NIMH and the NIH HEAL Initiative: Collaborating to address the opioid epidemic
Dr. Gordon discusses NIMH ’ s role in the HEAL (Helping End Addiction Long-term SM) Initiative -- the National Institutes of Health(NIH) ’ s all-in, coordinated response to the opioid epidemic. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - September 26, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Suicide Deaths Are a Major Component of the Opioid Crisis that Must Be Addressed
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. In observance, Dr. Gordon has partnered with Dr. Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), to highlight a dimension of the opioid crisis that receives too little attention — the links between opioid use, opioid use disorder, and suicide. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - September 20, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

New Hope for Treatment-Resistant Depression: Guessing Right on Ketamine
In his latest message, Dr. Gordon discusses the role of NIMH and other researchers in the development of esketamine, an FDA-approved, rapid-acting medication that targets treatment-resistant depression. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - August 13, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Planting the Seed: Today ’ s Research Shapes Tomorrow ’ s Breakthroughs
In this Director ’ s message, Dr. Gordon digs into the historical roots of the hippocampus and the role it plays in human memory – an example of how scientists build upon past research discoveries and, in turn, advance the science that could benefit future generations. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - June 26, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

I ’ m Optimistic about Depression
In this Director ’ s Message, Dr. Gordon discusses research-based advances in the understanding and treatment of depression. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - May 14, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Progress and Priorities in Autism Research: It ’ s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Springtime
April is Autism Awareness Month and in this Director ’ s message, Dr. Gordon discusses the past, present, and future of autism research. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - April 25, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

A Bench-to-Bedside Story: The Development of a Treatment for Postpartum Depression
In this message, Dr. Gordon discusses the role of NIMH and others in the bench-to-bedside story of bexanolone, which has just been approved by the FDA as the first treatment specifically for postpartum depression. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - March 20, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Around the World and Back Again: Global Mental Health Efforts
Mental illnesses are a global problem. In this director ’ s Message, Dr. Gordon discusses his recent trip to Nepal and Kenya to see how NIMH is helping bring cutting-edge research to bear on the problems facing individuals with mental illnesses in low-resource settings. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - February 28, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

NIMH and the HEAL Initiative: Collaborating to address the opioid epidemic
Dr. Gordon discusses NIMH ’ s role in the HEAL (Helping End Addiction Long-term SM) Initiative -- the National Institutes of Health(NIH) ’ s all-in, coordinated response to the opioid epidemic. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - February 5, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Translational Research: From Research Findings to Transformative Treatments
The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) focuses on research which translates basic neuroscience findings into novel treatments. In this Director ’ s Message, Dr. Gordon discusses some of the exciting work presented at this year ’ s ACNP meeting. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - December 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

It Begins with Basic Science
Those of you who follow Dr. Gordon on Twitter (@NIMHDirector) may have seen snippets of his experiences at the 2018 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), the largest gathering of neuroscientists in the world. In this Director ’ s message, Dr. Gordon highlights some of the excellent basic research on display at this year ’ s conference. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - November 30, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Confronting Bias to Advance Science
Dr. Gordon discusses the presence — and negative impact — of bias in science and how we can take positive steps as individuals and organizations to challenge these assumptions and combat their damaging effects. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - October 19, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Moving Stress Research Forward
Research tells us that severe stress can cause all kinds of adverse health outcomes, including an increased risk for mental illnesses. Dr. Gordon discusses how NIMH is trying to move the field of stress research forward, toward the translation of basic findings into clinical advances. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - October 5, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

From Student to Scientist: NIMH Training and Career Development
NIMH is committed to research training and career development of young researchers. As students across the country head back to school, Dr. Gordon discusses some of the ways NIMH supports and trains the next generation of researchers. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - August 28, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Mental Health Research — Diversity Matters
In recognition of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Dr. Gordon highlights efforts within the NIMH research portfolio to address disparities in mental health and access to care. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - July 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Highlighting Services and Effectiveness Research at NIMH
Figuring out how best to deliver effective therapies is the domain of services research. Dr. Gordon offers examples of the spectrum of services research supported by NIMH. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - June 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

How Aware Are We, Really, About Mental Illness?
In a message on the importance of mental health awareness, Dr. Gordon recounts how he came to be aware of the personal impact of mental illnesses. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - May 29, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Autism Awareness Month
For Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Gordon offers a snapshot of federal efforts and research findings related to autism spectrum disorder. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - April 19, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Towards a Genomic Psychiatry: Recommendations of the Genomics Workgroup of the NAMHC
A Genomics Workgroup of the National Advisory Mental Health Council has issued a report with recommendations for NIMH ’ s ongoing support of genomics research. Dr. Gordon offers highlights of the report with his reflections. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - March 30, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

NIMH ’ s Portfolio Balance: Quality Science Comes First
Tracking the NIMH research portfolio reveals shifts in balance or research investments over the last ten years. Dr. Gordon offers insights into the trends and his view on funding priorities. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - February 27, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Excellent Science
NIMH leadership has defined a set of principles to help compare the quality of research proposals across the full breadth of the Institute ’ s portfolio; Dr. Gordon explains how these principles can help ensure that NIMH prioritizes excellent science while assuring portfolio balance across timeframes. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - January 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

