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Posts by Former NIMH Director Thomas Insel about Institute Announcements

Farewell

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In his farewell post, Dr. Insel looks back at six years of the director’s blog and reflects on the tasks ahead in mental health research and practice.

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Atonement

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In his blog for Mental Illness Awareness Week, Dr. Insel talks about the complexity of mental disorders and the need for scientists, clinicians, patients, and families to work together in searching for better treatment.

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From My Data to Mined Data

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Dr. Insel discusses the importance of data sharing within the scientific community and highlights how NIMH is encouraging this process.

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BITs and BYTEs

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Dr. Insel talks about the numerous ways in which devices like computers and smartphones could be used to diagnose and treat mental disorders.

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A New Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention

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Dr. Insel discusses the impetus behind a newly released prioritized agenda for research on suicide prevention, and what the task force that developed the agenda hopes to achieve in terms of reducing suicide rates.

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Thinking about 2014

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Dr. Insel looks forward to what’s ahead in 2014 for neuroscience and mental health: both challenges and promise.

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Ten Best of 2013

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

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Shutdown

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We have missed a cycle of grant review, but we should be able to recover this year. Research projects will be delayed but in most cases not irreparably harmed. For most scientists, coming to NIMH means sacrificing salary and working very long hours for the opportunity to have enormous impact. There was something about the furlough that left even the most self-sacrificing public servant feeling dispensable and devalued. No job, no impact. The long-term impact of the shutdown may be on morale.

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Getting Serious About Mental Illnesses

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Dr. Insel explains the nuances of the term, “serious mental illness.”

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Open Data

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Dr. Insel talks about the value of data sharing and collaboration to promote innovation and scientific discovery.

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A National Dialogue

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Dr. Insel talks about the President’s launch on June 3 of the National Dialogue on Mental Health, and NIMH’s role in this effort.

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Transforming Diagnosis

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NIMH is committed to new and better treatments, but this will only happen by developing a more precise diagnostic system. Going forward, we will be supporting research projects that look across current categories – or sub-divide current categories – to begin to develop a better system. RDoC is nothing less than a plan to transform clinical practice by bringing a new generation of research to inform how we diagnose and treat mental disorders.

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The Top Ten Research Advances of 2012

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Dr. Insel describes his top picks in research advances for 2012.

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Preventing Suicide, One Employer at a Time

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Dr. Insel discusses recent efforts made by the NFL and other employers to help prevent suicides, and the importance of suicide prevention research.

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Experimental Medicine

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Dr. Insel discusses the crisis of medication development for mental disorders.

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Spotlight on Eating Disorders

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week starts February 26. Dr. Insel discusses some surprising facts about these disorders, which are among the most fatal.

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An Emerging Era of Big Data

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Dr. Insel discusses the emergence of “big data” and how open sharing of data could impact mental health research.

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Balancing Immediate Needs with Future Innovation

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Dr. Insel responds to discussion from the National Advisory Mental Health Council concerning the need to balance research funding for basic science and mental health services.

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We Are the Government

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NIMH’s “government bureaucrats” are really dedicated public servants devoted to good patient care, improved  treatments, and scientific discovery.

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Treatment Development: Where do we go from here?

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Dr. Insel discusses opportunities for treatment development.

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NIMH’s Top 10 Research Advances of 2011

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Dr. Insel shares NIMH’s Top 10 Research Advances for 2011.

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Neuroscience Advances Showcased in Washington

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Dr. Insel reflects on an exciting neuroscience conference where an increasing interest in neuropsychiatric disorders was evident.

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Improving Diagnosis Through Precision Medicine

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Dr. Insel describes how precision medicine may put us on the path to better diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.

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Help Wanted: Making Workplaces Work in Mental Health Care

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Dr. Insel discusses World Mental Health Day and a new approach to meeting the shortage of mental health providers.

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The Global Cost of Mental Illness

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World Economic Forum report projects staggering costs of non-communicable diseases including mental health.

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No Health Without Mental Health

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Dr. Insel discusses the implications of comorbidity among people with serious mental illness.

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Bending the Curve on Suicide

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Dr. Insel gives an update in our efforts to reduce suicide in America.

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Investing Wisely in Public Health

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Dr. Insel on investing in research.

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A Solver of “Mysteries” — Howard Nash, M.D., Ph.D.

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A solver of “mysteries” — Howard Nash, M.D., Ph.D.

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Psychiatry: Where are we going?

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Dr. Insel discusses the promising future of psychiatry as it integrates new approaches discovered through neuroscience.

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Making the Most of our Interventions Research

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Dr. Insel provides a vision for future clinical research.

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NIMH Impact on Public Health

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NIMH research can have a significant impact on public health through innovations and projects that cross the four objectives outlined in NIMH’s Strategic Plan.

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Funding Science in a Time of Austerity

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Dr. Insel discusses the impact of difficult budget times on mental health research.

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The Economics of Health Care Reform

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Dr. Insel discuss what NIMH is doing to support economic research in light of mental health parity and health care reform.

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Looking forward to 2011

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Dr Insel discusses research priorities for 2011.

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NIMH’s Top 10 Research Events and Advances of 2010

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10 breakthroughs and events of 2010 which are changing the way we approach mental disorders.

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Science Education – Investing for the Future

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Dr. Insel discusses the need for science education and NIMH’s efforts to improve science literacy among all Americans.

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Taking Clinical Research to the Next Level

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Dr. Insel discusses the evolution of clinical research and changing priorities in clinical research funding.

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Three Principles for Clinical Research

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Dr. insel discusses two important initiatives that will have a broad impact on NIMH’s clinical research portfolio.

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Turning the Corner, Not the Key, in Treatment of Serious Mental Illness

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People with a major mental illness have a shorter than average life expectancy and each year there are nearly twice as many suicides as homicides in the U.S. A new report now documents that people with mental illness are three times more likely to be in the criminal justice system than hospitals because of a failure to provide services within the mental health care system.

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2009, A Remarkable Year For NIMH

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From the extraordinary funding opportunities presented by the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) to significant new investments in research and resource infrastructure — this has been a remarkable year for our Institute. I would like to reflect with you on how the work of 2009 has prepared us for the year ahead.

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