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The Secret to Better Brain Health

As director of the new Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions, Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, is helping us rethink how we’re treating and caring for those affected by mental health, substance use, and other brain health disorders.

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The Tragedy and Promise of Matt’s Brain

With the help of brain donations, the UW Medicine BRaIN Laboratory is elevating research on traumatic brain injury to the next level.

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‘Blitz Week’ Idea Leads to Faster Autism Assessments

Diagnosing autism spectrum disorder can be a complicated and time-consuming process, involving lengthy parent interviews, multiple interactions with the child, and consensus-building among providers. One assessment can take 10 to 14 hours over a month’s time, an agonizing duration for all parties. “Fourteen hours was too long,” said Raphael Bernier, a UW Medicine specialist in […]

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Recovery From Head Trauma’s Psychological After-effects

In June 2013, Noranne Skaanland, an avid cyclist, was in the home stretch of a 20-mile bike ride. She had less than a mile to go to her house in Enumclaw, Wash., when a pickup truck cut a corner. The 60-year old mother of three was hit. Skaanland suffered multiple fractures, lost part of her […]

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Recognizing Emotional Wounds That Come With Traumatic Injury

After suffering a traumatic injury, many people are concerned about more than their physical well-being. Worries can mount about how the injury will affect their employment and financial security, and whether it will disrupt their family dynamics. These feelings can, in turn, slow down recovery. A team at Harborview Medical Center is studying whether treating […]

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Major Clinical Trial to Study Mental Health in Rural U.S.

UW Medicine specialists in psychiatry and behavioral sciences will lead the largest clinical trial ever involving rural Americans with a psychiatric disorder. One thousand primary-care patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder or both will be recruited from 15 Federally Qualified Health Centers in three states (Arkansas, Michigan and Washington) to study how best […]

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Could Psychotherapy Software Detect the Sound of Empathy?

People rightfully have high confidence that one pill taken from a medicine bottle will have the same composition and effect as any other pill in the bottle. In choosing a psychotherapist, though, such confidence would be misplaced, said David Atkins, a University of Washington research professor of psychiatry and behavioral science. As is the case […]

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