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The 22nd NIMH Conference on Mental Health Services Research

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22nd NIMH Conference on Mental Health Services Research

The 22nd National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Conference on Mental Health Services Research (MHSR): Research in Pursuit of a Learning Mental Health Care System, will be convened on April 23–25, 2014, at the Natcher Conference Center on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Campus, Bethesda, MD.

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NIH-funded Brain Atlas Offers Clues to Psychiatric Disorders

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BrainSpan Atlas of the Developing Human Brain

A brain blueprint maps where genes are tuned on and off during mid-pregnancy—when most brain disorders such as autism and schizophrenia occur.

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NIMH Scientists Help Students Learn About the Brain at NMHM

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Middle schoolers’ field day with the brain

NIMH scientists presented hands-on demonstrations of neural electrical activity at the National Museum of Health and Medicine Brain Awareness Week program, March 12, 2014.

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Announcing New U.S. Disability Statistics on the NIMH Website

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NIMH announces updated World Health Organization estimates of the burden of disease in the United States.

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Students Unlock the Mysteries of the Brain with NIH Scientists

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student enjoy activities at Brain Awareness Week 2014

As part of Brain Awareness Week 2014, scientists from seven NIH institutes will sponsor hands-on activities—aimed at helping students learn about the brain—at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, MD

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Eating Disorders

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NIMH Twitter Chat

NIMH Twitter Chat on Eating Disorders

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NICHD/NIMH Podcast on Youth Violence

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boy playing videogame Youth Violence Podcast

NIMH/NICHD experts explain what sparks and halts youth violence.

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Transgenic Mice Lines Aid in Brain Circuit Imaging

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pyramidal neurons of the mouse cerebral cortex

Neuroscientists have generated over 250 genetically engineered mice lines that will help further our understanding of the human brain.

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Depression and Older Adults

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NIMH Twitter Chat

Join NIMH’s Jovier Evans, Ph.D., Chief of the Geriatric Translational Neuroscience Program, for a Twitter Chat on depression and older adults.

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NIH Directors Discuss Sequestration and Research on C-SPAN

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NIMH Director Tom Insel on C-SPAN

Despite facing lean financial times, NIH continues to generate the most bang for the buck regarding research. Tomorrow on C-SPAN Washington Journal, NIH Directors Drs. Collins, Insel, Fauci, Varmus, and Green will field questions from the public pertaining to sequestration and research as well as other topics.

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NeuroBioBank Gives Researchers One-stop Access to Post-mortem Brains

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Neurobiobanks - the Importance of Brain Tissue Donation

The NIH NeuroBioBank provides researchers with one-stop access to post-mortem brains.

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Bullying Prevention

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NIMH Twitter Chat

NIH experts Drs. Chris Sarampote and Valerie Maholmes discuss bullying prevention.

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NIMH Scientists Honored with 2013 Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Awards

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Jay N. Giedd, M.D.

Miss the Twitter chat on the teen brain and Brain Awareness Week? Read the transcript.

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Streamlined Method Offers Shortcut to Generating Neurons for Discovery

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Human induced neuron transplanted into mouse brain

Researchers have found a shortcut to rapidly convert induced human stem cells into healthy neurons for “disease-in-a-dish” discovery – and, ultimately, personalized medicine.

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Three NIH Scientists Elected into IOM

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NIMH’s Daniel S. Pine, M.D., is one of three NIH scientists elected as members of the prestigious Institute of Medicine.

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NIMH Grantee Receives 2013 Nobel Prize

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NIMH grantee Thomas C. Südhof, M.D.

Thomas C. Südhof, M.D., along with James E. Rothman, Ph.D., and Randy W. Schekman, Ph.D., received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries delineating how a cell organizes its transport system.

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Former NIMH Grantee Receives 2013 MacArthur Fellow Award

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Susan Murphy, Ph.D., University of Michigan

Susan Murphy, Ph.D., a statistician from the University of Michigan and former NIMH grantee, is one of 24 recipients of the MacArthur “Genius” Award.

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Jay Giedd on PBS Documentary “Brains on Trial”

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NIMH’s Jay Giedd discusses brain scan research with Alan Alda in the two-episode PBS documentary “Brains on Trial.”

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NIMH Grantees Receive 2013 Lasker Award

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Lasker Award Winners 2013

Two National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) grantees recently collected the prestigious 2013 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for their meticulous mapping of the molecular mechanisms involved in neurotransmitter release, the process by which the brain send and receives chemical messengers.

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Suicide Prevention

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NIMH Twitter Chat

To commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2013, NIMH will host a twitter chat on the topic.

