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NIH Launches 10-year Study of Brain Development

(Tuesday, September 13, 2016)
Today, NIH launches the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States.  The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study aims to recruit more than 10,000 children, beginning at ages 9-10, and follow their biological, cognitive and behavioral development for 10 years.

NINDS Supports Outstanding Projects Using Invertebrate Model Systems

(Friday, September 2, 2016)
The mission of NINDS is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system, and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease. We frequently receive questions about whether NINDS prefers one animal model over another.

August Update on the BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group and Neuroethics Workgroup

(Tuesday, August 2, 2016)
I'm pleased to report that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative® is moving along at an incredible pace.

2016 Pain Consortium Symposium

(Wednesday, June 22, 2016)
The 2016 NIH Pain Consortium Symposium was a fantastic meeting, and I cannot emphasize enough the importance of this annual gathering. It is one of many ways in which the NIH Pain Consortium works to enhance pain research and promote collaboration among researchers across the many NIH Institutes and Centers that have programs and activities addressing pain.

Passing of a Great NINDS Physician-Scientist

(Friday, June 17, 2016)
It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of former National Institutes of Health scientist, Roscoe O. Brady, M.D., a pioneer of modern medicine and true public servant who improved the lives of thousands of people suffering from lysosomal storage disorders. Dr.

Launch of the NINDS Research Program Award

(Saturday, June 4, 2016)
NIH is constantly striving to fund great science by great scientists, while finding opportunities to free up investigators from their administrative burden to pursue their passion in science. 

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a National Pain Strategy

(Friday, March 18, 2016)
Today's release of the National Pain Strategy (pdf, 1.65MB) is exciting and welcome news.

Rare Disease Research at NINDS

(Tuesday, February 23, 2016)
When most people think of neurological disorders, a small number of diseases that affect millions of people-such as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and stroke-come to mind. While we focus a majority of our effort on these devastating diseases, we also have very dedicated research programs devoted to finding treatments for numerous rare diseases, which are defined as conditions affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans.

NINDS: A Look Back at 2015

(Friday, February 5, 2016)
For NINDS, 2015 was a year marked by the launch of innovative programs as well as the flourishing of ambitious initiatives.

Statement on CTE Research

(Thursday, January 21, 2016)
NIH supports research on traumatic brain injury (TBI), a major public health problem that affects all age groups and is the leading cause of death in young adults, as well as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a form of brain degeneration that affects some individuals who suffer progressive, long-term consequences of repeated concussions.