Director's Messages

May is National Stroke Awareness month. This month, I want to highlight recent stroke research and some of the many ways we have been working to promote stroke awareness, including our new NINDS stroke resource hub, which brings all of our public education resources and information about stroke to one place.
On March 23, Congress passed and the President signed the final set of spending bills for fiscal year (FY) 2024. The total appropriation for NINDS is $2,689,925,000 (including funds from the 21st Century Cures Act), a decrease of 4.4% compared to FY 2023.
April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness month. NINDS is the primary NIH institute for Parkinson’s disease research, and we are working to catalyze progress through basic, translational, and clinical research programs aiming to better understand, diagnose, and treat Parkinson’s disease.
In February, NIH held the 5th Annual NIH HEAL Initiative Scientific Meeting. More than 800 researchers, NIH leadership and staff, people with lived experience, community partners, and other collaborators from across the country participated to share exciting research advances, including novel approaches to treat chronic pain.

NINDS is excited to participate in Brain Awareness Week during March 11-17.

The National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NANDS) Council met virtually from February 14-15, 2024. The NANDS Council is composed of highly accomplished scientists and clinicians as well as members of the public, such as representatives from patient groups. Together, these Council members bring broad expertise and experience to guide NINDS on program planning, policies, and research priorities. They also provide a second level of review for all grants and cooperative agreements that NINDS is considering for funding and review ongoing programs in both the extramural and intramural research programs.
As we head into the new year at NINDS, it’s time again to reflect on all that has come and gone in the past twelve months. Even as we face complex challenges in neuroscience research and the diseases and conditions we hope to improve, I am proud of the progress we and our many partners have achieved.
As the leaves change colors this fall and 2023 rapidly comes to an end, Washington, D.C. will once again host the world's largest convening of neuroscientists at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, taking place from November 11-15. Simply put, it is one of my favorite times of the year as we benefit from front row seats to the latest cutting-edge scientific advances, take time to catch up with old friends, and connect with new NINDS grantees — especially the up-and-coming generation of neuroscience trainees.
NINDS-funded science is the foundation that supports the development of new diagnostics and treatments for neurological disorders.
The nervous system is exceedingly complex and our lack of understanding of how it works stymies our efforts to develop treatments for neurological disorders. The brain, composed of 85 billion neurons and trillions of connections with an equal number of glial, vascular and immune cells, functions as an interrelated web to process information.