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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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NIMH’s Carlos Zarate Jr., M.D., Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Institute Update

Carlos Zarate Jr., M.D., chief of the Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch within the NIMH Intramural Research Program, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

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NIH-funded Study Sheds Light on Abnormal Neural Function in Rare Genetic Disorder

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A genetic study has identified neuronal abnormalities in the electrical activity of cortical cells derived from people with a rare genetic disorder called 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.

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Media Advisory: NIMH Researchers Available to Discuss Suicide Prevention

Media Advisory

Experts from the National Institute of Mental Health are available to speak on topics related to suicide and suicide prevention, including the warning signs of suicide, suicide prevention methods, trends in suicide rates, how to find mental health help and support, and the latest in suicide prevention research.

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Study Shows Highly Reproducible Sex Differences in Aspects of Human Brain Anatomy

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A scientific analysis of more than 2,000 brain scans found evidence for highly reproducible sex differences in the volume of certain regions in the human brain.

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Outdoor Light Linked with Teens’ Sleep and Mental Health

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A large-scale study of U.S. teens shows associations between outdoor, artificial light at night and health outcomes.

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