Advancing Discovery Summit Series

The Advancing Discovery Summit series is a concentrated effort to bring stakeholders from many sectors together to address a very challenging issue. Many medications for mental illnesses have significant side effects ranging from weight gain to movement disorders like tardive dyskinesia—but very few new medications are being developed. NAMI strives to empower our members to advocate for more funding and support for the scientific research that will lead to better therapies. With our partners in brain research, genetic research, pharmaceutical development, and policy—and with your support—we can advance this goal.

2019 Summit

On April 8–9, 2019 NAMI, the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at Broad Institute, The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) convened a meeting of public and potential private partners to discuss the development of the Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) program for Schizophrenia (SCZ). This potential partnership, although still in the early stages of consideration, represents immense opportunity for investment and coordinated research on the root causes, progression, and treatment of schizophrenia. 

Readings and Resources

Massive NIH-Industry Project Opens Portals to Target Validation – an article reflecting on five years of progress and lessons from the Accelerating Medicines Partnership programs in rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

Working Together to Advance Discovery and Reignite Hope – a white paper co-authored by NAMI's Dr. Ken Duckworth, Dr. Teri Brister and Elizabeth Stafford, along with the Broad Institute's Dr. Rosy Hosking placing the Advancing Discovery Summit's exciting work in an important historical context. 

Time for New Schizophrenia Rx – a compelling editorial from Dr. Steve Hyman, Director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, which provided the initial motivation for the Advancing Discovery Summit.

Advancing Discovery Summit 2018 Summary Report – a thorough overview of the meeting's objectives and proceedings.

Advancing Discovery Summit 2017 Summary Report – a thorough overview of the meeting's objectives and proceedings.