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NIMH Conference to Explore Mental Health Services Research

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On August 1-2, 2018, the NIMH is hosting the 24th Mental Health Services Research (MHSR) Conference with the theme: What’s the Next Big Thing? The conference aims to promote high-priority areas in mental health services research and identify opportunities with potential for significant impact for people with mental disorders.

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NIMH’s Dr. Ann Wagner Designated as the National Autism Coordinator

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NIMH’s Dr. Ann Wagner has been designed as the National Autism Coordinator. In this role, she will play a vital role in ensuring the implementation of national autism spectrum disorder research, services, and support activities across federal agencies.

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Seasonal Affective Disorder

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On February 20, 2018, join NIMH for a Twitter chat on Seasonal Affective Disorder with expert Dr. Matthew Rudorfer.

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Mental Illnesses by the Numbers

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Redesigned web section adds interactive tools, sharing features.

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Different Approaches to Understanding and Classifying Mental Disorders

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Research in a wide range of disciplines supports the idea that mental disorders result from the complex interplay of biological, developmental, social, and environmental processes; however, the more we learn about mental disorders, the more we realize there are still gaps in our understanding of how best to classify, diagnose, and treat them.

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Leading Neuropsychopharmacology Organization Promotes NIMH Director to Fellow Status

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Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Director of NIMH, has been promoted to Fellow status by the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology based on his scientific reputation, contributions to the College through committee work and involvement in the Annual Meeting program.

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NIMH Director Joshua Gordon Elected to Rank of AAAS Fellow

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American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to induct Dr. Gordon and other recipients in February ceremony.

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NIMH Launches Twitter Account for Director

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Follow @NIMHDirector on Twitter.

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NIMH Releases Strategic Research Priorities Update

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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently released its second annual update of the Strategic Research Priorities.

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The NIH NeuroBioBank: Addressing the Urgent Need for Brain Donation

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The directors of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke discuss the importance of post-mortem brain donation in a joint message.

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Avenevoli Named NIMH Deputy Director

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Dr. Shelli Avenevoli has been named deputy director of NIMH.

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Two NIMH Grantees Receive Prestigious Presidential Award

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The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) congratulates two NIMH grantees, Mary Kay Lobo from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Eric Morrow from Brown University, who are among the 102 scientists and researchers receiving the 2017 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

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NIMH’s Francis McMahon, M.D., Awarded Prestigious Colvin Prize

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The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) announces that Francis McMahon, M.D., is a recipient of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s 2016 Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research.

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RDoC Unit to Co-host Webinar Series

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The NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) unit, the Delaware Project (DP), and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) will launch a webinar series examining the science-to-service pipeline in psychology and psychiatry.

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NIMH’s Karen F. Berman, M.D. elected to National Academy of Medicine

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At its annual meeting for 2016, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) announced the election of 79 regular members, including the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH Karen F. Berman, M.D. One of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, election to the Academy recognizes outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

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NIMH Releases Strategic Research Priorities Update

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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently released updates to its Strategic Research Priorities.

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RDoC Unit to Host Virtual “Office Hours”

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RDoC Unit at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) announce that they are holding monthly virtual “office hours” starting Friday, October 14, 2016.

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NIMH Funds 3 ‘Zero Suicide’ Grants

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NIMH is supporting Zero Suicide efforts with 3 new research grants. Each project focuses on prevention and health care systems.

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NIMH Grantees Named Recipients of Prestigious Kavli Prize

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Three NIMH grantees have been named recipients of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience.

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Webinar Series 2016 – Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health

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ORDGMH conducts two series of webinars with NIMH grantees, focusing on mental health disparities and research.

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Human Connectome Project Marks its First Phase

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Studies based on a database made available by the Human Connectome Project’s first phase reveal that an individual’s brain connectivity can predict his or her behavior.

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NIMH Grantees Named Recipients of Prestigious Presidential Award

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NIMH congratulates four NIMH grantees who received the 2016 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

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Secrets to Our Smarts Hidden in the Folds of Our Cortex

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The more folding in the thinking parts of our brain, the smarter we are – to a degree.

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A BRIGHT Technological Future for Mental Health Trials

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Is mobile mental health research the next frontier for smartphones? Based on Dr. Patricia Areán’s pioneering BRIGHTEN study, research via smartphone app is already a reality.

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Team-based Treatment for First Episode Psychosis Found to be High Value

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Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis is Cost Effective

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Biomarker for Brain Excitability May Help Track Medication Effect

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NIMH scientists have recently discovered a link between order in the activity of neurons in the brain and excitability—how likely it is that individual neurons will “fire”— which may provide a means for monitoring treatment of conditions like epilepsy that would be less invasive and thus more versatile than current methods

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Federal Agencies Partner to Promote Coordinated Services for Patients with First Episode Psychosis

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On October 16, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced support for a new treatment for first episode psychosis called coordinated specialty care (CSC). This decision means more clinics may be able to offer CSC and it may become more readily available.

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Antipsychotics Use Among Older Adults Increases with Age

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Researchers find antipsychotic use among older adults increases with age despite known health risks. In 2010, more than 3/4 of seniors receiving an antipsychotic prescription had no documented clinical psychiatric diagnosis during the year. In addition, among those who did have a diagnosed mental disorder and/or dementia, nearly half of the oldest patients had dementia, regardless of FDA warnings that antipsychotics increase mortality in people with dementia.

