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2016 Webinar Series on Mental Health Disparities and Global Mental Health Research

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The Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH) organized a webinar series on mental health disparities and global mental health from May through August 2016.

The series on Mental Health Disparities included three webinars. The first, Building Resilience to Reduce Suicide in Arctic Communities, highlighted innovative community-based research on interventions designed to reduce youth suicide in Arctic communities. Lisa Wexler, Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), presented “Promoting Community Conversations about Research to End Suicide (PC CARES).” PC CARES is a suicide prevention project in Northwest Alaska that brings members of the community together in Learning Circles that combine suicide prevention information and resources with local cultural knowledge. Stacy Rasmus, Ph.D. (University of Alaska Fairbanks), described the Qungasvik (toolkit)—a community-driven cultural intervention to reduce suicide and alcohol use among Alaska Native youth. The second webinar, Translational Research in Women’s Mental Health, featured research on reproductive hormone-related mood disorders by Peter Schmidt, M.D. (NIMH Intramural Research Program), and a presentation on the phenotypic and genetic signature of perinatal mood disorders by Samantha Meltzer-Brody, M.D. (University of North Carolina). A third webinar focused on Mental Health Disparities Research and the NIMH Strategic Plan.

The 2016 series on Global Mental Health Research included four webinars. The first, How to Manage Your NIMH Grant: Guidance for Low- or Middle-Income Countries, featured NIMH Grants Management Specialists Ms. Tamara Kees, Teri Jarosik, Rosemary Kresslein, and Sarisa Kowl, who shared tips about how to meet NIMH requirements for managing your grant. The second webinar, Getting the Most from Your Data: Sharing it through the NIMH Data Archive, was presented by Dr. Greg Farber, Ph.D. (Director of the NIMH Office of Technology Development and Coordination) who described NIMH data repositories available to researchers seeking to share and/or access data via the NIMH Data Archive. The third webinar, Good Clinical Practice for Conducting Clinical Trials Research in Low- or Middle-Income Countries, was presented by Dr. Ashley Kennedy, Ph.D. (Clinical Trials Program Coordinator at NIH) and Ms. Katelyn Gilardi (Clinical Research Monitor at NIH), who introduced standards for conducting clinical trials research worldwide. The fourth and final webinar, entitled Implementation Science: An NIH Perspective on Implementation Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, featured Dr. David Chambers, D.Phil. (Deputy Director for Implementation Science at the National Cancer Institute), who discussed the field of implementation science and its utility in low- or middle-income countries.