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Our New Search Engine Delivers Faster, Better Results

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Check out our new search engine on the NIMH website!

Our New Search Engine Delivers Faster, Better Results

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Introduction to RDoC

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Bruce Cuthbert, Ph.D.

Bruce Cuthbert, Ph.D., director, NIMH Division of Translational Research and Treatment Development, discusses the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) initiative, which he coordinates.

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Stray Prenatal Gene Network Suspected in Schizophrenia

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Schizophrenia networks in prefrontal cortex

Researchers have reverse-engineered the outlines of a disrupted prenatal gene network in schizophrenia, by tracing spontaneous mutations to where and when they likely cause damage in the brain.

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Tom Insel Discusses The BRAIN Initiative on The Charlie Rose Brain Series

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NIMH Director Tom Insel talks about the BRAIN Initiative

With nearly 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion connections, the human brain remains one of the greatest mysteries in science and one of the greatest challenges in medicine. NIMH Director Thomas Insel recently went on The Charlie Rose Brain Series to discuss The BRAIN Initiative, which aims to create better tools to solve this mystery.

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Community-based Treatments Offset Depression Disparities

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NIMH Researcher David Chambers, Ph.D.

Improving care for depression in low-income communities -- places where such help is frequently unavailable or hard to find -- provides greater benefits to those in need when community groups such as churches and even barber shops help lead the planning process, according to a new study.

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

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NIMH Twitter Chat

Learn about post-traumatic stress disorder by joining NIMH’s Farris Tuma for a Twitter chat.

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Our New Look!

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Our New Look

See NIMH’s new website design.

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Twitter Chat on Borderline Personality Disorder

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NIMH Twitter Chat

NIMH teams up with Perry D. Hoffman from the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder for a chat about this topic.

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DSM-5 and RDoC: Shared Interests

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DSM-5 and RDoC: Shared Interests

NIMH and APA have a shared interest in ensuring that patients and health providers have the best available tools and information today to identify and treat mental health issues, while we continue to invest in improving and advancing mental disorder diagnostics for the future.

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Twitter Chat on PANDAS/PANS

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NIMH Twitter Chat

NIMH experts discuss childhood rapid-onset OCD during our next Twitter chat on May 8, 2013.

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New NIH Funding for Two Autism Centers of Excellence

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The National Institutes of Health announced new funding for two Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE), bringing to eleven the number of ACE centers now being funded for up to five years.

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NIH Study Shows People with Serious Mental Illnesses Can Lose Weight

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Losing weight is challenging for everyone. It can be particularly difficult for someone with a serious mental illness. An NIMH-funded clinical study proves that a modified diet and exercise program can work for people with serious mental illnesses. Participants lost 7 pounds more than controls—and continued to lose weight.

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Twitter Chat on The Teen Brain—NIMH Experts Discuss Brain Awareness Week

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NIMH Twitter Chat

Miss the Twitter chat on the teen brain and Brain Awareness Week? Read the transcript.

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Students Explore the Wonders of the Brain

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Brain Awareness Week 2013

As part of the National Museum of Health and Medicine museum’s 14th annual Brain Awareness Week celebration, several hundred curious students from the Washington, D.C., area will have a chance to learn about what goes on inside the human brain, through a series of interactive exhibits led by scientists from eight institutes of the National Institutes of Health.

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NIMH’s Dr. Aleksandra Vicentic: Sleep Brain Wave Key to Conquering Fear Memories

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Dr. Aleksandra Vicentic

An NIMH-funded research study in rats identifies a specific group of cells in the brainstem whose activation during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep helped in eradicating unwanted memories, paving the way for future therapeutics for these disorders.

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NIH-funded Study Finds Community-based Efforts Increase HIV Testing, Prompt Behavior Change

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An international study supported by NIMH reported today that community efforts, in comparison to standard clinical testing and counseling, yielded greater testing and lower HIV incidence in high-risk individuals.

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Five Major Mental Disorders Share the Same Genes

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Largest study yet into genetics and mental health reveal that the five most common disorders—autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disease, schizophrenia, and major depression—all share similar genetic components.

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Differences in On/Off Switches Help Explain How the Human Brain Evolved

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nucleosome structure

A recent NIMH-funded study identified small regions of the genome that are uniquely regulated in human neurons, but not in primate neurons. The findings provide insight into human intellectual function and risk for human diseases, including autism and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Science/AAAS Webinar on Translational Neuroscience Research Featuring NIMH’s Carlos A. Zarate, M.D.

