The Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)—established at NIH in 1986—works to increase the scope, quality, dissemination, and impact of prevention research by means of a comprehensive approach outlined in the 2014–2018 Strategic Plan.
We have made progress toward achieving the plan’s goals by charting research directions at the NIH. One example is the development of new portfolio analysis tools. At the heart of this effort is a new taxonomy—or way of categorizing prevention research—and an accompanying protocol to enable an accurate, standardized classification of grant abstracts. This taxonomy is being manually applied to thousands of research grant abstracts and validated by custom software called the Prevention Abstract Classification Tool (PACT).
The ODP recently launched the Resources for Researchers web portal to connect investigators with helpful tools at the NIH. Researchers who access these pages will find information about NIH-funded research projects, guidance on how to apply for NIH funding, details on prevention-related study sections that review grant applications, and recent peer-reviewed publications in the area of disease prevention.
The Medicine: Mind the Gap (MtG) seminar series and Pathways to Prevention Workshops (P2P) are other ways the ODP advances prevention research. MtG explores issues at the intersection of research, evidence, and clinical practice—areas in which conventional wisdom may be contradicted by recent evidence. David M. Murray, Ph.D., Associate Director for Prevention and the Director of ODP, will present his talk, “Design and Analysis of Studies to Evaluate Multi-Level Interventions in Public Health and Medicine,” at the next MtG seminar on October 23, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Register now to receive updates about this event.
P2P workshops identify research gaps and develop recommendations to move fields of research forward. Recent workshops have spanned the following topics: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, the Role of Opioids in the Treatment of Chronic Pain, and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Proposals for upcoming workshop topics include Total Worker Health™—a strategy that integrates occupational safety and health protection with interventions that protect, preserve, and promote the well-being of workers—and strategies for linking youth exposure to preventive interventions for future suicidal behavior and associated morbidity and mortality outcomes.
Research Highlights provide information about funded research, current funding opportunities, and recent advances in the science of prevention. Learn more about how the NIH and its federal partners are addressing Injury and Violence, Nutrition, Obesity, Physical Activity, Substance Abuse, and Tobacco Use. Upcoming topics include Environmental Health, Genetics, and Infectious Diseases.
Located within the ODP, the Tobacco Regulatory Science Program (TRSP) is a trans-NIH collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The TRSP is currently sponsoring several funding opportunities to provide the Food and Drug Administration with the evidence it needs to draft regulations under the Tobacco Control Act of 2008.
Associate Director for Prevention
Director, Office of Disease Prevention