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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

Two 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 on schizophrenia.

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/ or http://www.iptv.org/.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com./