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Carlos Zarate, MD

Want to know how the latest findings in neuroscience research go from bench to bedside? NIMH and Science/AAAS partnered to produce an informative webinar on translating neurobiological research into treatments.

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NIMH Director Thomas R. Insel Received AMA’s Top Government Service Award

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NIMH Director Tom Insel

The American Medical Association feted Thomas Insel M.D., director of the National Institute of Mental Health, with its top government service award.

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the State of Mental Health Care in the United States

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discusses state of U.S. mental health care, commemorates JFK’s speech on the topic 50 years ago.

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Brain Imaging Predicts Psychotherapy Success in Patients with Social Anxiety Disorder

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Brain imaging might soon predict which treatment options would work best for patients with social phobia.

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50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy Sent a Special Message to Congress About the State of Mental Health

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Celebrating JFK’s Mental Health Speech

Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy addressed Congress about the state of mental health—and changed the way Americans view mental health care.

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Leading Neurobiologist Appointed NIMH Scientific Director

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Susan G. Amara, Ph.D., Scientific Director

Renowned neurobiologist Susan Amara recently joined NIMH as scientific director of its intramural research program.

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In-sync Brain Waves Hold Memory of Objects Just Seen

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The brain holds in mind what has just been seen by synchronizing brain waves in a working memory circuit, an animal study suggests. The more in-sync such electrical signals of neurons were in two key hubs of the circuit, the more those cells held the short-term memory of a just-seen object. The new findings may upturn prevailing theories about how working memory works.

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NIH Common Fund Announces Awards for Single Cell Analysis

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illustration of lighted neurons

NIH plans to invest more than $90 million over five years to accelerate the development and application of single cell analysis across a variety of fields. The goal is to understand what makes individual cells unique and to pave the way for medical treatments.

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Former NIMH Grantee Wins Nobel Prize for Chemistry

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Brian K. Kobilka, MD, of Stanford University

Former NIMH grantee Brian K. Kobilka, MD, of Stanford University has won this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He shares the award with Robert J. Lefkowitz of Duke University for explaining the communication system that the human body uses to send messages to cells.

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Brain Wiring a No-Brainer?

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DSI scan of human brain

Researcher Van Wedeen MD and colleagues report new evidence of the brain’s elegant simplicity March 30, 2012 in the journal Science. New high resolution scans reveal an astonishingly simple 3D grid structure.

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White House Names NIMH a “Champion of Change” for its Suicide Prevention Efforts

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The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) was named by the White House as a “Champion of Change” on August 25, 2011, for its efforts in supporting research on suicide prevention.

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Recovery Funds Will Support Evaluation of Suicide Prevention Training

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The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to provide grant support for the completion of a project under way to evaluate the effectiveness of a new training program for telephone crisis counselors at suicide hotline centers.

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Brain Awareness Week Teaches Kids How Their Brains Work

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The 10th annual Brain Awareness Week (BAW), a science and health education fair held in various locations across the United States, teaches fifth through eighth grade students about the brain. In Washington, D.C., it will take place March 16-20, 2009, at the National Museum of Health and Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Several institutes from the National Institutes of Health will provide interactive exhibits and lectures focusing on brain health and neuroscience on March 18th and 19th.

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NIMH Staff Honored for Work on Behalf of Returning Veterans

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Several NIMH staff members will be awarded the 2008 Hubert H. Humphrey Award for Service to America for their work in addressing the mental health needs of returning veterans.

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Three NIMH Grantees Receive White House Award

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Three NIMH grantees were among the 67 recipients of Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) for 2007:

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New NIMH Strategic Plan Accelerates Mental Health Research

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Building on the recent rapid advances in understanding the science of brain and behavior, the new National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) strategic plan is designed to maintain momentum in research and transform the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders.

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New Therapies Show Promise for Vascular Depression; Heart, Metabolic, Risks of Some Antipsychotic Medications Flagged

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WASHINGTON, DC, May 7 — Researchers see new treatments on the horizon for a type of depression related to blood vessels that affects the elderly, and have discovered why some elderly people fail to respond to current medications. In other studies, scientists urge caution regarding use of antipsychotics (usually for schizophrenia or other psychosis) in this and other populations to minimize metabolic, heart, and stroke risks.

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Virtual Reality, Psychotherapy, Show Promise in Treating PTSD Symptoms; Civilian Access to Care Remains a Concern

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WASHINGTON, DC, May 7 — Early data from an NIMH-sponsored double-blind study of 24 war veterans shows a marked reduction in acoustic startle — the reflex response to sudden loud sounds — in those treated with virtual reality exposure therapy combined with either d-cycloserine, an antibiotic that has been shown to facilitate the extinction of fear memories; pill placebo; or the anti-anxiety medication alprazolam (Xanax).

