Charles Raison, MD, CRCPHP Member Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine and Barry and Janet Lang Associate Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been awarded a 2013 IMHR Pilot Grant of $20,000 by the Institute for Mental Health Research to study, “Antidepressant Effects of Whole Body Hyperthermia (WBH)”.
These funds will augment existing extramural funding to help support an ongoing controlled study of mild whole body hyperthermia. This study builds upon prior open data from the research team suggesting that sensory pathways running from the brain to the body may be involved in the development of major depression and may hold promise as new ways of treating the disorder.
Collaborating researchers on the project include Patricia Haynes, PhD, from the Department of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine; Matthias Mehl, PhD, John J.B. Allen, PhD, from the Department of Psychology in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Rebecca Reed, Clemens Janssen and Tommy Begay, PhD, from the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Dean Billheimer, PhD, BIO5 Institute; Megan Robbins, PhD , from University of California Riverside; Christopher Lowry, PhD, from the Department of Integrative Physiology; University of Colorado Boulder, and Kay-u Hanusch, Aeskulap Clinic, Switzerland.
Founded in 2001, the Institute for Mental Health Research is the only statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to mental health research in the United States. The Institute’s mission, in partnership with Arizona researchers and direct care providers, is to support broad based, innovative mental health research. IMHR funds mental health research across the lifespan, from childhood to late life.
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