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Event Summaries From 2007

Strategies for Developing Novel Interventions for Neurodevelopmental Disorders

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: The goal of this workshop was to explore novel treatment approaches to neurodevelopmental disorders and strategies for promoting the development of innovative therapeutic approaches.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Translational Research (DDTR)

NIH Conference on Building the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in the Service of Public Health

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: OBSSR, NCI, NIDA, NIAAA, NICHD, and NIMH sponsored the first of five annual meetings on the state of the science of dissemination and implementation research.

Sponsors: NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR), National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institute of Mental Health

Translational Approaches to Studying Repetitive Behavior and Resistance to Change in Autism

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Description: NIMH held this multidisciplinary workshop to identify major trends, gaps, and opportunities in clinical and basic research on repetitive behavior and resistance to change in autism.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health

Roundtable on Mood Disorders and Hormonal Transitions

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Description: NIMH co-sponsored the roundtable with the Society for Women’s Health Research. The meeting brought together experts in the areas of postpartum and perimenopause related depression, in order to share information regarding research in mood disorders associated with reproductive hormone change.

NIMH Annual International Research Conference on the Role of Families in Preventing and Adapting to HIV/AIDS

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Location: San Francisco, California

Description: NIMH and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UC San Francisco co-sponsored a conference in San Francisco aimed at Responding to the Social Context of HIV Risk The Role of Families and Support Networks.

Cognition and Stress: Advances in Basic and Translational Research

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: In July 2007, the NIMH Cognition Working Group held a multidisciplinary workshop to identify major trends, gaps, and opportunities in behavioral and biological research on cognition and stress.

Enhancing the Impact of Mental Health Services Research

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Description: The Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology Branch of DSIR sponsored the 19th National Conference on Mental Health Services Research: “Enhancing the Impact of Mental Health Services Research”.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR)

Mental Health Consideration in Secondary HIV Prevention

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: The Secondary Prevention and Translation Branch of NIMH’s Center for Mental Health Research on AIDS (CMHRA) hosted a meeting that focused on identifying target areas for new research on the intersection of secondary HIV prevention and mental health, specifically related to HIV-infected individuals with psychiatric disorders living in the United States.

NeuroAIDS in Asia and the Pacific Rim

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Location: Sydney, Australia

Description: In conjunction with the fourth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention held in Sydney, Australia, NIMH co-sponsored a meeting to highlight the current research relating to neurological and neuropsychological complications of HIV infection in the Asia Pacific region. The meeting also assessed the impact of HIV associated opportunistic and co-infections on the nervous system.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Government of Australia (AusAID)

Novel Methods for Examining Prefrontal Interactions with Cortical and Subcortical Systems that Support Complex Mental Function

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Location: Rockville, Maryland

Description: NIMH sponsored this workshop to identify the gaps in understanding of the anatomical and functional influences of the prefrontal cortex on circuits supporting complex mental functions, and to assess technologies that could enable a more precise understanding of these brain networks.

Third Annual Meeting of the Developing Centers for the Intervention and Prevention of Suicide

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Location: Washington, DC

Description: NIMH, NIDA, and NIAAA co-sponsored a meeting of the Developing Centers for the Intervention and Prevention of Suicide.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Are Endophenotypes for Genetic Studies of Suicidal Behavior within Reach?

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Location: New York, New York

Description: This workshop was held to revisit the biological and behavioral underpinnings of suicidality. The meeting assembled leading researchers in suicide, neuroscience, genetics, epidemiology, imaging, and related fields to review promising findings, to discuss research gaps and opportunities, and to propose next steps toward the identification of relevant endophenotypes for suicidality.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, NIH Office of Rare Diseases (ORD), Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc., New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

Child and Adolescent Onset Schizophrenia: Research Challenges and Opportunities

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: In June 2007, NIMH and the NIH ORD convened a meeting for brainstorming and discussion between basic, translational, and clinical investigators to review the current knowledge on causes, neurobiology, developmental trajectory, and treatment of child- and adolescent-onset schizophrenia.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Translational Research (DDTR), NIH Office of Rare Diseases (ORD)

Dissemination and Implementation Research Workshop: Harnessing Science to Maximize Health

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Location: Rockville, Maryland

Description: On March 26, 2007, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) co-sponsored a meeting entitled “Dissemination and Implementation Research Workshop: Harnessing Science to Maximize Health.”

Behavioral and Social Sciences Research on HIV/AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

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Location: Tunis, Tunisia

Description: The NIH Office of AIDS Research, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease sponsored a meeting to promote dialogue on HIV/AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and to outline a research agenda that addresses behavioral and social science priorities for epidemiology and prevention, access to care, and treatment.

NIMH Special Symposium: Mental Illness, the Person, and Prison

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: In May 2007, NIMH hosted a symposium on the urgent problem of prisoners with serious mental illness.

Evolving Mechanisms of HIV Neuropathogenesis: Domestic and Global Issues

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Location: Venice, Italy

Description: NIMH co-sponsored an international meeting in Venice, Italy to discuss research on disease mechanisms that lead to chronic and milder forms of HIV-associated central nervous system (CNS) disease following long-term anti-retroviral therapy.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), San Raffaele Scientific Institute (Italy), National Institute for Infectious Diseases (Italy)

Partnerships to Integrate Evidence Based Mental Health Practices into Social Work Education and Research Meeting

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: In April 2007, the Division of Services and Intervention Research, the Office of Special Populations, and the Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison of the National Institute of Mental Health hosted a meeting in which participants shared ideas on building and expanding collaborative relationships to support the further integration of research-based mental health practices into social work education.

Research on Antisocial Behaviors in Children: Future Directions

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: In April 2007, the Division of Pediatric Translational Research and Treatment Development of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) hosted a workshop in Bethesda, Maryland that focused on identifying target areas for new research in the field of disruptive behavior disorders, specifically related to conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder.

Improving Long-term Efficacy and Effectiveness Outcomes in ADHD: A Treatment Development Workshop

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Location: Rockville, Maryland

Description: In March, 2007, NIMH sponsored a workshop to evaluate the current state of knowledge concerning long-term (i.e., adolescent and adult) efficacy and effectiveness outcomes in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Translational Research (DDTR), Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR)

Second International Conference on HIV Treatment Adherence

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Location: Jersey City, New Jersey

Description: In March 2007 in Jersey City, New Jersey, the National Institute of Mental Health and the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) hosted a state-of-the-science conference focused on understanding and enhancing patient adherence to HIV treatment regimens.

Cognitive Neuroscience Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: In February 2007, the National Institute of Mental Health sponsored a conference in Bethesda, Maryland that assembled basic and clinical cognitive neuroscientists, animal modelers from academia and industry, and clinical trial experts who share a common interest in developing neuroscience-based measures for assessing cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. Following invited talks by basic scientists and breakout groups involving all attendees, meeting participants suggested eight cognitive constructs for further measurement development within the areas of perception, attention, working memory, executive control, long term memory, and social-emotional processing.

Genetics and Genomics of Social Behavior Workshop

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: The National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse co-hosted a workshop for participants to (1) become familiar with how and which model organisms are being used currently in the field of social behavior and (2) identify opportunities that will benefit public health by supporting high-impact basic research exploring the genetics of social behavior.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)