To improve the application of basic research to clinical treatment, the National Institute of Mental Health has established a $2.75 million translational research program. The program evolved in response to NIMH concerns that findings in basic research were not being put into practice, explains Bruce Cuthbert, chief of the Adult Psychopathology and Prevention Research Program at NIMH. An example of such translational research, Cuthbert says, would be to apply basic findings in motivational psychology to the treatment of bipolar disorders. The program could, for example, fund a network of three to 12 scientists who work with clinicicians to translate findings into treatments. The translational grants could also provide funds to establish large-scale centers that blend research and clinical work or support the work of a single investigator. Program officials are reviewing 30 grant applications, but have not yet named award recipients. A second request for applications will be made...
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