On Being Ill
After an emergency room visit on Thanksgiving, Dr. Gordon reflects on treatments for injury vs. psychiatric conditions. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - December 14, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Sophomore Year
Dr. Gordon reflects on his first year at NIMH and outlines priorities for going forward. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - October 31, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Suicide Prevention: Next Steps
September is National Suicide Prevention month; focusing on the benefits of collaborations, Dr. Gordon outlines recent research results as well as future directions. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - September 16, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Summer Reading
Dr. Gordon offers highlights of his summer reading in science and literature. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - August 28, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Summer Travels
Dr. Gordon relates highlights of summer scientific meetings. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - August 18, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

RDoC: Outcomes to Causes and Back
In the second of two director ’ s messages on RDoC, Dr. Gordon talks about the role of computational psychiatry in the effort to understand the brain processes underlying behavior and mental disorders. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - June 23, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

The Future of RDoC
In the first of two messages, Dr. Gordon shares his thoughts on NIMH ’ s Research Domain Criteria (RDoC), and discusses how we might be able to use big data approaches to enhance this research framework in the future. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - June 5, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Towards Interventions Across the Autism Spectrum
In the second of two messages for Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Gordon talks about NIMH funding of research aimed at developing interventions and services for people across the lifespan with autism spectrum disorder. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - April 26, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Autism Awareness Month: Genes and Development in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Dr. Gordon discusses research aimed at identifying the causes of autism spectrum disorder including findings emerging from studies of genetic factors. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - April 5, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

An Experimental Therapeutic Approach to Psychosocial Interventions
Dr. Gordon talks about NIMH ’ s commitment to support the development and testing of psychosocial interventions in the greater context of the experimental therapeutics approach to treatment research. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - March 21, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Computational Neuroscience: Deciphering the Complex Brain
Dr. Gordon explains how computational and theoretical neuroscience can advance research into mental disorders. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - February 7, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

Neural Circuits Research: How and Why
Dr. Gordon talks about the potential pay-offs of research on neural circuits and next steps for going forward. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - January 4, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

The Push for Suicide Prevention
(Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - December 6, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: blogs

P-Hacking
In his blog, Dr. Insel talks about on new NIMH grants that will support research on services for people of all ages with autism. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - November 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs

Can We Prevent Psychosis?
In his blog, Dr. Insel talks about on new NIMH grants that will support research on services for people of all ages with autism. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - November 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs

Lost in Translation
Drug testing in mice has been a poor guide to effectiveness in humans; Dr. Insel talks about the need for research approaches that can more reliably guide medication development. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - November 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs

Best of 2014
Dr. Insel offers an overview of his top ten mental health stories for 2014. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - November 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs

What Caused This to Happen?
Dr. Insel discusses the idea that chance may have as much to do with the development of mental illness as do genetic and environmental factors. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - November 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs

Funding Science
Relative to other countries, U.S. funding of science has declined in recent years; Dr. Insel talks about the need for research and development related to mental illness. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - November 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs

The Ignorance Project
At the recent World Economic Forum, brain research was a hot topic; Dr. Insel reports on statistics presented at the conference that inspire optimism that progress can be made on difficult problems, including mental disorders. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - November 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs

Precision Medicine for Mental Disorders
In his latest blog, Dr. Insel discusses precision medicine, which is the new hot topic in research and what it means for mental health. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - November 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs

Immune to Stress?
We tend to assume that the secrets to understanding individual differences in resilience to stress must be sought in the brain. Now, findings in mice suggest that the peripheral immune system might play a pivotal role. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - November 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs

Mortality and Mental Disorders
A recent paper reports findings on the reduction in life expectancy among people with mental illness relative to the general population; Dr. Insel discusses the magnitude and reasons for this excess mortality. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - November 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs

Collaborative Care
Dr. Insel lauds University of Washington psychiatrist and researchers Wayne Katon and the collaborative care approach for depression he helped develop. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - November 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs

Transparency
Dr. Insel introduces a white paper posted on the NIMH website which provides answers to many of the most common questions NIMH receives about how it makes funding decisions. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - November 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs

BRAIN Awareness
March 16-22 is Brain Awareness Week, an opportunity to celebrate neuroscience. Dr. Insel talks about some exciting areas of research underway on the brain. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - November 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs

A Plan for Changing Times
NIMH ’ s new Strategic Plan for Research is a broad roadmap for the Institute ’ s priorities for the next five years; Dr. Insel provides context and an overview. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - November 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs

Targeting Suicide
Suicide only occasionally makes the national news, but it is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Dr. Insel talks about the need for research targeted directly at suicide and recent efforts to raise awareness and marshal research. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - November 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs

What Caused This to Happen? – Part 2
A London neuroscientist suggests two kinds of causes for disease; Dr. Insel talks about the implications of this view for understanding mental disorders. (Source: NIMH Directors Blog)
Source: NIMH Directors Blog - November 11, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs