Directors Messages

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).

Conferences, workshops, and other gatherings are valuable opportunities for NINDS to connect with the neuroscience community and learn from the constituencies that we serve.

NINDS’s pact with the US citizens is to fund research that is careful, rigorous, and of the highest quality.  Our commitment to rigorous research is especially important as labs plan and implement re-opening during the COVID-19 pandemic and trainees return to the classrooms and benches.

The events of the past few weeks, catalyzed by George Floyd’s death, have unveiled for many the multifaceted racism faced by the Black community for centuries.

Amidst these uncertain times, the current COVID-19 pandemic is prevalent in headlines and constantly on our minds, and it’s easy to overlook the contributions that NIH is making toward other aspects of the biomedical enterprise.

We are wrapping up May Stroke Awareness Month. At NINDS, stroke is in our name and we are strongly committed to funding research in stroke, from basic to translational to clinical studies.

The past few weeks have been an unsettling time for all of us. The rapidly evolving public health emergency associated with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has upended our lives.

Rare diseases often don’t have the same name recognition that other neurological disorders might, such as Parkinson’s, epilepsy, or stroke. While NINDS devotes ample efforts toward research programs on understanding and treating these prevalent disorders, rare diseases have equally important stories to tell.

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