Skip to main content

Transforming the understanding
and treatment of mental illnesses.

Celebrating 75 Years! Learn More >>

 Archived Content

The National Institute of Mental Health archives materials that are over 4 years old and no longer being updated. The content on this page is provided for historical reference purposes only and may not reflect current knowledge or information.

The NIMH Research Domain Criteria

The Road to Precision Medicine Starts Here

Science Update

The goal of precision medicine is to find the right treatment, for the right person, at the right time.

NIMH Research Domain Criteria
NIMH's Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) is a groundbreaking initiative designed to help bring precision medicine to mental illnesses. In his latest blog post, NIMH Director Thomas Insel discusses the alignment of RDoC with precision medicine as well as the establishment of an RDoC forum—a place where the research community is invited to debate, discuss and enhance the RDoC concept.

Also, a Perspective piece  has just been published in the journal Science in which Dr. Insel and Dr. Bruce Cuthbert, director of the RDoC unit at NIMH, outline the importance of precision medicine and the role RDoC plays in reaching that goal.