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“Neuroscape” Design Consulting for Research Domain Criteria Field Test Battery - Pre-solicitation Notice

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Document Type:PRESOL
Posted Date:Aug 29, 2017
Category: Special Studies and Analyses - Not R&D
Set Aside:N/A

Contracting Office Address

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Station Support/Simplified Acquisitions, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 3165, Bethesda, Maryland, 20892, United States


Full Description Harvard Full Description UCSF The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is developing a field test battery for its Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project and requires Neuroscape Design Consulting services. RDoC is a research framework for studying mental disorders that is organized around particular domains of cognition or functioning, such as fear, memory, and social cognition, rather than traditional diagnostic categories such as schizophrenia or depression. In diagnosing patients and devising outcomes of clinical trials, the emphasis is upon quantitative measurement of such functions rather than reports of symptoms as in traditional studies. There is accordingly a need to develop tests and measures of these functions that are reliable and valid in multiple settings. The RDoC framework specifies dimensions of behavior or cognition that are based upon both a validated function (such as fear or working memory) and a neural circuit or system that has been shown to play a primary role in implementing each function. This approach was taken deliberately to increase the scientific rigor for each dimension, but most tests designed over the past decades have not used this circuit-based approach. For this reason, there are relatively few tests available to date for RDoC dimensions, and extant tests must be chosen carefully to ensure that they meet the standards.

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POC Catherine Caldwell, Phone: 3014802467

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