Research News

To ensure that we are providing the best and most current information to our members, NAMI monitors current research across the field of mental health. On this page, you can find up-to-date information from government organizations like the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), private institutions like the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, and academic and industry researchers.  

For more new stories from the National Institute of Mental Health, please visit their Science News website.

For more new stories from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, please visit their Newsletter website.

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New Study Indicates Link Between Gut Bacteria and Depression

Feb 04 2019
In a new study of the human microbiome, the complex ecosystem of microorganisms that exists inside a person’s body, researchers have found links between specific bacteria and depression. People with treatment-resistant depression had microbiomes that were less likely to contain serotonin- and dopamine-creating bacteria. Although more investigation is needed, this is a fascinating direction for future research. For more information on this study, please see this article in Forbes.

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Brain Biomarkers, Structural Differences May Predict Severity of PTSD

Jan 30 2019
A new study examining the brain structure and activity of combat veterans with PTSD may help explain why some people experience symptoms of PTSD much more severely than others. Certain areas of the brain involved in learning and emotional response, most noticeably the amygdala, were meaningfully different in veterans with more severe symptoms. For more information about this study, please visit the NIH website.

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All of Us Research Program Introduces Fitbit Compatibility

Jan 16 2019
The NIH’s monumental All of Us Research Program has launched a new way for participants to contribute data with the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) project. In addition to sharing information through surveys, electronic health records, and biological samples, participants with any Fitbit device can now choose to share data such as physical activity, sleep, weight, heart rate, nutrition, and water intake. For more about the BYOD project and All of Us, please visit the NIH website.

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