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Event Summaries From 2017

Mental Health: Youth in Transition

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Location: The Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20001

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For Mental Health Awareness Week, NIMH partnered with the Embassy of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to host a panel discussion about mental health challenges faced by youth—including indigenous peoples—during the transition to adulthood.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health

NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) Awards Ceremony

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Location: Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference - Washington, D.C.

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The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) initiative was created to support the research programs and career development of outstanding scientists who are in the early, formative stages of their careers and who plan to make a long-term commitment to research most relevant to NIMH. These awards seek to assist these individuals in launching an innovative clinical, translational, or basic research program that holds the potential to profoundly transform the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of mental disorders.

Mini-Symposium - Computational Psychiatry: Multiscale Models of Mental Illness

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Location: Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

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On November 12, 2017, NIMH hosted a mini-symposium to introduce new and burgeoning field of computational psychiatry.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health

Explainable Artificial Intelligence Solutions Applied to Neural and Behavioral Data

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Location: Washington Marriott at Metro Center, Washington, D.C.

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On November 10, 2017, NIMH convened a workshop to discuss the development of explainable artificial intelligence (XAI) solutions to guide basic and clinical interventions, and to inform our understanding of complex brain-behavioral data in the context of intelligent neuro-behavioral modulation.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health

NeuroHIV in the ART era

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Location: Bethesda, MD

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Despite the effectiveness of Anti-retroviral therapy (ART), HIV-induced CNS dysfunction persists, but a significant heterogeneity in the prevalence and severity of these disturbances still exist. Brain autopsy findings from HIV positive individuals on ART have revealed a paucity of the distinctive pathologic findings seen in the pre-ART era.

Sponsors: NIMH Division of AIDS Research

Blood– brain barrier and HIV reservoirs in the CNS—formation and eradication

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Location: Krakow, Poland

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The NIMH Division of AIDS Research hosted a session entitled “Blood– brain barrier and HIV reservoirs in the CNS—formation and eradication” in conjunction with the 20th International Symposium on Signal Transduction at the Blood–Brain Barriers.

Sponsors: NIMH Division of AIDS Research

Approach to Consortium Studies of CNS HIV Escape

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Location: Pollenzo, Italy

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The NIMH Division of AIDS Research sponsored a session on “Approach to Consortium Studies of CNS HIV Escape” that was held in conjunction with the Seventh International Meeting on HIV infection in the CNS.

Sponsors: NIMH Division of AIDS Research

NIMH Rare Genetic Diseases Workshop

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Location: Bethesda, MD

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On September 19, 2017, NIMH hosted a workshop on challenges and opportunities for exploring rare genetic syndromes as models to delineate the genetic risk architecture of mental illnesses and to facilitate translation into meaningful prevention and treatments.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health

Sleep and Neurodevelopment Workshop: Electrophysiologic Sleep Phenotyping (ESP)

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Location: Bethesda, MD

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The NIMH Division of Intramural Research Programs (IRP) convened a workshop to develop and promote Electrophysiologic Sleep Phenotyping (ESP) as a mainstay of the clinical assessment of children at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders.

Sponsors: NIMH Division of Intramural Research Programs (IRP), National Institute of Mental Health

Harmonizing Clinical Data Collection in Community-Based Treatment Programs for First-Episode Psychosis

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Location: Bethesda, MD

Description: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) met in September 2017 to develop an Early Psychosis Intervention Network (EPINET) among Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) programs for first-episode psychosis (FEP).

Research Partnerships for Scaling Up Mental Health Interventions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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Location: Bethesda, MD

Description: The NIMH Office of Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health and the NIMH-funded Strengthening Mental Health and Research Training in Africa (SMART) project hosted the first meeting of the Scale-Up Hubs in Kampala, Uganda.

Brain Somatic Mosaicism Network Investigators’ Workshop

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Location: Bethesda, MD

Description: The NIMH Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science held the annual Brain Somatic Mosaicism Network (BSMN) investigators’ workshop.

Psychiatric Genomics in the Era of Team Science Symposium

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Location: Bethesda, MD

Description: The NIMH Office of Genomics Research Coordination and the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research led a symposium on the state of the field of neuropsychiatric genomics.

PsychENCODE Consortium Investigators’ Workshop

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Location: Bethesda, MD

Description: The NIMH Office of Genomics Research Coordination hosted the annual PsychENCODE Consortium (PEC) investigators’ workshop.

Computational Psychiatry: Opportunities and Challenges for the Future

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Location: Bethesda, MD

Description: The NIMH Office of Director held a scientific workshop on computational psychiatry.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Pediatric, Early Detection, Engagement and Services (ASD PEDS) Network

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Location: Bethesda, MD

Description: The NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research convened a meeting with researchers from the initial Services Research for Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan (ServASD) funding opportunity announcement.

State of Suicide Prevention in Emergency Care

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Description: NIMH convened a meeting with federal and private stakeholders to review the current state of knowledge and the scope of the suicide problem in the U.S.

Novel Approaches to Understanding the Mechanisms of the Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Alzheimer’s and Advancing Therapy Development

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Location: Bethesda, MD

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On May 8-9, 2017, NIMH and the National Institute on Aging brought together clinical, behavioral science, and neuroscience researchers to discuss neuropsychiatric symptoms and treatment approaches for Alzheimer’s disease.

HIV PrEP Implementation Science Administrative Supplement Meeting

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Location: Bethesda, MD

Description: The NIMH Division of AIDS Research sponsored a meeting to advance the science of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) implementation.

Transformative Opportunities for Solving the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health

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Location: Bethesda, MD

Description: The NIMH Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health and Grand Challenges Canada co-convened a workshop that brought together global mental health researchers, innovators, and other stakeholders.

Celebrating the Legacy of the NIMH Child Psychiatry Branch, Chief, Judith L. Rapoport, M.D.

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Location: Bethesda, MD

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The Division of Intramural Research Programs (IRP) held a symposium to celebrate decades of research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health Child Psychiatry Branch, led by Judith Rapoport, M.D.

Professional Coalition for Research Progress: 2017 Meeting

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Location: NIH Natcher Conference Center, NIH Campus

Description: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) convened the eighth Professional Coalition for Research Progress (Coalition) Meeting which served as an opportunity for representatives from professional organizations with an interest in NIMH research to hear about advances in mental health research, current and new research directions, and strategies for NIMH.

Biometrics and Beyond: Harnessing computer vision and machine learning to measure real world social interactions in psychiatric populations

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Location: Bethesda, MD

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The NIMH Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science, with support from the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, convened a workshop to address the needs for quantitative measurement of human social interactions in psychiatric populations.

Innovative Measures of Medication Adherence for HIV Treatment and Prevention

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Location: Rockville, MD

Description: The NIMH Division of AIDS Research co-sponsored a meeting with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to advance the next-generation of HIV medication adherence.

Reducing the Incidence of Suicide in Indigenous Groups – Strengths United through Networks (RISING SUN): Workshop 3

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Location: Iqaluit, Nunavut (Arctic Canada)

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The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) hosted a collaborative workshop under the 2015-2017 U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. The workshop focused on ways to effectively prevent suicide among Indigenous peoples in the circumpolar region.

Addendum: NIMH Conference on Mental Health Services Research: Harnessing Science to Strengthen the Public Health Impact

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Description: The National Institute of Mental Health hosted the 23rd Conference on Mental Health Services Research (MHSR) with the theme, “Harnessing Science to Strengthen the Public Health Impact.”