The mission of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

For the Institute to continue fulfilling this vital public health mission, it must foster innovative thinking and ensure that a full array of novel scientific perspectives are used to further discovery in the evolving science of brain, behavior, and experience. In this way, breakthroughs in science can become breakthroughs for all people with mental illnesses.

Tom Insel NIMH Blog posts

Tom Insel, while he was Director of NIMH and co-director of the MCWG wrote a number of blog posts that appeared in his blog within the NIMH website.

His BRAIN Initiative related post titles are: 'The Brain’s Critical Balance', 'Early BRAIN Breakthroughs', 'BRAIN Awareness', 'Creating the Next Generation of Tools', and 'New Views into the Brain'.

From Neurons to Neighborhoods: Tom Insel

"From Neurons to Neighborhoods: charting a new science of mental health"

Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), discusses how a deeper understanding of how the human brain functions will yield new approaches to diagnostics and therapeutics, bending the curve for millions affected by mental disorders.

Published by Stanford on October 20, 2014

Greg Farber, PhD – NIMH

Director, Office of Technology Development and Coordination for National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Multi-Council Working Group (Staff)

While at Penn State, Dr. Farber's research included work on structural movies of enzyme action, molecular evolution, and mechanistic enzymology. As Director of TDC, he is responsible for coordinating all technology development and bioinformatics activities at NIMH, overseeing the National Database for Autism Research, managing the Human Connectome Project on behalf of the NIH Neuroscience Blueprint, and overseeing the NIMH small-business program.

BRAIN Initiative on Charlie Rose Show

Charlie Rose welcomed on July 14, 2013 a distinguished panel to discuss President Obama's BRAIN initiative, including Eric Kandel, Thomas Insel, Story Landis, Cornelia Bargmann and William Newsome.

This 14 minute clip includes the opening setup and the conclusion during which the panelists each expresses what results they would like, or hope, to see. This 14th episode concludes the second season of the Charlie Rose Brain Series.

Toward a new understanding of mental illness

Today, thanks to better early detection, there are 63% fewer deaths from heart disease than there were just a few decades ago. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, wonders: Could we do the same for depression and schizophrenia? The first step in this new avenue of research, he says, is a crucial reframing: for us to stop thinking about "mental disorders" and start understanding them as "brain disorders."

Filmed January 203 at TEDX Caltech
Uploaded to YouTube on April 16, 2013 by TED

Thomas Insel, MD – Verily

Lead, Google Life Sciences Division
Former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Formerly Co-chair, BRAIN Initiative Multi-Council Working Group (MCWG)

Thomas R. Insel, M.D., was former Director of NIMH, the component of the National Institutes of Health charged with generating the knowledge needed to understand, treat, and prevent mental disorders. His tenure at NIMH had been distinguished by groundbreaking findings in the areas of practical clinical trials, autism research, and the role of genetics in mental illnesses.

NIMH Brain Basics

Brain Basics provides information on how the brain works, how mental illnesses are disorders of the brain, and ongoing research that helps us better understand and treat disorders.

Mental disorders are common. You may have a friend, colleague, or relative with a mental disorder, or perhaps you have experienced one yourself at some point. Such disorders include depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and many others.

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