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Team-based Treatment is Better for First Episode Psychosis

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New research shows that a team-based, coordinated specialty care treatment plan produces better outcomes than typical community care for people with first episode psychosis. Investigators also found that treatment is most effective for people who receive care soon after psychotic symptoms begin.

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RDoC Joins the Twitterverse

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The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)’s Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) Unit has launched its official account on Twitter, @NIMH_RDoC.

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Embracing the SPIRIT of reducing suicide

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NIMH, NIH, and the National Institute of Justice are collaborating on a 4-year, $6.8 million study called Suicide Prevention for at-Risk Individuals in Transition or “SPIRIT.” The study focuses on the high-risk individuals who are transitioning from jail to community. SPIRIT is NIMH’s first major investment in suicide prevention in the justice system.

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Psychosis Treatment Program Expands in New York

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New York expanded OnTrackNY, a treatment program for youth with psychosis which is an offshoot of one of the two NIMH-funded Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) studies.

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Boys More Likely to Have Antipsychotics Prescribed, Regardless of Age

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Boys are more likely than girls to receive an antipsychotic prescription regardless of age, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry.

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A New Look at Racial/Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use Among Adults

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New report on mental health service use among racial/ethnic groups

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New NIMH Strategic Plan Aims to Focus, Accelerate Mental Health Research

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New NIMH Strategic Plan balances the need for long-term investments in basic research with urgent mental health needs.

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Lisanby Chosen to Lead NIMH Division of Translational Research

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Dr. Sarah Hollingsworth Lisanby, one of the leading researchers in the area of neuromodulatory interventions for treating major depression, will join NIMH as the director of the Division of Translational Research.

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Medications for Patients with First Episode Psychosis May Not Meet Guidelines

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Many patients with first-episode psychosis receive medications that do not meet guidelines. A study finds that almost 40 % of people with first-episode psychosis in community mental health clinics across the country might benefit from medication treatment changes.

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Soldiers at Increased Suicide Risk after Leaving Hospital

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Soldiers hospitalized with a psychiatric disorder have a higher suicide risk in the year following discharge from the hospital.

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Largest Autism Gene Dragnet Fingers 33 Prime Suspects

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Many patients with psychosis develop health risks associated with premature death early in the course of their mental illness, researchers have found.

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NIMH Website Goes Mobile

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An increasing number of U.S. adults connect to the web through smartphones or a tablets, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Internet Project. With NIMH’s new mobile-friendly website, visitors can access NIMH information and resources anywhere, anytime, and on any device—from desktop computers to tablets and mobile phones.

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NIMH Creates New Unit to Support Its Research Domain Criteria Initiative

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NIMH announces a new unit within the Office of the Director to support the development of the institute’s Research Domain Criteria initiative. The unit will enhance communication with scientists, clinicians, and the public to refine the RDoC research framework and accelerate the translation of basic research into clinical treatments.

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Rapid Agent Restores Pleasure-seeking Ahead of Other Antidepressant Action

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A drug being studied as a fast-acting mood-lifter restored pleasure-seeking behavior independent of – and ahead of – its other antidepressant effects.

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Increased Health Risks Linked to First-episode Psychosis

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Many patients with psychosis develop health risks associated with premature death early in the course of their mental illness, researchers have found.

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New Report Provides National Clinical Data on the Prevalence of Many Specific Mental Disorders

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released the findings of a new clinical study providing national data on the past-year prevalence of specific mental disorders in adults.

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How Might New Neurons Buffer Against Stress?

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Over the past decade or so, evidence has emerged suggesting that the birth of new neurons in the adult brain’s memory hub, or hippocampus, may play a key role the action of antidepressants, resilience to stress, the benefits of exercise and enriched environments, and preventing memory loss. But understanding how it might work has remained elusive. NIMH researchers in NIH’s new Porter Neuroscience Research Center are following up leads.

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NIMH Director Honored by BBRF

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NIMH Director Honored by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

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NIMH’s Dr. Robert Heinssen Receives Special Presidential Commendation from APA

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NIMH’s Dr. Robert Heinssen Receives Special Presidential Commendation from APA

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The 22nd NIMH Conference on Mental Health Services Research

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The 22nd National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Conference on Mental Health Services Research (MHSR): Research in Pursuit of a Learning Mental Health Care System, will be convened on April 23–25, 2014, at the Natcher Conference Center on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Campus, Bethesda, MD.

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NIH-funded Brain Atlas Offers Clues to Psychiatric Disorders

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A brain blueprint maps where genes are tuned on and off during mid-pregnancy—when most brain disorders such as autism and schizophrenia occur.

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NIMH Scientists Help Students Learn About the Brain at NMHM

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NIMH scientists presented hands-on demonstrations of neural electrical activity at the National Museum of Health and Medicine Brain Awareness Week program, March 12, 2014.

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Announcing New U.S. Disability Statistics on the NIMH Website

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NIMH announces updated World Health Organization estimates of the burden of disease in the United States.

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Students Unlock the Mysteries of the Brain with NIH Scientists

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As part of Brain Awareness Week 2014, scientists from seven NIH institutes will sponsor hands-on activities—aimed at helping students learn about the brain—at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, MD

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Eating Disorders

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NIMH Twitter Chat on Eating Disorders

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NICHD/NIMH Podcast on Youth Violence

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NIMH/NICHD experts explain what sparks and halts youth violence.

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