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Confirming earlier computational models, researchers at University of California San Diego and UC San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in Arizona and Louisiana, report that episodic memories ...

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Recent Announcements & Recognitions

Congratulations to Psychiatry Department faculty Greg Aarons, PhD, Danielle Fettes, PhD, and Amy Green, PhD on receiving a William T. Grant Foundation Research Award! The 4 year grant aims to build theory and empirical evidence on strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.

Maddi Werhane Congratulations to Maddi Werhane on receiving the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology's Dissertation Award! Maddi is a SDSU/UCSD JDP student working with Dr. Lisa Delano-Wood. The title of her work is "Characterizing the effects of vascular and genetic risk on brainstem white matter tract microstructure in older adults with mild cognitive impairment."

Natassia Gaznick, MD, PhDCongratulations to Natassia Gaznick, MD, PhD, a Research Track Resident, for being selected to be a part of the 2018 class of Ruth Fox Scholars to attend the 49th American Society of Addiction Medicine Annual Conference!

Samantha Friend, MD, PhD Congratulations to Samantha Friend, MD, PhD, a Research Track Resident, for being elected to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) 2018 Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program!


Kara Bagot, MD Maria Marquine, PhD
Congratulations to Kara Bagot, MD and Maria Marquine, PhD on being selected for the UCSD Hispanic Center Of Excellence Faculty Scholars Program!

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Funding Opportunities

Jared Purton Schizophrenia Research Travel Awards

The primary mission of the Jared Purton Schizophrenia Research Pilot Grant is to honor the life and memory of Dr. Jared Purton by supporting innovative clinical research that leads to improved long-term functional outcome of patients with chronic psychotic mental disorders, including schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. This award will provide support to off-set travel costs to scholarly meetings by trainees who are presenting talks or posters describing their research related to schizophrenia. For award criteria and information on how to apply, please click here.

John A. Majda, M.D. Memorial Fund

This fund awards up to $5,000 annually for up to 2 years for all UCSD Research Trainees with the intention of encouraging, supporting, and rewarding research in the areas of depression and suicide risk factors, with special consideration of physician depression and suicide.