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Strategies for Developing Novel Interventions for Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Bethesda, Maryland

The goal of this workshop was to explore novel treatment approaches to neurodevelopmental disorders and strategies for promoting the development of innovative therapeutic approaches.

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NIH Conference on Building the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in the Service of Public Health

Bethesda, Maryland

OBSSR, NCI, NIDA, NIAAA, NICHD, and NIMH sponsored the first of five annual meetings on the state of the science of dissemination and implementation research.

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Translational Approaches to Studying Repetitive Behavior and Resistance to Change in Autism

Washington, D.C.

NIMH held this multidisciplinary workshop to identify major trends, gaps, and opportunities in clinical and basic research on repetitive behavior and resistance to change in autism.

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Roundtable on Mood Disorders and Hormonal Transitions

Washington, D.C.

NIMH co-sponsored the roundtable with the Society for Women’s Health Research. The meeting brought together experts in the areas of postpartum and perimenopause related depression, in order to share information regarding research in mood disorders associated with reproductive hormone change.

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NIMH Annual International Research Conference on the Role of Families in Preventing and Adapting to HIV/AIDS

San Francisco, California

NIMH and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UC San Francisco co-sponsored a conference in San Francisco aimed at Responding to the Social Context of HIV Risk The Role of Families and Support Networks.

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Cognition and Stress: Advances in Basic and Translational Research

Bethesda, Maryland

In July 2007, the NIMH Cognition Working Group held a multidisciplinary workshop to identify major trends, gaps, and opportunities in behavioral and biological research on cognition and stress.

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Enhancing the Impact of Mental Health Services Research

Washington, D.C.

The Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology Branch of DSIR sponsored the 19th National Conference on Mental Health Services Research: “Enhancing the Impact of Mental Health Services Research”.

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Mental Health Consideration in Secondary HIV Prevention

Bethesda, Maryland

The Secondary Prevention and Translation Branch of NIMH’s Center for Mental Health Research on AIDS (CMHRA) hosted a meeting that focused on identifying target areas for new research on the intersection of secondary HIV prevention and mental health, specifically related to HIV-infected individuals with psychiatric disorders living in the United States.

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NeuroAIDS in Asia and the Pacific Rim

Sydney, Australia

In conjunction with the fourth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention held in Sydney, Australia, NIMH co-sponsored a meeting to highlight the current research relating to neurological and neuropsychological complications of HIV infection in the Asia Pacific region. The meeting also assessed the impact of HIV associated opportunistic and co-infections on the nervous system.

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Novel Methods for Examining Prefrontal Interactions with Cortical and Subcortical Systems that Support Complex Mental Function

Rockville, Maryland

NIMH sponsored this workshop to identify the gaps in understanding of the anatomical and functional influences of the prefrontal cortex on circuits supporting complex mental functions, and to assess technologies that could enable a more precise understanding of these brain networks.

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Third Annual Meeting of the Developing Centers for the Intervention and Prevention of Suicide

Washington, DC

NIMH, NIDA, and NIAAA co-sponsored a meeting of the Developing Centers for the Intervention and Prevention of Suicide.

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Are Endophenotypes for Genetic Studies of Suicidal Behavior within Reach?

New York, New York

This workshop was held to revisit the biological and behavioral underpinnings of suicidality. The meeting assembled leading researchers in suicide, neuroscience, genetics, epidemiology, imaging, and related fields to review promising findings, to discuss research gaps and opportunities, and to propose next steps toward the identification of relevant endophenotypes for suicidality.

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Child and Adolescent Onset Schizophrenia: Research Challenges and Opportunities

Bethesda, Maryland

In June 2007, NIMH and the NIH ORD convened a meeting for brainstorming and discussion between basic, translational, and clinical investigators to review the current knowledge on causes, neurobiology, developmental trajectory, and treatment of child- and adolescent-onset schizophrenia.

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Dissemination and Implementation Research Workshop: Harnessing Science to Maximize Health

Rockville, Maryland

On March 26, 2007, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) co-sponsored a meeting entitled “Dissemination and Implementation Research Workshop: Harnessing Science to Maximize Health.”

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Behavioral and Social Sciences Research on HIV/AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Tunis, Tunisia

The NIH Office of AIDS Research, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease sponsored a meeting to promote dialogue on HIV/AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and to outline a research agenda that addresses behavioral and social science priorities for epidemiology and prevention, access to care, and treatment.

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NIMH Special Symposium: Mental Illness, the Person, and Prison

Bethesda, Maryland

In May 2007, NIMH hosted a symposium on the urgent problem of prisoners with serious mental illness.

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Evolving Mechanisms of HIV Neuropathogenesis: Domestic and Global Issues

Venice, Italy

NIMH co-sponsored an international meeting in Venice, Italy to discuss research on disease mechanisms that lead to chronic and milder forms of HIV-associated central nervous system (CNS) disease following long-term anti-retroviral therapy.

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Partnerships to Integrate Evidence Based Mental Health Practices into Social Work Education and Research Meeting

Bethesda, Maryland

In April 2007, the Division of Services and Intervention Research, the Office of Special Populations, and the Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison of the National Institute of Mental Health hosted a meeting in which participants shared ideas on building and expanding collaborative relationships to support the further integration of research-based mental health practices into social work education.

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Research on Antisocial Behaviors in Children: Future Directions

Bethesda, Maryland

In April 2007, the Division of Pediatric Translational Research and Treatment Development of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) hosted a workshop in Bethesda, Maryland that focused on identifying target areas for new research in the field of disruptive behavior disorders, specifically related to conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder.

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Improving Long-term Efficacy and Effectiveness Outcomes in ADHD: A Treatment Development Workshop

Rockville, Maryland

In March, 2007, NIMH sponsored a workshop to evaluate the current state of knowledge concerning long-term (i.e., adolescent and adult) efficacy and effectiveness outcomes in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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Second International Conference on HIV Treatment Adherence

Jersey City, New Jersey

In March 2007 in Jersey City, New Jersey, the National Institute of Mental Health and the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) hosted a state-of-the-science conference focused on understanding and enhancing patient adherence to HIV treatment regimens.

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Cognitive Neuroscience Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia

Bethesda, Maryland

In February 2007, the National Institute of Mental Health sponsored a conference in Bethesda, Maryland that assembled basic and clinical cognitive neuroscientists, animal modelers from academia and industry, and clinical trial experts who share a common interest in developing neuroscience-based measures for assessing cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. Following invited talks by basic scientists and breakout groups involving all attendees, meeting participants suggested eight cognitive constructs for further measurement development within the areas of perception, attention, working memory, executive control, long term memory, and social-emotional processing.

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Genetics and Genomics of Social Behavior Workshop

Bethesda, Maryland

The National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse co-hosted a workshop for participants to (1) become familiar with how and which model organisms are being used currently in the field of social behavior and (2) identify opportunities that will benefit public health by supporting high-impact basic research exploring the genetics of social behavior.

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