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Emotional Stress a Stronger Risk Factor for Heart Disease in Women Compared To Men External Exit Disclaimer
July 31, 2014


NHLBI Request for Information(RFI): Collaborative Translational Research Consortium to Develop T4 Translation of Evidence-based Interventions (NOT-HL-14-028) External Exit Disclaimer
Released July 2, 2014


Dr. Alex Blum formerly at OBSSR authors new study on the Impact of Socioeconomic Status Measures on Hospital Profiling in New York City External Exit Disclaimer
May 13, 2014


Change in Leadership of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
April 11, 2014

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The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) opened officially on July 1, 1995. The U.S. Congress established the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in the Office of the Director, NIH, in recognition of the key role that behavioral and social factors often play in illness and health. The OBSSR mission is to stimulate behavioral and social sciences research throughout NIH and to integrate these areas of research more fully into others of the NIH health research enterprise, thereby improving our understanding, treatment, and prevention of disease. To provide the OBSSR with counsel in fulfilling its mission, the Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee (BSSR CC) serves as an internal advisory board. William Riley, Ph.D. serves as the acting director of the Office.


Health as a continum between biological and social factors across the lifespan. (Adapted from Glass & McAtee, 2006)

Adapted from Glass & McAtee, 2006

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