维尔 Health to Create 行为健康 Innovation Center (BHIC)
维尔 Health announced that it is establishing the 维尔 Health 行为健康 Innovation Center (BHIC), made possible by a transformative donation from Mike and Mary Sue Shannon. Additionally, Charles 存在的, MD, is being named Director of the 维尔 Health BHIC.
“Treatment within the behavioral health space has remained stagnant for decades, 目前的治疗方法并不能满足所有患者的需求,韦尔健康公司总裁兼首席执行官威尔·库克说. “As the demand for innovative wellness experiences and interventions grows, 其中许多方法的有效性需要进行研究, as well as how to optimally combine these interventions like cold/heat therapy and psychedelics within established already existing behavioral health 治疗s, 比如谈话治疗.”
“We are grateful to Mike and Mary Sue for their generosity and are so excited to enter a new era of research in the behavioral health realm,库克说。.
“Our goal is to establish 维尔 Health as a world-class destination for behavioral health, 治疗, 和教育,克里斯·林德利说, 维尔 Health Chief Population Health Officer and Executive Director of 鹰 Valley 行为健康. “Becoming a national leader in the study of new behavioral health interventions will further advance both our 治疗 和教育al efforts. We will use research to enhance behavioral health care within our current outpatient services and future in-patient services.”
The 维尔 Health BHIC will resemble many academic medical centers and research universities. 维尔 Health will collaborate with researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, 包括查尔斯·雷森, MD, on initial studies focused on basic science and preclinical investigations. 展望未来与其他机构的合作. The 维尔 Health BHIC hopes to launch studies beginning this summer.
“This collaboration provides an opportunity to contribute our expertise in the neurobiological underpinnings of psilocybin in model systems,罗伯特·N说。. Golden, MD, dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. “There is tremendous need for novel and effective 治疗s for depression. We deeply appreciate the philanthropic gift provided by Mike and Mary Sue Shannon for this important research.”
“Mary Sue and I are passionate about helping people address their behavioral health needs, and we are humbled that we are able to help our community expand what 治疗 could look like, 不只是这里，而是全国,迈克·香农说.
最初, 将进行三项研究:CHILL*D研究, 回顾随访研究, 和OPT-IN研究.
- CHILL*D Study (“Cold and Heat Investigation to Lower Levels of Depression”) will explore ways to optimize the proven benefits of hyperthermia for depression, including whether adding cold to heat will improve outcomes and whether hyperthermia can be effectively combined with standard antidepressants.
- RECAP随访研究, 将在威斯康星大学麦迪逊分校进行, will use model systems to develop and optimize neuroscience techniques for assessing the effects of psilocybin on the brain in context of mental health disorders. Results of this work will inform the subsequent OPT-IN Study.
- OPT-IN研究(优化裸盖菇素), 这将在韦尔卫生保健中心进行, will examine novel ways to enhance the impact of psilocybin on depression and anxiety via co-administration of non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation. It will also assess the impact of psilocybin on real-world social behavior and will use advanced strategies to better understand the risks and benefits of psilocybin use in a legalized setting, 比如科罗拉多.
The studies and operations of the BHIC will be overseen by new BHIC Director Charles 存在的, MD, who is a Professor of Human Ecology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with appointments in the School of Medicine and Public Health and the School of Human Ecology. Dr. 存在的’s research focuses on the examination of novel mechanisms involved in the development and 治疗 of major depression and other stress-related emotional and physical conditions. 为了改进精神疾病的治疗方法. 存在的 has taken a leadership role in developing and overseeing studies that will help assess the psychedelic agent psilocybin as a novel 治疗 for major depression. Dr. 存在的 has been named one of the world’s most influential researchers by Web of Science, 他的作品被引用了大约30次,000倍. He received the Raymond Pearl Memorial Award from the Human Biology Association “in recognition of his contributions to our understanding of evolutionary biocultural origins of mental health and illness.”
“I am honored and excited to join 维尔 Health in this new endeavor,” said Dr. 存在的. ”在一起, we have the opportunity to set the standard for how behavioral health research is conducted.”
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