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Clinical Trials Policies:  A Rose by Any Other Name

Clinical Trials Policies: A Rose by Any Other Name

In a blog last October, I described a series of policies recently released by the NIH to improve transparency and our stewardship of clinical trials.  In that blog, I noted that the definition of a clinical trial was bei ...

Integrated Neighborhoods Are Good for Your Health

Integrated Neighborhoods Are Good for Your Health

There are many benefits from living in more diverse and integrated neighborhoods, and a recently published study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides additional evidence that moving to ...

Opioid Abuse is a Behavioral and Social Systems Problem

Opioid Abuse is a Behavioral and Social Systems Problem

Opioid Abuse has rapidly become a public health epidemic.  The CDC reports that while the amount of overall pain that patients report has not changed, the amount of prescription opioids sold in the U.S. has quadrupled si ...

Meet the New OBSSR Staff!

Meet the New OBSSR Staff!

When I was named director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research in August, 2015, we had almost as many unfilled as filled positions in the office.  We could have moved quickly to fill these positions, ...

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