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February 1, 2010
Introduction from the Director to the Long-Range Plan
NIAMS is pleased to announce the release of its new Fiscal Year 2010-2014 Long-Range Plan. Our goal was to provide a document that would help propel research progress by informing the Institute’s priority setting process, while enabling NIAMS to adapt to the rapidly changing biomedical and behavioral science landscapes.
While the plan highlights a variety of research needs and opportunities, the Institute’s dedication to supporting investigator-initiated research will remain one of our highest priorities. Scientific ideas created and presented by the extramural community are vital to the advancement of biomedical research and improved public health.
Although it was not possible to include reference to every disease or condition within our broad mission, the Fiscal Year 2010-2014 Long-Range Plan covers numerous research areas, including:
Five tissue- and disease-specific areas
- Arthritis and rheumatic diseases
- Skin biology and diseases
- Bone biology and diseases
- Muscle biology and diseases
- Musculoskeletal biology and diseases
Four cross-cutting areas
- Health disparities
- Training and career development
- Information dissemination
Finally, we extend our gratitude to those who contributed to the plan. We received extensive input throughout the development process from members of both the scientific and lay communities concerned with programs of the NIAMS. We now encourage you to share the plan with your colleagues to facilitate the dissemination of this valuable resource.
Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.