Science News » Delay in HIV Treatment Associated with Brain Atrophy
People infected with the human immunodeficiency virus, known as HIV, display reductions in brain volume compared with people who are not infected with HIV, but now an NIMH-funded study has shed light on the course of this deterioration and shows that antiretroviral treatment started in the first few years of infection may stop these brain changes. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - June 13, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: NIMH Press Office Source Type: news

Science News » Suicide: How You Can Make a Difference
The recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have brought the topic of suicide into everyday conversations. It ’ s important to know some facts and to know what to do if you think someone might be at risk for self-harm. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - June 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: NIMH Press Office Source Type: news

Science News » Bigger Human Brain Prioritizes Thinking Hub – at a Cost
Scientists have discovered that bigger human brains are organized differently than smaller ones. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - June 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Jules Asher Source Type: news

Concept Clearance » Addressing the Role of Violence on HIV Care and Viral Suppression
The goals of this initiative are to (1) advance understanding of the role of violence on engagement and retention in HIV care, HIV medication adherence, and viral suppression, and (2) develop and test novel interventions to improve HIV outcomes for individuals who have experienced violence. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - May 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Concept Clearance » Building in vivo Preclinical Measures of Circuit Engagement for Therapeutic Development
The primary goal of this initiative is to develop non-invasive measures of brain activity in preclinical species for assessing functional domains that may be impaired in mental illnesses. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - May 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Concept Clearance » Promoting Reductions in Intersectional StigMa (PRISM) to Improve the HIV Prevention Continuum
The goals of this initiative are twofold: 1) to advance measurements of intersectional stigma (multiple stigmatized identities) and examine the mechanisms and pathways by which it is a barrier to HIV testing and linkage to prevention; and 2) to develop and test interventions to reduce intersectional stigma and improve the uptake of HIV testing and linkage to ongoing HIV prevention among key populations at substantial risk for HIV infection. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - May 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Concept Clearance » Applying Computationally-Defined Behaviors for Back-Translation in Psychiatry
The objective of this clearance is to apply computational approaches to develop parametrically detailed and back-translatable behavioral assays across mental-health relevant domains of function. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - May 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Concept Clearance » Novel Imaging Approaches for Detection of Persistent HIV in the CNS, HIV-Associated Inflammation, and Molecular Pathology
The goal of this initiative is to encourage the use of current and novel imaging technologies to detect persistent, latent, and/or reactivated HIV, HIV viral products and associated pathology/inflammation in the central nervous system (CNS) in virally suppressed individuals on ART. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - May 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Science News » Inherited Variations in Noncoding Sections of DNA Associated with Autism
A new study has identified an association between paternally-inherited rare structural variants in noncoding segments of genes and the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study adds to a growing body of research describing genetic contributors to ASD. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - May 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: NIMH Press Office Source Type: news

Blog Post » 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: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - May 29, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: news

Science News » Age-Related Racial Disparity in Suicide Rates Among U.S. Youth
Researchers have discovered an age-related racial disparity in suicide rates for U.S. youth between the ages of 5 and 17. The findings suggest a need for more research into contributing factors and targeted interventions for children. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - May 21, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: NIMH Press Office Source Type: news

