalities in veterans with mild traumatic brain injury.
    Am J Psychiatry. 2012;169(12):1284-91. Read the abstract.


     Molecular Psychiatry

    Lee AS, Ra S, Rajadhyaksha AM, Britt JK, De Jesus-Cortes H, Gonzales KL, Lee A, Moosmang S, Hofmann F, Pieper AA, Rajadhyaksha AM.
    Forebrain elimination of cacna1c mediates anxiety-like behavior in mice.
    Mol Psychiatry. 2012;17(11):1054-5. Read the abstract.


     Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

    Tesla R, Wolf HP, Xu P, Drawbridge J, Estill SJ, Huntington P, McDaniel L, Knobbe W, Burket A, Tran S, Starwalt R, Morlock L, Naidoo J, Williams NS, Ready JM, McKnight SL, Pieper AA.
    Neuroprotective efficacy of aminopropyl carbazoles in a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012;109(42):17016-21 Read the abstract.


     Archives of General Psychiatry

    Wassink TH, Epping EA, Rudd D, Axelsen M, Ziebell S, Fleming FW, Monson E, Ho BC, Andreasen NC.
    Influence of ZNF804a on brain structure volumes and symptom severity in individuals with schizophrenia.
    Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012;69(9):885-92. Read the abstract.


     The American Journal of Psychiatry

    Andreasen NC, Liu D, Ziebell S, Vora A, Ho BC.
    Relapse duration, treatment intensity, and brain tissue loss in schizophrenia: a prospective longitudinal MRI study.
    Am J Psychiatry. 2013;170(6):609-15. Read the abstract.


     Nature Neuroscience

    Feinstein JS, Buzza C, Hurlemann R, Follmer RL, Dahdaleh NS, Coryell WH, Welsh MJ, Tranel D, Wemmie JA.
    Fear and panic in humans with bilateral amygdala damage.
    Nat Neurosci. 2013;16(3):270-2. Read the abstract.

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

    Xu P, Grueter BA, Britt JK, McDaniel L, Huntington PJ, Hodge R, Tran S, Mason BL, Lee C, Vong L, Lowell BB, Malenka RC, Lutter M, Pieper AA.
    Double deletion of melanocortin 4 receptors and SAPAP3 corrects compulsive behavior and obesity in mice.
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013;110(26):10759-64. Read the abstract.


    Biological Psychiatry

    Andreasen NC, Nopoulos P, Magnotta V, Pierson R, Ziebell S, Ho BC.
    Progressive brain change in schizophrenia: a prospective longitudinal study of first-episode schizophrenia.
    Biol Psychiatry. 2011;70(7):672-9. Read the abstract


     Molecular Psychiatry

    Andreasen NC, Wilcox MA, Ho BC, Epping E, Ziebell S, Zeien E, Weiss B, Wassink T.
    Statistical epistasis and progressive brain change in schizophrenia: an approach for examining the relationships between multiple genes.
    Mol Psychiatry. 2012;17(11):1093-102. Read the abstract.


     Biological Psychiatry

    Aylward EH, Liu D, Nopoulos PC, Ross CA, Pierson RK, Mills JA, Long JD, Paulsen JS, Investigators P-H, Coordinators of the Huntington Study G.
    Striatal volume contributes to the prediction of onset of Huntington disease in incident cases.
    Biol Psychiatry. 2012;71(9):822-8. Read the abstract.


     Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

    Magnotta VA, Heo HY, Dlouhy BJ, Dahdaleh NS, Follmer RL, Thedens DR, Welsh MJ, Wemmie JA.
    Detecting activity-evoked pH changes in human brain.
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012;109(21):8270-3. Read the abstract.


    Molecular Psychiatry

    Willour VL, Seifuddin F, Mahon PB, Jancic D, Pirooznia M, Steele J, Schweizer B, Goes FS, Mondimore FM, Mackinnon DF, Bipolar Genome Study C, Perlis RH, Lee PH, Huang J, Kelsoe JR, Shilling PD, Rietschel M, Nothen M, Cichon S, Gurling H, Purcell S, Smoller JW, Craddock N, DePaulo JR, Jr., Schulze TG, McMahon FJ, Zandi PP, Potash JB.
    A genome-wide association study of attempted suicide.
    Mol Psychiatry. 2012;17(4):433-44. Read the abstract