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. (Visit the Grants Information for Non-U.S. Scientists and U.S. Scientists at Foreign Institutions page).

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.


Current Initiatives Highlight:

NINDS Strategic Plan and Recommendations for Advancing Health Equity in Neurological Disorders

NINDS Health Equity Strategic Plan will guide research investments and provide actionable recommendations to address health disparities and promote health equity in neurological disorders over the next 5 -10 years. 

View the Health Equity Strategic Plan High-Level Recommendations and Guide

NINDS HERN Initiative

Check out the NINDS Community-Engaged Health Equity Research in Neuroscience Initiative (HERN) website for additional info and related funding opportunities.

U.S.-Japan Brain Research Cooperative Program (BRCP)

Visit our U.S.-Japan Brain Research Cooperative Program (BRCP) website | New release: NOT-NS-23-092

Resources and Tools


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

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

Sudha Srinivasan, Ph.D., M.P.H. | Program Director, Global Health

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

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

Katie Reichard, Ph.D. | AAAS S&T Policy Fellow

Carol Kong, M.S.| Program Specialist

Funding Opportunities 

OGHHD Funding Opportunities

NOFOs Highlight

News & Events

  • NIH Announcement of Decision to Designate People with Disabilities as a Population with Health Disparities:​​​​​ ​​​View the NIMHD Director’s Message | NIH Disabilities Research Notice of Funding Opportunity: PAR-23-309
  • Publication on Pragmatic solutions to reduce the global burden of stroke: a World Stroke Organization–Lancet Neurology Commission | Read more


Related Topics 

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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 

Grants Information for Non-U.S. Scientists and U.S. Scientists at Foreign Institutions

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

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