Associate Chief Research Officer for The Research Institute at Lindner Center of HOPE Receives US Patent for Transcutaneous Spinal Cord Stimulation for Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders
Office of Innovation at University of Cincinnati Supported Utility Patent Process for this Method to Modulate Brain-Body Communication
Francisco Romo-Nava, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Chief Research Officer for The Research Institute at Lindner Center of HOPE and Assistant Professor for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine, has been awarded a United States patent for transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation for the purpose of treating psychiatric disorders. The Office of Innovation at University of Cincinnati supported the utility patent process for this method to modulate brain-body communication in the context of psychiatric disorders.
The utility patent will aid in the advancement of grant proposals for testing the use of this method in treating psychiatric disorders, allowing for concept expansion, the possibility of private company collaboration to further develop the method, and potential funding for the development of technology for delivering the treatment for public good.
Romo-Nava has been exploring a novel “Neuroscience of the Body” research approach that considers psychiatric disorders not only affect the brain, but also the body. Likewise, the body also affects the brain.
In 2018, The Research Institute at Lindner Center of HOPE launched a pilot study specifically looking at the communication between the brain and the body and the role spinal pathways play in the origins of psychiatric disorders. The hypothesis is that the communication between the brain and the body is disturbed in patients with Major Depressive Disorder (and other psychiatric disorders) which contributes to depressive symptoms and consequently may contribute to elevate the risk of medical comorbidity. Though this area needs additional study, it has been gaining focus as it explains why a patient with a psychiatric disorder might also have more physical illness.
The study, which is ongoing, is looking at the impact of non-invasive spinal stimulation for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. The team is testing an exclusively investigational device to apply a small electrical current through the skin to modulate spinal pathways and modify the disturbed communication between the brain and the body. The patent will protect the idea of modulating the spinal cord function for the purposes of treating psychiatric disorders with UC as assignee.
“We are proposing that by modulating spinal cord function we can have an effect on the psychiatric disorder. We are gathering these data to give us a signal of how to develop new methods to treat depression and, ideally, expand to other psychiatric disorders,” said Romo-Nava.
Romo-Nava received the 2017 Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) granted by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation for this study. Dr. Romo-Nava is also currently funded by a NIMH K23 Career Development Award.
The study is currently recruiting participants between the ages of 18 and 55 who are currently moderately depressed for at least one month and not currently on medication for the treatment of depression. Participants would be required to complete a phone screening, attend a screening visit that includes labs and other tests, attend a baseline visit and attend 20-minute stimulation sessions three times per week for eight weeks. Eligible participants will be compensated up to $250 for their time and travel. A pre-screening questionnaire, as well as more information on this and other studies conducted at the Lindner Center of HOPE Research Institute can be found at www.LCOH.info.
Lindner Center of HOPE provides excellent, patient-centered, scientifically advanced care for individuals suffering with mental illness. A state-of-the-science mental-health center and charter member of the National Network of Depression Centers, the center provides psychiatric hospitalization and partial hospitalization for individuals 12 years and older, outpatient services for all ages, diagnostic and short-term residential services for adults and adolescents, intensive outpatient program for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders for adults and research. The center is enhanced by its partnership with UC Health as its clinicians are ranked among the best providers locally, nationally and internationally. Together Lindner Center of HOPE and UC Health offer a true system of mental health care in the Greater Cincinnati area and across the country. The center is also affiliated with the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine.
Currently, only two medications are approved for the treatment of binge eating. Our researchers and doctors are working hard to change that —
Professor Susan McElroy of the Lindner Center of HOPE leads a group researching potential new medications for BN and BED. As part of this work, Professor McElroy and her colleagues Anna Guerdjikova, Nicole Mori and Francesco Romo-Nava recently investigated the potential of existing drugs in treating binge eating conditions.”
Read their latest findings and learn more about the important need for identifying new binge eating medications: http://cdn.researchoutreach.org/Flipbooks/RO118/index.html# pages 74-77.
Lindner Center of HOPE President and COO Participates in Discussion About Mental Health During a Pandemic
A panel of local business leaders partnered with the Cincinnati Business Courier on Thursday, October 22 to host Mental Health During a Pandemic: A Roundtable Discussion. The webinar was moderated by Rob Daumeyer, editor, Cincinnati Business Courier and the panelists included Michael Rosen, LPCC-S, MA, vice president of clinical services, Center for Addiction Treatment and Paul Crosby, M.D., president and COO, Lindner Center of HOPE.
Vote for Cincy Best Docs 2020
The finalists for Cincy Magazine’s “Cincy Best Docs 2020” have been announced, and the final voting phase is open now through Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Congratulations to Lindner Center of HOPE’s 4 finalists! See complete list below.
Please take this opportunity to vote for finalists by Nov. 20. Voting is open to the public. Anyone can vote once per week through Nov. 20. Winners from each category will receive the “Cincy Best Doc 2020” Award. All winners and finalists will be recognized in the winter issue of Cincy Magazine later this year.
