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Director’s Blog

A Plan for Changing Times

NIMH’s new Strategic Plan for Research is a broad roadmap for the Institute’s priorities for the next five years; Dr. Insel provides context and an overview.

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BRAIN Awareness

March 16-22 is Brain Awareness Week, an opportunity to celebrate neuroscience. Dr. Insel talks about some exciting areas of research underway on the brain.

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Transparency

Dr. Insel introduces a white paper posted on the NIMH website which provides answers to many of the most common questions NIMH receives about how it makes funding decisions.

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Collaborative Care

Dr. Insel lauds University of Washington psychiatrist and researchers Wayne Katon and the collaborative care approach for depression he helped develop.

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Mortality and Mental Disorders

A recent paper reports findings on the reduction in life expectancy among people with mental illness relative to the general population; Dr. Insel discusses the magnitude and reasons for this excess mortality.

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Immune to Stress?

We tend to assume that the secrets to understanding individual differences in resilience to stress must be sought in the brain. Now, findings in mice suggest that the peripheral immune system might play a pivotal role.

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Precision Medicine for Mental Disorders

In his latest blog, Dr. Insel discusses precision medicine, which is the new hot topic in research and what it means for mental health.

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The Ignorance Project

At the recent World Economic Forum, brain research was a hot topic; Dr. Insel reports on statistics presented at the conference that inspire optimism that progress can be made on difficult problems, including mental disorders.

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Funding Science

Relative to other countries, U.S. funding of science has declined in recent years; Dr. Insel talks about the need for research and development related to mental illness.

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What Caused This to Happen?

Dr. Insel discusses the idea that chance may have as much to do with the development of mental illness as do genetic and environmental factors.

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