Science News » NIMH Conference to Explore Mental Health Services Research
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. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - May 14, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: NIMH Press Office Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » 2018 Webinar Series: Envisioning a Conceptual Model of Sex and Gender Differences in Health and Disease
NIMH Office of Research on Health Disparities and Global Mental Health hosts a webinar on the knowledge gaps regarding sex and gender influences on mental health and illness. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - May 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » Mental Health Services Research Conference (MHSR) 2018
NIMH ’ s Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology Branch hosts the 24th NIMH Mental Health Services Research (MHSR) Conference. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - May 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Science News » New Processing Technique Helps Researchers Use Electronic Health Records to Study Biological Contributors to Mental Illnesses
Researchers have found a way to scan electronic health records that helps identify associations between broad RDoC-based dimensions of behavioral function and biological contributors to mental illnesses. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - May 7, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Claire Cole Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » 2018 Global Mental Health Workshop: Diversity: A Tool for Solving Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health
The NIMH Office of Research on Health Disparities and Global Mental Health, together with Grand Challenges Canada, convened the annual Global Mental Health Workshop. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - May 3, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » Virtual Workshop: Solving Computational Challenges in Genomics and Neuroscience via Parallel and Quantum Computing
The NIMH Office of Genomics Research Coordination hosted a webinar to discuss core computational issues faced by geneticists and neuroscientists. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - April 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » Depression and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
NIMH IRP scientist Bruce Luber, Ph.D., conducted a webinar on depression and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - April 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » Teen Depression: What Parents Need to Know
NIMH IRP scientist-clinician Kathryn DeLonga, PsyD conducted a workshop on depression and teenagers. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - April 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » Autism Spectrum Disorder Lifespan Research Meeting
The NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research convened a meeting of grantees who are conducting research on services for transition-age youth and adults with autism spectrum disorder. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - April 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » Live Webinar: Depression and TMS
Join Bruce Luber, Ph.D., for a live webinar on depression and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - April 25, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Blog Post » Autism Awareness Month
For Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Gordon offers a snapshot of federal efforts and research findings related to autism spectrum disorder. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - April 19, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: news

Science News » NIMH to Host Twitter Chat on Teen Depression
On May 3, 2018, join NIMH for a Twitter chat on teen depression with experts Dr. Argyris Stringaris and Dr. Ken Towbin. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - April 17, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Lindsey O'Keefe Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » NIH Special Event for Autism Awareness Month
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) is pleased to invite you to attend our annual special event to recognize National Autism Awareness Month. We will be hosting a Panel Presentation featuring speakers from Sesame Workshop (http://www.sesameworkshop.org/what-we-do/our-initiatives/autism/), the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and a meet-and-greet with a costumed Julia character, the Sesame Street Muppet who has autism. Sesame Workshop speakers Jeanette Betancourt Ed.D., Mindy Fila, and Autumn Zitani, M.A., will share the story behind the creati...
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - April 4, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Blog Post » 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: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - March 30, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » 2018 Global Mental Health Workshop: “ Diversity: A Tool for Solving Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health ”
The NIMH Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH) and Grand Challenges Canada will co-convene the annual Global Mental Health Workshop, highlighting the importance of diversity in science along the research pipeline, in the global mental health research workforce; and in the individuals who participate in mental health research. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - March 28, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Science News » Hubs Help Native American Communities Address Youth Suicide
Three NIMH-funded collaborative research hubs are exploring the factors behind the high suicide rates among American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) youth and designing and testing approaches to preventing suicide. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - March 15, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: NIMH Press Office Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » NIMH Workshop - Teen Depression: What Parents Need to Know
Join Kathryn DeLonga, PsyD for a workshop on depression and teenagers. This event will take place in Rockville, Maryland. It will not be recorded. A webinar with similar content will be available on the NIMH YouTube channel after the event. This event is free and open to the public. No CEUs will be offered. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - March 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Science News » Suspect Molecules Overlap in Autism, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder
Depression, schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder share some of the same patterns of suspect gene expression – molecular signatures. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - March 1, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Jules Asher Source Type: news

Science News » NIMH ’ s Dr. Ann Wagner Designated as the National Autism Coordinator
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. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - February 28, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: NIMH Press Office Source Type: news

