The only National Key Laboratory for Mental Health founded by the Chinese Ministry of Health is located at IMH. Great achievements in scientific research have been made under the leadership and hard work of Prof. Shen Yucun and other distinguished researchers. Under the guidance of Ph.D advisors, Academician Shen Yucun, Prof. Zhou Dongfeng, Prof. Wang Yufeng, Prof. Zhang Dai, Prof. Huang Yueqin, Prof. Yu Xin, and Prof. Si Tianmei, a research team has been organized to come to the top in various fields. The Institute has conducted profound investigations in biological psychiatry, social psychiatry, child psychiatry, and clinical psychiatry. Over the years, the IMH has conducted numerous national-level and internationally collaborative studies and been recognized with many important research awards. Recently, there have also been great advances in nursing research.
In the field of biological psychiatry, the IMH research team has explored the etiology and mechanisms of many common psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, dementia, and autism, using methods of molecular genetics, neurobiochemistry, neuroimaging, neuroelectrophysiology, and psychiatric pharmacology.
In the field of social psychiatry, the IMH research team has invested in finding good instruments for epidemiological studies in China. Our team has also guided and trained research staff from various provinces to conduct epidemiological studies using internationally recognized Composite International Diagnostic Interviews. In addition, our research team has completed the Chinese psychiatric disability standard, dementia screening tools, diagnostic tools for psychiatric disorders and intervention strategies for care givers of dementia patients. The IMH has established the network for training in suicide prevention, conducted clinical trials using rTMS, carried out community-based surveys on personality disorders and internet use, and organized intervention research on PTSD.
In the field of child psychiatry, the IMH focused on the etiology and treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and conduct problems. Clinical research includes studies on autism and child schizophrenia. The IMH has carried out many research projects funded by the Chinese Ministry of Health, Chinese Ministry of Education, and Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. The IMH has made great contributions with respect to the etiology, clinical evaluation, and treatment in the above areas.
In the field of clinical psychiatry, the IMH has been focused on psychiatric drugs, the application of therapeutic theory into practice, and clinical research on common psychiatric disorders. These studies include research on biomarkers and the early treatment of geriatric psychiatric disorders, early detection and intervention of schizophrenia, treatment and intervention of alcohol dependence and eating disorders, psychological and behavioral studies on HIV/AIDS-related psychiatric disorders, as well as studies on mental health strategies and policies.