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Director’s Messages

Inspiring, Training, and Supporting the Next Generation of Researchers

NIMH Training Team on 75th Anniversary

NIMH plays a pivotal role in training the next generation of researchers. The institute's Training Team leads these efforts through research, training, and career development opportunities that support hundreds of new and established researchers each year across the country and worldwide.

Supporting HIV Research From Cell to Society

Michael Stirratt, Jeymohan Joseph, Christopher Gordon, and Dianne Rausch on behalf of the NIMH Division of AIDS Research on 75th Anniversary

Did you know that NIMH’s 75 years of mental health research includes over 40 years of HIV research? Learn about NIMH's investments in HIV research in this guest-written Director's message from NIMH's Division of AIDS Research.

Going Global: Advancing Mental Health Research Around the World

By Leonardo Cubillos and Collene Lawhorn on behalf of the Center for Global Mental Health Research and Global Mental Health Team on 75th Anniversary

In this guest-written Director’s Message, the NIMH Center for Global Mental Health Research and Global Mental Health Team highlight NIMH-supported advances that span continents, transcend boundaries, and transform lives.

NIMH’s Infrastructure Investments: Paving the Road to Discovery

By Gregory Farber on behalf of the Office of Technology Development and Coordination (OTDC) on 75th Anniversary

Investments in the infrastructure of science are critical drivers of discovery. In this guest-written Director’s Message, the NIMH Office of Technology Development and Coordination describes the three core components of infrastructure they oversee that move forward the mental health research funded by NIMH.

From Lab to Clinic: The Power of Translational Research for Mental Health

By Craig Fisher, Mi Hillefors, Erin King, Sarah Morris, Jenni Pacheco, Chris Sarampote, and Julia Zehr on behalf of the Division of Translational Research on 75th Anniversary

Translational research bridges the gap between basic science and impactful mental health solutions. In this guest-written Director’s Message, the NIMH Division of Translational Research discusses past successes, current projects, and future directions of this critical area of work.

Celebrating NIMH’s 75 Years

By Joshua Gordon on 75th Anniversary

In this Director's Message, Dr. Gordon spotlights NIMH’s 75th Anniversary and opportunities to celebrate and reflect on the impacts of NIMH-supported research throughout the coming year.

Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Hispanic and Latino Youth

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This Minority Mental Health Month, Dr. Gordon highlights NIMH efforts to understand and support the diverse mental health needs of Hispanic and Latino youth.

Mental Health Equity

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This Juneteenth, Dr. Gordon reflects on the persistent mental health disparities experienced by Black Americans and what NIMH is doing to try to reach the goal of true mental health equity.

Making an IMPACT on Precision Medicine in Psychiatry

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In this Director’s message, Dr. Gordon introduces the Individually Measured Phenotypes to Advance Computational Translation in Mental Health (IMPACT-MH) initiative. This new groundbreaking NIMH initiative aims to change the game for precision medicine in psychiatry.

Autism Awareness Month: The Power of Community

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In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Gordon highlights the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee and the power of community in pushing the field forward.

Brain Science for Everyone — Including You

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This Brain Awareness Week, Dr. Gordon shows that it is not only scientists who can study the brain—you can too, in your backyard, classroom, or even on a hiking trail near a waterfall!

Heart, Brain, and Body

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In honor of American Heart Month (and Valentine’s Day), Dr. Gordon discusses NIMH’s research activity at the intersection of the heart and the brain.

Looking Back, Moving Forward

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In this Director’s Message, Dr. Gordon reflects on some exciting NIMH-supported developments from the past year.

Exploring the Role of Somatic Mosaicism in Human Biology

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In this Director’s message, Dr. Gordon introduces the Somatic Mosaicism across Human Tissues (SMaHT) Network—an NIH-wide initiative that aims to transform our understanding of how somatic mosaicism in human cells influences biology and disease.

Suicide Prevention Research in a Rapidly Changing World

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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.