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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.

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.

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.

Using Stem Cell-Based Assays for Biological and Drug Discovery Workshop

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Location: Bethesda, MD

Description: The NIMH Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science convened a workshop NIMH funding recipients whose research involves human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) or similar reprogrammed cell assays.

RDoC – ABCT -The Delaware Project Webinar

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Description: The NIMH RDoC Unit, the Delaware Project, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) hosted the first in a series of collaborative webinars.

NAMHC Workgroup on Revisions to the RDoC Matrix: Motor Systems

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Location: Bethesda, MD

Description: The NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) Unit and Working Group hosted the first in a series of workshops that were established to revise the RDoC Matrix on an ongoing basis.

RDoC Principal Investigators’ Meeting

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Location: Bethesda, MD

Description: The NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) Unit hosted a meeting to mark the fifth anniversary of the first RDoC funding announcement.

Leveraging Electronic Medical Records (EMR) for Psychiatric Genetic Research Workshop

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Location: Bethesda, MD

Description: The NIMH Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science hosted a workshop to discuss merging electronic medical records with genomic data and population-based registries to enhance research on risk factors for mental illnesses.

Society for Neuroscience 2015 Symposium Brain Stimulation Based Neural Circuit Modeling: Linking levels of analysis

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Location: Fairmont, Chicago

Description: This symposium will bring together basic neuroscientists, computational modelers, and clinical investigators to discuss how to integrate large-scale computational modeling with translational neuroscience, in order to increase our understanding of how to improve the rhythmic interactions of networks by non-surgical brain stimulation and enhance cognitive capabilities in clinical disorders.

NIMH Alliance for Research Progress Meeting

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Location: Bethesda, MD

Description: The September 2015 Alliance for Research Progress meeting included a discussion on depression and resiliency; an update on the RAISE Early Treatment Program; an update on the Precision Medicine Initiative; and some thoughts on barriers to getting certain mental health treatments.

Alliance for Research Progress - February 7, 2014 Meeting

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Location: Rockville, Maryland

Description: Summary for the February 2014 meeting of the Alliance for Research Progress.

Neurobiobank Meeting Summary

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Location: Rockville, MD

Description: On May 14-15, 2012, NIMH, NICHD, and NINDS convened a meeting of brain banking experts from across the United States and with experts from the European Union’s Brain Banking network, BrainNet Europe. The goal of the meeting was to discuss issues related to the efforts by the three Institutes to take a more integrated and coordinated approach to brain banking in the U.S.

Navigating Your Way through a Successful Research Career: An NIMH Workshop for Early Stage Investigators

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Location: Rockville, Maryland

Description: On July 5-6, 2011, the Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH), in the Office of the Director of NIMH, sponsored a workshop for early stage investigators currently supported by Diversity and Re-entry Supplements, to provide the investigators with the tools necessary to continue along the path of competitive research support and the transition to independence. The workshop aimed to instill the importance of producing innovative research within the overall mission of the NIMH in these promising early career researchers. Content of the workshop emphasized issues relating to grantsmanship and strategies for successfully navigating obstacles and developing potential solutions on the journey to a successful research career.

Sponsors: Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH), National Institute of Mental Health

The Maturation of Functional Brain Networks: Insight into the Origins and Course of Mental Disorders

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Description: Neural networks are a fundamental property of normal brain function, and dysregulated brain activity has been implicated in a wide array of mental disorders. In January 2011, NIMH convened a multi-disciplinary workshop of experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges of studying the maturation of neural networks in healthy and clinical populations. The workshop focused on non-invasive research tools, structure-function relationships, typical and atypical development, personalized biomarkers, and developmental connectivity maps.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health

Using Stem Cells to Model Psychiatric Disorders: NIH Grantees Meeting

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: In October 2010, the NIMH convened a meeting of NIH grantees who use stem cells, particularly those derived from patients, as tools to identify fundamental molecular and cellular defects and the role of altered developmental processes in psychiatric disorders.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health

Research Careers in Global Mental Health

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: On July 30, 2010, the Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH) in the Office of the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invited students, post-doctoral trainees, and early stage investigators, as well as researchers, educators, practitioners, and federal government staff to discuss research careers in global mental health. This gathering of trainees and researchers occurred in response to the rapidly growing interest in global mental health as a career option.

