The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) sponsors several lectures and seminars covering
topics related to the behavioral and social sciences. The current list of lectures and seminars is as follows:
NIH's Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet) presents its fourth symposium on Human and Model Animal Research in the Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences.
This series brings together scientists who conduct research on similar topics--at minimum, one researcher with human subjects, another with model animals. After individual presentations, the presenters, hosts and symposium participants will discuss areas of interest and potential future directions. continue...
Commemorating 30 years since the first reported HIV/AIDS cases in 1981, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) is convening a symposium on the pivotal role behavioral and social science plays in combating and eventually conquering the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This symposium honors the significant contributions of behavioral and social science to HIV/AIDS research thus far and highlights ways in which it will continue to advance the understanding, treatment and prevention of the disease moving forward. Despite extraordinary progress, more is required to accomplish the ultimate goal of eradicating HIV/AIDS. Leading experts recently published a paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine, continue...
The Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee (BSSR CC), with support from the Office of
Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), regularly convenes a series of guest lectures and symposia
on selected topics in the
behavioral and social sciences. These presentations by prominent behavioral and social scientists
provide the NIH community with overviews of current research on topics of scientific and social
interest. The lectures and symposia are approximately 50 minutes in length, with additional time for
questions and discussion. All seminars are open to NIH staff and to the general public.
The goal of this series is to elucidate factors known to influence health through the contributions of social science research. Each symposium will address an important health issue from four scientific perspectives: economics, health services, sociology and anthropology. Presentations will provide background on the concepts, definitions, methods, and theories through which social scientists study the causes of health problems and the application of this science for improving health.
OBSSR sponsors a lecture in the behavioral and social sciences that recognizes the contributions of Matilda White Riley (1911-2004) to the NIH. In addition to serving as the Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Research at the National Institute on Aging, Dr. Riley provided leadership across the NIH in her role as chairperson of landmark committees regarding health and behavior. The award honors an individual whose research has contributed to behavioral and social scientific knowledge and/or the application of such knowledge relevant to the mission of the National Institutes of Health. The recipients' research reflects Matilda Riley's commitment to research.
OBSSR and the Center for Disease Control and Preventions
Syndemics Prevention Network presents a series of four educational seminars featuring leaders in
various areas of systems science. The purposes are to (1) raise awareness of particularly
promising methodologies; and (2) improve our collective understanding about how and when they
may be used effectively by behavioral and social scientists (including researchers, policy analysts,
planners/evaluators, grant reviewers, journal editors, and government officials).