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 Pathways to Prevention Workshops (P2P) and Medicine: Mind the Gap (MtG) seminar series are other ways the ODP advances prevention research. P2P workshops identify research gaps and develop recommendations to move fields of research forward. The next P2P workshop, Total Worker Health®—What's Work Got to Do With It? will take place on December 9–10, 2015. A Total Worker Health approach is defined as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being. Register now to participate in this workshop.
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 the ODP, presented his talk, "Design and Analysis of Studies to Evaluate Multilevel Interventions in Public Health and Medicine," on October 23, 2015. A videocast of this seminar is now available.
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