Sponsors: Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH), National Institute of Mental Health

Navigating Your Way through a Successful Research Career: An NIMH Workshop for Early Stage Research Investigator

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: On June 7-8, 2010, the Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH), in the Office of the Director of NIMH, sponsored a workshop for early stage research investigators currently supported by Diversity Supplements, to provide the investigators with the tools necessary to continue along the path of competitive research support and the transition to independence.

Sponsors: Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH), National Institute of Mental Health

Closing the Gaps: The Role of Research in Reducing Mental Health Disparities in the U.S.

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: On May 5, 2010, the Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH) in the Office of the Director of NIMH convened a meeting of representatives of key federal agencies and thought leaders from a range of fields—including genetics, cultural neuroscience, epidemiology, psychology, clinical psychiatry, and community-based services and intervention research—to discuss novel directions that, if investigated empirically, could foster the reduction of mental health disparities across race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status (SES), and geography.

Sponsors: Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH), National Institute of Mental Health

NIMH Institutional Training Grant Program Directors Meeting

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: T32 Program Directors and NIMH staff discussed the unique challenges and opportunities associated with training future NIMH investigators.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health

New Perspectives in the Translational Neuroscience of Late Life Mental Disorders

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: The goal of this workshop was to bring together basic and clinical researchers to identify key research questions relative to discovering the causes of mental disorders, and to chart mental illness trajectories to determine when, where and how to intervene.

Sponsors: Division of Adult Translational Research and Treatment Development (DATR), National Institute of Mental Health

Neuroimmunology, Brain Development, and Mental Disorders

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Location: Washington, DC

Description: The purpose of this workshop was to discuss the role of neuroimmunologic factors in brain development and mental disorders.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health

The 14th NIMH Biennial Research Conference on the Economics of Mental Health

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: In September 2008, the NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research sponsored the 14th NIMH Biennial Research Conference on the Economics of Mental Health. This year the program committee invited investigators to present original policy-relevant research that can contribute toward building a high performance mental health system.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR)

Navigating Your Way through a Successful Research Career

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Location: Rockville, Maryland

Description: NIMH sponsored a workshop to provide junior investigators with the tools necessary to continue along the path of competitive research support and transition to independence.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health

Workshop: “Neurobiological Basis of Circadian Rhythms Interaction with Complex Behavior”

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: The overall goal of this workshop was to encourage and further extend research on the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie the association between circadian rhythms with higher brain functions and behaviors of importance to the NIMH research mission. The circadian clock controls a vast number of physiological variables, and disruptions of circadian rhythms have been implicated in psychiatric disorders. The rich progress in understanding both molecular circadian mechanism and behavioral circadian phenomenon, indicate that the field is now poised for a deeper and more mechanistic understanding of how circadian oscillators interact with brain circuits and neurotransmitter systems to influence diverse processes including emotion, cognition and social interactions.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health

NIH Conference on Building the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in the Service of Public Health

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: OBSSR, NCI, NIDA, NIAAA, NICHD, and NIMH sponsored the first of five annual meetings on the state of the science of dissemination and implementation research.

Sponsors: NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR), National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institute of Mental Health

Roundtable on Mood Disorders and Hormonal Transitions

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Description: NIMH co-sponsored the roundtable with the Society for Women’s Health Research. The meeting brought together experts in the areas of postpartum and perimenopause related depression, in order to share information regarding research in mood disorders associated with reproductive hormone change.

NIMH Annual International Research Conference on the Role of Families in Preventing and Adapting to HIV/AIDS

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Location: San Francisco, California

Description: NIMH and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UC San Francisco co-sponsored a conference in San Francisco aimed at Responding to the Social Context of HIV Risk The Role of Families and Support Networks.

Cognition and Stress: Advances in Basic and Translational Research

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: In July 2007, the NIMH Cognition Working Group held a multidisciplinary workshop to identify major trends, gaps, and opportunities in behavioral and biological research on cognition and stress.

Mental Health Consideration in Secondary HIV Prevention

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: The Secondary Prevention and Translation Branch of NIMH’s Center for Mental Health Research on AIDS (CMHRA) hosted a meeting that focused on identifying target areas for new research on the intersection of secondary HIV prevention and mental health, specifically related to HIV-infected individuals with psychiatric disorders living in the United States.

