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Director's Message from Story Landis, Ph.D.NINDS funds research across the spectrum from basic research aimed at understanding normal brain and nervous system function to large Phase III clinical trials to test or compare treatments. A strong, dynamic, and balanced portfolio of basic and disease-focused research is essential for progress in neuroscience, and striking the right balance is an important challenge for NINDS and the scientific community. I have just posted the results of an extensive NINDS analysis showing a sharp decline between 1997 and 2012 in our funding of fundamental basic research studies. We looked at whether this change might be driven by NINDS calls for applications in certain areas or by review patterns, but we found no evidence that either of these factors played a significant role. What did emerge from our analysis was a clear decrease in the number of applications submitted for fundamental basic research. Read More ...

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