BUFFALO, NY ( Business First ) A study on depression in families by a University at Buffalo researcher was cited by the National Institutes of Health among the top most important findings of 2011.
The research by David Dietz, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology in the UB School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, was included as one of the top five findings from last year by Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, part of NIH.
Dietz is lead author on a study published in the Journal of Biological Psychiatry that found depression in families is passed on to the next generation primarily through behavioral interactions between parents and offspring, rather than through genetics.
The research, funded by the NIH, was conducted by Dietz and co-authors at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, where Dietz was based previously, and Utrecht University in the Netherlands. The findings were presented in November at the annual meetings of the Society of Neuroscience; and in December at the American College on Neuropsychopharmacology.