NIMH Professional Coalition for Research Progress highlights broad research agenda

The annual meeting brings together representatives from professional and scientific organizations to hear about advances in mental health research

On Wednesday, April 13, the National Institute of Mental Health held its 7th annual meeting of the Professional Coalition for Research Progress in Washington, D.C., which brings together representatives from professional and scientific organizations to hear about advances in mental health research and current and new research directions and strategies for NIMH. Commenting on the final congressional compromise for the Fiscal Year 2011 funding bill, NIMH Director Tom Insel called the one percent budget cut to NIH that would result in a $1.474 billion budget for the institute for FY11 “worrisome, but not depressing.”

The meeting also featured a presentation by Gregory Simon, MD, of Seattle Group Health Research Institute on NIMH’s new National Mental Health Research Network (NMHRN), which includes a network of 10 health care systems that provide health care coverage for 10 million people across 12 states. Relying on electronic medical records, the NMHRN aims to more fully understand how to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment outcomes in real world settings as well as serve as an efficient and rich data resource for mental health researchers.

Additional presentations covered NIMH’s investments in global mental health as well as recent findings in neurodevelopmental genomics. Copies of the presentations will be made available online.