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2018 Global Mental Health Workshop: “Diversity: A Tool for Solving Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health”


Location: Bethesda Marriott, Bethesda, MD

On May 1-2, 2018, the NIMH Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH) and Grand Challenges Canada will co-convene the annual Global Mental Health Workshop to bring together global mental health researchers, innovators, and other stakeholders on the theme of “Diversity: A Tool for Solving Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health.” The workshop will highlight the importance of diversity in science along the research pipeline (basic, translational, clinical, and implementation science); in the global mental health research workforce; in the individuals who participate in mental health research (including youth, racial/ethnic minorities, women, sexual and gender minorities, and individuals with disabilities) and in the short, medium, and long-term timeframes required for various research endeavors to improve clinical care.

Exciting highlights in the workshop will include keynote presentations by global mental health experts such as:

  • Dr. Shekhar Saxena (Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the World Health Organization),
  • Dr. Vikram Patel (The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health at Harvard University Medical School),
  • Dr. Margarita Alegria (Chief of the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School) and
  • Dr. Laurence Kirmayer (James McGill Professor and Director, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry and Department of Psychiatry at McGill University in Canada).

The keynote and workshop session speakers will interactively engage with workshop participants on topics such as computational science, measurement challenges, mobile technology, research and policy engagement, implementation science, research capacity building and intersection for action across diverse communities.

To encourage and inspire future global mental health researchers, the workshop will host lunchtime roundtable discussions on both days for students, post-docs and early-stage investigators to interact with senior and mid-level investigators. These semi-structured discussions will allow for networking and knowledge exchange on mentoring, research career development, and research interests in global mental health.

On Thursday, May 3, 2018, ORDGMH will host a grant writing workshop encouraging participation from graduate students, trainees, early-career/early-stage investigators or others who do not have NIH granting experience. This workshop will provide a broad overview on the following topics: research concept development, grant application preparation and submission, scientific review, clinical research guidelines and global mental health research and training opportunities. This workshop is only for participants of the Global Mental Health Workshop, and space is limited, so please register at the website link under “More Information.” For those not staying the beyond the Global Mental Health Workshop, there will be a webinar platform available for remote participation.

To register, please visit

NIH Grant-Writing and Scientific Peer Review Workshop

Date/Time: May 3, 2018; 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

Location: National Institutes of Health, Building 31/6C Room 10, Bethesda, MD

Following the annual NIMH Global Mental Health Workshop on May 1-2, 2018, in Bethesda, MD, the NIMH Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH) will convene a grant writing workshop on Thursday, May 3, 2018, for workshop attendees only. ORDGMH encourages participation from early-career/stage investigators including but not limited to graduate students, junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, trainees and others (e.g., foreign researchers having limited experience with NIH funding processes).

This one-day workshop will provide a broad overview of processes and topics that include:

  • Identifying NIH funding opportunities
  • Developing a study concept and communicating with NIH Program Officers
  • Moving from concept to application
  • Clinical research guidelines including those related to data and safety monitoring, good clinical practice, and human subjects’ protections
  • Submitting an application to the NIH using the Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST)
  • Grant application scientific peer review
  • Current funding opportunities for research and training in global mental health

There is no cost to attend but interested participants must register because of limited space. For those registering after capacity has been reached, there will be a webinar platform available for remote participation.

More Information:

To register for the Global Mental Health Workshop on May 1-2, please visit

To register for the NIH Grant-Writing and Scientific Peer Review Workshop on May 3, please visit

If you have questions, please contact