November 7, 2019
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2019 NIAMS Summer Students Share Their Inspiring Experiences

This past summer, the NIAMS Scientific Summer Student Program welcomed the next generation of budding scientists and physicians to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus. The program provided a training experience that both motivated and challenged the young students for their future careers. This year’s diverse group of interns came from different regions of the United States, and were selected to participate in this competitive program based on their schooling and their proposed future contributions to areas of biomedical research keyed to NIAMS mission areas. 
The interns contributed to exciting biomedical research and participated in career development seminars, journal clubs, clinical shadowing and independent seminars with NIAMS scientific and clinical directors, among many other enriching activities. Read what some of these bright students had to say about their time at the NIH.

2019 NIAMS Summer Students

Image: 2019 NIAMS summer interns with:
Front row (second from left to right) Rick Phillips, Acting Executive Officer, and Robert H. Carter, M.D., NIAMS Acting Director; back row (far left): Robert Walker, Ph.D., Chief, Career Development and Outreach Branch

Message From the Acting Director on the New NIAMS Strategic Plan

Dr. Robert H. Carter, NIAMS Acting Director

The NIAMS is pleased to present its Fiscal Years 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. The fields that the NIAMS supports have seen major advances in recent years and are now poised for additional rapid progress. Therefore, the NIAMS Strategic Plan conveys both the tremendous potential of the current research trajectory and the Institute’s aspirational vision for how work over the next five years may lead to meaningful improvements in human health.

Continue reading the Acting Director’s Message in the Plan

Browse the NIAMS Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2020-2024

Image: Robert H. Carter, M.D., Acting NIAMS Director

Featured Resources

NEW! NIAMS Video in Spanish: Frank’s Story

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Get inspired by the latest video in our series of personal stories about participating in clinical trials. In this video, Frank shares his story in his native language about living with rheumatoid arthritis and participating in a clinical trial at the NIH. The video is available with captions in English. An audio described version of the video will be available soon.

View other videos and useful resources to share with your community on our Clinical Research page.


Clinical Trials in the Spotlight

This new NIAMS website page features clinical trials supported by the NIAMS. You can easily find studies that are currently recruiting by disease or condition, such as atopic dermatitis, fibromyalgia, chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis, among others. Updates are made as new studies get funded and begin recruitment, so check back regularly to find new trials. If you have questions, please contact the NIAMS Clinical Trials team at

Updated Pain eBook From NCCIH

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The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) recently updated the eBook, “Pain: Considering Complementary Approaches.”

The downloadable PDF (10MB) provides an overview of complementary health approaches for pain, including acupuncture, massage therapy, meditation, spinal manipulation, yoga and more.

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Website Now Bilingual

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NIH MedlinePlus Magazine has launched a new website in English and Spanish. Now you don’t have to wait for the print version to receive trusted health content. The online version of the magazine publishes articles on a continuous basis and features special content that will not appear in the print version.

Diverse Talent at NIH Inspires Progress

The NIH cultivates a culture of inclusion where diverse talent is leveraged to advance health discovery. The NIH's diverse workforce includes a wide range of professions and cultures that bring a balance of perspectives to bear on every challenge we face. We hope that these profiles of employees, including staff that support programs for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans, will serve as an inspiration to you and others in your community who are interested in getting involved to help improve human health.

NIH Funds $945 Million in Research To Tackle the National Opioid Crisis Through NIH HEAL Initiative

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To reverse the opioid crisis that continues to grip the nation, the NIH has awarded $945 million in total fiscal year 2019 funding for grants, contracts and cooperative agreements across 41 states through the Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiativesm or NIH HEAL Initiativesm. The trans-NIH research effort aims to improve treatments for chronic pain, curb the rates of opioid use disorder and overdose and achieve long-term recovery from opioid addiction.


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