Director’s Blog Imagine for a moment that we had the magic bullet for depression or schizophrenia or anorexia or autism. A single pill, taken once a day, safe and effective, that would immediately and continually keep all of the symptoms at bay.

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Since September 11, 2001, more than 2.5 million service members have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. In contrast to previous wars, these recent wars have been fought by an all-volunteer force that has experienced multiple deployments. Many of the service members are in reserve or National Guard units

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When the Public Library of Science (PLOS) launched its first open access journal in 2003, it was big news. Although many physics and computer science journals had already been free and open for several years, biomedical research had followed a business model dictated by the publishing industry, with access limited to subscribers. Subscriptions could often cost over $1000/year per journal, and more often than not, way above this figure.

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Director’s Blog Julius Axelrod was one of NIMH’s greatest scientists and mentors for five decades until his death in 2004 at age 92. In addition to his many discoveries – which led to his 1970 Nobel Prize – Julie, as he was known, was famous for his aphorisms.

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Director’s Blog As in past years, once again I venture to suggest a “top 10” list for NIMH based on the most notable discoveries and events of the past 12 months. This year several of the major breakthroughs were not funded by NIMH and not directly focused on mental disorders, but they suggested new vistas for biology that will almost certainly change the way we understand serious mental illness and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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