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Good profile of pioneer Dr. Thomas Insel, NIMH Director

ThomasInselBlaz­ing Trails in Brain Sci­ence (The New York Times):

The pen­du­lum has swung so far toward drug ther­apy in recent years that it is hard to recap­ture how dis­rup­tive those 1980 stud­ies were. Dr. Insel’s work and that of many oth­ers, test­ing the effect of new med­ica­tions, would turn the field away from long-term talk­ing cures and increas­ingly toward med­ica­tion and short-term behav­ior ther­a­pies rooted in the same kind of ran­dom­ized, con­trolled tri­als con­ducted in other fields of medicine…Yet the over­all impact of this drug rev­o­lu­tion on pub­lic health has been mixed…”

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Time to revamp psychiatry and mental health in light of modern neuroscience?

mentalhealthpuzzleTrans­form­ing Diag­no­sis (arti­cle by Thomas Insel, Direc­tor of the NIMH): “In a few weeks, the Amer­i­can Psy­chi­atric Asso­ci­a­tion will release its new edi­tion of the Diag­nos­tic and Sta­tis­ti­cal Man­ual of Men­tal Dis­or­ders (DSM-5)…While DSM has been described as a “Bible” for the field, it is, at best, a dic­tio­nary, cre­at­ing Read the rest of this entry »

Maximizing brain fitness and mental well-being improves both public health and individual quality of life

 We’re hav­ing a good con­ver­sa­tion among Sharp­Brains Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants, prompted by the blog post Life­long brain well­ness and performance–not med­ical disease–drives grow­ing demand for dig­i­tal brain health solu­tions. In what is a beau­ti­ful exam­ple of the need to see both the for­est and the trees Read the rest of this entry »

Transcript: Online Q&A on the Future of Brain Health with Alvaro Fernandez

Below you can find the full tran­script of our engag­ing Q&A ses­sion today, Fri­day March 16th, on brain sus­tain­abil­ity, retool­ing brain health, and applied neu­ro­plas­tic­ity, with Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, Sharp­Brains’ Co-Founder who’s just been named a Young Global Leader by the World Eco­nomic Forum. You can learn more about the topic by read­ing this 2011 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit Meet­ing Report and this Info­graphic.

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Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry: from DSM to brain-based RDoC, iSPOT-D and biomarkers

(Editor’s Note: this is Part 2 of the new 3-part series writ­ten by Dr. Evian Gor­don draw­ing from his par­tic­i­pa­tion at the Per­son­al­ized Med­i­cine World Con­gress on Jan­u­ary, 23, 2012 at Stan­ford University.)

Most Per­son­al­ized Med­i­cine research in Psy­chi­a­try using mol­e­c­u­lar mea­sures alone have failed to repli­cate. Whilst dis­ap­point­ing, this is not sur­pris­ing, since 80% of human 25,000 genes have some effect on the brain.

There are there­fore grow­ing efforts expand­ing Genomic Bio­mark­ers in Psy­chi­a­try to Neu­roimag­ing (all Brain-based bio­log­i­cal and cog­ni­tive mea­sures). Some approaches tar­get Read the rest of this entry »

An Emerging Era of Big Data (in Mental Health too)

We just came accross an excel­lent arti­cle by Dr. Thomas Insel, Direc­tor of the National Insti­tute for Men­tal Health (NIMH), titled An Emerg­ing Era of Big Data. The arti­cle is brief and worth read­ing. Here are two quotes:

- “Every era has its tech­no­log­i­cal icons. In the early 20th cen­tury, it was the air­plane and the auto­mo­bile. In the mid-20th cen­tury, it was the tele­vi­sion and the tele­phone. Now in the early 21st cen­tury, the smart phone and social net­work­ing appear to be the defin­ing tech­nolo­gies. And increas­ingly, the cur­rent era is begin­ning to look like the era of “big data” — a term that Read the rest of this entry »

Thinking globally to improve mental health: New NIH initiative

Think­ing glob­ally to improve men­tal health: NIH announces inter­na­tional research ini­tia­tive (press release):

- “The Grand Chal­lenges in Global Men­tal Health Ini­tia­tive, led by the National Insti­tutes of Health and the Global Alliance for Chronic Dis­eases, has iden­ti­fied the top 40 bar­ri­ers to bet­ter men­tal health around the world. Sim­i­lar to past grand chal­lenges, which Read the rest of this entry »

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