NeuroAIDS in Asia and the Pacific Rim

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Location: Sydney, Australia

Description: In conjunction with the fourth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention held in Sydney, Australia, NIMH co-sponsored a meeting to highlight the current research relating to neurological and neuropsychological complications of HIV infection in the Asia Pacific region. The meeting also assessed the impact of HIV associated opportunistic and co-infections on the nervous system.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Government of Australia (AusAID)

Novel Methods for Examining Prefrontal Interactions with Cortical and Subcortical Systems that Support Complex Mental Function

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Location: Rockville, Maryland

Description: NIMH sponsored this workshop to identify the gaps in understanding of the anatomical and functional influences of the prefrontal cortex on circuits supporting complex mental functions, and to assess technologies that could enable a more precise understanding of these brain networks.

Third Annual Meeting of the Developing Centers for the Intervention and Prevention of Suicide

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Location: Washington, DC

Description: NIMH, NIDA, and NIAAA co-sponsored a meeting of the Developing Centers for the Intervention and Prevention of Suicide.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Behavioral and Social Sciences Research on HIV/AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

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Location: Tunis, Tunisia

Description: The NIH Office of AIDS Research, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease sponsored a meeting to promote dialogue on HIV/AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and to outline a research agenda that addresses behavioral and social science priorities for epidemiology and prevention, access to care, and treatment.

NIMH Special Symposium: Mental Illness, the Person, and Prison

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: In May 2007, NIMH hosted a symposium on the urgent problem of prisoners with serious mental illness.

Evolving Mechanisms of HIV Neuropathogenesis: Domestic and Global Issues

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Location: Venice, Italy

Description: NIMH co-sponsored an international meeting in Venice, Italy to discuss research on disease mechanisms that lead to chronic and milder forms of HIV-associated central nervous system (CNS) disease following long-term anti-retroviral therapy.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), San Raffaele Scientific Institute (Italy), National Institute for Infectious Diseases (Italy)

Partnerships to Integrate Evidence Based Mental Health Practices into Social Work Education and Research Meeting

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: In April 2007, the Division of Services and Intervention Research, the Office of Special Populations, and the Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison of the National Institute of Mental Health hosted a meeting in which participants shared ideas on building and expanding collaborative relationships to support the further integration of research-based mental health practices into social work education.

Second International Conference on HIV Treatment Adherence

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Location: Jersey City, New Jersey

Description: In March 2007 in Jersey City, New Jersey, the National Institute of Mental Health and the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) hosted a state-of-the-science conference focused on understanding and enhancing patient adherence to HIV treatment regimens.

Cognitive Neuroscience Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: In February 2007, the National Institute of Mental Health sponsored a conference in Bethesda, Maryland that assembled basic and clinical cognitive neuroscientists, animal modelers from academia and industry, and clinical trial experts who share a common interest in developing neuroscience-based measures for assessing cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. Following invited talks by basic scientists and breakout groups involving all attendees, meeting participants suggested eight cognitive constructs for further measurement development within the areas of perception, attention, working memory, executive control, long term memory, and social-emotional processing.

Genetics and Genomics of Social Behavior Workshop

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: The National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse co-hosted a workshop for participants to (1) become familiar with how and which model organisms are being used currently in the field of social behavior and (2) identify opportunities that will benefit public health by supporting high-impact basic research exploring the genetics of social behavior.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Promoting Indigenous Research on Suicide Prevention and Related Topics: A Workshop to Define Issues, Develop Strategies and Identify Sustaining Frameworks

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Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Description: As a follow-up to the February 2006 meeting “Indigenous Suicide Prevention Research and Programs in Canada and the United States: Setting a Collaborative Agenda” NIMH supported a workshop to further identify challenges faced by indigenous researchers.

Sponsors: National Institute of Mental Health, Center for Native American Health, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

Developing New Treatments for Tourette Syndrome: Clinical and Basic Science Dialogue

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Location: Washington, D.C.

Description: In September, 2006, NINDS, NIMH, ORD, and the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) jointly sponsored a workshop to develop new and improved treatments for children and adults afflicted with Tourette syndrome (TS).

Sponsors: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institute of Mental Health, NIH Office of Rare Diseases (ORD), Tourette Syndrome Association

Annual Family and HIV/AIDS Meeting

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Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Description: NIMH and the University of Puerto Rico cosponsored the Annual International Research Conference on the Role of Families in Preventing and Adapting to HIV/AIDS.