Blog Post » 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: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - February 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » Live Webinar: Depression and TMS
Join Bruce Luber, Ph.D., for a live webinar on depression and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - February 22, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Science News » NIH Releases First Dataset from Unprecedented Study of Adolescent Brain Development
The National Institutes of Health released to the scientific community an unparalleled dataset from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - February 15, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: NIDA press office Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » NIMH Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation E-Field Modeling Workshop
The NIMH Division of Translational Research sponsored a workshop to provide an overview of the use of electric-field (e-field) modeling in noninvasive brain stimulation studies. Experts provided theoretical background information on e-field modeling as well as practical hands-on experience with a variety of available software packages. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Science News » NIMH Twitter Chat on Seasonal Affective Disorder
On February 20, 2018, join NIMH for a Twitter chat on Seasonal Affective Disorder with expert Dr. Matthew Rudorfer. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Lindsey O'Keefe Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » Harmonizing Clinical Data Collection in Community-Based Treatment Programs for First-Episode Psychosis
NIMH convened a meeting in September 2017 to understand stakeholders ’ perspectives on opportunities and barriers to adopting a harmonized approach to (1) clinical assessment, (2) data collection, and (3) evaluation of services and outcomes across CSC programs for FEP, as envisioned in an Early Psychosis Intervention Network. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - February 10, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Intramural Research Programs (IRP) Webinar » Adolescent Suicide Prevention: Recognizing Teens at Risk & amp; Responding Effectively
Join experts for this live videocast about adolescent suicide prevention, which will include techniques for early detection and management of young people at risk. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - January 31, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Science News » Molecular Secrets Revealed: Antipsychotic Docked in its Receptor
Scientists have deciphered the molecular structure of a widely-prescribed antipsychotic docked in its key human brain receptor. The discovery may hold clues to designing better treatments for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - January 29, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Jules Asher Source Type: news

Science News » Mental Illnesses by the Numbers
Redesigned web section adds interactive tools, sharing features. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - January 29, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: NIMH Press Office Source Type: news

Concept Clearance » Research to Inform Stepped-Care Interventions for Persons at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis
The goals of this concept are to encourage research to test the feasibility and effectiveness of a stepped-care intervention model; to improve symptoms and functioning for individuals at “ clinical high risk ” (CHR) for psychosis; and to reduce rates of transition to a psychotic disorder. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - January 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Concept Clearance » Early Screening for Autism Spectrum
The primary goal of this initiative is to encourage research that would develop and validate new screening methods for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) that can be used in infancy (0-12 months of age). (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - January 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Blog Post » 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: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - January 26, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Joshua Gordon Source Type: news

Science News » Memory Gene Goes Viral
A gene crucial for learning can send its genetic material from one neuron to another by employing a strategy commonly used by viruses. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - January 18, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Brandon Levy Source Type: news

Science News » Intramural Researchers Develop Suicide Risk Screening Toolkit for Medical Settings
NIMH researchers have developed a brief screening questionnaire for medical professionals to identify youth at risk for suicide. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - January 12, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: NIMH Press Office Source Type: news

Outreach Meeting » NIMH Alliance for Research Progress Meeting
National Institute of Mental Health Alliance for Research Progress September 2017 Meeting Summary, Agenda, and Participant List (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - January 6, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » RDoC Office Hours: January Session
Discussion topics may include the basic principles of the initiative, general queries about designing and applying for grants based on RDoC ideas, and the role of RDoC within NIMH and its relationship to other initiatives. Questions regarding individual grant applications or detailed program advice will be redirected to the relevant program officers. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - January 5, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » RDoC Office Hours: February Session
Discussion topics may include the basic principles of the initiative, general queries about designing and applying for grants based on RDoC ideas, and the role of RDoC within NIMH and its relationship to other initiatives. Questions regarding individual grant applications or detailed program advice will be redirected to the relevant program officers. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - January 5, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Scientific Meeting » RDoC Office Hours: March Session
Discussion topics may include the basic principles of the initiative, general queries about designing and applying for grants based on RDoC ideas, and the role of RDoC within NIMH and its relationship to other initiatives. Questions regarding individual grant applications or detailed program advice will be redirected to the relevant program officers. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - January 5, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news

Science News » Different Approaches to Understanding and Classifying Mental Disorders
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. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - December 27, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: NIMH Press Office Source Type: news

Intramural Research Programs (IRP) Webinar » Adolescent Suicide Prevention: Recognizing Teens at Risk & amp; Responding Effectively
Join experts for this live videocast about adolescent suicide prevention, which will include techniques for early detection and management of young people at risk. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
Source: National Institute of Mental Health - December 15, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: National Institute of Mental Health Source Type: news