The Office of the Scientific Director (OSD) is responsible for oversight, review, and administration of the NIAMS Intramural Research Program (IRP). The OSD has several key functions, including planning, coordinating, and directing the basic and clinical research programs conducted within the IRP.

The OSD encourages the implementation of new technologies and the application of new techniques, facilitates clinical research and trials, and promotes research collaboration. With the Career Development and Outreach Branch, the OSD ensures effective mentoring of NIAMS trainees. The OSD also fosters equity, diversity, and inclusion across all levels of the IRP.


John O’Shea, M.D., started his own group in the National Cancer Institute in 1989, and then moved to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) in 1994 as Chief of the Lymphocyte Cell Biology Section of the Arthritis and Rheumatism Branch. He was appointed Chief of the Molecular Immunology and Inflammation Branch in 2002, and became Scientific Director and Director of the NIAMS Intramural Research Program in 2005. 

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