The NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) accelerates scientific progress by advancing basic, translational, and clinical research across all fields of biomedical study. Since its inception, the IRP has led some of the most significant scientific breakthroughs of the modern age and continues to operate at the forefront of scientific discovery.
To remain a leading academic center of excellence, and to clearly define the long-term vision for the IRP, we have identified 12 core scientific opportunities for the future. These opportunities were selected following an extensive review process conducted by investigators from across the IRP, and were chosen based on their potential to transform the healthcare field and take advantage of the diversity and scope of the IRP’s cross-disciplinary resources, infrastructure, and scientific expertise.
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Investing in Cutting-Edge Animal Models
Organisms with human-like diseases and symptoms are critical to finding cures.
Creating Cell-Based Therapies
Before reaching patients, new treatments must first be tested in the body’s building blocks.
Advancing Computational and Structural Biology
Ambitious scientific undertakings require massive computing power.
Combating Drug Resistance
As dangerous microbes grow more resilient, new approaches are needed to thwart life-threatening infections.
Developing Novel Imaging Techniques
The mysteries of biology are becoming clearer thanks to major advances in technology.
Charting the Pathways of Inflammation
A common thread connecting many diseases holds promise as a therapeutic target.
Zooming in on the Microbiome
Tiny passengers inside the human body may hold the key to improving human health.
Uncovering New Opportunities for Natural Products
The world around us is filled with myriad potential therapies.
Stimulating Neuroscience Research
Scientists are applying their brainpower to study the most complex human organ.
Pursuing Precision Medicine
The great variation among patients requires treatments that are tailored to the individual.
Unlocking the Potential of RNA Biology and Therapeutics
DNA’s second-in-command could help treat a variety of diseases.
Producing Novel Vaccines
Methods of enhancing disease immunity could prevent and alleviate global epidemics.
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This page was last updated on Wednesday, January 12, 2022