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Mental Disorders as Brain Disorders: Thomas Insel at TEDxCaltech

NIMH Director Thomas Insel discusses recent advances in neuroscience in a TED Talk presentation delivered at Caltech in January 2013.

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NIMH on the National Dialogue on Mental Health

NIMH on the National Dialogue on Mental Health

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NIMH Clinical Director Receives Prestigious Leadership Award

NIMH clinical director Dr. Maryland Pao has been named the 2012 recipient of the Simon Wile Leadership in Consultation Award by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).

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NIMH Employees Honored with 2012 NIH Director’s Awards

NIMH employees were recently recognized by the NIH Director, for going above and beyond their duties.

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Sue Murrin Named NIMH Executive Officer

In February, Sue Murrin joined NIMH as Executive Officer in the Office of Resource Management.

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Thomas Insel Named Acting Director for New Translational Science Center at NIH

On December 23, 2011, NIMH Director Thomas R. Insel, M.D., was formally designated acting director of the newly established National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at NIH.

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Stefano Bertuzzi Selected for Director of NIMH Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications

In November 2011, Stefano Bertuzzi, Ph.D., M.P.H. became director of the Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications (OSPPC) at NIMH.

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Robert K. Heinssen, Ph.D., ABPP, Named Director of NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research

Robert K. Heinssen Ph.D., ABPP, has been named Director of the Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR) at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Heinssen has been serving as Acting Director of DSIR since early 2009.

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Bruce Cuthbert Named Head of NIMH’s Division of Adult Translational Research and Treatment Development

Bruce Cuthbert Named Head of NIMH’s Division of Adult Translational Research and Treatment Development

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Pamela Collins New NIMH Associate Director for Special Populations

Pamela Collins New NIMH Associate Director for Special Populations

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NAMI Awards Coveted Prize to NIMH’s Dr. Judith Rapoport

Judith L. Rapoport, M.D., chief of the NIMH Child Psychiatry Branch, is this year’s recipient of the Mind of America Scientific Research Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

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Linda Brady of NIMH Receives New Roadmap Compass Award

NIH Director Elias Zerhouni, MD, presented the first individual Roadmap Compass Award on October 24, 2008 to Linda Brady, Ph.D., director of the Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science at NIMH, for her leadership and coordination of the Molecular Libraries Working Group.

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NIH Director’s Pioneer Awards and New Innovator Awards: Funded Work Includes Research that May Increase Knowledge about Mental Health and Brain Disease

On September 17, 2007, NIH Director Elias Zerhouni announced the 2007 recipients of the Pioneer Awards and New Innovator Awards. The awards are key components of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research. The programs support exceptionally creative scientists who take highly innovative approaches to major challenges in biomedical research.

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NIMH Perspective on Diagnosing and Treating Bipolar Disorder in Children

A recently published research paper (September 2007, Archives of General Psychiatry) reported a 40-fold increase in the rate of diagnosing bipolar disorder in youth over the past decade.

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New Director for Division of Adult Translational Research and Treatment Development Joins NIMH

Following a competitive, nationwide search, Wayne K. Goodman, M.D., joined NIMH in July 2007 as Director, Division of Adult Translational Research and Treatment Development (DATR).

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Former NIMH Grantee Wins 2005 National Medal of Science

President George W. Bush announced May 29, 2007, that renowned cognitive psychologist Gordon H. Bower, PhD, professor emeritus at Stanford University and former NIMH grantee, has won the 2005 National Medal of Science.

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NIMH Names Director for Division of Pediatric Translational Research and Treatment Development

Molly Oliveri, Ph.D., was recently selected to be Director of the Division of Pediatric Translational Research and Treatment Development (DPTR), after a competitive, nationwide search.

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NIMH Perspective on Antipsychotic Reimbursement: Using Results from the CATIE Cost Effectiveness Study

The recent publication (December 1, 2006, American Journal of Psychiatry) of the cost-effectiveness results from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded Clinical Antipsychotic Trials in Intervention Effectiveness (CATIE) has raised questions among advocates, families, and clinicians about reimbursement policies for antipsychotic medications.

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Special Update from the Director: Fulfilling the Mission During the Lean Years

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is about to celebrate its 60th birthday.

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Prestigious Lieber Prize for Research Awarded to Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D.

NIMH-funded researcher Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., of Columbia University was awarded the Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) at the group's annual gala dinner in October 2006. NARSAD is one of the largest donor-supported organizations that funds research on the brain and behavioral disorders.

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NIMH Perspective on Treating Alzheimer’s Patients with Antipsychotic Medications

The recent publication of phase 1 results from the NIMH-funded Clinical Antipsychotic Trials in Intervention Effectiveness for Alzheimer's disease (CATIE-AD) in the New England Journal of Medicine provides new information about the use of several "atypical" antipsychotic medications for the treatment of psychotic symptoms in patients with Alzheimer's disease.

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New Division Directors Come on Board at NIMH

Following comprehensive, national searches for candidates, NIMH recently welcomed three new leaders to head various research divisions.

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Aaron Beck, Founder of Cognitive Therapy, Receives Coveted Lasker Award

Aaron T. Beck, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, the founder of cognitive therapy, and a long-time NIMH grantee, was named the recipient of the prestigious Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research on September 17, 2006.

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Beatriz Luna Selected for the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering

The Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Program recently honored 12 NIH researchers, including NIMH grantee Beatriz Luna, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director of the Laboratory for Neurocognitive Development at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Mental Health Research: Into the Future

In the six decades that NIMH has led the nation's research effort in mental health, advancement has been dramatic. We understand now that the major mental disorders are brain disorders, with specific symptoms rooted in abnormal patterns of brain activity.

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NIMH Staff Provide Mental Health Care to the Gulf Coast Region

In the last months of summer, two devastating hurricanes destroyed the lives, homes, and livelihoods of millions of Americans in the southern Gulf Coast region.

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Nakamura to receive prestigious IBNS Behavioral Neuroscience Award

NIMH Deputy Director Richard K. Nakamura, Ph.D., was the recipient of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society's (IBNS) award for "outstanding accomplishments in support of scientific research relevant to behavioral neuroscience."

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Miranda Lim to receive Lindsley Prize for research in behavioral neuroscience

The prestigious Donald B. Lindsley Prize in Behavioral Neuroscience will be awarded to Miranda M. Lim, Ph.D., at the 2005 meeting of the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, DC. Dr. Lim, whose research is funded by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), was mentored by Larry Young, Ph.D., of Emory University.

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Coping with Hurricane Katrina

The initial response to a disaster like Hurricane Katrina rightly focuses on meeting the immediate material needs of survivors. As the nation addresses those needs, it must also prepare to meet the often acute emotional needs of both survivors and responders.

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Behavioral Research at NIMH: Reorganizing the Portfolio to Advance Public Health

Changes at NIMH have raised questions about NIMH funding for basic behavioral science that I would like to address.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Funding Basic Research at the NIMH

The NIMH remains committed to a comprehensive approach to research. This means funding basic, translational, and services research.

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Antidepressant Medications for Children and Adolescents: Information for Parents and Caregivers

Depression is a serious disorder that can cause significant problems in mood, thinking, and behavior at home, in school, and with peers. It is estimated that major depressive disorder (MDD) affects about 5 percent of adolescents.

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