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Closing the Gaps: Reducing Disparities in Mental Health Treatment through Engagement

Rockville, MD

In September 2013, NIMH convened the meeting, “Closing the Gaps: Scaling Up to Reduce Mental Health Disparities in the United States.” The purpose of the meeting was to address the significant disparities in mental health care related to race and ethnicity. NIMH brought together leading experts in disparities research and practice from the public and private sectors to address specific questions and present relevant research findings. Participants included representatives from within the NIH community, other federal agencies, and researchers charged with improving the Nation’s mental health equity.

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Advances in Global Mental Health Research and Research Capacity Building

Rockville, MD

On May 2-3, 2013, the Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH) in the Office of the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invited stakeholders from around the world to present study designs and key considerations for mental health services research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs); discuss the interface of advocacy, policy and research; and identify developments in research capacity-building. A total of 130 participants from low-, middle-, and high- income countries attended the gathering in-person or via telecommunication technology.

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Research to Improve Health and Longevity of People with Severe Mental Illness

Bethesda, MD

On September 10-11, 2012, the NIMH Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH) and Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR) convened the meeting, “Research to Improve Health and Longevity of People with Severe Mental Illness.” The purpose of the meeting was to assess the state of the science in preventing and treating medical comorbidities in people with severe mental illness (SMI) and identify the most critically needed research to reduce premature mortality in this vulnerable group.

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Addressing Mental Disorders: The Missing Link to Effective HIV Prevention, Care, Treatment, and Support

Washington, DC

Meeting summary of Addressing Mental Disorders: The Missing Link to Effective HIV Prevention, Care, Treatment, and Support - Satellite meeting of the 19th International AIDS Conference

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Neurobiobank Meeting Summary

Rockville, MD

On May 14-15, 2012, NIMH, NICHD, and NINDS convened a meeting of brain banking experts from across the United States and with experts from the European Union’s Brain Banking network, BrainNet Europe. The goal of the meeting was to discuss issues related to the efforts by the three Institutes to take a more integrated and coordinated approach to brain banking in the U.S.

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Using Stem Cells for Biological and Therapeutics Discovery in Mental Illness

Bethesda, Maryland

On April 24-25, 2012, scientists from academia, government and the private sector met to discuss advances and challenges in using patient-derived reprogrammed cells, such as induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and induced neuronal cells (iNCs), to identify molecular, cellular, and developmental alterations relevant to mental illnesses and possible utility in diagnostics and drug development.

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Cognitive Training in Mental Disorders: Advancing the Science

Bethesda, Maryland

On April 9-10, 2012, NIMH convened a group of experts in cognitive training (CT) (also often referred to as cognitive remediation, CR), to review the current state of evidence for efficacy of CT approaches, discuss interventions currently in development, identify challenges to this line of research and research gaps, and learn of efforts to adopt CT interventions in clinical practice.

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Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health: Integration and Implementation in Research, Policy, and Practice

Bethesda, Maryland

Summary of Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health: Integration and Implementation in Research, Policy, and Practice meeting.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Risk Prediction

Baltimore, Maryland

On November 2, 2011, NIMH convened a group of experts in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and various domains of risk and resilience to assess existing and new data on risk assessment, to identify significant gap areas where additional focused research efforts might translate into major improvements, and to assess the readiness of the field for validation studies to refine practical tools that can be used in high risk prevention trials.

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Closing the Gaps: Reducing Disparities in Mental Health Treatment through Engagement

Bethesda, Maryland

In September 2011, the Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH) in the Office of the Director and the Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR) at NIMH convened a workshop, “Closing the Gaps: Reducing Disparities in Mental Health Treatment through Engagement.” This workshop brought together thought leaders from a range of fields—epidemiology, psychology, psychiatry, social work, and community-based services and intervention research—and representatives of key federal agencies to discuss the role of engagement in reducing mental health treatment disparities.

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