Part One: Planning Grant
This is an historic moment. Mental disorders are the largest contributors to disability globally, yet they are poorly understood and inadequately treated worldwide. The gaps are especially profound in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Columbia University has the unique opportunity to play a substantive role in transforming the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders globally. Columbia’s Global Mental Health Program (GMHP) is a core member of the World Health Organization (WHO) initiative to develop the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) used by WHO’s 194 Member States to describe all health conditions, including mental disorders. No other classification system impacts public health as directly as the ICD. Our program will centrally contribute to this seminal research initiative by providing scientific leadership and data management.
With the essential support and collaboration of the CGCs, this initiative has the potential to profoundly and dramatically advance scientific knowledge and treatment of mental disorders globally.
This collaboration presents three major opportunities. First, capitalizing on the Columbia Global Centers’ (CGC) infrastructure, we will bring together the leadership of the research network that has been established to conduct and oversee the filed studies on the classification of mental and behavioral disorders for the WHO ICD-11. This initiative includes a Global Clinical Practice Network of over 10,000 clinicians from around the globe and a network of 14 clinic-based centers. Given the enormous potential of this unique and far-reaching platform, we will expand the network by engaging regional expertise, with a focus on LMICs where mental health is an emerging public health priority. The second component of our project will support regional participation at annual meetings, including a symposium, coordinated with the CGCs, to address regional mental health priorities. Recognizing that the future of global mental health depends on mentoring and engaging students and early career investigators, the third component of our project focuses on education and training. With the essential support and collaboration of the CGCs, this initiative has the potential to profoundly and dramatically advance scientific knowledge and treatment of mental disorders globally.