Diversity: A Tool for Solving the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health
On May 1-2, 2018, the NIMH Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health (ORDGMH) and Grand Challenges Canada will co-convene the annual Global Mental Health Workshop to bring together global mental health researchers, innovators, and other stakeholders on the theme of “Diversity: A Tool for Solving Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health.” The workshop will highlight the importance of diversity in science along the research pipeline (basic, translational, clinical, and implementation science); in the global mental health research workforce; in the individuals who participate in mental health research (including youth, racial/ethnic minorities, women, sexual and gender minorities, and individuals with disabilities) and in the short, medium, and long-term time frames required for various research endeavors to improve clinical care.
Exciting highlights in the workshop will include keynote presentations by global mental health experts such as:
- Dr. Shekhar Saxena (Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the World Health Organization),
- Dr. Vikram Patel (The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health at Harvard University Medical School),
- Dr. Margarita Alegria (Chief of the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School) and
- Dr. Laurence Kirmayer (James McGill Professor and Director, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry and Department of Psychiatry at McGill University in Canada).
The keynote and workshop session speakers will interactively engage with workshop participants on topics such as computational science, measurement challenges, mobile technology, research and policy engagement, implementation science, research capacity building and intersection for action across diverse communities.
To encourage and inspire future global mental health researchers, the workshop will host lunchtime roundtable discussions on both days for students, post-docs and early-stage investigators to interact with senior and mid-level investigators. These semi-structured discussions will allow for networking and knowledge exchange on mentoring, research career development, and research interests in global mental health.
Grant Writing and Scientific Peer Review Workshop
On Thursday, May 3, 2018, ORDGMH will host a grant writing workshop encouraging participation from graduate students, trainees, early-career/early-stage investigators or others who do not have NIH granting experience. This workshop will provide a broad overview on the following topics: research concept development, grant application preparation and submission, scientific review, clinical research guidelines and global mental health research and training opportunities. This workshop is only for participants of the Global Mental Health Workshop, and space is limited, so please register at the website link provided below under “More Information.” For those not staying the beyond the Global Mental Health Workshop, there will be a webinar platform available for remote participation.