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  • Blog Post » August at NIMH September 1, 2015
    Despite its reputation as a month for slowing down, August is busy at NIMH as the end of the fiscal year approaches. Dr. Insel takes time out to give an update on NIMH-supported clinical trials.
  • Blog Post » Transparency September 1, 2015
    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.
  • Blog Post » Targeting Suicide September 1, 2015
    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.
  • Blog Post » Mental Health Awareness Month: By the Numbers September 1, 2015
    Statistics paint a picture of the impact of mental illness in the United States; Dr. Insel reviews the numbers for Mental Health Awareness Month.
  • Blog Post » Look who is getting into mental health research August 31, 2015
    Tech companies are bringing their ability to extract knowledge from data to health care. Dr. Insel gives some examples that show the potential of new tech-based approaches to diagnosis and treatment.
  • Blog Post » Viewing the STARRS Data August 31, 2015
    Last week, two important research events unfolded without fanfare and without headlines. June 30 marked the end of the first phase of Army STARRS, the largest study of mental health risk and resilience ever conducted among military personnel. July 1 marked the release of Army STARRS data for use by the broad scientific community.
  • Concept Clearance » Preventing Suicide in the Juvenile Justice System August 31, 2015
    The goal of this initiative is to support research on how to use the structure and legal leverage of the juvenile justice system to detect and prevent suicidality in youth who come in contact with that system.
  • Blog Post » A Plan for Changing Times August 31, 2015
    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.
  • Concept Clearance » The Neural Mechanisms of Integrated Social and Emotional Representation August 31, 2015
    This initiative aims to stimulate and support research investigating the neural circuits and dynamic patterns of brain activity involved in the perception, interpretation, and representation of multi-dimensional social and emotional cues.
  • Concept Clearance » First-Generation RDoC Measurement Elements August 26, 2015
    This initiative aims to develop and implement an operational template for including standard data elements in Research Domain Criteria (RDoC)-themed research, and to produce an initial, provisional set of recommended standard measures for each Domain and Construct within the RDoC Matrix, with the goal of facilitating data sharing. Where standard measures do not current exist, […]
  • Blog Post » Something Interesting is Happening August 24, 2015
    Dr. Insel discusses how the Precision Medicine Initiative will create a new kind of patient-driven research, which is similar to how innovative companies have created a new share economy based on trust.
  • Blog Post » Training for the Future August 10, 2015
    Dr. Insel talks about the importance of incorporating neuroscience in the training of psychiatric residents and a new initiative to do that. The clinician of 2025 will need to know about the science of the brain.
  • Blog Post » The Brain’s Critical Balance July 29, 2015
    The BRAIN Initiative is supporting scientists aiming to understand how the 86 billion neurons in the brain act together to enable consciousness and behavior. Dr. Insel gives a snapshot of recent work and its implications for understanding normal and disordered brain function.
  • Blog Post » Crowdsourcing RDoC July 15, 2015
    NIMH’s RDoC initiative is in keeping with current interest in precision medicine. In his latest blogpost, Dr. Insel invites the research community to engage in discussion on the RDoC online forum.
  • Blog Post » Early BRAIN Breakthroughs July 15, 2015
    Dr. Insel blogs about recent breakthroughs from the BRAIN Initiative, which show the promise of what we can accomplish with investment focused on new tool development to better understand and treat brain disorders.
  • Blog Post » Quality Counts July 14, 2015
    The Institute of Medicine has issued a report looking at the effectiveness of psychosocial treatments for mental disorders. Dr. Insel blogs about the need to ensure that consumers needing treatment receive evidence-based therapies.
  • Blog Post » Accentuate the Positive: Rhythm and Blues July 9, 2015
    Researchers were able to reverse some of the behavioral effects of stress in mice by stimulating brain cells activated by pleasure. Dr. Insel describes the work and its implications for understanding depression.
  • Concept Clearance » Novel Strategies for Targeting HIV-CNS Reservoirs without Reactivation June 24, 2015
    The goal of this initiative is to stimulate research to identify latently infected cells in the central nervous system (CNS) and developing strategies for viral silencing without pro-viral reactivation.
  • Concept Clearance » Reducing the Burden of Suicide among American Indian and Alaska Native Youth June 24, 2015
    The overall goal of this initiative is to stimulate research focused on preventing suicide and promoting resilience in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth.
  • Concept Clearance » Pragmatic Strategies for Assessing Psychotherapy Quality in Practice June 19, 2015
    This initiative is intended to support the development and testing of pragmatic tools and strategies for measuring the quality of psychotherapy delivered in practice settings.