NIH: Office of Disease Prevention


Welcome to the Office of Disease Prevention

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.

Portfolio Analysis

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).

Resources for Researchers

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.

Seminars and Workshops

The Medicine: Mind the Gap seminar series explores issues at the intersection of research, evidence, and clinical practice—areas in which conventional wisdom may be contradicted by recent evidence. On May 16, 2016, Karina W. Davidson, Ph.D., M.A.Sc., will present her talk, “N-of-1 and Novel Within-Subject Trial Methods.” Additionally, the Philip E. Bourne, Ph.D., seminar on “Big Data and the Promise and Pitfalls When Applied to Disease Prevention and Promoting Better Health” has been rescheduled to June 13, 2016.

The Pathways to Prevention (P2P) workshops identify research gaps and develop recommendations to move fields of research forward. The recent P2P workshop, Advancing Research To Prevent Youth Suicide took place on March 29–30, 2016. Learn more.

Prevention Research Highlights

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.

Tobacco Regulatory Science Program

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.

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