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Nakamura Moves to NIMH Intramural Research Programs

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently announced that Richard Nakamura has accepted the appointment of Scientific Director for the Division of Intramural Research Programs.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently announced that Richard Nakamura has accepted the appointment of Scientific Director for the Division of Intramural Research Programs. He left his position as Deputy Director for NIMH on September 28, 2008 to assume the new post.

Nakamura began his tenure as deputy director of NIMH in 1997, and was NIMH Acting Director from 2001-2002. He played a key role in revitalizing both NIMH's extramural and intramural research programs. He has been at the forefront of efforts to speed the translation of scientific knowledge into clinical practice and to transmit these advances to Congress and the public.

Nakamura arrived at NIMH in 1976 as a postdoctoral fellow in the intramural Laboratory of Neuropsychology, where he conducted behavioral and physiological studies in non-human primates to understand cognitive processing in the brain. He moved to NIMH headquarters in 1986, serving as Chief of the Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience Research Branch in the early 1990s, and later as Associate Director of Science Policy and Program Planning.