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Science News from 2021

Media Advisory: Prototype App for Mobile Devices Could Screen Children at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Media Advisory

A mobile app was successful at distinguishing toddlers diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from typically developing toddlers based on their eye movements while watching videos, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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NIMH’s Dr. Andrea Beckel-Mitchener Named Deputy Director of NIH BRAIN Initiative

Institute Update

Andrea Beckel-Mitchener, Ph.D., has been named deputy director of the trans-NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

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NIMH Director’s Statement: Our Commitment to Ending Structural Racism in Biomedical Research

Institute Update

In this statement, NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon reaffirms his commitment to dismantling structural racism in biomedical research and describes next steps for NIMH.

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New Experiences Enhance Learning by Resetting Key Brain Circuit

Press Release

A study of spatial learning in mice shows that exposure to new experiences dampens established representations in the brain’s hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, allowing the mice to learn new navigation strategies.

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Study Identifies Risk Factors for Elevated Anxiety in Young Adults During COVID-19 Pandemic

Press Release

A new study has identified early risk factors that predicted heightened anxiety in young adults during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gene Readouts Contribute To Distinctness of Mental Disorders

Press Release

A new study conducted by researchers at NIMH suggests that differences in the expression of gene transcripts – readouts copied from DNA that help maintain and build our cells – may hold the key to understanding how mental disorders with shared genetic risk factors result in different patterns of onset, symptoms, course of illness, and treatment responses.

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Adaptive Screener May Help Identify Youth at Risk of Suicide

Press Release

In a study supported by NIMH, researchers have developed a computerized adaptive screener that can help identify youth at risk for attempting suicide.

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