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Suicide Prevention Research in a Rapidly Changing World

By Joshua Gordon on

In this Director’s message, Dr. Gordon discusses what we have learned about suicide risk and prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic and how NIMH has been building upon these findings to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world.

Addressing HIV-related Intersectional Stigma and Discrimination

By Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., and Maureen M. Goodenow, Ph.D., Associate Director for AIDS Research and Director, Office of AIDS Research, National Institutes of Health on

In this jointly written Director’s Message, Dr. Gordon and Dr. Goodenow discuss the importance of addressing intersectional stigma in the context of HIV prevention, treatment, and care.

Bringing Innovation to the Search for Biomarkers

By Joshua Gordon on

In this Director’s Message, Dr. Gordon highlights research supported by the NIMH Small Business Innovation Research program that could advance the development of clinically relevant biomarkers.

COVID-19 Risks for People with Serious Mental Illness

By Joshua Gordon on

In this Director’s Message, Dr. Gordon highlights the increased health risks associated with COVID-19 for people with serious mental illness.

Research Along the Autism Spectrum: Diverse Research to Meet Diverse Needs

By Joshua Gordon on

In this message for Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Gordon highlights the importance of a research portfolio that addresses the full spectrum of needs of individuals with autism, across the full lifespan.

Balancing the NIMH Portfolio

By Joshua Gordon on

In this Director’s message, Dr. Gordon takes a look at NIMH’s portfolio balance, to see where we have come from and where we are headed.

Steps Toward Equity at NIMH: An Update

By Joshua Gordon on

In this Director’s Message, Dr. Gordon provides an update on efforts to advance equity, promote anti-racist ideas and actions, and encourage lasting change at NIMH.

A Milestone in Mapping the Brain

By Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., and Walter Koroshetz, M.D., director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke on

In this Director’s message, Dr. Gordon and Dr. Koroshetz, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, discuss the first major product to result from the Brain Initiative Cell Census Network, a comprehensive description of the cell types in the motor cortex of mice, monkeys, and humans.

Supporting Kids’ Mental Health During COVID-19

By Guest Author on

In this jointly written Director’s Message, Dr. Gordon and Dr. Rachel L. Levine, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, describe the mental health impacts of the COVID pandemic on children and what we can do to support kids during this difficult time.

Reflection on 40 Years of HIV/AIDS Research

By Guest Author on

In this jointly written Director’s Message, NIMH director Dr. Joshua Gordon and Dr. Maureen Goodenow, associate director for AIDS Research and director of the Office of AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health, discuss 40 years of NIMH and NIH support for HIV/AIDS research.

Addressing the Needs of the Autism Community During COVID-19

By Joshua Gordon on

In this message for Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Gordon highlights the specific impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

One Year In: COVID-19 and Mental Health

By Joshua Gordon on

In this message, Dr. Gordon highlights what we know about Americans’ mental health after one year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One Year of Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics, and Anticipating New Challenges

By Guest Author on

In this jointly written Director’s Message, leadership from across NIH describes one year of progress made through the RADx initiative and anticipates new challenges in the fight against COVID-19.

From Brain Mechanisms to Novel Therapies: Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders

By Joshua Gordon on

In this message for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Dr. Gordon highlights NIMH-funded research aimed at reducing the impact of eating disorders.

Enhancing and maintaining a culture of inclusive excellence: The NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program

By Guest Author on

In this jointly written Director’s Message, leadership from across NIH encourages the neuroscience community to take advantage of the new NIH-wide FIRST Program, which aims to enhance cultures of inclusive excellence through institutional support for recruitment of diverse “cohorts” of early-stage research faculty.