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Event Summaries From 2008

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Women Returning from Combat

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Location: Washington, DC

Description: The meeting brought together experts in the field to review sex and gender differences in PTSD, identified gaps in research, and generated ideas for new research approaches and initiatives.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, DynCorp International, Magellan Health Services, Inc.

Mental Illness, Incarceration, and Community Re-entry: Telepsychiatry and Continuity of Mental Health Care

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Location: Austin, Texas

Description: Participants discussed whether current knowledge and practices related to the continuity of mental health care in general and telepsychiatry specifically are effective, and how effective methods can be generalized to other domains of mental health care.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, University of Texas, Medical Branch at Galveston

Neuroimmunology, Brain Development, and Mental Disorders

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Location: Washington, DC

Description: The purpose of this workshop was to discuss the role of neuroimmunologic factors in brain development and mental disorders.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health

Trauma Spectrum Disorders: The Role of Gender, Race, and Other Socioeconomic Factors

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: The meeting was convened to review existing science on trauma spectrum disorders related to military deployment, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Sponsors: Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE), Department of Defense (DOD), National Institutes of Health, NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

The 14th NIMH Biennial Research Conference on the Economics of Mental Health

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: In September 2008, the NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research sponsored the 14th NIMH Biennial Research Conference on the Economics of Mental Health. This year the program committee invited investigators to present original policy-relevant research that can contribute toward building a high performance mental health system.

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

Navigating Your Way through a Successful Research Career

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Location: Rockville, Maryland

Description: NIMH sponsored a workshop to provide junior investigators with the tools necessary to continue along the path of competitive research support and transition to independence.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health

Workshop: “Neurobiological Basis of Circadian Rhythms Interaction with Complex Behavior”

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: The overall goal of this workshop was to encourage and further extend research on the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie the association between circadian rhythms with higher brain functions and behaviors of importance to the NIMH research mission. The circadian clock controls a vast number of physiological variables, and disruptions of circadian rhythms have been implicated in psychiatric disorders. The rich progress in understanding both molecular circadian mechanism and behavioral circadian phenomenon, indicate that the field is now poised for a deeper and more mechanistic understanding of how circadian oscillators interact with brain circuits and neurotransmitter systems to influence diverse processes including emotion, cognition and social interactions.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health

Research Roundtable: Heterogeneity in Child and Adolescent Depression

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Location: Washington, DC

Description: The purpose of this workshop was to discuss empirical evidence for sources of heterogeneity in child and adolescent depression, evaluate the significance of known heterogeneity, and identify promising research directions in this area.

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

Child and Adolescent Effectiveness Research in Clinical Practice and Community Settings: Needs, Challenges, and Opportunities

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Description: This workshop provided a forum for reviewing accomplishments and challenges in conducting effectiveness research in practice and other community settings and served as an opportunity for informally discussing promising approaches to further research. The focus of the meeting was on testing the effectiveness of treatment interventions for children and adolescents when delivered in clinical practice and other community settings, such as schools.

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

Design and Evaluation of Clinical Trials for PTSD: A VA, NIMH, DOD Working Group

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Location: Rockville, Maryland

Description: NIMH joined the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Research and Development, and the Department of Defense, Health Affairs, in organizing a two day working group to review, in the context of the recent IOM report, generally agreed upon standards for clinical trials in biomedical and behavioral research; discuss some of the clinical and research challenges associated with clinical trials for PTSD; and develop expert advice for surmounting these challenges in future intervention trials for PTSD.

Sponsors: Office of Research and Development, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), National Institute of Mental Health, Health Affairs, Department of Defense (DOD)