CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Jan. 18, 2002
Photo: Nancy C. Andreasen,
M.D., Ph.D., the Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry and director of the UI
Mental Health Clinical Research Center.
UI's Andreasen, Fleming To Appear In PBS, IPTV Programs On Brain
University of Iowa Health Care experts will help people understand the teenage
brain through an episode of the PBS series, "The Secret Life of the Brain."
Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., the Andrew H. Woods Chair
of Psychiatry and director of the UI Mental Health Clinical Research Center,
and Frank Fleming, nurse manager in psychiatry and co-clinical director of
the UI Mental Health Clinical Research Center, will appear in episode three,
"The Teenage Brain: A World of Their Own." The program is scheduled to air
at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 on Iowa Public Television (IPTV).
This third episode will focus on the onset of schizophrenia
in late adolescence and early adulthood and also explore the use of addictive
drugs and alcohol by youths and young adults. The five-part series on the
brain begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 and runs through Tuesday, Feb. 12.
In addition, Andreasen will be profiled in a segment of
"Living in Iowa" on IPTV. Airdates for that program are 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan.
24; 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25; and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29. The biographical
program includes a celebration of Andreasen's presidential National Medal
of Science, which she received in December 2000, and discusses her research
Andreasen's investigations have led to a better understanding
of schizophrenia and improved tools to study the condition. She also helped
develop the use of imaging tools in studies on mental illness and brain activity.
Her most recent book, "Brave New Brain: Conquering Mental Illness in the Era
of the Genome," has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Andreasen recently began a study that uses MRI to examine
normal childhood brain development. The investigation will follow several
children into adulthood and could contribute to understanding how schizophrenia
affects the brain.
Patients with schizophrenia participate in UI Mental Health
Clinical Research Center studies that are designed to evaluate the structure
and function of the brain and the genetics of mental illness. Participants
also are involved in clinical trials of newer medications to treat schizophrenia.
For more information about the broadcasts, check your
local TV listings, or visit http://www.pbs.org/wnet/brain/
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