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Health Agencies Update
December 24/31, 2014

New Effort Hopes to Boost Mental Health Research

JAMA. 2014;312(24):2608. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.17031

A new unit established by the National Institute of Mental Health hopes to facilitate communication among scientists, clinicians, and the public to reframe mental health research.

The Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) unit is currently developing an online discussion forum where investigators and clinicians can converse and collaborate.

The unit is the latest program within the RDoC initiative, which was established in 2009 to accelerate the pace of research that translates basic science on mental function into clinical applications to improve mental health (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/research-priorities/rdoc/index.shtml). The goal is to bring approaches in genetics, neuroscience, and behavioral science to bear on problems of mental illness. Researchers are incorporating diverse types of research data with the hope of establishing a new mental disorders classification system, with an emphasis on neurodevelopmental and environmental interactions.

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