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This fact sheet describes the mission of NIMH and provides an overview of its work to reduce the burden of mental illness through research training, and information dissemination. Highlights major research areas and gives examples of clinical trials funded through NIMH

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Brain Development During Childhood and Adolescence (Fact Sheet)
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A fact sheet that describes the past, present and future of research on brain development.

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Neuroimaging and Mental Illness: A Window Into the Brain
Neuroimaging FAQ

Researchers use brain scans to study brain development in healthy people and people with illnesses. This publication answers frequently asked questions about what brain scans can and cannot do related to diagnosing mental illnesses.

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A Participant's Guide to Mental Health Clinical Research
Participants Guide

This brochure, prepared by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), provides answers to common questions about volunteering for mental health clinical research.

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Looking at My Genes: What Can They Tell Me?

A fact sheet containing frequently asked questions about genome scans and genetic testing.

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Science News About Basic Research

Learn About the Adolescent Brain with Expert Dr. Jay Giedd on May 8!

Science Update

NIMH scientist Jay Giedd, M.D.

NIMH expert Dr. Jay Giedd will discuss the developing adolescent brain at a community event on May 8. The event will be video archived.

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The 22nd NIMH Conference on Mental Health Services Research

Science Update

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

Press Release

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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Most Individuals Receive Health Services a Year Before Suicide Death

Science Update

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Undetected suicide risk is a critical issue in primary care. According to a NIMH-funded study published in the February 2014 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, 83 percent of individuals received health care services in the year prior to suicide death and half did not have a mental health diagnosis.

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Disorganized Cortical Patches Suggest Prenatal Origin of Autism

Press Release

Disorganized cortical patch

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, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on March 27, 2014.

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Posts About Basic Research

Autism Awareness: April 2014

By Thomas Insel on March 27, 2014

Dr. Insel describes new scientific findings on autism, including new CDC prevalence data, being reported just as Autism Awareness Month begins.

Brain Awareness

By Thomas Insel on March 11, 2014

In a blog about Brain Awareness Month, NIMH Director Thomas Insel talks about the complexity of the brain and challenges ahead for research to understand it.

Ten Best of 2013

By Thomas Insel on December 13, 2013

Dr. Insel reviews his “top ten” selections for 2013, including research advances and historic policy changes affecting mental health care.

P4C : Time = Lives

By Thomas Insel on November 14, 2013

Dr. Insel recaps the annual Partners for Cure (P4C) meeting, where the theme is to speed the delivery of new cures through innovative research models.

One Person, Many Genomes

By Thomas Insel on November 06, 2013

The discovery that mutations unique to an individual are common in the brain changes, and complicates, the search for genes underlying brain disorders.


Meeting Summaries About Basic Research

Alliance for Research Progress - July 12, 2013 Meeting

Bethesda, Maryland

Summary for the July 2013 meeting of the Alliance for Research Progress.

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Alliance for Research Progress - February 8, 2013 Meeting

Rockville, Maryland

Summary for the February 2013 meeting of the Alliance for Research Progress.

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Alliance for Research Progress - July 13, 2012 Meeting

Washington, DC

Summary for the July 2012 meeting of the Alliance for Research Progress.

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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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Alliance for Research Progress - February 10, 2012 Meeting

Rockville, Maryland

Summary for the February 2012 meeting of the Alliance for Research Progress.

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Director’s Updates About Basic Research

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 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 Grantee Wins The Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

On May 31, 2012, Ann M. Graybiel, Ph.D., of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was named one of three winners of the 2012 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience.

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NIMH Grantees Elected to Membership in National Academy of Sciences

On May 1, 2012, six NIMH grantees were among the 84 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences, a private, non-profit organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to advancing science and promoting its uses for the greater good.

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NIMH Grantees Elected to Membership in National Academy of Sciences

On May 3, 2011, nine NIMH grantees were among the 72 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences, a private, non-profit organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to advancing science and promoting its uses for the greater good. The Academy also acts as an official advisor to the federal government on issues related to science and technology.

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