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NAMI Research Dinner Set for Feb. 27

NAMI Minnesota will hold its annual Research Dinner with the University of Minnesota's Dept. of Psychiatry on Feb. 27, from 5:30-8:30, at the Radisson Hotel Roseville, 2540 North Cleveland Ave, Roseville, MN 55113.

Check-in & seating at 5:30 p.m., Dinner & Program at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $45 for NAMI Minnesota members, $55 for non-members. Approved by the Minnesota Board of Social Work for 1.5 CEUs.

NAMI’s annual research dinner provides hope and brings new research findings on mental illnesses to the community. This year's speakers include:
Sophia Vinogradov, MD, Donald W. Hastings Endowed Chair in Psychiatry and Department Head of Psychiatry, on an overview of the exciting new research directions in the field and the University of Minnesota's Dept. of Psychiatry;
Katie Lingras, PhD, LP, Assistant Professor, on new directions in early childhood mental health, including prevention, promotion, and serving children where they live;
Aimee Murray, PsyD, LP, Assistant Professor and Psychologist, on identifying and treating children and adolescents at risk for psychosis;
Ziad Nahas, MD, MSCR, Professor and Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs, on new approaches for treatment-resistatn depression.

Biology of Adolescent Bipolar Disorder Study

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are seeking teens aged 13 to 18 years old with Bipolar Disorder. This study is investigating the underlying biology of Bipolar Spectrum Disorders during this critical stage in life. Advanced understanding of the complex biology is necessary to allow new advances in diagnosis and treatment for adolescents. For more information, please call Nathan Horek at 612-626-7635 or email (Posted 8-21-2017)

BPD Research Study for Families

Cultural anthropologist Maureen O’Dougherty (Ph.D. City University of New York; resident faculty at Metropolitan State University) is conducting a qualitative study with individuals who have a family member that lives with Borderline Personality Disorder. Participation in the study entails taking part in an interview with the researcher to discuss what the experience of BPD in the family has been like for them as parents or siblings. Results of the study will be used to inform advocates for families of those who live with BPD, as well as professionals who work with people living with BPD. The information gathered is intended to aid in the development of better tools and resources to address the needs of individuals with BPD and their families. If interested in learning more about the study, please call or text Dr. O’Dougherty at 612-508-3007 or email her at (Posted 8-11-2017)

NIMH Irritable Child Study:

This study is on Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder in children ages 8-17. See flyer. (Posted 5-11-2017)

Computerized Social Cognition Study

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota is seeking individuals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia to participate in a TRUSST brain training study using computerized cognitive training. This study is testing the effects of an experimental software program targeting social cognitive abilities versus a computer-based software control condition. Participants will be asked to complete 30 hours of social cognition training or 30 hours of the control condition at home or in the Ambulatory Research Center. A series of appointments to assess cognition, symptoms, and functioning will be completed before the intervention, and after 15 and 30 hours of the intervention. To learn more about the study, please call (612) 626-7886 or email (Posted 3-21-2017)

Study on Teenagers with Depression

This research study seeks to understand the causes of depression in teenagers. It is part of a larger study looking at irritability and mood dysregulation. This part of the study’s goals are to improve our knowledge
of which treatments work best in depression, and will compare teenagers with depression to those with severe irritability. The research will also study teenagers with depression as they grow up. See Flyer for details. For further information contact: Argyris Stringaris, M.D. or Kenneth Towbin, M.D. at 301-496-8381 or (Posted 3-15-2017)

NIMH Updates

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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Links

NIMH Homepage    
NIMH Outreach Program
NIMH Clinical Trials   

NAMI Minnesota is a member of the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program- The program is a nationwide initiative of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison. The program works to increase the public’s access to science-based mental health information through partnerships with national and state nonprofit organizations. See list of Outreach Partners.

More on Research Programs

Join a Mental Health Research Study through NIMH, here.

Eating Disorder Studies at University of Minnesota- here .

Psychosis Studies - University of Minnesota- here.

Mayo Clinic's Bipolar Disorder Biobank aims to make it easier for researchers to conduct research studies because they will have access to blood samples and patient data from thousands of people all in one place. Eligibility for the study: Age 18-65 and diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder Type 1. Call 507-255-9034 or e-mail

Guide to Evidence-Based Programs -The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has developed a a new web page guide for identifying evidence-based programs and practices that can prevent and/or treat mental and substance use disorders.  This Guide to Evidence-Based Practices can be found at their website.

Regions Hospital Seeks Study Participants - Regions Hospital in St. Paul is seeking participants for several clinical studies. Current studies include: Major Depression, Treatment-Resistant Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar I Disorder and Adult ADHD.  For information, call 651-254-4357.

Research Paper on Family Experiences -Qualitative Health Research has published a paper by Barbara Champlin of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, following her interviews with a number of area NAMI members.  The paper is titled "Being There for Another with a Serious Mental Illness."