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October 1995

Child and Adolescent Mental Disorders and the Search for an NIMH DirectorQuo Vadis?

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1995;52(10):873. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1995.03950220083015

SIX YEARS ago, James Leckman, MD, of Yale University, New Haven, Conn, and Glen Elliott, MD, PhD, of the University of California—San Francisco, spearheaded a review of the needs and opportunities for research in mental disorders of children and adolescents. This effort, sponsored by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, was an extraordinary enterprise that included experts in fields such as genetics, epidemiology, and behavioral development. The original report1 noted that substantive progress had been made in understanding illnesses that cause enormous hardship and pain to the afflicted children, their families, and society. The report laid out a research agenda while highlighting how little money was being spent on either basic or applied research in this area.

In last month's issue of the Archives, many of the contributors to the original report prepared an update2—a report card on the recent

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