This proposal is for the continuation of support of a research colloquium for junior investigators held during the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). This annual event has taken place in each of the past nine years under the sponsorship of the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) with administrative direction from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Workgroup on Research Training and the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE). The primary specific aims of this proposal are to identify current and future senior psychiatric residents, research fellows and junior faculty psychiatrists (with special emphasis on ethnic/racial minorities and women) who are especially promising candidates for successful research careers; provide a one-day intensive, mentored, training session that will allow these participants to present their current or proposed research protocols in small group sessions and to receive faculty mentoring and peer feedback. The secondary specific aims are to encourage individuals contemplating a research career, currently in research training or initiating a research career as beginning investigators to continue this career path; provide information and identify resources that will help beginning investigators to seek and obtain outside funding that will enable them to launch successful research careers. A one day workshop will be held annually on the Sunday that falls at the end of the Society for Biological Psychiatry meeting and at the beginning of the APA annual meeting. A total of 24 junior investigators will be selected to participate and will meet in small groups of four participants and two faculty, where the trainees will provide a 15-20 minute presentation of a current or proposed study and also will be required to present a poster during a noon poster session and will receive additional faculty mentoring. The submission also includes responses from a survey from former Colloquium participants.

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The Research Colloquium is a one day conference that is held during the APA annual meeting for psychiatry residents, research fellows, and junior faculty that are starting research careers to meet with senior research mentors to receive advice on their planned research studies.

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