New center on mental health research for Asian Americans: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has funded a project to establish a national center to study mental health issues affecting Asian Americans. The Asian American Center on Disparities Research will be housed at the University of California (UC), Davis, and will coordinate a network of U.S. researchers studying the unique mental health challenges faced by Asian Americans, including Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Hmong, Lao, Korean, Japanese, Hawaiian, East Indian, and other Asian Pacific groups. The Asian-American community has been underrepresented in mental health research, and evidence suggests that services are inadequate or inappropriate for Asian Americans. The new center, led by Nolan Zane, Ph.D., of UC Davis, aims to counteract these obstacles by testing effective clinical treatments for Asian Americans, promoting and conducting research about cultural diversity and disparities, and helping bridge the gap between research and practice. The new center builds on the UC Davis-based National Research Center on Asian American Mental Health, which operated from 1988 to 2002 and also was funded by NIMH.