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BRAIN Initiative as Moonshot

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“This was a very rigorous and tough competition”

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NIH director Francis Collins, M.D., noted that slightly less than 10 percent of the applications were ultimately funded in the first wave of grants awarded by the NIH under the BRAIN Initiative. He spoke at a press conference announcing the awards, September 30, 2014.

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Not the “Usual Suspects”

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NIMH director Thomas Insel, M.D., explained that NIH succeeded in recruiting researchers from outside neuroscience in the first wave of grants awarded by the NIH under the BRAIN Initiative. He spoke at a press conference announcing the awards, September 30, 2014.

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“A new era of exploration...”

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Rockefeller University neuroscientist Cori Bargmann, Ph.D., discussed the promise of the BRAIN Initiative at a press conference announcing the first wave of awards, September 30, 2014.

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Unearthing Secrets of New Neurons

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Heather Frank, then a senior majoring in neuroscience at Colgate University, explains studies on neurogenesis that she worked on during an internship in the NIMH Unit on Neuroplasticity.

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Genes Impact Suspect Cortex Areas More as Youth Mature

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Thickening of cortex areas implicated in mental illness shows increasing genetic influence as the brain develops in childhood and adolescence, NIMH researchers have found. These areas also happen to be the latest to evolve and the last to mature. The peak of genetic influence in these areas coincides with the typical age-of-onset of most mental disorders in late adolescence/early adulthood. The new findings may provide insight into the workings of gene-by-environment-by age interactions in the disorders, says Jay Giedd, M.D., of the NIMH Child Psychiatry Branch.

See: Genes Impact Suspect Cortex Areas More as Youth Mature

Credits:
Jay Giedd, M.D., Eric Schmitt, Ph.D., NIMH - MRI movies
Cristophe Lenglet, Ph.D., U. Minnesota -- DSI brain image
Van Wedeen, M.D., Harvard/MGH - DSI Animation
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation - video clip 
UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging -- DSI animation from "Navigating the Connectome"

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Channel Makover Switches Off Neurons in a Flash

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Scientists have bioengineered an enhancement to a cutting edge technology that provides instant control over brain circuit activity with a flash of light. The research adds the same level of control over switching neurons off that, until now, had been limited to switching them on. What had been working through a weak pump now works through a highly responsive channel -- like going from a squirt to a gushing hose. Project officer Michelle Freund, Ph.D., of the NIMH Office of Technology Development and Coordination, explains the significance of the new findings.

See: Channel Makeover Bioengineered to Switch Off Neurons

Credits:
Karl Deisseroth, M.D. Ph.D, Stanford University
Andre Berndt, Ph.D., Stanford University
Soo Yeun Lee, Ph.D., Stanford University
Charu Ramakrishnan, Stanford University - channels image
Michelle Freund, Ph.D., NIMH

Method of the Year 2010: Optogenetics-NatureVideo  - animation
Optogenetics, Karl Deisseroth, Marina Coral, Nature Methods, 12/20/2010 - graphic

Richard Coppola, Sc.D., NIMH - MEG movie
Cristophe Lenglet, Ph.D., U. Minnesota - brain image

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NIMH Outreach Partnership Program

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The Outreach Partnership Program of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) works to increase the public's access to science-based information through partnerships with national and state nonprofit organizations. With an emphasis on reaching underserved populations and promoting participation in research, the partnerships also help the NIMH understand concerns of those intended to benefit from the research the Institute supports.

NIMH Outreach Partners Program

NIMH Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison

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Patches of Disorganization in the Neocortex of Children with Autism

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This video has no audio. The architecture of the autistic brain is speckled with patches of abnormal neurons, according to research partially funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine on March 27, 2014, this study suggests that brain irregularities in children with autism can be traced back to prenatal development.

Source: Rich Stoner, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

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Middle Schoolers’ Field Day with the Brain

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Each year, NIMH scientists provide middle school students with a hands-on experience in understanding the workings of the brain, as part of a Brain Awareness Week program at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, MD.  This video from the 2013 event features interviews with students, Museum and NIMH staffers.

