The Privilege of Leading NINDS
I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The Institute has a long history of leading, funding, and facilitating great advances in neuroscience over the past 65 years. I intend to build from these efforts and guide the Institute to an even greater level of excellence in all areas of our portfolio, from fundamental neuroscience to mechanistic studies of neurological disorders, translational research, clinical research, and clinical trials – advancing the NINDS mission requires vital investments in all these research phases.
In my mind, the Director’s job can be simplified as: a) fund the best science, b) train the best and brightest and, c) facilitate the process by which curiosity leads to discovery, and discovery leads to treatments for neurological disorders. Yet, identifying the best science is no simple task. Good scientific sensibility requires attention to detail and an appreciation of scientific topics beyond our individual areas of expertise. As Director, I will foster effective stewardship of research and research training in basic, translational and clinical neuroscience. Read More ...
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