Office of Global Health and Health Disparities

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The Office of Global Health and Health Disparities (OGHHD) within the Division of Clinical Research, leads the coordination and development of programs and initiatives that foster global research and research on health disparities in neurological disorders and stroke. The primary objectives of the Office include:

Global Health: Support global research partnerships aimed at strengthening our understanding of the burden of neurological disease and identifying opportunities for improved diagnostics, treatment, and prevention strategies. Building sustainable capacity in low-and middle-income countries to enable the conduct of research and training in neurological disorders and stroke in low-resource settings is also of interest.

Health DisparitiesAdvance research on disparities (or inequities) in neurological disease, healthcare, and health outcomes in disparate populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, the geographically disadvantaged, sex and gender minorities, and others who have been historically underserved, socioeconomically disadvantaged, marginalized, or adversely affected by persistent inequality. The Office seeks to support rigorous research, from basic science to implementation, that will identify, monitor, and target biological, environmental, behavioral, social, and/or healthcare system factors that influence disparities in neurological disease.

New Strategic Plan 

In 2020, NINDS began a new planning effort focused on health disparities and health equity for neurological disorders with a Request for Information (RFI) to gather broad input. The findings and recommendations of the NANDSC Working Group were approved by NINDS Advisory Council on February 2, 2022 and will be posted the NINDS Health Equity Strategic Planning page. Any additional updates related to this plan will be made available soon.

New Job Opportunity! (Program Director, Global Health)
OGHHD is hiring! The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is seeking candidates for the Global Health Program Director position. Interested candidates see the link below to APPLY!


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Richard T. Benson, M.D., Ph.D. | Director, Office of Global Health and Health Disparities

Cheryse A. Sankar, Ph.D. | Program Director, Health Disparities

Stacey D. Chambers, M.S. | Scientific Project Manager

Erica L. Littlejohn, Ph.D. | Health Program Specialist

Naomi E. Booker, M.P.H. | Health Program Specialist

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2021 HEADWAY Workshop
NINDS Health Disparities and Inequities in Neurological Disorders (HEADWAY) Workshop

Global Health Research at NINDS
Application information for international applicants and institutions

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U.S. - Japan Brain Research Cooperative Program 
Promotes scientist exchange, training, and research collaborations between neuroscientists from the U.S. and Japan

Health Disparities Strategic Planning
NANDSC Working Group for Health Disparities and Inequities in Neurological Disorders

Health Disparities Research at NINDS
Information on NINDS-supported health disparity related research

OGHHD 2020 Request for Information
This request for information sought input on knowledge gaps, health and research needs, as well as promising opportunities to help guide NINDS research on health disparities and inequities in neurological disorders and diseases