NIH Effort to Improve Research Frameworks 

FABBS responded to a request for information (RFI) about improving research frameworks to enable rigorous study of the effects of racism on brain and behavioral health across the lifespan (NOT-MH-24-190). The multi-institute initiative includes the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute of Drug Addiction, and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The RFI invited feedback in two areas. 1) The impact of structural racism on brain, cognitive (e.g., learning, memory, attention, decision-making), and behavioral function across the lifespan and 2) the role of structural and systemic racism on the conduct of brain and behavioral health research. FABBS thanks Dr. Lakeshia Cousin, University of Florida for her contributions to the FABBS response.