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Imaging Identifies Brain Regions and Chemicals Underlying Mood Disorders; May Lead to Better Treatments

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WASHINGTON, DC, May 6 — Recently developed imaging techniques allow the mapping of the brain circuits and chemical systems believed responsible for a range of mood abnormalities including depression and bipolar disorder, and hold promise for improved treatments, scientists say.

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Clues to Role of Brain Development as Risk for Mental Disorders May Also Lead to Better Treatments

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WASHINGTON, DC, May 6 — Increasing evidence points to links between the timing and growth rates of specific brain areas in the young brain and the likelihood of developing a wide range of mental disorders later in life, say researchers convened by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a part of the National Institutes of Health. Included among these mental disorders are autism, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, substance abuse, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Studies Identify Subtle Genetic Changes’ Risk for Mental Disorders; May Lead to Targets for New, Better, Therapies

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WASHINGTON, DC, May 5 — Epigenetics — the examination of how environmental factors like diet, stress, and post-natal maternal behavior can change gene function without altering DNA sequence — plays a major role in depression and in the actions of antidepressant medications. New studies in the field are revealing new molecular targets for better therapies for depression, scientists say.

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Mark Your Calendars, NIMH Science Track at APA Annual Meeting, May 3-8, 2008

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What: National Institute of Mental Health science track symposia, lectures, press conferences at the American Psychiatric Association 161st Annual Meeting.

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Foreign Nativity May Not Always Protect Against Mental Disorders in the US

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Though all Latino immigrants tend to display better overall mental health compared to their US-born counterparts, a recent study by NIMH-funded researchers has found that the protective benefits of foreign nativity vary widely across subgroups of this population. Factors such as neighborhood stability, perceived discrimination, and the strength of family bonds all combine to influence the prevalence of mental disorders across distinctive Latino ethnic groups. The finding reflects varying immigration and acculturation processes experienced by Mexicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans and other Latino groups. Results of the study were published in the July 2007 issue of Social Science and Medicine.

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New NIMH Research Program Launches Autism Trials

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NIMH has launched three major clinical studies on autism at its research program on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Colleagues, Friends Gather to Commemorate Nobel Laureate Axelrod

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Luminaries from the fields of neuroscience and mental health will gather at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Monday, May 23, to celebrate the life and achievements of one of their most honored colleagues, the late Nobel Laureate Julius Axelrod Ph.D.

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NIMH Research Showcased at APA Meeting

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At the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) annual meeting in Atlanta next week, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will showcase advances in translating new scientific knowledge into improved treatments for mental disorders.

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Dr. Solomon Snyder to be Awarded National Medal of Science

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Dr. Solomon Snyder, longtime NIMH grantee and director of the Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, will be awarded the National Medal of Science by President Bush at a White House ceremony March 14th.

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Nobel Laureate Axelrod, Neuroscience Pioneer

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Nobel Laureate Julius Axelrod, Ph.D., an NIMH researcher since 1955, died in his sleep early Wednesday morning, December 29, 2004.

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NIMH Leaders, Grantees Honored

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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Director Thomas R. Insel, M.D., was among 65 newly elected members of the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine (IOM), announced this week.

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Thomas R. Insel, M.D., Named New Director of the National Institute of Mental Health

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Bethesda, Maryland—Elias Zerhouni, M.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), today announced the appointment of Thomas R. Insel, M.D., as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

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Longtime NIMH Colleague Hazel Rea Dies at 91

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Hazel Rea, who joined the fledgling NIMH Intramural Research Program (IRP) in 1949 as a secretary and rose through the ranks to become its deputy director, died in her home on May 18, 2002, three months after her 91st birthday.

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Distinguished NIMH Scientist Richard Jed Wyatt Dies

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Schizophrenia researcher Richard Jed Wyatt, M.D., Chief, Neuropsychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, died June 7, 2002, at the age of 63, after a long bout with cancer.

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NIMH Web Information on Child, Adolescent Mental Health Honored

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The NIMH web site (www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/children-and-adolescents) has been awarded a five-star rating by the Tufts University Child & Family WebGuide for its child and adolescent mental health information.

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Institute Names Acting Deputy Director

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Wayne S. Fenton, M.D., has been appointed Acting Deputy Director of the NIMH. A research psychiatrist, he has been serving as Deputy Director for Clinical Affairs, NIMH Division of Mental Disorders, Behavioral Research & AIDS, since joining the Institute in 1999.

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