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Event Summaries From 2021

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

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Location: Virtual

Description: 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

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Location: Virtual

Description: 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.

Experts Discuss Borderline Personality Disorder

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Location: Virtual

Description: 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

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Location: Virtual

Description: 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

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Location: Virtual

Description: 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

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Location: Virtual

Description: 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

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Location: Virtual

Description: 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

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Location: Virtual

Description: 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.

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

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Description: 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.

NIMH Livestream Event: Managing Stress and Anxiety

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Location: Virtual

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