Building on the genomics revolution, he created large repositories of DNA and funded many of the first large genotyping and sequencing efforts to identify risk genes. He established autism as a major area of focus for NIMH and led a large increase of NIH funding for autism research. Under his leadership, autism, as a developmental brain disorder, became a prototype for mental disorders, most of which also emerge during development. And during his tenure, NIMH became a leader in global mental health, working closely with the World Health Organization and the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease.
The Autism Action Network has called for Insel's resignation, due to alleged conflict of interest (his brother works in the vaccine industry) and outrage at his expressed refusal to unqeuivocally acknowledge the growing number of autism spectrum diagnoses.
it doesn't sound like they're ignoring symptoms... it sounds to me like the new plan is to use the existing symptom-taxonomy but not the existing condition-taxonomy (ie, the groupings of symptoms into conditions). So they'll be looking for eg quantifiable measures that correlate with anhedonia (symptom), not depression (condition).
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