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Director's Messages

David Murray, Phd

David M. Murray, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Prevention
Director, Office of Disease Prevention

Biography and Publications


Tobacco Regulatory Science Program (TRSP) Update

October 2015

Despite overall progress in reducing tobacco consumption, tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. There is growing concern about the potential public health impact of new tobacco products, such as electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)—particularly among youth.

Strategic Priority II Update

August 2015

Identifying research gaps can lead to increased efforts and new research that ultimately improve public health. To achieve this aim, the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) is identifying prevention research areas for investment or expanded effort by the NIH.

Strategic Priority I Update

June 2015

Preventable health risks, such as smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity, cause up to half of all deaths in the United States. To reduce these risks and the associated burden of disease, the NIH spends approximately 20% of its annual budget on prevention research.


2014 Annual Review

August 2014

As we enter the new fiscal year, I am pleased to report on the progress we have made related to the Office of Disease Prevention's (ODP) first Strategic Plan. This plan, which was approved by the NIH Director in January 2014, includes six strategic priorities that will guide the work of our office through 2018.

Introducing the ODP Strategic Plan

February 2014

As we enter 2014, I am pleased to announce the completion of the Office of Disease Prevention's (ODP) first strategic plan. After a year of hard work, this plan was approved by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director on January 2, 2014. We identified six strategic priorities, highlighted below, that will guide the work of the Office during 2014-2018:


Welcome Message

August 2013

When I came to the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) in October 2012, I was excited at the prospect of leading a new strategic planning effort, developing new programs, strengthening partnerships within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and with other federal agencies, and expanding our dissemination efforts. I am pleased to report our progress to date, with much more to come in the future.

Last updated on December 11, 2019