Evidence-Based Research about Suicide

Posted: June 27th, 2013

Matthew K. Nock is the director of the Laboratory for Clinical and Developmental Research at Harvard. As suicide rates rise higher than murder and warfare, researchers are searching for clues and ways of predicting risk in individuals. "Last year, more active-duty U.S. soldiers killed themselves than died in combat; their suicide rate has been rising since 2004." Nock, a clinical psychologist and recipient of a MacArthur genius award, is interviewing soldiers who have recently attempted suicide. He hopes to glean patterns from these data, and use that knowledge as a path to prevention. He hopes to develop a predictive test and is currently investigating the use of the Implicit Association Test, developed by Mahzarin Banaji at Harvard.

Read the full article on the New York Times website.

Imbalance, Healing and Transformation during Residency

Posted: June 26th, 2013

In June, the Class of 2013 presented their work in the annual Senior Talks Symposium at McLean and MGH. At McLean, residents discussed the process of disruption and repair, identifying with patients, and the importance of screening and intervention for public health. Two complementary talks addressed the importance of peer education, and the value of peer support during residency. The talks in the Ether Dome at MGH ranged from a philosophical analysis of autonomy to neuroimaging in mouse models. Residents presented on complicating factors such as sociocultural issues, comorbidity, and trauma and their impact on public health.

Speakers are listed below.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 McLean, de Marneffe, Room 132
  • Benjamin Herbstman, M.D., M.H.S. - "Healing through Disruption and Repair"
  • Christopher Keary, M.D. - "The Resident as Teacher: Experiences designing a resident teaching curriculum"
  • Brian Hurley, M.D., M.B.A. - "Transforming the World by Providing Care to Patients who Use Substances"
  • Ying Wang, M.D. - "Parallel Journeys - Learning and Growing Alongside My Patients"
  • Lazaro Zayas, M.D. and Jonathan Moran, M.D., M.B.A. - "Are we all imbalanced? Attempting to achieve well-being in residency: Getting by with a little help from our friends"
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 MGH, Ether Dome
  • John Taylor, M.D., M.B.A. - "The Burden of Psychiatric Illness in High Utilizers of Healthcare Resources"
  • Justin Chen, M.D. - "Toward suicide prevention in East Asia: A sociocultural, historical, and legal perspective"
  • Avi Gerstenblith, M.D. - "Reflections"
  • Michael Halassa, M.D., Ph.D. - "Why Psychiatry?"
  • Amanda Green, M.D. - "Autonomy"
  • Oriana Vesga Lopez, M.D. - "Remembering and working through"
  • Elizabeth Levey, M.D. - "From the Ashes of Disaster: Growing up in Liberia"
  • Leah Bauer, M.D. - "Three Extraordinary Women and What They’ve Taught Me about Life and Doctoring"

Restoration of 2,500 Year-Old Mummy at MGH

Posted: June 26th, 2013

Padihershef, originally a stonecutter from the Necropolis in Thebes, now resides in the Bulfinch Ether Dome at MGH. In June, 2013, he underwent some protective refurbishing by professional conservators. The process, viewable by the public, corrected salt deposits on his face and wardrobe inaccuracies. MGH received the mummy as a gift from the city of Boston in 1823. The mummy will now remain on display in a custom-made, climate-controlled case.

Read the full Boston Globe article here.

Silver Linings’ director calls McLean “Gold Standard”

Posted: June 24th, 2013

On Friday, June 21, 2013 McLean Hospital recognized Academy Award-nominated director David O. Russell for his work to raise public awareness of mental illness. Russell toured McLean Hospital, which he called the "gold standard" of mental health care facilities. Russell has personal insight to offer the character development, as his son is diagnosed with bipolar disorder. "There's a whole population of people who need something that is as caring and thoughtful and experienced as McLean is," said Russell.

Read the full article in the Boston Globe here.

$12.5 million expansion of McLean Hospital

Posted: June 13th, 2013

The McLean Hospital Admissions Building was built in 1987.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2013 McLean Hospital won approval from the Public Health Council to build a three-story expansion of the Admissions Building on the Belmont campus. This will significantly expand inpatient units, which will enhance care and research in areas such as the psychotic disorders program. In addition, the hospital will expand interpreter services for patients.

Read the article on BostonGlobe.com