"Imagine living in a nation where one out of every two adults smoked cigarettes, where depression and substance abuse were mysterious and poorly-understood conditions, and where children's developmental problems were automatically blamed on bad parenting. Just a few short decades ago, this imagined world was reality. Social and behavioral research supported by the NIH . . .
has made significant contributions to improving our nation's health."
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH
CAHT-BSSR actively monitors and
provide information on the importance of the office. Working
closely with NIH officials, Members of Congress and their staffs, and
other policymakers to advocate funding for the office, CAHT-BSSR serves
as a liaison between NIH and researchers in these disciplines to enhance
the behavioral and social science research at NIH.
Angela L. Sharpe, MG, Deputy
Director for Health Policy, COSSA, email@example.com
Patricia C. Kobor, MA, Senior
Science Policy Analyst, APA, firstname.lastname@example.org
What's Ailing America? -- Shorter Lives, Poorer Health Congressional Briefing
OBSSR Launches Summer Institute on Mobile Health
CAHT-BSSR's FY 2011 Testimony of behalf of NIH and OBSSR
A Congressional Exhibition and Reception
View the Institutes' and Centers' Posters
CAHT-BSSR submits FY 2009 Testimony on Behalf of NIH and OBSSR to the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee, March 31, 2008
CAHT-BSSR organizes Congressional Briefing to highlight "Cancer Care for the Whole Patient" Institute of Medicine report
Presentation by OBSSR Director David Abrams at COSSA's Annual meeting -- An Extraordinary Communications Opportunity to Improve Our Nation's Health: changing perceptions, norms and the culture (pdf)
CAHT-BSSR Submits Testimony to the Senate on Behalf
of the National Institutes of Health
NIH, Congress Celebrates OBSSR'S 10TH Anniversary -- read more
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Testimony Submitted on Behalf of
NIH's FY 2005 Budget Read more (printer friendly version)
Briefed on Self Management of Chronic Illness Research -- Read More
Testimony Submitted on behalf of the
NIH's FY 2004 Budget -- Read
NIH Director Elias Zerhouni Meets with
Behavioral and Social Science Advocates read
BSSR and Representative Connie Morella sponsor briefing on
"Promoting Health in a Stressful World" -- Read More
Promoting Effects of Social Bonds -- Linda K George, Duke University (pdf file)
Testimony submitted for the record March 29, 2001 (Testimony) (PDF
The 21st century is an exciting time — a revolutionary period for the life sciences. We have learned a lot about the biological parts and systems that make up all living things. We also realize that it is just as important to understand how behavior and society affect health and can help fight disease. Combining information from both biomedical and behavioral and social sciences research will lead to the most effective interventions.
The mission of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (video)
NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Seminar Series
Robert M. Kaplan - The California Right Care Initiative: Improving Cardiovascular Outcomes Through Quality Improvement In Managed Care Organizations - view the videocast
sic Behavioral and Social Science Research Opportunity Network) - OppNet is a trans-NIH initiative to expand theagency's fundingof basic behavioral and social sciences research (b-BSR). Basic-BSSR furthers our understanding of fundamental mechanisms and patterns of behavioral and social functioning, relevant to the Nation's health and well-being, as they interact with each other, with biology and the environment.
- The NIH Common Fund - The NIH Common Fund supports a series of cross-cutting, trans-NIH research programs:
Health Economics - "goals include fostering the collection of data that will be most useful for policy-relevant analysis; examining the economic effects of changes in incentives for consumers, providers and insurers; exploring the ways in which structure and organization on the supply side of the medical market affect health care spending and clinical outcomes; investigating the potential of preventive measures to improve health and mitigate cost growth."
Global Health -- " reflects a growing impetus to bolster global health efforts worldwide and to expand priorities to address not only infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, but also chronic, non-communicable diseases and injuries, emerging behavioral, mental health and drug abuse issues, and neglected tropical diseases."
Science of Behavior Change - designed to support research that integrates basic and translational science and cuts across disciplines of cognitive and affective neuroscience, neuroeconomics, behavioral genetics, and behavioral economics.
NIH Director's Pioneer Award - designed to support individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering – and possibly transforming approaches – to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research.
NIH Director's New Innovator Award - designed specifically to support unusually creative new investigators with highly innovative research ideas at an early stage of their career when they may lack the preliminary data required for an R01 grant.
Transformative R01 Program - created to support exceptionally innovative, high risk, original and/or unconventional research projects that have the potential to create or overturn fundamental paradigms.