Center for Neuroscience in Women's Health

Research

Clinical trials and observational studies in our Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Program are focused on the most salient issues affecting women across their reproductive years.  These include prenatal and postnatal aspects of psychiatric disorders, reproductive function in women with mood disorders, and interactions between reproductive hormones and brain function across the lifespan.  We actively collaborate with faculty in other departments within Stanford University, including Obstetrics and Gynecology, Endocrinology, and Neurology, with the goal of improving the understanding and treatment of conditions related to the reproductive cycle.

Research

We are currently enrolling participants in the following studies:

Are  you overweight and depressed?

Stanford University is conducting a research study looking at the effect of an insulin-sensitizing drug on treatment for depression. 

Study participants receive assessment of their cognitive and metabolic functioning and are compensated for their time.   

Please call Norma (650)736-2182 for more information.  All calls are confidential.   

Who can participate?

For general information about participant rights, please contact: 1-866-680-2906

 

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Are  you at risk for cognitive decline?

Stanford University is conducting a research study looking at the effect of an insulin-sensitizing drug on the brain.

Study participants undergo brain scans and assessment of their cognitive and metabolic functioning before and after treatment, and are compensated for their time.

Please call Katie (650) 725-4559 for more information.  All calls are confidential.

Who can participate?

For general information about participant rights, please contact: 1-866-680-2906

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Are you pregnant?

Would you like to help researchers learn about the detection and treatment of postpartum depression?

The Women’s Wellness Clinic of the Stanford Department of Psychiatry encourages you to enroll in our research study of postpartum depression. 

Participation will consist of a short initial interview sometime during your pregnancy and completion of several follow-up surveys by mail in the months after your baby is born. 

If you develop symptoms of depression, we will connect you with someone who can help you cope.

To give permission for us to contact you as a possible study participant, call Thalia at (650) 498-7418.

 

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We have just completed enrollment in the following studies:

Safety and Efficacy of Positron Emission Tomography Imaging with BAY 94-9172 (ZK 6013443)

Reproductive Endocrine Function and Mood in Women with Bipolar Disorder

Lamotrigine in the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Women of Reproductive Age

Estrogen Use in Protection from Cognitive Decline

Treatment-Associated Changes in Insulin Sensitivity and Blood Lipids with Adjunctive Ziprasidone in Overweight and Obese Patients with Bipolar Disorder

Collaborators at Stanford University

Kiki Chang, M.D.

Terrence Ketter, M.D., Ph.D.

Allan Reiss, M.D.

Alan Schatzberg, M.D.

Other Collaborators

Michael Bauer, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Elissa Epel, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

Margaret Gatz, Ph.D., Department of Psychologica, University of Southern California

Nancy Pederson, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

Daniel Silverman, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, University of California, Los Angeles

Owen Wolkowitz, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

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