January 3, 2011

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) has launched NIH_NIAMS on Twitter, the popular microblogging site, as a companion to the Institute’s website. The NIAMS will use its presence on Twitter to announce new publications, stories, resources, research advances, and other news of the Institute.

Each week, the NIAMS will post "tweets," short messages that will be sent to those who follow the NIH_NIAMS Twitter account. These tweets will link to new stories, publications, and other content posted on the NIAMS website. Followers can receive tweets through Web browsers on computers, as well as on mobile devices such as smartphones.

"Twitter will enhance our information dissemination efforts about the progress being made through the Government’s research investment related to bones, joints, muscles and skin," said NIAMS Director, Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D. "It will allow us to spread the word quickly when we have new information to share with our partners and the public."

To follow NIH_NIAMS on Twitter, click on the "Find People" link on your Twitter home page. Enter "NIAMS" in the search field and then click on the "follow" icon for NIH_NIAMS. If you do not have a Twitter account, you can sign up for one at www.twitter.com/signup.

The mission of the NIAMS, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health, is to support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases. For more information about the NIAMS, call the information clearinghouse at (301) 495-4484 or (877) 22-NIAMS (free call) or visit the NIAMS website at https://www.niams.nih.gov.

Last Reviewed: 01/03/2011