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NAMI Research Dinner Set for Feb. 23 in Roseville

NAMI’s Research Dinner with the University of Minnesota is set for Feb. 23, 5:30-8:30, at the Radisson Hotel, 2540 North Cleveland Ave., Roseville. New head of the U’s Dept. of Psychiatry Sophia Vinogradov, M.D. will be a featured speaker.  Key researchers will also present information on their latest studies on mental illnesses.

Study on the Biology of Adolescent Mood Disorders

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are seeking teens aged 13 to 18 years old with depression or bipolar disorder. This study is investigating the underlying biology of mood 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 umnteen@umn.edu. (Posted 12-16-16)

Neuromodulation for Adolescent Depression

Researchers a the University of Minnesota are seeking teens aged 12 to 18 years old with depression that has not improved with at least one antidepressant medication. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a non-invasive procedure that has FDA approval for use with adults with treatment-resistant depression. This study will test whether rTMS alleviates depression in adolescents, and will measure brain changes using MRI. For information, please call 612-626-7635 or email to umnteen@umn.edu. (Posted 10-6-16)

Eating Disorder Research Participants Sought

Do you struggle with binge eating? Do you eat when you are not actually hungry? Do you eat when you have strong emotions? Do you feel like you can’t control what or how much you are eating? The Eating Disorders Research Program is testing a new type of therapy for the treatment of binge eating, compulsive overeating, emotional eating, and eating in the absence of hunger. Individuals ages 18-65 who are interested in learning more about this University of Minnesota research opportunity and determining eligibility should email anpalm@umn.edu or call 612-625-1542. (Posted 8-15-2016)

Research Dinner 2016

NAMI Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Dept. of Psychiatry held their 14th annual Research Dinner on Feb. 24, at the Ramada Plaza, in Minneapolis. Over 100 people attended and heard from three of U's top psychiatric researchers along with keynoter Dr. Steven Miles who spoke about ethics in research programs and fielded questions from the audience.

NIMH Updates

Find NIMH 2-15-17 Update, here.
Find NIMH 1-15-17 Update, here.
Find NIMH 12-15-16 Update, here.
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Find NIMH 11-15-16 Update, here.
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Find NIMH 10-15-16 Update, here.
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Find NIMH 7-5-16 Update, here.
Find NIMH's 6-15-16 Update, here.
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Find NIMH's 3-15-16 Update, here.
Find NIMH's 3-1-16 Update, here.
Find NIMH's 2-15-16 Update, here.
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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Links

NIMH Homepage    
NIMH Outreach Program
NIMH Clinical Trials    
NIH Clinical Trials
NIMH Outreach Partners Program Video 2014

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.

Auditory Hallucinations Study

The purpose of this study is to see how transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) affects auditory hallucinations. TES is non- invasive and involves applying a weak electrical current to the scalp. Find the study participation details, here. (Posted 5-24-2016)

Genetics Study on Schizophrenia

VA Boston Healthcare System is looking for families with three or more members diagnosed with schizophrenia and related disorders (schizoaffective disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, and bipolar disorder with psychotic features) to participate in this genetics study. The purpose is to learn more about the role of genes in causing these debilitating diseases. Participants will be compensated $130 upon completion of the study. To learn more, contact: Paul Nelson, M.Ed., Research Coordinator, GeneticsResearchVA@gmail.com or 845-981-9514. (Posted 5-25-2016)

NIMH Genetic Study of Schizophrenia

If you or someone in your family is 18 years old or older and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder (depressed type), you may be able to participate in a genetic study that looks for genes in families. To find out if you qualify or for more information, call 301-435-8970 (1-888-674-6464) or email to schizophrenia@mail.nih.gov.

More on Research Programs

Join a Mental Health Research Study through NIMH, here.

Eating Disorder Studies at University of Minnesota- here .

Schizophrenia Research - 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 bipolarbiobank@mayo.edu.

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."