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Too Good To Be True? Debate about the Latest Schizophrenia Research

Treating mental illnesses like schizophrenia or autism, where symptoms range widely, would be much easier if doctors had diagnostic tests—tests that could tell them if two people who have overlapping but also different symptoms have the same disorder, or tests that could tell them which medications will work best for which person. Recently, a study claiming that schizophrenia can be subdivided into at least eight genetic subtypes has garnered a lot of media attention. It’s easy to see why: if schizophrenia can be distilled into subtypes, each underpinned by different genetics, we might be closer to understanding the disorder and developing more personalized treatments. However, the study, published online in the American Journal of Psychiatry on September 15, has been roundly criticized by others in the psychiatric genetics community, who fault the researchers for publically promoting results that others view as preliminary and in need of scrutiny and more study. If […]

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You can help us build a grassroots advocacy force for research!

Please donate to Cure Alliance for Mental Illness during this holiday season. Our goal is to raise $50,000 as we go into 2014. This will allow us to spread the word about the need for more research in mental illness, and let legislators and other policymakers know how important this is. Many people are unaware of how underfunded mental illness research is compared to other illnesses, especially with the very large burden they place on  individuals and on society. But it’s not as well-known how little understood they are, and how much better our treatments could be if we knew more about the causes and development of mental illnesses.  The other mental health advocacy organizations are dedicated to the immediate and serious problem of inadequate access to treatment and services and to eradicating the stigma of mental illness. Cure Alliance is the only organization focusing specifically on increasing the Federal commitment […]

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Cure Alliance in Washington

  Cure Alliance co-founder Hakon Heimer has been appointed to the National Advisory Mental Health Council by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius. The council advises the HHS secretary, the National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Director Tom Insel on all policies and activities relating to the conduct and support of mental health research, research training and other programs of the NIMH. The group is composed of mental health experts from different professions, and meets in Washington, D.C., three times each year. Heimer will serve a four-year term. “The most obvious benefit of being on the NIMH Council is having some voice in how mental illness research policy is made,” said Heimer. “But it is also a tremendous opportunity to meet other advocates, along with top researchers and service providers.”

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Cure Alliance Petition for Mental Illness Research

Cure Alliance has started a petition asking the President and Congress of the U.S. to fund research in mental illness. The violent tragedies over the past year have sparked numerous petitions calling for improved treatment and services for mental illness. Cure Alliance is the sole voice calling for more research to find cures for mental illness. We call on the President and Congress of the United States to ensure that mental illnesses get the research attention they deserve. Without adequate resources, scientists will not find better treatments and cures to stop mental illness at the outset. Read the rest and sign here. Ask all your friends to sign too!

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