NIMH Update

NIMH Update

Prepared by NIMH’s Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison, the Update provides the latest mental health-related science news, resources, and grant opportunities available from across Federal government. The Update is delivered via e-mail twice a month and compiles:

  • new research findings of interest;
  • Federal grant opportunities;
  • Federal calls for public input;
  • materials, reports, and other tools that help targeted audiences gain a better understanding of mental illnesses; and
  • Federal government mental health related meetings, conferences, and online presentations.

See content summaries and links to recent issues below. Visit the archives on the NIMH website to view previous issues.

NIMH Update April, 2019

  • NIH study shows many preteens screen positive for suicide risk during ER visits
  • Bench-to-bedside: NIMH research leading to brexanolone, first-ever drug specifically for postpartum depression
  • NIH study reveals differences in brain activity in children with anhedonia
  • NIH-funded rodent study finds molecular link between adolescent alcohol use and adult anxiety
  • NIH study of brain energy patterns provides new insights into alcohol effects
  • FDA approves new nasal spray medication for treatment-resistant depression
  • President Trump signs executive order to empower veterans and end veterans suicide
  • VA continues to pioneer new approaches for treating veteran mental health conditions

NIMH Update March, 2019

  • Mega docking library poised to speed drug discovery; one billion-plus compounds – weeded of “decoys” – expected by 2020
  • Neuromelanin-sensitive MRI identified as a potential biomarker for psychosis
  • Hormone may underlie link between childhood abuse and adult cognitive decline, NIH-funded study finds

NIMH Update February, 2019

  • Sensorimotor domain added to the RDOC framework
  • New findings reveal surprising role of the cerebellum in reward and social behaviors
  • Brain biomarkers could help identify those at risk of severe PTSD
  • Puerto Rico’s “fear lab” mentors neuroscience rigor amid diversity
  • NIH study implicates hyperactive immune system in aging brain disorders
  • All of Us research program expands data collection efforts with Fitbit
  • Transgender identity and experiences of violence victimization, substance use, suicide risk, and sexual risk behaviors among high school students
  • New study looks at trends from the school-associated violent death surveillance system

NIMH Update January, 2019

  • Hyperconnectivity in a brain circuit may predict psychosis
  • Studies support use of team-based care for early psychosis
  • Dynamic associations among motor activity, sleep, energy, and mood could suggest new focus for depression treatment
  • 2,000 human brains yield clues to how genes raise risk for mental illnesses: AI model improves prediction 6-fold
  • New pathways for implementing universal suicide risk screening in healthcare settings: model could help hospitals better identify and aid youth at risk for suicide
  • ABCD study completes enrollment, announces opportunities for scientific engagement
  • FDA clears mobile medical app to help those with opioid use disorder stay in recovery programs
  • New data show growing complexity of drug overdose deaths in America

NIMH Update December, 2018

  • NIH brain initiative debuts cell census of mouse motor cortex – for starters
  • NIH greatly expands investment in brain initiative
    NIH announces new round of awards for cutting-edge brain research
  • The pathways through which light affects learning and mood study uncovers distinct retina-brain pathways
  • Team-based care optimizes medication treatment for first episode psychosis
  • Suicide increasing among American workers: rates highest for males in construction and extraction
  • Use of electronic cigarettes and any tobacco product among middle and high school students — U.S., 2011–2018
  • Cigarette smoking by U.S. adults lowest ever recorded
  • Stopping marijuana use improves memory
  • HRSA-led study estimates 1 in 40 U.S. children have diagnosed autism
  • Study explains behavioral reaction to painful experiences

NIMH Update November 1, 2018

  • Understanding the brain mechanisms of irratability in youth
  • CMS model addresses opioid misuse among expectant and new mothers
  • Common use of antipsychotics shown ineffective for delirium in intensive care patients
  • HHS launches public education campaign about civil rights protections in response to the national opioid crisis
  • Office for Victims of Crime awards $35 million to help children impacted by opioids