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Mapping the Risk Architecture of Mental Disorders

In this blog, Dr. Insel describes the results of two new genetics studies and why they are milestones in our understanding of the genetics of autism and schizophrenia.

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Celebrating Science

At a recent awards dinner, Research!America honored patients who worked with researchers to find cures for disease; Dr. Insel shows what we can learn from these collaborations and gives an example of how genetic research can lead to effective treatment.

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Antipsychotics: Taking the Long View

Antipsychotics help people through the crisis of acute psychosis, but the long-term management of chronic mental illness is another matter. It appears that what we currently call “schizophrenia” may comprise disorders with quite different trajectories. For some people, remaining on medication long-term might impede a full return to wellness. For others, discontinuing medication can be disastrous.

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A Sampling of Summer Science

Dr. Insel reports in his blog about intriguing findings published this summer on the genes and disruptions in brain circuitry involved in schizophrenia.

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Getting Serious About Mental Illnesses

Dr. Insel explains the nuances of the term, “serious mental illness.”

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Schizophrenia as a Health Disparity

Dr. Insel blogs about what epidemiological research in Sweden tells us about premature mortality experienced by people with serious mental illness and what we need to do to change that.

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Making the Connection

Dr. Insel’s blog makes the link between neuroscience and the national conversation on mental illness and gun violence; neuroscience research is the key to our being able to identify psychosis risk early and preempt the development of serious mental illness.

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Network Solutions

Dr. Insel talks about how NIMH’s RAISE study is exploring an integrated, multi-component approach to health care for schizophrenia.

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The Case for Preemption

Dr. Insel talks about the importance of developing ways to identify individuals at high risk of mental disorders before they develop symptoms, making it possible to intervene early and prevent serious illness.

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Summer Science

Numerous provocative advances in neuroscience were reported during the summer of 2012.

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NIMH’s Top 10 Research Advances of 2011

Dr. Insel shares NIMH’s Top 10 Research Advances for 2011.

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Psychiatric Genetics: More Pieces of the Puzzle

Results of the two largest studies of their kind, to date, have identified new common gene variants associated with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The results implicate specific pathways and hold promise for development of new treatments.

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Skin cells to neurons: Disease-in-a-dish promises shortcut to discovery

An emerging research technology using Induced pluripotent stem cells holds promise as a window into the developing brain in mental illness.

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Genomics: “The Future is Bright”

As we mark the 10th anniversary of the human genome’s sequencing, the heightening pace of progress promises to a bright future for psychiatric genetics.

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How Does Memory Work? The Plot Thickens

Rapid progress in understanding how memory works – from the molecular to the behavioral level – holds promise for improved treatment of memory components of mental disorders.

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NIMH’s Top 10 Research Events and Advances of 2010

10 breakthroughs and events of 2010 which are changing the way we approach mental disorders.

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From Cognition to Genomics: Progress in Schizophrenia Research

This blog outlines recent progress in schizophrenia research, citing a special issue of the journal Nature focusing on schizophrenia.

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Brain Scans – Not Quite Ready for Prime Time

Despite promising advances as a research tool, brain imaging is not quite ripe for clinical application in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.

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May 6th: Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

May is Mental Health Month and this year NIMH teams up with SAMHSA to celebrate and promote Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 6th. Dr. Insel talks about how mental illnesses are the chronic diseases of the young.

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