The National Institute of Mental Health has a website here which features a blog by the director of the NIMH Dr Thomas Insel (see biography here). The blog features a light blue background and a central white pane containing the posts. There is a blue title pane with links to other parts of the website. The posts are titled, dated and category enabled with social media features enabled for sharing. Post contain references to the articles in the scientific literature as well as relevant pictures. On the right side of the screen the reader can find site indices. One is organised according to the category of the posts while the other is a chronological index extending back to September 2009. On the website, the NIMH’s stated mission is described thus:-
‘The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure‘
Dr Insel covers a broad range of mental health topics in keeping with the remit of the NIMH. The NIMH plays an important role in funding research and in this post he discusses the NIMH’s role in developing drugs. Other posts cover topics such as estimating the prevalence of autistic spectrum disorders here, developments in the NIMH here and the research domain criteria discussed here. These criteria are particularly interesting as they form the basis for a diagnostic system which is independent of the current diagnostic categories. There is also a lot of inspiration for the future of research in this area. For instance in a post ‘Taking Research to the Next Level‘, Insel writes that
‘Going forward, NIMH will be looking for clinical trials that are personalized (using predictive biomarkers) or preemptive (focused on early intervention) to maximize public health impact‘
Dr Insel’s NIMH blog gives an overview of some of the important developments in mental health research and is written in an accessible style with useful resources for the interested reader to further explore the subject material.
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