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Updated November 20, 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
- November 20, 2014: Connecting with our Congressional Colleagues
One of our most critical activities is communicating with key stakeholders about the scientific opportunities and challenges that we face at the NIH and within the biomedical research community as a whole. We also seek to ensure that our multiple audiences know about our research advances and how they are benefiting patients. One key stakeholder group is policymakers. We have an important role in educating our Congressional colleagues and informing them of agency priorities and programs. Ultimately, our work belongs to all Americans, which is why it is essential that members of Congress and their staff are aware of the progress and promise of NIH investments across the country.
- October 23: Introducing the Accelerating Medicines Partnership Network in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus
- September 18, 2014: Sharing Your Scientific Imagery
- August 21, 2014: Advances and Insights From Rare Disease Research
- July 24, 2014: Celebrating a Decade of Discovery with the Common Fund and PROMIS
- June 26, 2014: Update on the NIAMS Long-Range Plan
- 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
Dr. Katz's Interview, C-SPAN Washington Journal, February 21, 2014
- We’ve seen great strides to treat arthritis and related diseases. How do we continue to make headway to improve the lives of patients? (PhRMA)
- 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
Statements for the Record on Congressional Justifications
- 2015 Budget Request Statement
- 2014 Budget Request Statement
- 2013 Budget Request Statement
- 2012 Budget Request Statement