National Institute of Mental Health

National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) envisions a world in which mental illnesses are prevented and cured.  The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

For the Institute to continue fulfilling this vital public health mission, it must foster innovative thinking and ensure that a full array of novel scientific perspectives are used to further discovery in the evolving science of brain, behavior, and experience. In this way, breakthroughs in science can become breakthroughs for all people with mental illnesses.

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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Blog Post » Suicide Prevention: Next Steps September 14, 2017, 11:00 pm
September is National Suicide Prevention month; focusing on the benefits of collaborations, Dr. Gordon outlines recent research results as well as future directions.
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Three interventions designed for follow up of patients who are identified with suicide risk in hospital emergency departments save lives and are cost effective relative to usual care.
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This concept was developed by the NIMH to contribute to the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, a framework to enhance cooperative activities among NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices that jointly support neuroscience-related research.
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The primary goal of this initiative is to apply sophisticated computational (theory- and data-driven) approaches to research on the etiology and pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders that utilizes a dimensional framework (e.g., Research Domain Criteria (RDoC)).
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Brain gene expression associated with depression differed markedly between men and women. Such divergent “transcriptional signatures” may signal divergent underlying illness processes requiring sex-specific treatments.
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NIMH’s Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) Unit, the Delaware Project, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) conduct the second webinar in a series examining the science-to-service pipeline in psychology and psychiatry.
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Blog Post » Summer Reading August 24, 2017, 11:00 pm
Dr. Gordon offers highlights of his summer reading in science and literature.
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Blog Post » Summer Travels August 17, 2017, 11:00 pm
Dr. Gordon relates highlights of summer scientific meetings.
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Star-shaped support brain cells, astrocytes, growing in 3-D “organoids” in a dish develop similarly as those in human brain tissue.
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Scientists have discovered a trove of neuronal subtypes by identifying their unique epigenomic signatures.
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