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Geriatric Psychiatry

Release Date:2014-06-13

The geriatric psychiatry department at the Shanghai Mental Health Center was established in 1982 and has 58 staff. This staff includes 1 director, 4 vice-directors, 10 attending doctors, 16 resident doctors and 86 nurses and other auxiliary staffs. The department provides both outpatient and inpatient services for patients. The department has 2 wards with 351 beds. The proportion of disorders seen on the inpatient unit include about 40% with different sub-types of dementia, 30% with depressive disorders, 10% with delirium, 10% with schizophrenia and 10% with other organic disorders. The physician’s daily duties include clinical work, education of medical students, continuing education for general psychiatrists, training in geriatric psychiatry for residents and nurses, and research focused on the diagnosis and treatment geriatric disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, geriatric depression, and late onset Schizophrenia. The department uses a variety of research techniques, such as analysis of epidemiology, neuropsychology, biochemistry, brain imaging, brain evoked potential, and molecular genetics, along with other techniques not discussed.

Since 1998, there has been an ongoing effort to diagnose and treat dementia in the Elderly. Because of this important task,, the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Center (ADRDC) at ShanghaiJiaotongUniversitywas formally established in January 16, 2009. Professor Xiao Shifu leads both this department and the geriatric psychiatry department at the Shanghai Mental Health Center. Other departments affiliated with the ADRDC include the neurology department at Renji Hospital, the geriatric department of the Sixth People's Hospital, and the geriatric department of the First People's Hospital, all affiliated teaching hospitals of Shanghai Jiaotong University. The aim of the ADRDC and its staff is to integrate the clinical resources of the affiliated medical centers, to standardize the process of diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease, to enhance research and academic exchange and to improve the ability to diagnose and treat Alzheimer's disease and other related dementing illnesses.

professor Xiao Shifu:

Xiao Shifu is the Professor and Director of the Department of Geriatric Psychiatry, Shanghai Mental Health Center, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine and the Professor and Director of Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders Center, Shanghai Jiaotong University. He also is the Vice Chair of the Chinese Geriatrician Association and Alzheimer Disease China (ADC) Association, Vice Chair of the Chinese Mental Health Society’s Psychological Evaluation Committee, a board member of the Chinese Psychiatry Association and Vice Director of the Old Age Psychiatry Committee.  Finally, Prof. Xiao is a member of the Chinese Neurology Association’s Cognition and Dementia Committee.

Prof. Xiao currently is the Principal Investigator in a large study attempting to improve the early recognition and intervention of common psychological disorders in old age. This project is currently funded by the China Science and Technology Ministry. Prof. Xiao has also received funds from the Shanghai Science and Technology Committee for two different projects, to conduct clinical research on a new anti-Alzheimer’s drug and a comprehensive study on the diagnosis and possible treatment of MCI in the elderly. Prof. Xiao is also co-PI in an investigation contributing to new technology which will be used in medication trials for treating neurodegenerative disease and mental disorders. The latter study is funded by the China Science and Technology Ministry. Finally, Prof. Xiao received 2 grants from the Stanley Medical Institution of USA, and as PI or Co-PI and conducted more than 10 clinical trials approved by SFDA in the last decade.

Dr. Xiao is author or co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and has edited or contributed to 36 scientific books. The honors which Prof. Xiao has received include the WHO-China Best Scientific Article Award for Neuroscience and Psychiatry, third place (1991), the National Best Scientific Article Award for a Young Doctor by the Chinese Medical Association, third place (1992), the Mental Health Research Award given by the Su Zonghua Fundation, second place (1996), the Science and Technology Advance Award given by the Shanghai government, second place (1998), the Silver Snake Award awarded by the Shanghai government (1997), the State Council Allowance Award awarded by the State Council of P. R. China (2000), the Best Scientific Article Award awarded by Chinese Psychiatry Association (2002), the Best Scientific Article Award given by the Chinese Psychiatry Association (2006), the Science and Technology Advance Award given by the Shanghai government, second place (2006) and the Best Medical Worker of Shanghai as determined by the Shanghai Health Bureau (2008).

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