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This recognition is one way to recognize providers who make a difference for patients and the community.
Congratulations to Lindner Center of HOPE finalists! Listed in alphabetical order by last name.
|Paul R. Crosby, MD|
|Tracy Suzanne Cummings, MD|
|Danielle J. Johnson, MD, FAPA|
|Chris J. Tuell, EdD, LPCC-LICDC|
Three Lindner Center of HOPE Clinicians Recognized as Rising Stars
Lindner Center of HOPE is pleased to announce that three medical staff members have been recognized as members of the Class of 2020 Rising Star Medical Leaders by Venue Magazine.
Nicole Bosse, PsyD, staff psychologist; Jen Milau, APRN, PMHNP-BC, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner; and Zachary Pettibone, MD, inpatient adult psychiatrist, were recognized among a class of 15 medical professionals practicing within the tri-state region, Greater Cincinnati.
Lindner Center of HOPE’s Dr. Johnson to Present at NKY Chamber of Commerce Annual Women’s Initiative Regional Summit
Fort Mitchell, KY – One of the NKY Chamber Women’s Initiative’s most anticipated professional development events – the Women’s Initiative Regional Summit, sponsored by PNC – is returning this October and will expand to a two-day virtual event for the first time in its five-year history. Dr. Danielle Johnson, MD, FAPA, Chief Medical Officer, Lindner Center of HOPE, will present a breakout session.
Taking place Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 and Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the 5th Annual Women’s Initiative Regional Summit, sponsored by PNC will feature a variety of speakers and timely topics designed to support professional women in all stages of their careers, including young professionals, mid-career and senior-level professionals, and entrepreneurs.
Each day will kick off with a morning welcome and general session, after which attendees will have the opportunity to attend two rounds of breakout presentations from a selection of six presenters, and a networking session. Each day will wrap with closing comments and a debriefing providing attendees the opportunity to discuss and share insights and learnings gained during the day.
On Tuesday, Oct. 13 the morning welcome and general session will feature Catrena Bowman-Thomas, Executive Director at the Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission and Priya Klocek, President/CEO at Consultant On The Go, LLC who will present All Talk Little Change: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Action. This informative session will create a constructive dialogue around workplace diversity, equity and inclusion. This will be followed up on Wednesday, Oct. 14 by Angel Beets of Gilman Partners whose topic, Elevate Your Leadership Influence, will dive into how to communicate vision, add value to your organization, articulate your goals purposefully and more.
The complete schedule for this year’s 5th Annual Women’s Initiative Regional Summit, sponsored by PNC, is as follows (events are subject to change):
Tuesday, October 13 Morning General Session:
- All Talk Little Change: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Action
Wednesday, October 14 Morning General Session:
- Elevate Your Leadership Influence
Angel Beets, Partner – Gilman Partners
Breakout Presenters (Attendees can attend up to four sessions, but will have access to all presentations after the event):
- Nurturing and Utilizing Entrepreneurial Skills in Any Work Setting
Nancy Aichholz, President/CEO – Aviatra Accelerators, Inc.
- Body Talk: Understanding Non-Verbal Communication in Work and Life
Virginia Braden, Licensed Private Investigator & Behavioral Analyst – Braden Investigations & Consulting
- Promoting Professional and Business Growth Through Social Media
Shannon Danesteh, Owner – 5 Star Social Media
- How to Build from Mission
- Maximize Your Effectiveness with Powerful Presentations
Kay Fittes, CEO – High-Heeled Success, LLC
- Mental Wellness in Time of Crisis
Danielle Johnson, Chief Medical Officer – Lindner Center of HOPE | UC Health
- Drive from Stuck to Unstoppable
Melissa Kirkpatrick, Speaker, Author, Coach – Find Your Own DRIVE
- Agility in Times of Change
Vanessa Mosley, Chief Impact Officer – Inspiring Service
- Framing Success: 6 Keys for Professional Fulfillment
Dr. Davis Robinson, Owner – Horizon Consulting Service
- Women in the Boardroom, Stepping Up to Lead
Florence Tandy, President/CEO – Leadership Bridges, Carol Butler, President – Goering Center for Family and Private Business and Johnna Reeder Kleymeyer, Executive VP of Performance and Growth – AssureCare LLC
Lindner Center of HOPE Announces Leadership Transitions
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Lindner Center of HOPE Announces Leadership Transitions
September 23, 2020 – Mason, Ohio – Paul Keck, MD, current President and Chief Executive Officer of The Frances and Craig Lindner Center of HOPE is pleased to announce: Paul R. Crosby, MD, has transitioned to the role of President and Chief Operating Officer of the comprehensive mental health center of excellence, which opened in 2008.
