Director's Messages

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Making HEADWAY on Inequities in Neurological Health

(Monday, January 11, 2021)
The term “HEADWAY” means moving forward or making progress, especially when circumstances make things slow or difficult. When it comes to health equity in neurological disorders, never has a term more accurately described a process.

The tenacity and resilience of our community: Meeting the Challenges of 2020

(Thursday, December 31, 2020)
Like many of you, I am looking forward to 2021 as a new year of possibility. As a country, we have faced challenges in 2020 that have been unlike anything we have ever experienced in decades.

Learn more about NINDS, BRAIN®, and NIH at the NIH Virtual Seminar

(Monday, October 26, 2020)
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the loss of in-person scientific gatherings has been particularly hard. I so thoroughly enjoy opportunities to catch up with old friends, learn about ongoing research and recent findings, and forge new collaborations.

Inviting Your Feedback on Two Crowdsourcing Campaigns for the 2020 Epilepsy Research Benchmarks and Transformative Research Priorities

(Friday, September 25, 2020)
The epilepsies are a devastating set of disorders characterized by recurring seizures. Seizures occur when millions of nerve cells simultaneously fire, disrupting normal brain activity during, and for some time after, these network bursts of synchronous firing.

Pain Awareness Month 2020: CoEPEs resources for pain management curricula materials

(Monday, September 14, 2020)
September is both Pain Awareness Month and National Recovery Month, and as the world continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot lose sight of the national crisis of inadequate pain management and opioid misuse and addiction.

Robin’s Wish

(Tuesday, September 1, 2020)
“Robin’s Wish” is a is a film to be released today that chronicles comedian and actor Robin Williams’ experiences with and symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia (LBD).

Progress through Partnership: The 2020 NINDS Nonprofit Virtual Forum

(Thursday, August 6, 2020)
Conferences, workshops, and other gatherings are valuable opportunities for NINDS to connect with the neuroscience community and learn from the constituencies that we serve.

Requesting Input on Educational Resources in the Principles of Rigorous Research

(Tuesday, June 30, 2020)
NINDS’s pact with the US citizens is to fund research that is careful, rigorous, and of the highest quality.  Our commitment to rigorous research is especially important as labs plan and implement re-opening during the COVID-19 pandemic and trainees return to the classrooms and benches.

A time for change: NINDS’ commitment to diversity and eliminating racial bias

(Friday, June 19, 2020)
The events of the past few weeks, catalyzed by George Floyd’s death, have unveiled for many the multifaceted racism faced by the Black community for centuries.

NINDS Contributions to ADRD Research Activities

(Tuesday, June 9, 2020)
Amidst these uncertain times, the current COVID-19 pandemic is prevalent in headlines and constantly on our minds, and it’s easy to overlook the contributions that NIH is making toward other aspects of the biomedical enterprise.