yogesh dwivediThe Department is delighted to announce the recruitment of Dr. Yogesh Dwivedi to the Department of Psychiatry effective August 16, 2013. He will join the Departmental Mood Disorders Program as Director of Translational Neuroscience. He will be Professor of Psychiatry, and pending approval of the UA Board of Trustees will be the inaugural holder of the department’s Elesabeth Ridgely Shook Endowed Chair. Dr. Dwivedi earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Allahabad and his Ph.D. From the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India in biochemistry. He then served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute and the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), after which he entered the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at UIC in 1994. Dr. Dwivedi rose through the ranks and became a Professor with tenure in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at UIC in 2011.  Dr. Dwivedi is internationally recognized as an expert in the molecular biology of mood disorders and suicide. His current research examines the roles of neurotransmitter receptors, cytokines, neurotrophins, cellular signaling, and neural plasticity in depression and suicide risk using gene expression, RNA sequencing, microRNAs, and epigenetic approaches. 

Dr. Dwivedi has received a number of awards and honors, including the Rafaelson Fellowship Award of the Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologicum in 2000, a Young Investigator Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2001, and the Young Investigator Colloquium Award, International Society for Neurochemistry in 2003 and 2005. He served as member of the International Association of Suicide Prevention Task Force- Genetics and Neurobiology of Suicide in 2009, served as a Topic Expert, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (NAASP) Research Task Force in 2012, and he has been on the Scientific Advisory Board, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention since 2009. He also serves on the NPAS Review Committee for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He has had many grants as principal or co-investigator from the NIMH, the Stanley Foundation, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He has had 95 peer reviewed publications, 13 book chapters, and he has edited a book entitled, The Neurobiological Basis of Suicide.

He brings a strong program of translational laboratory research to the Department’s rapidly growing Mood Disorders Program which was created in early 2012 under the leadership of Dr. Richard Shelton, the Charles B. Ireland Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Dwivedi to the Department and UAB. Please join the Department in welcoming Dr. Dwivedi. 

UAB Department of Psychiatry opens mental health and wellness clinic for LGBTQ community

StephStephanie Perry, Administrative Manager of Psychiatric Clinics A mental health and wellness clinic specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning individuals will open Monday, July 20 at UAB. The mission of the UAB LGBTQ Mental Health and Wellness Clinic is to provide culturally competent outpatient psychopharmacology and therapy that is safe, supportive, and affirming for the LGBTQ community in Birmingham and surrounding areas. Additionally, the goal is to raise awareness of the unique mental health needs of this community and provide culturally sensitive training opportunities for health care professionals. "We want to increase the knowledge and trust between LGBTQ patients and their medical providers", said Stephanie Perry, Administrative Manager of Psychiatric Clinics. Larry McMillan, M.D., who will see patients at the clinic, hopes the new clinic will be a welcoming environment where those who identify as LGBTQ will feel comfortable enough to seek assistance for their mental health needs.

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Yogesh Dwivedi, Ph.D., awarded $3.5 million grant to study the causes of suicide

 Yogesh Dwivedi 2013 inset Yogesh Dwivedi, Ph.D., Elesabeth Ridgely Shook Endowed Professor and Director of Translational Research, UAB Mood Disorders Program, in the Department of Psychiatry has been awarded a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Dwivedi is searching for a biomarker that will indicate the likelihood of a person’s attempting suicide. This grant will be used to follow up promising preliminary findings — that specific microRNAs (miRNAs) may be associated with suicide ideation. Congratulations to Dr. Dwivedi on being recognized for receiving this grant and for being acknowledged for his very exciting and valued research.

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