The committee held a workshop in Washington, D.C., on November 8–9, 1999, to hear the perspective of sponsors and presentations from other experts on the major areas of the study, and to identify or clarify issues that would be important for the study charge. This was a valuable opportunity to explore the thinking of additional experts and to identify with them sources of information on the range of topics and issues. The agenda for the workshop is given in Appendix C. The individuals and their presentation topics are listed below:

  • Dr. Alex Cohen, “Mental Health of Indigenous People”;

  • Dr. Beugre Kouassi, “Epidemiology and Prevention of Epilepsy in Africa” and “Epidemiology and Prevention of Stroke in Africa”;

  • Dr. Thomas Langfitt, “Risk Factors and Outcomes for Children and Youth”;

  • Dr. Jessie Mbwambo, “Depression in Developing Countries”;

  • Dr. Vikram Patel, “Epidemiology of Common Mental Disorders in Developing Countries, with a Special Focus on Poverty and Female Gender as Risk Factors, ” and a “Health Systems Model of Approaching Mental Health Research and Program Implementation and the Overall Policy Implications of Cultural and Health System Diversity in Mental Health Care”;

  • Dr. Norman Sartorius, “The Global Burden of Disease”;

  • Dr. Peter Schantz, “Cysticercosis in Developing Countries”; and

  • Dr. Harvey Whiteford, “Mental Health Economics.”

Following the 2-day workshop, the committee met for deliberations twice in Washington D.C.: November 10, 1999, and May 9–10, 2000. Representatives of the committee's writing groups also met on March 29–30, 2000. Additionally, committee members along with IOM staff and consultants deliberated upon, contributed to, and reviewed the development of the report by e-mail, telephone, and mail between November 1999 and July 2000, then in September 2000 and January 2001 after revisions in response to external review.


This report on neurological and psychiatric disorders is one of a series of reports that address issues of global health and health policy:

  • Assessment of Future Scientific Needs for Live Variola Virus, 1999;

  • Control of Cardiovascular Diseases in Developing Countries: Research, Development, and Institutional Strengthening, 1998;

  • Prevention of Micronutrient Deficiencies: Tools for Policymakers and Public Health Workers, 1998;

  • America's Vital Interest in Global Health, 1997;

  • In Her Lifetime: Female Morbidity and Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa , 1996;

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