For more information about the 2014 Brain Awareness Week event at the Museum, see:
Students Unlock the Mysteries of the Brain with NIH Scientists 

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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #1: You can tell by looking at someone

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Myth # 1: You can tell by looking at someone that they have an eating disorder

In this first of a series of videos, Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina, explains why you can't tell if someone has an eating disorder by their appearance. The video was excerpted from a talk, "Eating Disorders Essentials: Replacing Myths with Realities," presented at the NIMH Alliance for Research Progress Winter Meeting, February 7, 2014 in Rockville, MD.

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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #2: Families are to Blame

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Myth # 2: Families are to blame

In this second in a series of videos debunking nine myths about eating disorders, Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina, explains why families are not to blame.  The video was excerpted from a talk, "Eating Disorders Essentials: Replacing Myths with Realities," presented at the NIMH Alliance for Research Progress Winter Meeting, February 7, 2014 in Rockville, MD.

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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #3: Mothers are to Blame

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Myth # 3: Mothers are to blame

In this third of a series of videos debunking nine myths about eating disorders, Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina, explains why mothers are not to blame.  The video was excerpted from a talk, "Eating Disorders Essentials: Replacing Myths with Realities," presented at the NIMH Alliance for Research Progress Winter Meeting, February 7, 2014 in Rockville, MD.

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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #4: Eating Disorders are a Choice

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Myth # 4: Eating Disorders are a Choice

In this fourth of a series of videos debunking nine myths about eating disorders, Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina, explains why eating disorders are not a choice.  The video was excerpted from a talk, "Eating Disorders Essentials: Replacing Myths with Realities," presented at the NIMH Alliance for Research Progress Winter Meeting, February 7, 2014 in Rockville, MD.

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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #5: Eating Disorders are the province of white upper-middle class teenage girls

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Myth # 5: Eating Disorders are the province of white upper-middle class teenage girls

In this fifth of a series of videos debunking nine myths about eating disorders, Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina, explains that eating disorders affect women and men across the lifespan.  The video was excerpted from a talk, "Eating Disorders Essentials: Replacing Myths with Realities," presented at the NIMH Alliance for Research Progress Winter Meeting, February 7, 2014 in Rockville, MD.

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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #6: Eating Disorders are Benign

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Myth # 6: Eating Disorders are Benign

In this sixth in a series of videos debunking nine myths about eating disorders, Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina, discusses the heightened risk of suicide associated with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder.  The video was excerpted from a talk, "Eating Disorders Essentials: Replacing Myths with Realities," presented at the NIMH Alliance for Research Progress Winter Meeting, February 7, 2014 in Rockville, MD.

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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #7: Society Alone to Blame

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Myth # 7: Society Alone is to Blame

In this seventh in a series of videos debunking nine myths about eating disorders, Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina, discusses evidence for gene-environment interactions in eating disorders.  The video was excerpted from a talk, "Eating Disorders Essentials: Replacing Myths with Realities," presented at the NIMH Alliance for Research Progress Winter Meeting, February 7, 2014 in Rockville, MD.

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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #8: Genes are Destiny

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Myth # 8: Genes Are Destiny

In this eighth in a series of videos debunking nine myths about eating disorders, Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina, discusses evidence for environmental factors in eating disorders.  The video was excerpted from a talk, "Eating Disorders Essentials: Replacing Myths with Realities," presented at the NIMH Alliance for Research Progress Winter Meeting, February 7, 2014 in Rockville, MD.

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Eating Disorders Myths Busted - Myth #9: Eating Disorders are for Life

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In this ninth in a series of videos debunking nine myths about eating disorders, Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina, explains that eating disorders are treatable.  The video was excerpted from a talk, "Eating Disorders Essentials: Replacing Myths with Realities," presented at the NIMH Alliance for Research Progress Winter Meeting, February 7, 2014 in Rockville, MD.

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