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Major NIMH research project to test approaches to altering the course of schizophrenia
Date:7/21/2009

of the trial, during which the investigators will refine the interventions with input from stakeholders and conduct a feasibility study to demonstrate that each intervention can be fielded in real world community treatment settings and be evaluated in a randomized clinical trial design. With long-term funds committed by NIMH to complete these phases plus a full-scale clinical trial, funding for the study is $40 million.

"Depending on the study's outcome, RAISE could help set the stage for a paradigm shift in the way schizophrenia is treated in the United States. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to eliminate the chronic form of schizophrenia that is so costly and devastating to the individual, family members, and society as a whole," said Robert Heinssen, Ph.D., acting director of the NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research and project officer for RAISE. "This Recovery Act-supported project will hire and help train many mental health researchers and care providers for a project that is likely to help some of our most vulnerable citizens lead more productive and satisfying lives."

NIMH is using Recovery Act funds to carry out objectives identified in its Strategic Plan. Among these objectives is to develop new and better interventions that incorporate the diverse needs and circumstances of people with mental illnesses and to strengthen the public health impact of NIMH-supported research.


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Contact: Charlotte Armstrong
NIMHpress@nih.gov
301-443-4536
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
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