US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health

NIMH Global Mental Health Webinar Series - June 30, 2016

About the Presentation

Getting the Most from Your Data:
Sharing it through the NIMH Data Archive

Data sharing has many benefits. It allows scientists working in the same field to confirm research findings and to mine the same data to answer additional questions in a cost-effective way. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has been at the forefront of the growing movement to make data publically available. The NIMH Data Archive (NDA) stores data from studies in the following repositories:

This webinar is designed as an introduction to the data-sharing resources available to researchers who would like to deposit data into the NIMH Data Archive and to those who would like access to the Archive to conduct their own analyses. Attendees of this webinar will learn about the value of the NDA, how it is currently being used, and how to access its contents. The webinar will include time for the speakers, Dr. Gregory Farber and Ms. Gretchen Navidi, to share resources and respond to questions.

About the Speakers

Gregory Farber, Ph.D. Gregory Farber, Ph.D.
Office of Technology Development and Coordination
National Institute of Mental Health

Gregory Farber, Ph.D. Director Office of Technology Development and Coordination National Institute of Mental Health Dr. Gregory Farber has a B.S. from Penn State University in chemistry (1984) and a Ph.D. from MIT in physical chemistry (1988). Dr. Farber’s graduate school research involved determining the three-dimensional structure and mechanism of the enzyme xylose isomerase in the laboratory of Dr. Gregory A. Petsko. After graduate school, Dr. Farber received a Life Sciences Research Fellowship to learn mechanistic enzymology with Dr. W. W. Cleland at the University of Wisconsin. Following his postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Farber returned to Penn State as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and rose to the rank of Associate Professor, receiving tenure in 1998. His research included work on structural movies of enzyme action, molecular evolution, and mechanistic enzymology, which was supported by a number of private and federal agencies.

Dr. Farber moved to the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), part of NIH, in 2000. At NCRR, he managed several centers and individual investigator awards in technology development and bioinformatics, a cohort of interdisciplinary research centers, and the $1 billion NIH American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) construction program. In June 2011, Dr. Farber became the Director of the Office of Technology Development and Coordination at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The Office is responsible for coordinating all technology development and bioinformatics activities at NIMH, including common data element activities, overseeing the NIMH Data Archive, managing the NIMH component of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative, managing the Human Connectome project on behalf of the NIH Neuroscience Blueprint, and overseeing the NIMH small business program.

Gretchen Navidi Gretchen Navidi
Program Coordination Manager
Office of Technology Development and Coordination
National Institute of Mental Health

Ms. Gretchen Navidi has a B.A. in Psychology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She attended advanced degree programs at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the George Washington University (GWU) to advance her knowledge of clinical research administration.

Prior to joining the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Ms. Navidi managed clinical research for type 1 diabetes studies at GWU. She has 25 years of experience in the development and implementation of informatics solutions in the health care industry, as well as experience providing management consulting services to Fortune 500 companies and numerous federal agencies.

In February 2008, Ms. Navidi joined the NIMH to develop innovative research strategies to expand the knowledge base related to autism. She was instrumental in launching the National Database for Autism Research (NDAR), a secure informatics platform for scientific collaboration, for which she received the HHS Innovates Award (2011) and the NIH Director’s Award (2012). She helped craft the original framework for the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee’s (IACC) Strategic Plan, mandated by the Combating Autism (CARES) Act of 2006 and she received the NIMH Director’s Award for Significant Achievement for this effort in 2008. Ms. Navidi now serves as a Program Coordination Manager for the NIMH Data Archive, working with Research Domain Criteria (RDoC), clinical trial, and autism researchers. Her focus is on program and grants management, policy development and implementation, and coordination with non-federal research organizations.