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Event Summaries for 2021

Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Lessons from My Journey as a Black Scientist, NIH-funded Investigator, DEI Leader, and Mental Health Advocate

Nii Addy, Ph.D. shared his experiences and journey as a Black scientist, mentor, mentee, sponsor, diversity, equity, inclusion leader, and mental health advocate.

NIMH Livestream Event on Seasonal Affective Disorder

NIMH conducted a livestream event on seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Matthew Rudorfer, M.D., chief of the Adult Psychopharmacology, Somatic, and Integrated Treatment Research Program at NIMH, discussed the signs, symptoms, treatments, and the latest research on SAD.

Technical Assistance Webinar: Effectiveness and Implementation Research for Post-Acute Interventions to Optimize Long-Term Mental Health Outcomes in Low-and Middle-Income Countries

This NIMH technical assistance webinar provided an overview of the funding opportunity announcement (FOA), Effectiveness and Implementation Research for Post-Acute Interventions to Optimize Long-Term Mental Health Outcomes in Low-and Middle-Income Countries, for prospective applicants. The webinar was followed by a question-and-answer session with NIMH staff members.

Macrophage Infection by HIV: Implications for Pathogenesis and Cure
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NIMH and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard conducted a virtual meeting on the emerging data related to macrophage interactions with the immune system during HIV infection, macrophage reservoirs and approaches to their elimination, and the involvement of CNS myeloid reservoirs and associated co-morbidities. The meeting also highlighted recent work on macrophage inflammation in the context of SARS-CoV-2 infection and work from new NIMH-funded investigators.

Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Life Through a Navajo Lens Beyond the Navajo Reservation

Glorinda Segay, D.B.H., shared her journey, her work at the Indian Health Service, and what the agency does to promote mental health among Native Americans.

NIMH Livestream Event on Suicide Prevention During COVID: A Continuing Priority

During National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, NIMH hosted a livestream event on suicide prevention during the pandemic, focusing on unemployment, youth, and other population subgroups who may be experiencing elevated risk.

Advancing Evidence-Based Interventions to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for LGBTQ+ Youth

This webinar provided an overview of an NIMH-sponsored study that adapts an evidence-based mental health intervention for LGBTQ+ youth of color and their families. It also showcased potential mechanisms that can be used to adapt the intervention to address mental health disparities faced by SGM youth of color.

The NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Era of Big Data

Damien Fair PA-C, Ph.D. is a founding co-director of the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain and a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Fair highlighted positive developments in functional neuroimaging with the potential to put the field on a more solid footing moving forward and realize the translational potential of these non-invasive methodologies.

NIMH Instagram Event: Back to School — Coping with the Pandemic and Re-Entry Stress

Whether in-person or virtually, going back to school can be stressful for students, parents, and teachers—especially while navigating a pandemic. On August 24, 2021, NIMH conducted an Instagram event with Krystal Lewis, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist at NIMH, who discussed causes or triggers of stress and coping techniques to help reduce anxiety and improve the transition back to school.

NIMH Workshop on Naturalistic Stimuli and Individual Differences

NIMH’s Center for Multimodal Neuroimaging conducted a pre-recorded virtual workshop on naturalistic stimuli and individual differences.

NIMH James Jackson Memorial Award Lecture: “Black Mental Health, Mentoring, and Health Equity: A Love Supreme”

On July 28, 2021, NIMH hosted the James Jackson Memorial Award lecture with the inaugural award winner, Dr. Enrique W. Neblett, Jr. Dr. Neblett discussed how his current research, mentoring, and community engagement advances the fields of mental health disparities and minority mental health.

Neurologic and Psychiatric Effects of SARS-CoV-2 Meeting
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The NIMH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and National Institute on Aging conducted a virtual meeting on the neurologic and psychiatric effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection from July 14-15, 2021.

Strength in the Face of Challenge: Youth Suicide Prevention Research Among the White Mountain Apache and the Navajo Nation in the Time of COVID-19

On June 29, 2021, NIMH hosted a webinar on Youth Suicide Prevention Research Among the White Mountain Apache and the Navajo Nation in the Time of COVID-19. Test

Workshop: Advanced Statistical Methods and Dynamic Data Visualizations for Mental Health Studies
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The NIMH hosted a two-day workshop on advanced statistical methods and dynamic data visualizations for mental health studies.

The NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Addressing Ethnoracial Disparities in Mental Health Risk, Assessment, and Service Delivery

Roberto Lewis-Fernández, M.D., was the guest speaker for the NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series. Dr. Lewis-Fernández is a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University and director of the New York State Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence and the Hispanic Treatment Program, and co-director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic, at New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). In his talk, Dr. Lewis-Fernández reviewed key areas in need of research on cultural and ethnoracial disparities in mental health conditions and services.

