Division of Intramural Research

Dr. Jeffrey S. Diamond
Jeffrey S. Diamond, Ph.D.
Scientific Director and Senior Investigator for the Division of Intramural Research

The Division of Intramural Research (DIR) is among the largest neuroscience research centers in the world. It is home to more than 500 scientists who conduct leading-edge basic, translational, and clinical research in neuroscience, neurology, and neurosurgery in Bethesda, Maryland.

NINDS intramural scientists cover a broad range of neuroscience research, including molecular biophysics, synapses and circuits, neuronal development, integrative neuroscience, neurogenetics, neuroimmunology, neuro-oncology, brain imaging, and neurological disorders.


Office of the Scientific Director

The Office of the Scientific Director (OSD) oversees, coordinates, and supports research activities in the Division of Intramural Research, including providing senior leadership and enabling the allocation of resources, planning, evaluation, and implementation research programs and core facilities and fostering a nurturing environment for trainee and faculty development and research capacity building.

  • Basic research pursues an understanding of the normal and abnormal structure and activities of the human nervous system.
  • Translational research applies the ideas, insights, and discoveries generated through basic science to potential new diagnostics and therapies for human disease and bridges basic and clinical research.
Dr. Avindra Nath
Avindra Nath, M.D.​​​​
Clinical Director for the Division of Intramural Research


Office of the Clinical Director

The NINDS Office of the Clinical Director (OCD) is focused on new approaches to solving and treating neurologic diseases. It supports the Clinical Neurosciences Program from bench to bedside, integrating every aspect of clinical research to harness the transformational power of the intramural NINDS research protocols. It also trains the next generation of physician scientists.

Learn more about the DIR organization and find DIR staff.