National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH ), a U.S. research center for mental disorders and the world's largest institute of its kind is part of the 27 National Institutes of Health ( NIH), in turn, an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services are. The research center is located in Bethesda (Maryland).


The NIMH 's mission is the advancement of knowledge of causes and treatment of mental disorders through basic research and clinical research. Particular attention lie on the following points:

  • Discovery of new methods to unlock causes of mental disorders
  • Study of disease processes in order to improve the possibilities of intervention
  • Develop new and better interventions
  • Increase public awareness of their own topics

Well-known researchers of NIMH

  • Julius Axelrod, Nobel Prize for Medicine 1970
  • Roger Sperry, Nobel Prize for Medicine 1981
  • Eric Kandel and Paul Greengard, Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2000 along with Arvid Carlsson were supported for more than three decades from the NIMH.