NIMH director discusses progress, opportunities for research during visit at Ohio State

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Earlier this month, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) spent a day at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to help kick off May’s Mental Health Awareness month.

This year, the NIMH is celebrating 75 years of providing federal funding for basic and clinical research on mental health disorders.

Researchers across the nation, including at Ohio State, tap into those funds to study better options for prevention, recovery and cure for those struggling with mental illness.

The NIMH has an annual budget of about $2.5 billion, yet only one in five studies submitted to NIMH is funded, said Joshua A. Gordon, who has led the organization since 2016.

During his visit, Gordon attended a luncheon with Medical Center leaders, Ohio State mental health researchers and local philanthropists who support Ohio State’s vision of research excellence for mental health.

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