Dr. Crosby, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine and summa cum laude graduate of The Ohio State University, was recruited to join the Lindner Center of HOPE medical staff for the Center’s opening in 2008. As a people-first physician leader with expertise in healthcare operations and policy, Dr. Crosby is guided by the values of empathy and excellence. He drives results by combining his clinical experience with sound business principles. He played significant, strategic roles in the growth and development of Lindner Center of HOPE, taking on more responsibility over time and serving in progressively more complex roles: Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Medical Director of Lindner Center of HOPE Professional Associates, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Clinical Officer, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and now President and COO. As President, Dr. Crosby will assume leadership of all of the Center’s strategic and operational activities.
Dr. Crosby’s leadership has brought achievements in clinician recruitment and retention, multiple surveys by regulatory and accrediting bodies, and restructuring of LCOH’s nationally-renowned residential services resulting in increased referrals, increased census, and increased patient and referrer satisfaction. He led LCOH’s pandemic response including coordination of communications, establishment of safety best practices rapid conversion to telehealth of most outpatient services, and rapid transitioning to working-from-home for many staff. Notably, throughout the pandemic, the Center has not instituted layoffs or furloughs, pay reductions, or capacity reductions. He is a recipient of The Healthcare Leadership Award, Venue and LEAD Magazine, Cincinnati.
Dr. Crosby is board certified in Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and has provided care in many of the Center’s service lines, including residential services, inpatient adolescent services, and partial hospital programs. He will continue to provide outpatient psychiatric consultation to children and families referred from around the country.
Founding President and CEO since 2005, Dr. Keck, is continuing to serve in the role of Chief Executive Officer of Lindner Center of HOPE, while also serving patients as part of the Center’s outpatient practice.
Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason is a comprehensive mental health center providing excellent, patient-centered, scientifically-advanced care for individuals suffering with mental illness. A state-of-the-science, mental health center and charter member of the National Network of Depression Centers, the Center provides psychiatric hospitalization and partial hospitalization for individuals age 12-years-old and older, outpatient services for all ages, diagnostic services for all ages and short-term residential services for adults, and research. The Center is enhanced by its partnership with UC Health as its clinicians are ranked among the best providers locally, nationally and internationally. Together Lindner Center of HOPE and UC Health offer a true system of mental health care in the Greater Cincinnati area and across the country. The Center is also affiliated with the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine.
Dr. Johnson Named Exemplary Psychiatrist
Danielle Johnson, MD, Lindner Center of HOPE Chief Medical Officer, has been named Exemplary Psychiatrist by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Southwest Ohio as part of the 2020 Award Winners for Excellence in Mental Health Care. The awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary work and advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness and their families. Dr. Johnson is very deserving of this honor.
A Pause for Peace and Justice
On June 5, 2020, Lindner Center of HOPE, along with Greater Cincinnati Hospitals, joined medical professionals across the country to protest against racial injustice and work to eliminate racial bias in healthcare. Racism threatens our opportunity to create a Greater Cincinnati that is healthy by design #WhiteCoatsForBlackLives
Lindner Center of HOPE representatives paused and prayed for peace and justice.
Researcher at The Research Institute at Lindner Center of HOPE Awarded Prestigious Career Development Award
National Institute of Mental Health Acknowledges Dr. Romo-Nava with Highly Coveted Award
Mason, OH –The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) awarded a K23 Career Development Award titled “The role of the circadian system in binge eating disorder” to Dr. Francisco Romo-Nava, MD, PhD, Associate Chief Research Officer at The Research Institute at Lindner Center of HOPE. This is a highly competitive award for clinician-scientists that will enable the development of the “Neuroscience of the Body Research Program” to study the role of brain-body communication in psychiatric disorders.
This K-23 award involves a study with a novel approach to investigate the circadian system function and its’ potential as a therapeutic target in binge eating disorder. During this award, Dr. Romo-Nava will receive mentoring by world renowned researchers. Dr. Susan L. McElroy, Chief Research Officer at The Research Institute at Lindner Center of HOPE, will mentor Dr. Romo-Nava during the award period. Dr. Romo-Nava will also receive mentoring by Dr. Carlos Grilo at Yale University, Dr. Frank Scheer at Harvard University, Dr. Robert McNamara and Dr. Jeffrey Welge at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Romo-Nava will also collaborate with Dr. Helen Burgess at the University of Michigan.
This award involves an estimated budget of $810,000 during the next four years.
Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason is a comprehensive mental health center providing excellent, patient-centered, scientifically-advanced care for individuals suffering with mental illness. A state-of-the-science, mental health center and charter member of the National Network of Depression Centers, the Center provides psychiatric hospitalization and partial hospitalization for individuals age 12-years-old and older, outpatient services for all ages, diagnostic services for all ages and short-term residential services for adults, outpatient services for substance abuse through HOPE Center North location and co-occurring disorders for adults and research. The Center is enhanced by its partnership with UC Health as its clinicians are ranked among the best providers locally, nationally and internationally. Together Lindner Center of HOPE and UC Health offer a true system of mental health care in the Greater Cincinnati area and across the country. The Center is also affiliated with the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine.