Scientists don’t know exactly what causes schizophrenia, but a new project led by University of Minnesota Medical School researcher Scott Sponheim, Ph.D., will study the interaction between the visual cortex and the prefrontal cortex, hoping to uncover why visual hallucinations occur, what causes the disease and how to better treat the disease.
Since the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was discovered in 2012, more than 1,800 people have been infected with the disease and the fatality rate is a concerning 36 percent. There’s still no approved MERS vaccine for humans. However, promising new research reported in Nature Communications this week may help pave the way for a human vaccine – and give hope for a new era of protection against similar viral infections.
Holidays can be particularly challenging for people with eating disorders, says Carol Peterson, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Peterson offers strategies to manage the mental illness during the food-centric celebrations.
Mental health providers across the nation have seen a sharp rise in the number of people who participate in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). The most recent estimates show 1 in 5 Americans have experimented with hurting themselves in times of emotional stress, with no lethal intent. Kathryn Cullen, MD, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School, is now exploring the underlying cause of NSSI using a new approach to mental health research.