Research

Highlights from the 2017 Depression Summit were featured on this episode of WZZM’s “The Exchange.”

2019 Depression Summit for Researchers and Clinicians

On Aril 26, 2019, Pine Rest and the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSU) hosted their second Depression Summit in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to draw attention to the problem of depression and stimulate research. Together with MSU, Pine Rest is an associate member  of the National Network of Depression Centers.

Presenters included:

  • John Greden, MD, University of Michigan
  • Lawrence Park, MD, National Institute of Health / National Institute of Mental Health
  • Peter Zandi, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
  • Viviane Labrie, PhD, Van Andel Institute
  • Kara Zivin, PhD, University of Michigan
  • Eric Achtyes, MD, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Research at Pine Rest

Research offers the opportunity for our staff and patients to be involved in novel and innovative approaches to psychiatric care. By partnering with the biotechnology community, industry and academia-based research programs, Pine Rest demonstrates its dedication to advancing the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders.

The Pine Rest clinican staff and MSU College of Human Medicine faculty members have been published in several high impact scientific journals on depression, schizophrenia, dementia, bipolar disorder, bioethics, epidemiology, inflammation, smoking cessation, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and platelet function, and have worked on projects involving pharmacogenomics, electroconvulsive therapy, new depression screening tools and psychotropic medications, biomarkers of depression, and the impact of forgiveness and spirituality on treatment outcomes. Clinical staff and faculty members also serve as reviewers for numerous peer-reviewed journals as well as members of institutional review boards and NIH study sections.

Some of our recent research collaborations have included partnerships with Duke University, Fuller Theological Seminary, Mayo Clinic, McLean Hospital (Harvard Medical School Affiliate), Michigan State University, National Institutes of Health, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Pittsburg, Van Andel Research Institute and Washington University Saint Louis.

For more information, our research staff can be reached at 616.222.4592 or research@pinerest.org

Research Studies Open to Enrollment

Herpes Simplex Virus (cold sores) and Psychiatric Symptoms

Collaborators include: Van Andel Research Institute (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Contact Info:

LeAnn Smart, Clinical Research Coordinator

Phone:  616.222.4592

Email: leann.smart@pinerest.org

Other Research Studies

Prevalence of Psychotherapy Use Among Children and Adolescents Prescribed Antipsychotics

PubMed

VOCATIONS study: Validation of Computer Adaptive Testing for Mental Health (CAT-MH) in an Outpatient Setting 

Collaboration with University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) and University of Pittsburg (Pittsburg, PA)
PubMed

VOCATIONS addendum study: Correlating Depression Symptoms and Suicidality to Inflammatory Biomarkers of Depression

Collaboration with Van Andel Research Institute (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

An Inflammatory Profile Linked to Increased Suicide Risk

Collaboration with Michigan State University, University of Chicago, University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern and Van Andel Research Institute.

PubMed

Safety and Utility of Electroconvulsive Therapy for Agitation and Aggression in Dementia

Collaboration with McLean Hospital (Harvard Medical School Affiliate, Belmont, Massachusetts), Duke University (Durham, North Carolina) and Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota)

Clinicaltrials.gov

PubMed

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Forgiveness and Spiritual Distress in an Inpatient Psychiatric Setting

Collaboration with Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, California)
PubMed

Evaluation of the Clinical Impact of the Antidepressant Pharmacogenomic Algorithm in an Outpatient Setting – A Randomized, Double Blind Pilot Study

Clinicaltrials.gov

PRELAPSE Study: Comparison of a Long-acting Injectable Antipsychotic vs Clinician’s Choice Early in Treatment to Break the Cycle of Relapse in Early Phase

Collaboration with Cherry Health (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Clinicaltrials.gov

Improving Care and Reducing Cost (ICRC) Study – Schizophrenia

Clinicaltrials.gov

The Biological Triggers of Depression in Pregnancy (Kynurenine Pathway Metabolites in Perinatal Depression and Suicidality)

Collaborators include: National Institutes of Health, Spectrum Health (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and Van Andel Research Institute (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Clinicaltrials.gov

“We’ve now found a way that is acceptable for people from all sorts of background to get help.” -Eric Achtyes, MD

 

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