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  • Concept Clearance » Preventing Suicide in the Juvenile Justice System February 12, 2016
    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 » Targeting Suicide February 12, 2016
    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 » New hope for treating psychosis February 12, 2016
    Results from a major NIMH project provide evidence that coordinated specialty care can improve outcomes for first episode psychosis. Dr. Insel blogs about the RAISE project and other recent studies of coordinated care.
  • Blog Post » August at NIMH February 12, 2016
    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.
  • Meeting Summary » NIMH Alliance for Research Progress Meeting February 12, 2016
    The September 2015 Alliance for Research Progress meeting included a discussion on depression and resiliency; an update on the RAISE Early Treatment Program; an update on the Precision Medicine Initiative; and some thoughts on barriers to getting certain mental health treatments.
  • Concept Clearance » The Neural Mechanisms of Integrated Social and Emotional Representation February 12, 2016
    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 February 12, 2016
    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 » Crowdsourcing RDoC February 12, 2016
    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 » Mental Health Awareness Month: By the Numbers February 12, 2016
    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 » Viewing the STARRS Data February 8, 2016
    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.
  • Meeting Summary » Mental Health Disparities Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Cross-Cutting Aspects of the NIMH Strategic Plan for Research February 8, 2016
    On August 26, 2015, the NIMH Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH) conducted the first of three webinars to disseminate scientific findings from three exemplary NIMH-funded researchers.
  • Concept Clearance » Pragmatic Strategies for Assessing Psychotherapy Quality in Practice January 29, 2016
    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.
  • Blog Post » Quality Counts January 29, 2016
    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.
  • Meeting Summary » Society for Neuroscience 2015 Symposium Brain Stimulation Based Neural Circuit Modeling: Linking levels of analysis January 28, 2016
    This symposium will bring together basic neuroscientists, computational modelers, and clinical investigators to discuss how to integrate large-scale computational modeling with translational neuroscience, in order to increase our understanding of how to improve the rhythmic interactions of networks by non-surgical brain stimulation and enhance cognitive capabilities in clinical disorders.
  • Blog Post » Something Interesting is Happening January 28, 2016
    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 » Farewell December 2, 2015
    In his farewell post, Dr. Insel looks back at six years of the director’s blog and reflects on the tasks ahead in mental health research and practice.
  • Blog Post » What Caused This to Happen? – Part 2 December 2, 2015
    A London neuroscientist suggests two kinds of causes for disease; Dr. Insel talks about the implications of this view for understanding mental disorders.
  • Blog Post » Accentuate the Positive: Rhythm and Blues December 2, 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.
  • Blog Post » The Brain’s Critical Balance December 2, 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 » Training for the Future December 2, 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.