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NIH needs your innovative research ideas through our newly announced NIH HEAL Initiative funding opportunities


NIH leadership from across the agency has been working diligently over the past several months to identify areas of greatest opportunity for research to address the national opioid crisis. The result is more than 30 new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to solicit the best and brightest research ideas through the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM) Initiative.

Through these and other investments, NIH plans to award more than $850 million in support of HEAL Initiative research in fiscal year (FY) 2019 (from funds appropriated in FY 2018 and FY 2019). This adds to a substantial investment made by NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) in the areas of pain, addiction, complementary medicine, and much more.

The NIH HEAL Initiative is taking an “all-hands-on deck” approach to this crisis, garnering expertise from almost every NIH IC to attack the problem from all angles. New HEAL programs reflect the full spectrum of research from basic science to implementation research and across all disciplines.

December 10, 2018

The role of translational research in using video to capture health vitals

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Conrad Tucker, associate professor of engineering design and industrial and manufacturing engineering at Penn State, was giving a talk on the idea of using technology to capture students’ body posture to determine their attention level in the classroom. In the audience was a member of Parkinson’s disease researcher and clinician Xuemei Huang's research team, who approached Tucker afterward to discuss a connection between his talk and Huang’s research into using changes in a person’s walking gait to diagnose Parkinson’s earlier. 

The rest, as they say, is history. 

“Sometimes, those type of chance meetings are the best opportunities,” Tucker said. This one has led to an opportunity to apply his research in the laboratory into improving human health. That’s the foundation of translational research and the ultimate goal of Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute

December 06, 2018

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