Director's Messages

Inherent in the NINDS mission is that its goal of generating knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease should benefit all people. NIH has recently launched an agency-wide effort called the UNITE Initiative to end structural racism in biomedical research.

Every day we are learning more about the effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection on the nervous system—in some cases detrimental effects that last far longer than the infection.

Inherent in the mission of NIH is that biomedical research and its application can and should benefit all people.

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a chronic and severe disease that, according to the CDC, affects up to 2.5 million Americans, many of whom have not been diagnosed. Active NINDS efforts are underway to seek a better understanding of ME/CFS in order to treat—and ultimately prevent—this disease.

The term “HEADWAY” means moving forward or making progress, especially when circumstances make things slow or difficult. When it comes to health equity in neurological disorders, never has a term more accurately described a process.

Like many of you, I am looking forward to 2021 as a new year of possibility. As a country, we have faced challenges in 2020 that have been unlike anything we have ever experienced in decades.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the loss of in-person scientific gatherings has been particularly hard. I so thoroughly enjoy opportunities to catch up with old friends, learn about ongoing research and recent findings, and forge new collaborations.

The epilepsies are a devastating set of disorders characterized by recurring seizures. Seizures occur when millions of nerve cells simultaneously fire, disrupting normal brain activity during, and for some time after, these network bursts of synchronous firing.

September is both Pain Awareness Month and National Recovery Month, and as the world continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot lose sight of the national crisis of inadequate pain management and opioid misuse and addiction.

“Robin’s Wish” is a is a film to be released today that chronicles comedian and actor Robin Williams’ experiences with and symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia (LBD).