|UIC Psychiatry Department News|
October 21, 2011
Solari “Caught in the Act”
Emmanuel Olaifa, the head nurse on CATU, reports that Hugo Solari, MD was nominated by the family of a patient and awarded on October 5th with the UIC Hospital “Caught in the Act” award. After a patient’s ride had failed to arrive, leaving her upset and scared, Dr. Solari extended himself to assist her in getting to the train station so she could get home. The “Caught in the Act” Award is given by the Hospital to an employee who “either shows concern for and support of others in performing daily tasks or voluntarily provides service beyond the call of duty, either on-the-job, or in the community.” Staff reports that he has been known to do similar things on other occasions.
I.T. Support Gone Global
The Psychiatry Information Technology (I.T.) group reports on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, one of Psychiatry’s users e-mailed the HELP desk from Europe regarding SPSS software which wouldn’t open due to multiple errors. The user needed this program to analyze data for inclusion into a presentation for a conference they were attending. Through a combination of Remote Desktop and PsychCloud technology, I.T. Support was able to remove the defective software and transfer the 2.5GB software to the user’s laptop. Once the transfer completed, the software was installed and its license was authenticated. While I.T. Support watched remotely, the user successfully opened the new program and the data files to check for errors. The data showed correctly without errors or hiccups, earning I.T. the thanks of the user for assisting with this rather unusual situation. I.T. Support started working with the user at 9:10 am and completed the process with testing by 1:49 pm CST.
S. Pandey Delivers 6th Annual Sachindra Nath Pradhan Memorial Lecture
Subhash Pandey, PhD was invited to present the 6th Annual Sachindra Nath Pradhan Lecture by the Howard University Department of Pharmacology on October 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. Dr. Pandey presented on the topic, "Epigenetic Basis of Anxiety and Alcoholism." The lecture series honors the memory of Dr. Pradhan, who was a distinguished scientist and a member of the Howard University Pharmacology faculty for thirty-four years, until his retirement in 1989.
Carbray, Pavuluri and Stein Interviewed for WBEZ’s Ongoing “Out of the Darkness” Series
Julie Carbray, PhD, APN, BC, Mani Pavuluri, MD, PhD, and Mark Stein, PhD, ABPP, are among the UIC contributors to a special series being run by local NPR radio station WBEZ (91.5 FM) entitled, "Out of the Darkness" from October 17 through October 28. The extensive series focuses on Illinois children with mental illness, and related issues of care, systems, research, and ending the associated stigmas. The series is airing weekdays as a segment during the “Eight Forty-Eight” program that broadcasts at 9am, with re-broadcast at 9pm. The series also includes interviews with families of some of the Department’s patients. Archives and information available at: http://www.wbez.org/series/out-shadows.
Suárez and Abdul-Adil Host UYTC Conference
The Urban Youth Trauma Center (UYTC), co-directed by Liza Suárez, PhD and Jaleel Abdul-Adil, PhD, hosted a conference on September 29 at the UIC Forum focusing on how community violence affects youth, families and neighborhoods. Participants included youth and caregivers living in communities affected by violence, clinicians and counselors, case managers, school personnel, faith-based representatives, and law enforcement professionals who gathered to share ideas, resources and tools for violence prevention and intervention. The conference was very well attended, and featured keynote speaker James Garbarino, PhD, with remarks by Carl Bell, MD, workshops and presentations by Drs. Suárez and Abdul-Adil, as well as closing remarks by Azim Ramelize, Esq, and Rev. Karen Hutt. The Urban Youth Trauma Center is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Judith Cook Quoted in Delaware News Journal and Yale Daily News
Judith Cook, PhD was quoted in an article entitled, “Peer-to-Peer: Man Overcomes Troubled Past to Start Center that Helps the Mentally Ill Help Others like Themselves,” published in the October 8th Delaware News Journal. She addressed the increasing acceptance and growing evidence base for mental health self-help programs. Dr. Cook also was quoted in an article entitled, “Yale Profs Study Depression, Treatment” published in the September 20th Yale Daily News, about a recently published study of women who discontinue antidepressant use during pregnancy and their likelihood of developing Major Depressive Disorder.
Editor’s Note: The Department Newsletter periodically includes brief reports of new major grants submitted for consideration (details confirmed with Mehda Pandey prior to publication.) It is not a complete list of all grant activities.
Lisa Razzano, PhD, CPRP and Chicago House and Social Service Agency have been awarded a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to study adaptations to evidence-based practices (EBPs) in supported employment among individuals with HIV/AIDS. The three-year randomized controlled trial study is among the first in the field to examine EBPs adapted for new populations. The project also contributes to the Department’s Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy’s ongoing research regarding co-morbidities, including mental health disorders and infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS.