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The NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Addressing Social Determinants to Optimize Infant Brain Development

The NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is pleased to invite you to attend a series of lectures dedicated to innovation, invention, and scientific discovery. NIMH established the Director’s Innovation Speaker Series to encourage broad, interdisciplinary thinking in the development of scientific initiatives and programs, and to press for theoretical leaps in science over the continuation of incremental thought. Innovation speakers are encouraged to describe their work from the perspective of breaking through existing boundaries and developing successful new ideas, as well as working outside their primary area of expertise in ways that have pushed their fields forward. We encourage discussions of the meaning of innovation, creativity, breakthroughs, and paradigm-shifting.

Submit general questions to the NIMH Director’s Innovation Speaker Series mailbox.

Speaker Schedule 2022-2023

Portrait of Leticia Márquez-Magaña, Ph.D.

Leticia Márquez-Magaña, Ph.D.

Talk Title: Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Transformative Research Requires Insider Researchers
Date: December 8, 2022, 3:00-4:00 PM ET via Zoom

Portrait of Serena Spudich, M.D., M.A.

Serena Spudich, M.D., M.A.

Talk Title: Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: HIV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 Effects on Brain and Mind Health: A Tale of Two Viruses
Date: November 9, 2022, 2:00-3:00 PM ET via Zoom

Portrait of Helen A. Neville, Ph.D.

Ken Duckworth, M.D.

Talk Title: Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: NAMI and NIMH: Then, Now, and the Future
Date: September 15, 2022, 3:00-4:00 PM ET via Zoom

Speaker Schedule 2021-2022

Portrait of Helen A. Neville, Ph.D.

Helen A. Neville, Ph.D.

Talk Title: Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Implementing Radical Healing Strategies to Promote Health Equity
Date: May 3, 2022, 3:00-4:00 PM ET via Zoom

Portrait of Sylvester James Gates, Ph.D.

Sylvester James Gates, Ph.D.

Talk Title: Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: How Looking at Genetics and Networks Led to Solving a Quantum Gravity Problem
Date: April 26, 2022, 12:00-1:00 PM ET via Zoom

Portrait of Foluso Agboola, MBBS, MPH

Foluso Agboola, MBBS, MPH

Talk Title: Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Beyond FDA Approval: Assessing the Value of New Health Technologies
Date: March 8, 2022, 3:00-4:00 PM ET via Zoom

Otis Webb Brawley, M.D.

Otis Webb Brawley, M.D.

Talk Title: Cancer Control in the 21st Century with an Emphasis on Risk Reduction
Date: February 22, 2022, 3:00-4:00 PM ET via Zoom

Cynthia Rogers, M.D.

Cynthia Rogers, M.D.

Talk Title: Addressing Social Determinants to Optimize Infant Brain Development
Date: January 18, 2022, 3:00-4:00 PM ET via Zoom

Headshot of Nii Addy, Ph.D.

Nii Addy, Ph.D.

Talk Title: Lessons from My Journey as a Black Scientist, NIH-funded Investigator, DEI Leader, and Mental Health Advocate
Date: December 9, 2021, 3:00-4:00 PM ET via Zoom

Picture of Glorinda Segay D.B.H.

Glorinda Segay, D.B.H.

Talk Title: Life Through a Navajo Lens Beyond the Navajo Reservation
Date: October 12, 2021 - 3:00-4:00 PM via Zoom

A portrait headshot of Damien Fair PA-C, Ph.D.

Damien Fair PA-C, Ph.D.

Talk Title: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the Era of Big Data
Date: September 9, 2021 - 3:00-4:00 PM via Zoom

Speaker Schedule 2020-2021

Roberto Lewis-Fernández, MD

Roberto Lewis-Fernández, M.D.

Talk Title: Addressing Ethnoracial Disparities in Mental Health Risk, Assessment, and Service Delivery
Date: June 22, 2021 - 3:00-4:00 PM via Zoom

Elise Robinson, Sc.D.

Elise Robinson, Sc.D.

Talk Title: Genetic Clues to Autism Heterogeneity
Date: May 13, 2021 - 3:00-4:00 PM via Zoom

Beverly Davison, PhD

Beverly Davidson, PhD

Talk Title: Advancing Therapies for Central Nervous System
Date: April 15, 2021 - 3:00-4:00 PM via Zoom

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP

Talk Title: What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City
Date: March 18, 2021 - 3:00 PM via Zoom

Martin Paulus, MD

Martin Paulus, MD

Talk Title: Decision-Making and Computational Psychiatry: An Explanatory and Pragmatic Perspective
Date: November 12, 2020 - 3:00 PM via Zoom

Barak Richman, PhD

Barak Richman, PhD

Talk Title: Pursuing an Innovation Agenda: A New Healthcare Architecture
Date: December 15, 2020 - 3:00 PM via Zoom

Michael Ungar, PhD

Michael Ungar, PhD

Talk Title: Diagnosing Resilience: A Multisystemic Model for Positive Development in Stressed Environments
Date: January 14, 2021 via Zoom