Dimensional Approaches in Diagnostic Classification

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: NIMH, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) supported the addition of a meeting on dimensional approaches to the series of meetings that the American Psychiatric Association is conducting in preparation for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).

Annual Computational Neuroscience (CNS) Meeting

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Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Description: NIMH provided partial support for the 15th annual CNS meeting held in July, in Edinburgh, Scotland. CNS is an interdisciplinary field forging a link between neuroscience, computer science, physics, and applied mathematics.

Gene x Environment Interactions and Developmental Psychopathology: Research Challenges and Opportunities

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Location: Washington, DC

Description: The purpose of this workshop was to bring together researchers in developmental psychopathology, genetics, epidemiology, and related disciplines to determine: (1) the utility of the gene-by-environment (GxE) paradigm for informing disease processes during childhood and adolescence; (2) the translational relevance of research generated via the application of this paradigm; and, (3) the key issues and sources of complexity that need to be considered in applying this paradigm broadly and to pediatric populations specifically.

NIH State of the Science Conference on Tobacco Use: Prevention, Cessation, and Control

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: Tobacco use remains the Nation’s leading preventable cause of premature death.

Translational Research: Bridging Basic and Applied Perspectives

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Location: Rockville, Maryland

Description: In May 2006, the Division of AIDS and Health and Behavior Research (DAHBR) sponsored this two-day meeting in Rockville, Maryland with the purpose of bringing together scientists whose work has focused on prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination, stigma, and related areas to assist NIMH in identifying (1) the most exciting and timely possibilities for translation and integration across basic and applied approaches, (2) the greatest gaps in knowledge, (3) barriers to conducting this kind of translational research, and (4) ways to overcome these barriers. The meeting was jointly planned and co-chaired by Jennifer Crocker, University of Michigan; Bernice Pescosolido, Indiana University; and Emeline Otey, DAHBR.

HIV Preclinical — Clinical Therapeutics Research

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: In May, the NIMH Center for Mental Health Research on AIDS convened this two-day meeting in Bethesda, Maryland

Mapping the Landscape of Deployment Related Adjustment and Mental Disorders: A Working Group to Inform Research

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Location: Rockville, Maryland

Description: NIMH joined the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Research and Development, and the Department of Defense, United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, for a meeting to discuss progress and challenges in addressing deployment-related adjustment problems and mental disorders.

Developmental and Translational Models of Emotion Regulation and Dysregulation: Links to Childhood Affective Disorders

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Location: Bethesda, MD

Description: On April 3 and 4, 2006, the National Institute of Mental Health sponsored a meeting that brought together basic and clinical scientists in the field of emotion regulation to review current models, identify research gaps, and propose promising directions for future research.

Sponsors: Division of Developmental Translational Research (DDTR), Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR)

NIMH/IAPAC International Conference on HIV Treatment Adherence

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Location: Jersey City, New Jersey

Description: In March 2006, in Jersey City, New Jersey, NIMH and the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) hosted a state-of-the-science conference to examine strategies to understand and enhance adherence to antiretroviral regimens in a variety of settings.

NIMH Workshop for Emerging Research Investigators in Pediatric Mental Health: Making a Successful Transition to Research Career Independence

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Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Description: This workshop focused on providing emerging investigators with resources necessary to initiate and continue on the path of research independence focused on child and adolescent research.

Indigenous Suicide Prevention Research and Programs in Canada and the United States: Setting a Collaborative Agenda

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Location: Albuquerque, NM

Description: In February 2006, a conference was convened to bring together representatives from research, service organizations, youth, community programs, and governments (across a range of countries, tribes, and villages) to share the most current information on Indigenous suicide, to find ways to foster communication and collaboration, and to form and support workgroups to bring substantive research and prevention efforts forward in a multi-year effort.

Benefits, Limitations, and Emerging Research Needs in Treating Youth with Depression

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Location: Washington, DC

Description: On February 6 and 7, 2006, experts in child and adolescent depression met in Washington, DC to review the state of the science of the treatment of youth depression and discuss approaches to further research.

International Society for CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology (ISCTM) Meeting

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Location: Washington, DC

Description: In February 2006, the ISCTM held this meeting by satellite on the NIMH initiative regarding treatment development for negative symptoms of schizophrenia.