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July 17, 2014
Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.
Message from the Director
Almost every household in America is affected in some way by diseases of bones, joints, muscles, and skin — diseases that are the mission areas of the NIAMS. These diseases affect people of all ages, racial and ethnic populations, and economic strata. Many of the diseases within our mandate affect women and minorities disproportionately, and, in many cases, they also suffer worse outcomes. We are committed to uncovering the bases of these gender, racial, and ethnic disparities and devising effective strategies to treat and even prevent them.
I am proud to be the Director of the Institute, and my staff and I are very excited about the research advances that have been realized to date, the initiatives we have identified, and the scientific opportunities that can be pursued. A critical element in our mandate is the education of future scientists who will continue to increase our understanding of these organ systems and the diseases that affect them.
I believe that research in bones, joints, muscles, and skin will result in scientific progress and improved health for the public. A comprehensive program to disseminate information to the public, to patients, and their health care providers is another essential component of our mandate.
These responsibilities are what motivate me in directing the NIAMS, and are the driving forces as we fulfill our Institute's scientific mission. Our research belongs ultimately to the American people, for whom we serve as stewards in improving the public's health.
Letters from the Director
- June 26, 2014: Letter from Dr. Stephen I. Katz: Update on the NIAMS Long-Range Plan
Last year, I wrote about our efforts to update the Institute’s Long-Range Plan for fiscal years (FY) 2015-2019. When complete, our Long-Range Plan will outline the Institute’s perspective on research needs and opportunities within NIAMS’ mission, and will serve as a resource for all who are interested in NIAMS’ activities. Because we will continue to devote the majority of our extramural budget toward funding the best investigator-initiated research ideas, the new plan will encourage creative approaches for generating the scientific discoveries that will ultimately improve the health of the American public.
- May 22, 2014: Growing our Social Media Presence
- April 17, 2014: NIH Announces Funding Opportunities Through the Accelerating Medicines Partnership
- March 20, 2014: NIH Loan Repayment Programs
- February 20, 2014: Highlights from the NIAMS Intramural Research Program
- January 23, 2014: NIAMS 2014 A Year of Health Planners
- December 19, 2013: Connecting with our NIAMS Coalition Partners
- November 21, 2013: Looking Back on a Challenging Year
- October 23, 2013: NIH Initiative on Enhancing Research Reproducibility and Transparency
- September 19, 2013: Update on the NIAMS Long-Range Plan
- August 15, 2013: The Effects of Sequestration on NIH
- July 18, 2013: Update on Peer Review at NIH
- June 20, 2013: The Importance of Clinical Research
- May 16, 2013: Enhancing the Biomedical Workforce
- April 18, 2013: Making the Case for NIH
- March 21, 2013: NIH Efforts to Advance Translational Sciences
- February 21, 2013: Communicating with Congress
- January 17, 2013: NIAMS 2013 A Year of Health Planners
Dr. Katz's Interview, C-SPAN Washington Journal, February 21, 2014
- Sun and Skin, The Dark Side of Sun Exposure
- Tumors May Give Rise to Autoimmunity (MedPage Today)
- Conference Tackles Mystery of Why We Itch (Boston Globe)
- Foundation for the NIH Launches Bone Quality Project