The NINR Office of Extramural Programs (OEP) is divided into four Sections:

The Program Directors listed in each Section are experienced scientists who oversee the conduct of programs within their research portfolios. They are the main contact between NINR and the extramural research community, and serve as an important resource for current investigators, and for applicants seeking NINR research and training grants.

Individuals are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Director in their area of interest to discuss proposed research projects and/or training opportunities. Please note that the areas of responsibility provided below are not an exhaustive list. If you have an interest in a topic area not identified, please contact any of the Program Directors below.

Section on Neuroscience, Genetics, & Symptom Management

Dr. Susan Marden
Portfolio includes: Symptoms and Symptoms Management (e.g., Pain, Fatigue, Nausea, Symptom Clusters)




Dr. Lois Tully
Portfolio includes: Genetics and Neurological Conditions (e.g., Dementia; Alzheimer's Disease; Neurological Disabilities, Conditions and Rehabilitation) and Caregiving in These Conditions



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Section on Child & Family Health, & Health Disparities


Dr. Paul Cotton
Portfolio includes: Health Disparities Health and Risk Behaviors Men's Health




Dr. Xenia Tigno
Portfolio includes: Reproductive and Women's Health (including preterm birth), Sleep,  Renal/Urinary Incontinence, and Biobehavioral Research



Dr. Lynda Hardy
Portfolio includes: Child Health and Family Health (families and parenting/multigenerational; family health and illness; family interactions and networks). HIV/AIDS and Immune Function.



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Section on Immunology, Infectious Disease, & Chronic Disorders


Dr. Sue Marden
Portfolio includes: Cancer (Treatment, Management, and Rehabilitation) 



Dr. Xenia Tigno
Portfolio includes: Chronic Disorders (Metabolic/Diabetes)



Dr. Lois Tully
Portfolio includes: Chronic Disorders (Gastrointestinal, Musculoskeletal, Transplants, Wound Repair/Healing)



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Section on Acute & Long-Term Care, End-of-Life, & Training

Dr. Noreen Aziz
Portfolio includes: Palliative Care and End-of-Life, Long-Term Care




Dr. David Banks
Portfolio includes: Training and Fellowships in All Science Areas



Dr. Karen Huss
Portfolio includes: Acute Care (cardiopulmonary and critical care) Institutional Care




Dr. Donna Jo McCloskey
Portfolio includes: Community-Based Research, Centers, and Institutional Training Grants (T32) in All Science Areas



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Crosscutting Area Contacts

Below please find additional science areas. For information on these topics, please contact the corresponding Program Director.
Biobehavioral research: Dr. Xenia Tigno
Centers programs (general information): Dr. Donna Jo McCloskey
Clinical decision-making:  Dr. Noreen Aziz
Community-based initiatives: Dr. Donna Jo McCloskey
Genetics: Dr. Lois Tully
Research methods: Dr. Susan Marden
Small business research (SBIR/STTR): Dr. Paul Cotton

Updated Date: November 19, 2012