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263rd Meeting of the National Advisory Mental Health Council Open Session Agenda

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
12:00 - 4:20 p.m.


Time Event
12:00 p.m. Call to Order

Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, NIMH

12:10 – 1:00 p.m. NIMH Director's Report


Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, NIMH


1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Special Council Review Session


Becky Wagenaar-Miller, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Division of Extramural Activities, NIMH


1:30 – 2:00 p.m. NIMH Funding Disparities


Ishmael Amarreh, Ph.D., MPA
Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity, NIMH

Elan Cohen
Office of Science Policy, Planning and Communications, NIMH

Dawn Morales, Ph.D.
Office of Rural Mental Health Research, NIMH

Abera Wouhib, Ph.D.
Division of Translational Research, NIMH

Uma Vaidyanathan, Ph.D.
Office of the Director, NIMH


2:00 – 2:10 p.m. Break
2:10 – 2:50 p.m. Concept Clearances

Division of Services and Intervention Research
Mary Rooney, Ph.D.
Using Just-in-Time Adaptive Interventions to Optimize Established Adolescent Mental Health Treatments

Division of Translational Research
Jovier Evans, Ph.D.
Research on Late Life Suicide: Mechanisms and future treatment targets

Training Team
Ashlee Van’t Veer, Ph.D.
NIMH Career Transition Award for Tenure-Track Intramural Investigators (Reissue)

3:00 – 3:35 p.m. Drug Development Workgroup Report


John Krystal, M.D. (Co-Chair)
Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research
Chief of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Yale New Haven Hospital

Kalpana Merchant, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)
President and Chief Scientific Officer
TransThera Consulting Company
Adjunct Professor of Neurology
Northwestern University

3:35 – 4:20 p.m. Concept Clearances

Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science
Rebecca Beer, Ph.D.
From Genes to Biology: Scalable Approaches for Biological Characterization of Mental Illness Risk Genes

Division of AIDS Research
Dianne Rausch, Ph.D.
Improving Use of Novel HIV Prevention and Treatment Options through Behavioral and Communication Science

National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium (Contract)


4:20 p.m. Adjourn Open Session