NIMH Creates Division of Information Science and Know-how

Institute Replace

On October 23, the Nationwide Institute of Psychological Well being (NIMH) introduced the creation of a brand new Division of Information Science and Know-how (DST). DST will change NIMH’s former Workplace of Know-how Improvement and Coordination (OTDC). The choice to switch OTDC with DST was made in response to the elevated demand for grant and contract funding in technology-related areas. 

DST supplies a considerable amount of infrastructure to NIMH investigators, together with large-scale sequencing, mind and tissue banks, information archives, nonhuman primate sources, and shared instrumentation. DST will proceed to assist analysis into new instruments, applied sciences, and approaches for mind and behavioral analysis and supply infrastructure to assist that analysis. DST will present this assist by:

Two new branches have been created to assist the work of DST:

  • Know-how Improvement Department: The Know-how Improvement Department helps grants and contracts that develop new analysis instruments and applied sciences, together with NIMH’s work within the BRAIN Initiative. These instruments embrace, however should not restricted to, new optical applied sciences, magnetic resonance imaging applied sciences, mobile and molecular instruments, and computational approaches to analyzing information.
  • Infrastructure Department: The Infrastructure Department helps grants and contracts that present infrastructure for the psychological well being analysis group. The biggest infrastructure actions within the department are the NIH NeuroBioBank , which supplies human mind tissue for scientific analysis, and the NIMH Information Archive , which shops human topics information collected by NIMH grant recipients.

Greg Farber, Ph.D., who served as OTDC director since 2014, is main the brand new division. Dr. Farber will proceed to steer infrastructure actions and be sure that they’re built-in into different NIH actions that present infrastructure to the analysis group. He may also assist DST navigate and reply to rising and complicated funding calls for.

Dr. Farber brings a wealth of expertise in informatics and information administration coverage to DST. Having led many NIH and NIMH informatics efforts, Dr. Farber has collaborated with the NIH Workplace of the Director, the NIH Workplace of Extramural Analysis, and the NIH Workplace of Information Science Technique, working to advise on the institution and execution of the NIH-wide Information Administration and Sharing Coverage . Moreover, he has made influential contributions to international information sharing in his work on behalf of NIMH with the Wellcome Belief and the Worldwide Alliance of Psychological Well being Analysis Funders.

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