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.


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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

Funding Opportunities 

OGHHD Funding Opportunities

News & Events

Featured Director’s Message: NINDS Recognizes 2022 Women’s History Month: Vital Contributions of Women to Science

Director’s Message: NINDS recognizes 2022 Black History Month: A time to celebrate and reflect 

Director’s Message - Making HEADWAY on Inequities in Neurological Health

NIH UNITE Initiative to end structural racism and racial inequities in biomedical research

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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

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 Request for Information
This request for information seeks 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