NIMH-Funded Researcher Dr. Barbara Rothbaum Discusses Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

In recognition of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month in June, NIMH hosted a livestream event on PTSD featuring NIMH-funded researcher Barbara Rothbaum, Ph.D., ABPP, professor of psychiatry and associate vice chair of clinical research at the Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Understanding Suicide Risk Among Children and Pre-teens: A Synthesis Workshop

On June 15, 2021, NIMH convened a synthesis workshop culminating the work of three research roundtables focused on understanding suicide risk and risk trajectories among children and pre-teens, including groups with recent increases in risk.

Gender Differences in Bipolar Disorder Across the Life Span Through an Intersectional Lens

On June 10, 2021, NIMH hosted a webinar on Gender Differences in Bipolar Disorder Across the Life Span Through an Intersectional Lens.

Sleep and Suicide Prevention Workshop: Advancing Innovation and Intervention Opportunity
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NIMH conducted a two-day workshop: Sleep and Suicide Prevention: Advancing Innovation and Intervention Opportunity. The primary goal of this workshop was to share cutting-edge findings across diverse specialties and multi-disciplinary fields to examine sleep as a biomarker and novel treatment target to inform etiology and advance innovation in suicide prevention.

Human Mobility and HIV Workshop
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NIMH convened a two-day virtual workshop on human mobility and HIV in diverse global populations from May 24-25, 2021.

Experts Discuss Borderline Personality Disorder

On May 21, 2021, NIMH’s Dr. Stephen O’Connor moderated a discussion on borderline personality disorder with NIMH grantees Drs. Stephanie D. Stepp and Shireen L. Rizvi.

The NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Genetic Clues to Autism Heterogeneity

On May 13, 2021, Elise Robinson, Sc.D., was the guest speaker for the NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series. Dr. Robinson discussed rare and common genetic risk factors for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and the association between those risk factors and ASD heterogeneity.

The NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Advancing Therapies for Central Nervous System Disorders

On April 15, 2021, Beverly Davidson, Ph.D., was the guest speaker for the NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series. Dr. Davidson is the Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Arthur V. Meigs, Chair in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and director of the Raymond G. Perelman Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics at CHOP. She provided an overview of recent research approaches for inherited disorders that impact central nervous system (CNS) function during her talk.

NIMH Livestream Event: Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents and Young Adults

In recognition of World Bipolar Day, NIMH hosted a livestream event on bipolar disorder in adolescents and young adults on March 30, 2021. NIMH expert Mary Rooney, Ph.D., discussed the signs and symptoms, proper diagnosis, and treatments for bipolar disorder in adolescents and young adults. Also, Dr. Rooney discussed some of the challenges that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has presented for individuals living with bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses.

NIMH Livestream Event: Let’s Talk About Eating Disorders with NIMH Grantee Dr. Cynthia Bulik

In recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, NIMH hosted a livestream event featuring NIMH grantee Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine and Founding Director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. Dr. Bulik discussed signs, symptoms, treatments, and the latest research on eating disorders. Also, Dr. Bulik discussed some of the challenges that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has presented for individuals living with eating disorders and other mental illnesses.

Workshop: Gene-based Therapeutics for Rare Genetic Neurodevelopmental Psychiatric Disorders

On January 21, 2021, NIMH conducted a virtual workshop that provided insights into the potential challenges and opportunities for gene-based therapeutic strategies for individuals with rare genetic neurodevelopmental disorders. This workshop brought together a multi-disciplinary group of experts from academia, government, and industry to provide a review of the current state of science in gene-targeted therapeutics and characteristics of suitable gene/molecular targets and mechanisms amenable to gene-based therapies.

NIMH Livestream Event: Managing Stress and Anxiety

NIMH hosted a livestream event on managing stress and anxiety during the pandemic with NIMH expert Dr. Krystal Lewis on Thursday, January 14, 2021.

The NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Diagnosing Resilience: A Multisystemic Model for Positive Development in Stressed Environments

On January 14, 2021, Michael Ungar, Ph.D., founder and director of the Resilience Research Centre and Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, was the guest speaker in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Director’s Innovation Speaker Series, which focuses on innovation, invention, and scientific discovery. Using examples from his research and clinical practice, Dr. Ungar explored the nature of young people’s patterns of resilience in contexts where children and adolescents are affected by social marginalization, migration, violence, and mental disorder.